How to Find a Cat a Home

If you find a cat or a kitten, or know if someone who needs to find a new home for a cat, take the following approaches to find it a forever home:

  • If you are outside of New Jersey or the greater Philadelphia area, consult the No-Kill Network for a no-kill animal shelter or rescue near you. The No-Kill Network is an online directory of no-kill facilities all over the world.

  • Create a poster/flyer with the best photo of the cat that you have, and list the cat's name, breed, color, age, gender, any distinguishing marks or characteristics, and a way for people to contact you via email or phone.  Be sure to make the lettering clear and large enough to be easily readable.  Remember -- you're "marketing" the cat, so make sure that your writing is upbeat and positive.  If you're unsure of your writing skills, ask a friend or colleague to help you.

  • To protect your privacy, consider setting up a separate email address for this purpose, instead of using your standard personal or work email.  You can also purchase an inexpensive "burner" mobile phone to avoid giving out your regular phone number.

  • Deliver, email or fax the posters to your local veterinary offices or pet stores (PetSmart, Petco, etc.) and ask them to post on their bulletin boards. Your workplace, church, local library, community center -- as well as local restaurants, businesses and convenience stores -- may also have similar bulletin boards.​

  • Use social media such as Facebook or Twitter to alert your friends to the cat and its need for a home.  You can try Craigslist or other online bulletin board services, but there is risk involved, as it is often more difficult to screen potential adopters than through other social media.

  • We can "courtesy post" your cat on the Purrfect Angels website, via a posting on our Petfinder and Adopt-a-Pet sites.  With a courtesy post, you are able to leverage our online reach, but the cat remains in your possession and care until you find it a home.  Send us cute pictures (or a link to a YouTube video clip), the cat's biography (breed, color, age, gender), medical history (spay/neuter status, whether the cat is declawed, any special needs) and behavior (is the cat active or quiet? is the cat good around small children? dogs? other cats? strangers?), and interested people will email you directly.  If interested persons contact us, we will forward their emails to you.  When we "courtesy post," the cat remains YOUR responsibility until you conclude an adoption.​

  • Screen all applicants carefully, and ask for a vet reference and three personal references.  You want your cat to live indoors and not be declawed.  Ask for an adoption fee to screen out people looking for free cats who may be up to no good (especially important if your cat is an exotic breed).  For your safety, when you arrange to meet a potential adopter, be sure that another person is with you, and/or arrange to meet at a public place.  Unless you know the person well, do not agree to meet in your home.  

  • Finally... don't wait until the last minute to find your cat a home!  Placing a cat in a good home usually takes time.  Most rescues have waiting lists and limited resources, and can't take in a cat at a moment's notice.

Updated September 2, 2021

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