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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:

  • Try to place the cat with a no-kill shelter or rescue.  A no-kill shelter or rescue is one that does not euthanize healthy animals in its care.  Purrfect Angels is a no-kill rescue... but in the event that Purrfect Angels is full and cannot accept surrendered cats, other no-kill organizations in our area that you can contact are:

  • If you are outside of southern New Jersey, 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 (preferably a phone number).  Be sure to make the lettering clear and large enough to be easily readable.  To protect your privacy, consider setting up a separate email address for this purpose, instead of using your standard personal or work email.  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.

  • Deliver, email or fax the posters to your local veterinary offices or pet stores (PetSmart, PetValu, 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 Petfinder and Adopt-a-Pet.  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, 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.  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.  

  • 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 can't take in a cat at a moment's notice.

  • As soon as you notice that your cat is missing, start lookingStart by looking around inside your house; cats will sometimes hide in unexpected places if they get frightened.  Keep things calm and quiet, in case the cat was frightened by loud noise or activity. 

  • If you can't locate the cat in your house, look around outside.  When cats get out, they often don't go far, so look nearby, in bushes or under sheds.  According to one study of missing cats, the vast majority of indoor-only cats that go missing rarely wander farther than five houses from home.

  • Cats are nocturnal -- and even the most social cat is wary of strangers.  So when looking for your cat outside, look late at night or in the early hours of the morning.  Listen for meowing.  Shining a flashlight in a tree or bush might illuminate the cat's eyes (though be careful not to spook the neighbors).

  • Put out some of your cat's favorite food to lure it back home, or use a personal item of yours such as a t-shirt that carries your scent.  If your cat is fond of canned cat food, open a can of food outside so that it can be heard.  Consider using a humane cat trap to trap the cat safely (see below). 

  • Create a flyer to post around your neighborhood, in local pet stores, on community bulletin boards (libraries, coffee shops, etc.) and in local veterinary offices.  Make sure the flyer is legible (can be read at a distance, and can be read from a moving car), has a clear picture of the cat, its name, a physical description, where and when it was last seen, and your contact information.  Use bright, attention-grabbing colors.  Do not put flyers in individuals' mailboxes, as this is against USPS regulations and can get you into trouble.  You can download a flyer template in Microsoft Word here.

  • If you haven't done so already, make sure that your cat is microchipped with a chip registered to you, and wearing a collar with an ID tag with your name and phone number.  All Purrfect Angels cats are microchipped prior to adoption.

How to Find a Lost Cat

Feral Cat / Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Resources

How to Set a Feral Cat Trap (Havahart "snap" style)
How to Set and Use a Feral Cat Trap (Tru Catch style)

How to Report Animal Abuse/Neglect

Updated June 8, 2021

DISCLAIMER:  These resources are provided for information purposes only.  Purrfect Angels Cat Rescue makes no warranty as to the performance or availability of these resources, and inclusion of a resource here does not necessarily imply endorsement.  Purrfect Angels Cat Rescue has no interest, financial or otherwise, in any of these listed resources.