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Cat Center

Welcome to our Cat Center!

Here you can find all you need to know about bringing a cat or kitten into your home as one of the family. All of our important forms and resources are on this page as well. Don't forget to enjoy our cat gallery. If you should have any questions, please contact us at cats@daws.org.

On this page (click on any item on the list below to go directly to that information):

Cat Adoption Process

DAWS Adoption Application

Surrendering Your Cat

Guidance on Dealing with Behavioral Problems


Cat Adoption Process

Our adoption process is designed to match the animals in our care with the most appropriate home. We take our responsibility to the animals in our shelter very seriously and work hard to find them safe loving forever homes where they will be provided care for life.

We recommend that you do some research and planning before making the decision to add a pet to your home.

Consider, is now a good time for your family to add a cat to your home? Think about what age, size and temperament of cat would best suit your lifestyle. Decide if you are ready to take on the daily responsibilities and financial obligations of pet ownership.

Check out our pets online and come visit our shelter.

We have adoption hours Monday - Friday from 6pm-8pm and Weekends from 2pm-4pm. You can also set up a private appointment to see a specific cat or cats. Visit our Cat Gallery.

Fill out an adoption application and speak to an adoption counselor

You will be asked to fill out an application for the cat(s) or kitten(s) in which you are interested. An Adoption Counselor will review your application to make sure this particular cat is a good match for you and your family. Your application will be processed: We contact veterinary reference (if applicable) and personal reference and verify home ownership (a mortgage statement or utility statement) or landlord permission to allow a cat on premises. Please Note: Cats do not go home the same day applications are submitted. See Cat Application below.

Finalize the adoption.

Our adoption fee for cats (over four months of age) is $125. This fee includes a veterinary exam, vaccinations, and spay/neuter.

Our adoption fee for kittens (under four months of age) is $150. This fee includes a veterinary exam, age appropriate vaccinations up to the date of adoption and spay/neuter.

DAWS Adoption Application

To access this form, click on the link above to be taken to the page where you can download the PDF version of the application.

Open up the file and type your information directly into the form (please complete all sections if applicable). Save the form to your hard drive and then print the form and bring it with you when you come into visit the shelter. Thank you.

Surrendering Your Cat (Microsoft Word format)

Every week, DAWS receives an average of 25 calls from people wishing to surrender a cat. Our shelter capacity 45 cats at any one time; unfortunately the surrender demand far exceeds our ability to intake cats.

Due to this overwhelming number of surrender requests, we now require you to submit a Surrender Application that we will keep on file at the shelter before we can consider your cat for intake. Please note: Completing the Surrender Application does not guarantee that DAWS will take the cat you wish to surrender, it only assures that we will consider your application if and when we have space.

To access this form, click on the image below and open the file (for Windows users, right-click and choose "save as" to save the form to your hard drive:

Download the cat surrender form

Open up the file and type directly into the gray boxes. Save the completed form and email it to cats@daws.org or send via postal mail to our shelter at 147 Grassy Plain Street, Bethel, CT  06801. 

When we have space at the shelter, we will review all of the Surrender Applications on file and may contact you at that time. Please note: you will not receive a phone call or email unless we are able to consider your cat for intake.

We recommend you also check with other rescue organizations.  Download this list of local organizations, they may be able to help.

Experiencing Cat Behavioral Problems?

If you are experiencing a behavioral problem with your cat, please contact your veterinarian immediately to rule out any medical issues as the cause. If your veterinarian determines the problem is not health related, contact Cats International at 262-375-8852 (Milwaukee,Wisconsin) or www.catsinternational.org. They provide free feline behavior advice and have an incredible success rate!