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Frequently Asked Questions

Whether you found a cat, lost a cat or need help with a cat, we’re here to help with these FAQs.

Got questions? We have answers! Here’s some information to help address some of the most common questions we hear at the shelter. Don’t see your question listed here? Reach out to us!

I’d like to adopt a cat. What are the prices and process?

Great, we’d love to help you find your perfect match! You can find all current adoption prices and information on our Ready to Adopt? page. Because we keep adoption fees low, we greatly appreciate additional donations you are able to make to support the care of our cats. Don’t forget to peruse our Adoptable Cats to see which one(s) strike your fancy!

I’m interested in a cat who comes with a health condition. How do I know if I can properly care for him or her?

We get it; taking in a cat who needs more care than a young, healthy cat can feel scary if you don’t know what to expect! We know that these cats can provide just as much love and joy as anyone else, though, and we encourage you to open up your home to one of the cats, too. Often, older cats or ones with chronic health conditions are overlooked and are in shelters the longest, so please know that you are making a positive difference if you are willing to take on a little bit more responsibility.

There are many resources out there to help you learn about caring for a cat with diabetes, FIV, FeLV, kidney disease, urinary issues and more. Please visit our blog for articles on some of these topics or ask one of our adoption counselors in the shelter to help you make an informed decision. And if the cost of caring for a diabetic cat is a concern, we recommend connecting with Diabetic Cats in Need who can assist with insulin and testing supplies. Before you adopt, we review the cat’s medical history with you so you can make an informed decision! We also offer 24-hour adoption holds if you’d like the opportunity to research the condition further.

Do you have any kittens available for adoption?

You may notice that few kittens are listed on our website. It’s because many families inquire about kittens, and they often come and go faster than we can get them listed! If you’re interested in a kitten, it’s best to stop in the shelter or call or email us to find out if we have any currently available.

I can’t keep my cat; can I surrender it to you?

Cat Care Society receives numerous requests from owners looking to rehome their cats. Unfortunately, as a small, limited-admission shelter, we aren’t able to help every cat in need. The best option, when possible, is to keep your cat in your home. Please visit our Resources page if you need help finding financial aid for medical bills, addressing problem behavior, or securing pet-friendly housing. If you need help obtaining food or litter for your cat, please consider our Nibbles & Kibbles food bank, and if you need a temporary caregiver for your cat for a short time, please inquire about our Temporary Care Program.

We understand that sometimes, as painful as it may be, keeping your cat is simply not an option. If this is the case, we encourage you to try to rehome your cat yourself with the help of Petco Love. The fact of the matter is that no animal shelter is as comfortable as a home, despite how hard we try to make every cat feel safe and stress-free. If none of these options are suitable for your current situation, please fill out our Intake Form, and someone will contact you if we’re able to take in your cat. There are many wonderful shelters in the Denver metro and across Colorado that support cats of all shapes and sizes. If the need to surrender is urgent, we recommend checking out our shelter partners.

I found a stray cat! What should I do?

First, it’s essential to determine whether the cat is a stray, feral or lost cat. If the cat is friendly, the easiest thing to do is to scan the cat for a microchip, which can be done at most animal shelters or veterinary clinics. If the cat does not have a microchip, check your local municipal animal shelter for lost cat notices. Post the found cat’s information on flyers in your neighborhood and online.

If you cannot keep the cat in your house, it is best to take him or her to the municipal animal shelter that provides animal services for your city, as this is often the first place that people look for their lost pet. If you suspect that the cat has been abandoned and would like to place it with us, please email or call us. We will contact you if space is available in our shelter. If the cat is not friendly to people or is skittish, look at the cat’s ears to see if they have an ear tip! If they do, the cat is a community cat and is likely living its most comfortable life outdoors. Check out our Resources for stray cats to find organizations that trap, neuter and return neighborhood cats. This is an important step in reducing the number of stray cats in our community. We also have humane traps available for a small, refundable deposit.

I lost my cat; do you have it?

Because we have few open spaces at any given time, we seldom take in lost cats unless we are certain that they don’t have a home. The first place to look is at the municipal animal shelter that provides animal services for your city, as lost and found pets are often posted online. You can also post flyers in your neighborhood and online forums such as Craigslist and NextDoor. Try leaving a blanket or article of clothing with yours and/or the cat’s scent on it. This deters predators but can still make it easier for a lost cat to smell home. If your cat is shy or frightened, you may have more success using a live trap to try to capture your cat. We have live traps available.

Do you have live traps I can borrow?
Yes! We rent traps for a $75 deposit. You can either pay in cash, by check or filling out a form with your credit/debit card info. We will keep your payment safe and secure while you use the trap. Then, when it is returned with no damages, we will return your payment and form or can shred it for you.
I can’t afford to have my cat spayed or neutered at the vet. Can you help?

Spaying or neutering your cat is very important to their health and helps control the stray cat population. While Cat Care Society does not currently offer veterinary or medical services to the public, a few of our friends do. Please check in with the Dumb Friends League Clinic for free spay/neuter surgeries regardless of the owner’s income. The Feline Fix also offers low-cost spay/neuter and wellness services for cats.

My cat passed away, or my current cat doesn’t like the food/toy I bought. Will you take it?

As a small shelter who operates solely off of donations and grants, we are always grateful for any donated pet food, gently used beds, carriers and towels. We also accept opened cat food and litter for our Nibbles & Kibbles food bank and for feeding nearby feral cat communities. Due to PACFA regulations, we cannot use or accept used litter boxes or fabric furniture or toys.

What does limited-admission shelter mean?

As a limited-admission (sometimes called managed admission), private shelter, that means that Cat Care Society can only take in new cats as we have the space and resources available. This relies on the current cats in our care being adopted into new homes — or finding additional foster homes to provide relief and open up more spaces for new cats. Most limited-admission shelters are smaller and great places to bring cats who are older or are facing chronic health issues, as we provide loving care for every cat. It is important to note that even at CCS, we do humanely euthanize when we are unable to alleviate a cat’s suffering or find that a cat’s behavior may cause harm to humans, other pets or the cat itself. We pride ourselves on always going the extra mile for every cat before humanely euthanizing.

Open admission shelters, however, will take any animal and find a loving home for the vast majority of them. Open admission shelters are a crucial part of the animal-welfare ecosystem. These shelters do everything they can within their available resources to place animals and are faced with tough decisions regarding euthanasia when the needs of an animal expand beyond those resources. The majority of these shelters do not euthanize merely due to a time an animal is in care or the space they may have. CCS is able to partner with these organizations and accept some of these cases.

There are several other limited-admission shelters like us in the Denver metro, as well as open-admission ones. Find a list of both on our Resources page.