Applying to Adopt a Cat:
you wish to adopt a 4Paws cat that you have seen at an Adoption
Location or the Online Adoption Fair, please complete an adoption
application and contract.
the application and contract by clicking as indicated above or pick up
an application packet at an Adoption
Either fax the paperwork to 703-560-9795, leave it at an Adoption Location,
or mail it to:
P.O. Box 2908
Merrifield, VA 22116
sure to call 703-715-6369 and leave a message indicating that you have
faxed, mailed or left an application at a Petco store to adopt a cat.
takes 3 to 4 days to process an application.
Incomplete applications cannot be processed. A 4Paws volunteer will
call you after the application has been reviewed.
Senior Companions for Seniors -
reduced adoption fee of $60 on cats 8+ years old for senior adopters
care is provided to 4Paws’ cats as appropriate. All cats are vaccinated
(as appropriate for their ages), spayed or neutered (if old enough) and
tested for feline leukemia and AIDs.
The adoption fee for an already sterilized cat is $120**.
For an unsterilized kitten the fee is $145 ($95 adoption fee plus $50
refundable sterilization deposit). After providing proof of spay or
neuter, a $50 deposit is refunded to the adopter of an unsterilized
adoption fees only partially defray the cost of readying a cat for
and flea treatment ($15 - $25)
and distemper vaccines ($20 - $30 each)
testing ($40 - $60)
or neuter ($75 - $150)
(food, litter, toys and medication)
is our goal to make the best possible match between adopter and cat.
Accordingly, we may suggest that you adopt a cat other than the one for
which you are applying, depending upon your lifestyle and household.
While it is our intent to find permanent loving homes for our cats, we
understand that sometimes a placement does not work out or
circumstances change. A cat rescued by 4Paws is a cat rescued for life.
We will always accept back any cat previously adopted out through our
You will be entitled to a refund of the adoption fee if we are notified
within 30 days of the adoption that you are having problems. If you
wish to continue working to integrate the cat into your household, we
will often grant an extension on the time to get a refund. In the case, however, that the adoption does
not work out, as indicated in the Adoption Contract, you are required
to return the cat to 4Paws. You may not give the
cat away or take it to an animal shelter.
For any reason,
at any point in the future, 4Paws will always accept back any cat
previously adopted out through our adoption program. Call us at
703-715-6369 and indicate that you need to return a 4Paws cat.
Do not call Petco, as they have no authority to accept a cat on behalf