How to Adopt a PAWS Cat or Kitten

We are currently accepting online applications for cats and kittens. We are processing adoptions by appointment only for approved applicants.  To set up an appointment, complete an application below, and we will contact you to set up an appointment.
We are not currently able to accept adoption applications from undergraduate students or out-of-state applications. We ask that you be patient and flexible with us throughout these unusual circumstances.


Adoption Process

To ensure that PAWS cats and adopters are properly matched and all homes are "forever homes," we have an application process for all adoptions. Please allow several days for our volunteers to process your application.

1. Complete An Application

Each potential adopter will first complete an Adoption Application, either in person during our open hours or by completing our new online application. (We recommend completing it on a computer rather than a mobile device.) The application will be thoroughly reviewed by a PAWS Adoption Counselor before a decision is made. Adoption Applications are not considered complete until they are reviewed and applicants have been interviewed. This requirement includes adopters from outside of Centre County.

Applications completed in person can be for a specific cat or may be "non-specific” (meaning the cat(s) will be selected at a later time). Faxed, emailed, or mailed applications will be marked as “non-specific,” until applicants have met the cat(s) they wish to apply for. 

Approved applications are held for 90 days and can be renewed for up to 1 year. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and be able to show valid government identification.

Please note that we are seeking indoor-only homes for nearly all of our adoptable pet cats. PAWS fully supports Trap-Neuter-Release efforts for feral cats. If you are interested in an outdoor (barn) cat, please contact us to check on currently available cats and check in with our friends at The Hundred Cat Foundation to ask about their Barn Home Program.

* Government-issued photo identification may be required at the time of application or adoption.

2. Application Review

The adoption counselor who meets one-on-one with you will ask questions regarding your residence, other people living in the household, lifestyle, and other pets you may own to ensure the best match is made. The adoption counselor will then follow up with your veterinarian, landlord, and references as needed. Please allow several days for our volunteers to process your application.

With the exception of returning adult undergraduates, we do not process adoptions for undergraduate students. Undergraduates are welcome and encouraged to work as cat care volunteers and/or apply to foster.

3. Application Decision

When the application review is complete, your adoption counselor will contact you.  If you applied and are approved for a specific cat and that cat is available at the time you are approved, the adoption will be scheduled.  If the cat you applied for is no longer available at the time your application becomes approved or if you applied for a non-specific cat, your application will remain approved and held for 90 days and can be renewed for up to 1 year.

If you are denied entirely or for a specific cat, a reason will be provided.  A denial could be based on either a violation of our written policies or at the discretion of the adoption committee, who carefully considers each application on a case-by-case basis with the intent of making appropriate matches for our cats and for our applicants. 

Adoption Fees

Age of Cat Adoption Fee
Adult Cats (1 year of age and older) $5
Kittens (up to 1 year of age) $80

Centre County PAWS provides valuable care and treatment for cats and dogs in need. In 2020, we found homes for over 900 animals. Some of those animals were in need of an extraordinary amount of medical intervention. Our veterinary community works tirelessly with PAWS to provide a high quality of life for the cats and dogs in our care. Our adoption fees cover only a portion of PAWS' average cost per cat. Thanks to the dedication of our volunteers and support from our community, we find homes for hundreds of animals each year. No animal has a time limit - adoptable animals stay with PAWS until they find new homes.

What PAWS Provides Before Adoption

  • Spay/neuter of the cat/kitten (info about pediatric spay/neuter - all PAWS cats will be spayed/neutered prior to adoption)
  • Distemper vaccination
  • Rabies vaccination (for appropriate aged cats)
  • Initial Deworming
  • FIV & FeLV testing
  • A free first vet visit in Centre County
  • HomeAgain Microchip Implant*
    • *Includes 24/7 Emergency Medical Hotline Care, Found Pet Travel Assistance, and Lost Pet Posters


Applicants approved for adoption will work with an adoption counselor to schedule their adoption.

If you are still looking for a cat, please stop by during any of our open hours and pay us a visit! If you haven't found the cat you're looking for through PAWS, please visit There are thousands of cats waiting to be rescued and one of them is perfect for you!