How to Adopt a PAWS Cat or Kitten

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.

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.

Each potential adopter will first complete an Adoption Application that will be reviewed in person before approval (Adoption Applications are not considered complete when submitted via email or standard mail). This requirement includes adopters from outside of Centre County. Applications can be for a specific cat or may be "non-specific." 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.

The adoption counselor who meets one on one with you will ask questions regarding your residence, other people living in the household, and other pets you may own to ensure the best match is made.

Adoption Fees

Adoption Fees for Cats by Age Group
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 2017, 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.

What PAWS Provides Before Adoption

  • Spay/neuter of the cat/kitten (info about pediatric spay/neuter)
  • 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. In advance of your arrival, please check out our Feline Fundamentals Booklet.

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!