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Adopt a Cat

Looking to adopt a cat or kitten?

North Shore Animal League America is the world’s largest no-kill rescue and adoption organization with hundreds of cats and kittens available for adoption every week. We always have a wide variety of cats and kittens ranging in all ages, shapes and sizes looking for new loving homes.

Search through our adoptable cats and kittens at our Port Washington, NY shelter or the available animals in your area by using the search tool. Or, come visit our shelter and meet your new best friend today.  

What are some of the benefits of adopting a cat?

Some of the benefits of adopting a cat include: companionship, entertainment, life-lessons, a better quality of life and mental and physical health improvements.

How can adopting a cat improve my health?

Studies have shown that owning and loving a cat can decrease your blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels and reduce depression, anxiety and loneliness. It is also believed that the close bond between a human and animal companion offers significant social, physiological and psychological benefits.

How can adopting a cat improve my quality of life?

Owning a cat appeals to and is beneficial to people of all ages. Children learn responsibility, value for life, socialization and have higher self-esteem while adults and seniors enjoy the companionship and the feelings of self-worth and purpose that taking care of an animal instills. Pet owners smile more, laugh more and form special friendships with other animal owners and lovers.

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We've teamed up with Petland Discounts to help more cats find their forever home through our Pet Store Cat Adoption Program. A great selection of our adoptable furry friends are waiting at a Petland near you!

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Why should I adopt a cat?

Cats can be a perfect choice for just about every household. Independent by nature, cats are extremely low maintenance and perfect for active, busy people. For example:

  ♦ Cats are less maintenance than dogs.
  ♦ Cats are easier to potty train.
  ♦ Cats don't require walks.
  ♦ Cats are more independent than other pets.
  ♦ Cats provide companionship.

For more information on the wonderful world of cats and how they improve our lives, please visit our Expert Advice section:

Choosing the Right Cat...

Benefits of Adopting an Adult Cat

Benefits of Adopting a Shelter Cat

Expert Advice: Cat Adoption Q & A