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Thinking About Adopting a Cat?

We offer same day adoptions! If you are prepared to take a cat home the day of your visit, we ask you to bring your own crate to transport the cat in. In most situations we are unable to provide a crate for the journey home. 

Here are some questions to ask:

Is the whole household on-board?

Does anyone have allergies or health conditions that could be affected by cat dander? Do you have other pets and have they had experiences with cats—good or bad? Do you have a closed-off space in your home where the new cat can adjust to its new surroundings?

Can you live with claws?

Scratching is normal cat behavior. Cats scratch to remove the dead husks from their claws, mark territory, and stretch their muscles. Declawing a cat is the removal of the last bone of each toe. Think in terms of having the last knuckle of each of your fingers removed. If you adopt a cat, provide it with a scratching post and be ready to work out any scratching issues that come up. Declawing is not a solution. Click here to read more about the downsides of declawing.

Who will be the primary caretaker of the cat?

The whole family should be involved in choosing the new cat, but an adult needs to be the one who makes sure the right cat is chosen for the family and is properly cared for. Feeding and litter patrol is a daily chore and the cat’s health depends on it. Involving children in the care is a great opportunity for them to learn responsibility,  but they can not be expected to do everything. Also, remember the kids will grow up and leave, but the cat will still be with you.

How much can you spend?

To adopt a shelter cat at the Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter (a City of Steamboat Springs facility) is only $80. This seems pretty inexpensive, however, there are many other costs with adopting a cat. Annual vaccinations, good quality food, litter pan and litter, toys, and a scratching post are necessities. And, don’t forget about veterinary emergencies. These can cost hundreds of dollars. Urinary infections are common with cats. As they age, they can also be more inclined to have heart, respiratory, or kidney issues.

Time and Energy
If you decide on a kitten, realize that they have three times the energy of an adult cat. You will also need to spend more time socializing them so they will become friendly, well-adjusted members of the household.


Our adoptions are Satisfaction Guaranteed! While there is a person for every animal, we know that not every animal is for every person. If you adopt an animal from RCHS and discover that you are not compatible due to behavior concerns or medical issues, you may return your pet within 60 days and your adoption fee will be refunded.


Our Cat Adoption Process

If you are interested in adopting a cat, you are welcome to come visit during our open hours, no appointment is needed for visiting the cats. We require that everyone living in the home, visit the cat/kitten prior to adoption. We do offer same day adoptions, if you are interested in same day adoptions, please bring your own cat crate for the ride home. 

Once everyone in the home has met the cat/kitten and it has been decided by all parties this pet is a good fit for your home, you can complete the application at the shelter. Our team will get your information entered into our system, then review the complete medical and behavior information for the pet. Please be sure to ask any questions you have, it’s better to ask before bringing the cat home to make sure they have the best chance at success.


Cats available for adoption


Meet Tella Tubby

All about Tella Tubby

Tella Tubby is a 1 year, 2 months old female Domestic Shorthair/Mix cat who weighs 6 pounds.

Hiya, I'm Tella Tubby! My kittens and I came here from a shelter in Texas and are looking for a new place to call home. I spent some time in foster care while I cared for my kittens but now that they are all big and healthy I am ready to start my next adventure! I can be shy at first but once I feel settled I will melt your heart! Come visit and adopt me today!

Note that many cats do not reach full size until they are about a year and a half old. The weight listed here is the cat's current weight.

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Additional Information

Housetrained: Unknown or unspecified

Location: Purr Palace / free range - off lob

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