Our cats are provided through our partnership with Boone County Animal Care (BCAC), the only local rescue group that exclusively focuses solely on cats and stray/feral cats. BCAC is dedicated to helping cats find and stay in loving homes. A significant focus of BCAC is trap, spay/neuter and release (TNR) as an effort to reduce the overpopulation of cats in our community. You can follow BCAC on Facebook for updates on how to help their efforts, or visit their website for information or to donate to their efforts!
Adopting a Cat
Who provides the cats? What care has been provided to the cats?
Our cats are provided by Boone County Animal Care (BCAC), which is a volunteer-based group and the only group in Boone County that exclusively adopts cats. Their cats receive several medical services to make them adoption ready for you, including the following:
- They have been fostered for at least 2 weeks to allow ample observation time for illness, temperament, and to socialize the cat.
- They have tested negative for FIV and feline leukemia.
- They are provided de-wormer (and antibiotics if needed for illness).
- They are given the required feline distemper and rabies vaccines.
- They are micro-chipped for safety.
- And, because BCAC is a no-kill group, all cats are spayed/neutered before arriving.
What is the adoption process?
You can fill out a digital adoption survey on our website or at BCAC’s website. It will expedite the process for you if you fill it out once you begin considering a cat, even if you don’t know which cat, yet. Once you have completed your adoption survey, a BCAC volunteer will contact you via email. Please be patient and kind to our BCAC volunteer superheroes who work full time jobs and review these applications on the weekend. They work really hard and try to respond to applications within 1 week, but that is not always possible. If a cat already has already received multiple applications (which happens often), it can take longer to get back to you. Please wait to contact BCAC for a follow up to your application until it's been two weeks without a response; there may have been error in contact info if more than 2 weeks pass.
If you are specifically interested in one of our café cats, you must visit the café to meet the cat(s). BCAC will not approve the adoption of any café cat unless the adopter has met the cat in its home environment at the café. Adoptions always go to the “best fit home,” not the order submitted. BCAC has final determination on all adoption approvals, and if they feel the cat you would like is not the best fit, they will work to help you find the feline who best matches your needs. Remember, it’s about helping connect people and cats – we want you to find a fantastic feline, and we want the cats to live long and happy lives, too.
Once your survey is approved and you are matched with the “best fit” cat, BCAC will arrange your adoption. Approved adoptions usually take place on Fridays or Saturdays at PetSmart. Times will be arranged between you and the BCAC volunteer.
What do I bring with me on adoption day? What should I have prepared?
- Most important is a cat carrier! You may not leave the adoption site without one.
- Bring cash or a credit card to pay the adoption fee ($80 or $120 for 2 cats).
- Prepare your home for a cat by acquiring cat essentials: cat food, food/water dishes, litter box, litter, flea treatment, cat brush, nail trimmers, scratcher toys, etc. Adopters often ask what food and litter we provide at the cafe so they can be consistent when the cat goes home. Our cats are fed Purina One Indoor Formula, and we use World's Best Cat Litter.
- Call a veterinarian to establish care for your cat.
Meet the Cats
We have two permanent residents, but the rest of our cats are adoptable. We'll do our best to keep this part of the page up to date. Hopefully our cats get adopted frequently enough to make that a challenge!
Resident Cat (Male)
Pedro is our "Hemingway" cat. He is a four-foot polydactyl, with 24 toes in all. He's playful, he's a lap cat, and he's finally grown in to those "kitten mittens".
Resident Cat (Female)
Corde came to us at 10 months old. She is our resident playful cat, willing to sacrifice her safety to get to a cat dancer. When she tires out, she loves to get pet.
Our cats are being adopted at such a quick pace, it's best you search BCAC's listing on Petfinder.com. This site lists all of the BCAC cats available, but when you click on select cats you are interested in, you can see if they are at the cafe.