Cat Adoption Team

Sherwood Shelter Hours
Tues-Fri 12 - 7 pm
Sat-Sun 12 - 6 pm
Closed Monday
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Cat & kitten adoption list


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For a list of kittens for adoption from foster (not at the shelter), please see the Kittens in Foster List (pdf).
You may also wish to review our adoption policies.

You can also see CAT’s adoptable felines on

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Adoption policies

To ensure happy, successful life-long adoptions for cats and adopters alike, CAT adopts according to the policies below.

Indoor-Only: Because cats live much longer, safer lives indoors, CAT adopts to indoor-only homes.

In rare cases (typically when cats have persistent behavioral problems, such as inappropriate elimination, for which CAT veterinary staff have found no physical cause), cats may be approved to go to an indoor/outdoor home. Those adopting cats designated for possible indoor/outdoor homes go through CAT’s normal adoption process and sign a contract specific to indoor/outdoor situations.

Declawing: CAT asks adopters not to declaw adopted cats. Your adoption counselor can provide information about the detriments of declawing, humane alternatives, and how to train a cat to use a scratching post.

For adopters looking for declawed cats, there are almost always previously declawed cats at CAT awaiting adoption.

Kittens: Kittens must be 8-10 weeks old before they are available for adoption. This ensures that kittens receive a strong, healthy start in life and minimizes behavior problems because they are fully weaned and litter box trained. All kittens are spayed or neutered prior to adoption.

Kittens under six weeks of age are listed on CAT’s foster care list but are not available for viewing.

FIV+ Cats: CAT has a small number of FIV+ cats available for adoption. These cats can live relatively long and healthy lives in an indoor, low-stress environment. Because there is a risk of FIV transmission to other cats, the adoption of FIV-positive cats into homes with FIV-negative cats is done on a case-by-case basis. In some instances, FIV-positive cats may be required to be adopted as only cats or share homes only with cats who are also FIV-positive. (FIV is contagious only between cats; humans, dogs, and other non-feline pets cannot contract the disease.)

Renting with Cats: Since we want to make lifelong placements for our cats, we ask that adopters make sure their landlord allows cats and to pay any pet deposits in advance of adopting.

Cats as Gifts: CAT has gift certificates available for those wishing to give a gift adoption. Please note that adopters (the adult or adults with whom the cat will live) must meet with a cat or kitten prior to adoption; choosing a cat is a very personal decision and plays an important role in making a lifelong commitment to a new family member.

Shipping of Cats: We ask adopters to meet with and get to know the cats or kittens prior to adoption. Therefore, we do not ship cats or kittens.

Adoption of Black Cats around Halloween: For the several years, the Cat Adoption Team has not put a halt to the adoption of black cats on Halloween. CAT’s adoption counselors are just as vigilant and informative with potential adopters, as they always are, up to and through Halloween. Black or mostly black cats make up the majority of felines available for adoption at the shelter so it doesn’t make sense to exclude the shelter’s largest population from a chance at a home. There has been no evidence that black cats adopted from shelters are used for mischief in the Portland area over Halloween. From the Oregon Humane Society web site: “Up to and through Halloween, the Oregon Humane Society will be adopting out black cats, black dogs, and even black rats (along with all the other color mixes pets). OHS Humane Investigators assure us that there are no problems for black cats during this time of year and OHS’s adoption procedures and policies are in place to make sure all animals go to loving families.” CAT joins with other animal shelters in the Portland area and across the country by offering an opportunity for folks to fall in love with black cats any time of the year, including Halloween.

Adoption fees

  • Kitten* (under 7 months): $150
  • Teenage Cat (7 - 12 months): $100
  • Adult Cat: $85
  • Senior Cat (over 8 years): $60
  • Special Needs Cat: $60
  • FIV Cat: $60
  • Bonded Pair (Adults): $120

Fees listed here are CAT’s standard adoption fees; adoption fees may vary up to $200.

Regular adoption discounts offered:

  • Adopt any two cats/kittens and receive $20 off total adoption fee
  • Senior adopters age 62 and above receive 20% off regular adoption fee for any cat age 1 year and older (cannot be combined with other offers)

*Kittens on our Foster Kitten list who are 6 weeks and older maybe be “pre-adopted” and go home following spay/neuter surgery.

Your adoption fee includes:

  • Spay/Neuter surgery
  • Testing for FeLV and FIV
  • Microchip and registration fee
  • FVRCP vaccination
  • Rabies vaccination for cats/kittens over 16 weeks old
  • Treatment for parasites (fleas, worms)
  • Sample of cat/kitten food
  • Cat/Kitten Care Booklet
  • Information and questions answered


How to adopt

Because adopting a cat or kitten, or any other pet, is a serious decision, CAT has a team of adoption counselors trained to assist you with finding a feline companion that is likely to be a good fit for your household. They will help you get to know the cats and kittens for adoption, answer questions, and provide information about cat behavior and care.

To adopt a cat or kitten:

  • Meet the cats and kittens in-person
  • Allow 1-2 hours for your visit
  • Complete adopter profile form
  • Meet with an adoption counselor and sign adoption contract
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied by adult
  • Must be 18 years or older and provide proof of residence
  • Check your lease or renter’s policies prior to visiting CAT; landlord approval requested for renters
  • CAT reserves the right to refuse an adoption

Click here for shelter location and hours. If you plan on adopting a cat the same day, please plan to visit the adoption center at least 1-2 hours prior to closing (adoptions end 30 minutes before close). Except during some special events, you can place a 24-hour hold on a cat if you would like to bring back the rest of your family, or need a little extra time to think about your decision.


CAT’s Main Shelter & Retail Store

14175 SW Galbreath Dr., Sherwood, OR 97140 map

CAT logo Adopt a cat and get all the supplies you need right here at our main shelter location! Our in-shelter retail store offers a fantastic selection of cat supplies and all proceeds directly support CAT!

CAT’s hours are: Tuesday to Friday: noon - 7 pm and
Saturday/Sunday: noon - 6 pm (Closed Mondays)
**Please note that adoptions end 30 minutes prior to closing.**

CAT’s Offsite Adoption Locations

Petco Tualatin
Petco Tualatin
8775 SW Tualatin-Sherwood Rd, Tualatin, OR 97062
Adoption hours Saturday and Sunday, noon - 4 pm or by appointment.
Adoptions are completed at CAT’s Sherwood shelter on weekdays.

Pet Loft

Pet Loft
6333 SW Macadam Ave., Portland, OR 97239
Adoption hours anytime during regular store hours.

PetSmart Stores
PetSmart Portland area Adoption hours Saturday and Sunday, noon - 4 pm or by appointment.
Adoptions are completed at CAT’s Sherwood shelter on weekdays.

Purringtons Cat Lounge
Purringtons Cat Lounge
3529 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., Portland, OR 97212
Meet available cats during open hours; adoptions by appointment. Please .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) directly for more information about adopting from this location.

CAT Thrift Store
Thrift Store Benefitting the Cat Adoption Team
4838 SW Scholls Ferry Rd., Portland, OR 97225
Visit CAT’s Thrift Store to meet our adoptable “shop kitty.” The Thrift Store typically houses one cat at a time. Meet the current Thrift Store cat anytime during the store’s open hours.

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Lake Grove Veterinary Clinic
17131 Boones Ferry Rd, Lake Oswego, OR 97035
Adoption hours anytime during regular clinic hours

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Rose City Veterinary Hospital
809 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97202
Adoption hours anytime during regular clinic hours


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