Breeders, Shelters, Rescues – Cat Adoption Options

Now that you know what you’re looking for in a cat, it’s time to decide where you should go to start your search. Some people looking for a specific breed may want to go to a breeder or check with their local shelter, which often have a surprising number of purebred cats on the adoption floor. If you’re looking for a cat based on personality, you have even more options. You could visit a shelter, rescue organization, or foster home if you’d like to rescue a cat, or go to a breeder if you’re looking for a purebred.


There are many different systems in place that often work together to help all kinds of cats find lasting homes.

To start your search, visit to discover cats and kittens in your area looking for their forever homes.

Still deciding where to go to find your new cat? Here are some of your options:

Shelters, Rescues and Foster Homes

A shelter is a housing facility for surrendered or stray animals, operated by an organization dedicated to pet welfare, like a humane society, or by a municipal government.

Like shelters, rescue organizations are dedicated to pet welfare, but they may not be formally incorporated charitable organizations or have tax-exempt status. For the most part, rescue organizations care for a relatively small number of animals through a network of private foster homes, rather than in an animal shelter.

Foster homes provide temporary, in-home care for one or more animals through the auspices of an animal shelter or animal rescue organization. Foster caregivers may be either volunteers or staff members of animal welfare organizations or a municipal animal shelter, and may foster animals for a number of different reasons. For example, foster homes are often needed for pets that are not yet ready for adoption (sick, injured, recovering from surgery, not yet weaned, needing socialization or other behaviour modification, etc.) or pets for whom there is not enough space in the shelter. Some rescue groups operate completely through a network of foster homes.


Purina works closely with pet welfare organizations, donated millions last year and actively works to change the perceptions of shelters and shelter pets.

Wherever you choose to get your cat, we hope we’ve helped you find a companion that will make your life richer, more loving, and more adventurous.