If you are interested in adopting, please call or email us.
If kittens are available for adoption, they will be posted on our Petfinder and Facebook pages.
No events planned at this time.
Starting Saturday, July 17, our open hours will once again be Wednesdays 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. PLEASE READ these important changes to our adoption process.
We are sure there will be some bumps in this process, so please bear with us as we transition to a new, and hopefully better, way of handling adoptions. If you are interested in adopting one of our cats, please fill out an adoption application. You can pick one up at the shelter during the adoption hours or contact us from our Petfinder page and we will email an application to you. It can take up to a week to review your application and to approve you for adopting a PFC cat. Once you are approved, you are welcome to come by the shelter during adoption hours and meet cats that might be a good match for you. While the new procedure takes a bit more time, we have found it enormously helpful in deciding what home might be best for each cat. The reason for these changes is a result of lessons learned from handling adoptions during the pandemic. Our primary focus has always been on finding the best home for each individual cat. We find this can be done most successfully when there is time for the adoption team to review information about potential adopters prior to sending cats off to their new homes. Number of people in a household, their ages, whether there are other pets in the home and how many hours the cat might be left alone all factor into making these decisions. For example, a young, active sociable cat would probably thrive in a home with energetic children and be bored living with retirees. Conversely, a timid cat might be stressed by the noise and bustle of children, but might settle contentedly into a quieter home.
How to adopt a cat or kittens prior to Saturday, July 17th:
- Go to our Petfinder page (look for the "1 mile away" cats).
- If you see a cat or kittens you like, send an inquiry via Petfinder, or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the cat or kittens you are interested in.
- An adoption volunteer will email you back a questionnaire.
- Once we receive your filled out questionnaire, if it looks like a good match for you and the cat, an appointment to visit the cat will be scheduled. If you decide to adopt the cat, you will fill out the adoption application and agreement, pay the adoption fee and we will transfer the cat to you as safely as possible.
There's something about Maine Coons
People for Cats is still officially closed to the public due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, we have been conducting contact-reduced adoptions via appointment. Once a cat becomes available for adoption it is advertised on Petfinder and our Facebook page. Prospective adopters should contact us via Petfinder or leave a message for Barbara on our hotline. We will send you a brief questionnaire followed by a telephone interview. If it looks like you might be a good match for the cat, an appointment will be made for you to view the cat at the shelter, with minimal contact.
As we begin this new year, we celebrate our native New England cat, the Maine Coon.
Maine Coons have been referred to as gentle giants and with good reason. A healthy weight for an average domestic cat is around 10 pounds. However, some Maine Coons can weigh more than twice that amount without being overweight and they are also slow to mature. While many cats are fully grown at one year, Maine Coons do not reach full size until they are three- to five-years-old. The Guinness record holder for the longest cat was a Maine Coon who was more than four feet long from his nose to the end of his tail!
Apart from their impressive size, Maine Coons are distinctive for their luxurious long-haired coats. There has been quite a bit of speculation about their origins and genetic testing indicates their ancestors include Norwegian Forest Cats. Maine Coons are ideally adapted to our northern New England climate. Their fur is very dense and water resistant and they even have tufts of fur between their toes, which can act like snowshoes. Like many New England cats, a significant number of them are polydactyl; with the extra toes helping distribute their weight when walking on snow.
Maine Coon cats are highly intelligent and social cats that will follow you around wherever you go. They are frequently referred to as the dogs of the cat world. Although they are long-haired, their coats have less tendency to mat than some other breeds; still, a good brushing is necessary at least once a week. Due to their sociability, Maine Coons frequently do well in families with children and other pets. They are generally healthy, but are susceptible to hip dysplasia, like certain large dog breeds.
Although we seldom get purebred cats in shelters, there are enough Maine Coon cats in New England that their genes are common in the general population. So, if you happen to fall in love with a big, long-haired cat in a local shelter, chances are that there is a Maine Coon or two somewhere in his ancestry.
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