Cat AdopTion Service

Cat AdopTion Service is a no-kill, volunteer organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and permanent placement of homeless cats and kittens into responsible, loving homes. Our goal is to significantly and positively affect the homeless cat population in the San Diego area by finding homes for domestic cats and kittens. All of our cats are spayed/neutered before adoption. Whenever possible we also trap/spay/release any feral mother of kittens that we take in.
Nov 4, 2014

Tis the Season of Giving!

Kittens found in a trash heap
Kittens found in a trash heap

Its the time of year for good food, warm homes, and time with loved ones! Here at San Diego Cat Adoption Service, we hope to make it that way for many more abandoned cats and kittens too! This adorable kitty family was found in a trash heap in Imperial Beach. It took our team of dedicated volunteers 3 days of trapping to catch all 6 babies and mom. After they were all socialized in a caring foster home, vetted and spayed/neutered, they have all found happy homes! 

Some people might ask why our volunteers and supporters are so generous with their time, efforts, and donations. We are all inspired by the generosity and kindness of cats themselves! A good example is mama cat Dawn, whose story is below: 

SDCATS pulled Dawn and her babies were from a high-kill shelter. All the cats battled horrible upper respiratory infections, however after constant supportive care, they are healthy and just went up on our website for pre-adoption! While in foster care, another batch of underaged rescued kittens was brought in from a shelter; when mom Dawn discovered them waiting in the hallway, she  was insistent that they come out. She went to their crate and cried putting her paw through the bars. They all came to the crate door reaching out and crying. She has now adopted them as her own. It was not our plan but sometimes the heart wants what the heart wants. 

Thank you for all your generosity and support of our ongoing efforts to find loving, caring homes for abandoned cats in the San Diego area. We cannot continue our life-saving work without your support!

From all of us to all of you, happy holidays and thank you!

Mama Dawn with some of her babies!
Mama Dawn with some of her babies!
More of Dawn
More of Dawn's babies!

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Aug 4, 2014

The CAT days of summer!

As summer winds up, San Diego Cat Adoption Service has many adorable cats and kittens ready for adoption and waiting to join their forever families. Many of these kittens come to us through the efforts of various kind and concerned people who see a stray cat mother in their neighborhood and take the responsibility to make a phone call.
In the case of stray mothers who are truly feral, or wild, we wait until the kittens are weaned and then spay the mother and return her to the area she was found, or sometimes relocate them to a safer area, such as a colony that is managed and fed. The practice of trap, spay/neuter, release (TNR) is essential to the humane management of feral cat populations. In San Diego county the practice of TNR by groups such as the Feral Cat Coalition (FCC) lowered the rate of cats being impounded and euthanized by 50% over a five year period.
At Cat Adoption Service we provide loving homes for new kittens and occasionally for docile, sweet cats who are found mixing in feral colonies. All cats and kittens in our care live in foster homes until they are adopted, which ensures the best care and also socializes them. Unfortunately the cost of medical expenses, food, litter, and miscellaneous supplies are almost never entirely covered by the cost of adopting a cat, and the longer a cat stays with us, the greater this discrepancy. That is why we depend so much on the generosity of supporters like you. Your donations are indispensable in rescuing multitudes of homeless cats from a slow and painful death by disease, predators, cars, starvation and cruelty. Thank you for all you do to improve the lives of homeless cats in San Diego County. We appreciate it so much, and words cannot describe how much they appreciate it!

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May 5, 2014

Kittens, kittens, kittens!

Spring has Sprung in San Diego, and that means.. kittens! Lots and lots of them! Kitten season is a joyous, exciting, and slightly hectic time at Cat Adoption Service. The influx of newborn kittens requires extra time and dedicated care by our team of amazing foster parents. Although many of the kittens we take in come along with their mother, some are orphaned as infants and need round-the-clock care in order to survive. Many mothers with babies come to us via the Feral Cat Society. We take in these mothers, allow them to nurse and care for their young until the kittens reach about 4 weeks of age, when we wean them. If the mothers turn out to be friendly, they are spayed and put up for adoption. Some of our favorite adoptions are when mothers get to go home with one or more of their babies! In the cases of mothers who are truly feral, they are spayed and returned to their colony. 

Kittens orphaned at a young age require extra special parenting. They need to be fed every two hours for the first week of life, and every 3 hours for the next few weeks. Although these bottle-babies require intense care, the pay-off is sweet, seeing a kitten grow and change daily is fascinating and adorable! 

As always, we depend on your help to cover the costs of the overwhelming number of young cats who need care and homes this time of year. Kittens require several anti-parasite regimens, internal and external, along with vaccine booster series, food, litter, sometimes extra health care. Not to be forgotten are the older cats in residence in our foster homes and adoption sites, patiently waiting for the perfect person to come along and take them home. Cats who stay with us longer require ongoing care and resources. 

A big thanks to our amazing volunteers: foster parents, adoption counselors, transporters, and those who complete the various tasks required to keep our organization running smoothly. And from all of us to you: thanks to you for all you do to help the homeless cats of San Diego County! We couldn't do it without you.

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