Adoptions — The Greater New Haven Cat Project, Inc (2024)

Adoptions — The Greater New Haven Cat Project, Inc (1)


We adopt to Connecticut residents only.
Preference is given to adopters in New Haven County.

Our adoption process:

  1. CompletE the adoption screening form (below).

    • We receive many adoption requests, and it may take up to 14 days for a volunteer to respond to your application once it has been received. If your application is to be considered, we will contact you within 2 weeks.

    • At that time we will ask you to call your current veterinarian to provide permission for us to speak to them about your previous pet(s).

    • Please note that if we do not contact you within 2 weeks, your application will not be considered.

  2. What to expect if you are contacted (after pre-screening):

    • GNHCP will contact you via email or telephone to set up an appointment to meet foster cats or kittens.

    • Cat or kittens are typically not adopted at the first appointment. This is to ensure you find the right match or to enable GNHCP to schedule a brief veterinary appointment if the cat has been in foster care longer than 6 months.

    • If you find your perfect feline match, you will be required to pay an adoption fee of $225 (for both adult cats and kittens) to help defray the costs for vaccination and spay/neuter expenses. This adoption fee must be paid in full at the time of adoption. There is no flexibility in this arrangement. The adoption fee is the fee required for each cat or kitten.

  3. Adoption requirements:

    • If you do not own your residence, you must be in your current residence for a minimum of 9 months.

      • If you are contacted for an adoption appointment, you must bring a copy of your lease demonstrating permission to have a pet(s) and the originating lease date.

    • If you are a graduate student, you must have moved to New Haven with a companion animal in order for your application to be considered.

    • Kittens are adopted in pairs, unless you have another companion animal. Other requirements will be discussed with you during your appointment.

    • GNHCP likes to meet everyone in the household, including children.

We appreciate your understanding of our policies and procedures. If you do not meet the requirements listed above, please try other organizations/shelters. If you do not adopt from GNHCP, we can still connect you with low-cost veterinary services to ensure your new pet is spayed/neutered.

Meet all of our current fosters!

This list is kept up-to-date; if you no longer see a cat on this list, that means they are no longer available for adoption.

The cats and kittens featured on this page residE in foster homes or at the GNHCP Center. once your adoption application is approved, we will contact you to set up an appointment.

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Hamilton is a young DSH male gray & white tabby. He was born in February 2024. He is extremely playful and loves to run around and play with his sister Haley. He will eventually fall asleep in your lap for a snooze.

He will also watch the birds and squirrels!

Birth Year: 2024


Haley is a young DSH gray tabby female. She was born in February of 2024. She is very sweet! She loves to play with her toys and chase all of them. She is a lap cat and enjoys her naps! She will wrestle with her brother Hamilton too.

Birth Year: 2024


Simone is a young DSH grey and white female. She was born in February of 2024.

Birth Year: 2024


Cinnamon is a young, DSH gray & white tabby female. She was born in February of 2024.

Birth Year: 2024


Pixie is a young, DSH tuxedo female. She was born in January of 2024. She and her mom, Dixie, were rescued in Hamden.

Birth Year: 2024


Jude was rescued from New Haven. He is very friendly, confident, and playful! He would be great with kids.

Birth Year: 2023


Isla and her four siblings were rescued in New Haven from a chaotic household. She was born in July of 2023. She is very energetic and playful, and especially loves to play with wand toys and to chase springs. But when she's all tuckered out from play, she is an absolute snuggle bug and loves to curl up in a lap or to be carried around while she gets pets. She would do well in a home with playmates -- either friendly cats or cat-savvy kids. She is very assertive and confident, and ever curious.

Birth Year: 2023


Eliza is a sweet young adult who loves being petted, and enjoys lots of playtime with her sister. Sheenjoys napping in the sunshine,and keeping an eye on the neighborhood while bird watching through the window! She also has a love for climbing and frequently scales both the insides and outsides of the cages at the center. She would love to find a forever home with her sweet sister Ellamae.

Birth Year: 2022


Ellamae is here to make her debut! Ellamae is shy at first but once she gets to know you, she will go back and forth looking to be pet. She is very curious, and loves to be a part of everything that’s going on around her. She especially loves playtime with her sister Eliza who she would love find a forever home with!

Birth Year: 2022


Dixie is a young adult female who was abandoned in Hamden. She was pregnant when she was rescued, and had one kitten, Pixie.

Dixie can get overwhelmed by noise and lots of other people or cats -- she would do best in a home where she is the only pet, and in a quiet house without children or a lot of activity. That said, she is very curious and wants to be where her people are. She will follow you around to watch what you're doing and will always want to be involved.

Do not leave Dixie unsupervised with drinks or breakables on tables -- she loves to knock things off of counters and watch them fall!

Birth Year: 2023


What about Bobby? Well first off, he's an adorable tuxedo who likes to give kisses. Second, even though he has some visual impairments that cause him to see a bit blurry, he's as happy as can be. He and his brother, Trevor, were rescued together from a feral colony. They love to play and chase each other around, but they will also snuggle up together for a nice nap. They can be shy with new people, but warm up quickly and love pets and snuggles. The two are a bonded pair and would do best if they were adopted together.

Birth Year: 2021


What's black and white and cute all over? Why, it's Trevor! This young tux may seem a bit shy at first, but once he gets to know you, he'll happily accept pets in exchange for purrs. He likes playing with toys and with his brother, Bobby. He is a little intimidated by other cats, so he would do best if he were adopted with his brother Bobby into a household without other pets. He and Bobby are both very gentle, so they would do well with children, but because they can be shy it is very important that children understand their boundaries and are equally gentle with them. Give Trevor and Bobby a try!

Birth Year: 2021


You've heard of "Ivan the terrible?" Meet Ivan the "terribly cute." This handsome young adult male was rescued in New Haven. While he is a little shy and unsure of people at first, once he gets to know you, he’s a friendly boy and the gentlest cat you will ever meet. He’s very curious and loves to explore until he finds the best nook for napping in, whether it’s on a cat tree or in a laundry basket! He would make a great companion for another playful cat. He has had a full mouth extraction due to prior dental issues, so he has no teeth, but that doesn’t get in his way — he eats regular cat food, including kibble.

Birth Year: 2021


Donovan was right. We're just mad about Saffron! And with her beautiful blue eyes, white fur with grey patches, & cute little pink nose & toe beans, it's easy to see why. This young adult female was abandoned in New Haven. We'd love to find a ˆ"mellow yellow" home for her.

Saffron needs to be the only pet in the house. She is incredibly sweet and snuggly with humans, but she has no tolerance for other cats. At our center she’s known for her spicy personality anytime one of the other cats gets close, but as soon as you sit down she’ll climb into your lap and purr happily while she gets pets and snuggles. She gets morning zoomies and loves to play, and one of her favorite things is to drink water from the tap — she will sit by the sink and wait for you to turn the water on for her! As snuggly as she is, she is also very independent, so she’ll do just fine on her own while her humans go to work.

Add a little spice and lots of love to your life, and give Saffron the safe, happy home she deserves.

Birth Year: 2021


Meet Aziza! This beautiful adult female has been through a lot, but she’s ready to find her new home and thrive. She loves making biscuits in her cat bed and playing with the laser pointer, and she’s very smart — she sees everything with her big eyes. Sometimes she likes to eat and drink with her paws. Her foster mom thinks she’d use a straw and fork if only she had opposable thumbs! She isn’t a lap cat (yet) but she will curl up next to you. She is very independent, and will communicate her boundaries when she needs some space, so she would do best in a home without small children, or with kids who are very cat-savvy.

Birth Year: 2020


AJ had a family for several years, but he came to us after they no longer had room for him. He doesn't let that get him down, though. He's friendly, playful, loving, and ready to trust whoever will make his next home his forever home. While he is shy around other cats, he loves to explore and play when he’s given his own space. He goes absolutely nuts for catnip, and even though he’s a big boy, he has a very soft little voice. He'd do best in a quiet environment without a lot of activity. Give this sweet adult male a shot.

Birth Year: 2017


Sweet Jesse was left in a box on someone's porch in New Haven. But he doesn't let that tough situation hold him back. This adult male is looking for a home that will keep him safe and comfortable, with people who will love him forever. He is very sweet and independent, and would probably do best in a quiet home without a lot of activity. While he gets along with some of the other foster cats, he mostly prefers the company of humans or being by himself. He likes to play and loves to stretch out on his back and show off his belly!

Birth Year: 2019


Sabrina is a senior cat who was rescued from a basem*nt in New Haven after her owners abandoned her. She is incredibly sweet, gentle, and full of love!

Birth Year: 2015

Can’t take home a cat yet? Sponsor a Foster!

This program lets you donate $150 and receive regular updates on your sponsored cat’s progress. It’s the purr-fect way to support a cat in need without having to take them home with you. Plus, you’ll receive a Happy at Home follow-up once your sponsored cat finds their furever home.

Please let us know which cat you want to sponsor in the Description Field when you check out.

Adoptions — The Greater New Haven Cat Project, Inc (2024)


What cat is less likely to be adopted in shelters? ›

Black cats are also most often ignored by many rescue groups because they are so hard to place. These cats are often left waiting in pounds and shelters with hopes of finding a loving home, only to be destroyed once their time is up.

Where to bring a stray cat CT? ›

Do you know of a stray cat that needs a home? The CT Humane Society is a great place to start. They will take in stray cats if they have the room available.

How much is the adoption fee for Euclid Beach Cat Project? ›

Adoption Policy

Adoption Fees: Cats $90 domestic and $150 and up exotic, kittens $120 domestic and $150 and up exotic. Pair discounts available. We reply to all adoption inquiry emails, so please check your spam folders!

How do I adopt the right kitten? ›

Observe Kitten Behaviors

Signs of a healthy kitten are alertness and curiosity, as opposed to listlessness or lethargy. The kitten should be approachable and easy to handle. If anything seems amiss, make the people or place you are adopting your kitten from aware of it.

What is the 3 3 3 cat adoption rule? ›

You can expect that it will take your cat some time to get used to the new routines and environment. The 'Rule of Three' means that you can gauge the time it might take for your cat to fully acclimate to his home in threes: three days, three weeks, and three months.

What is the 333 adoption rule cat? ›

While there are some cats that automatically adjust to a new home as soon as they get there, most do not. The general rule when adopting any animal is the rule of 3-3-3: three days to decompress, three weeks to learn your routine and three months to start to feel at home.

What do vets do with feral cats? ›

TNR, TNVR (Trap Neuter Return, or Trap Neuter Vaccinate Return) – With trap-neuter-return, cats are caught in humane traps for the purpose of having those cats sterilized, vaccinated, ear-tipped and returned where they were found to live.

What to do when adopting stray cats? ›

Here are some tips to help make your experience with a rescued feline go smoothly:
  1. #1 Take It to a Vet First. ...
  2. #2 Treat for Fleas and Ticks. ...
  3. #3 Take Care of Medical Issues As Necessary. ...
  4. #4 Know What the Cat is Used to Eating Before Switching Its Diet. ...
  5. #5 Give the Cat Some Space. ...
  6. #6 Be Patient With the Cat's Behavior.
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Where is the best place to leave a stray cat? ›

If You Found a Feral Cat

If he seems healthy and has an ear tip, leave the cat be—he's doing just fine. If he doesn't have an ear tip, check with your local municipal shelters, SPCAs, cat rescues, or local veterinarians for information on Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) in your community.

Can I adopt cats from Cat Island? ›

Cat Island's entire population is up for adoption. Many at “cat cafes” in the city do a similar thing: Provide a space where people can befriend and potentially take home a neutered, if shy, kitty.

Are cats happy to be adopted? ›

Every cat will adjust a little differently. Outgoing felines might feel like the master of their new home after only a day or two; others may take six months or longer to build up their confidence and form strong bonds with their people.

What age is best to adopt a kitten? ›

Waiting until a kitten is at least eight weeks of age before they are adopted or purchased will help to ensure that the kitten has had some opportunity for behavioural development, and has at least received adequate amounts of their mother's milk for growth and overall health.

Which cat is best for adoption? ›

Best cat breeds to adopt?
  • Maine Coon – one of the largest cat breeds, tends to be social, talkative in a chirping fashion, with a dog-like personality.
  • Ragdoll – relatively calm and easy-going, especially with physical handling; similar to the Maine Coon they like to be close to their owners.

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