Nothing is as joyful as adopting a cat and introducing your new fluffy, four-legged friend to their new home. In Portland, there are hundreds of cats that need homes and dozens of animal shelters offering cats for adoption. These animal shelters go above and beyond to save animals from poor conditions and provide them with the care they need. You can help these shelters save more animals by adopting pets from them. Here are the top 10 places to adopt a Cat in or Near Portland, Oregon (in no particular order)...
1. The Pixie Project – a non-profit animal adoption center and rescue located in the heart of Portland
The Pixie Project is a non-profit animal adoption center that offers a range of services to the public, including pet adoption, pet wonder education, free spay and neuter, and veterinary services.
The animal shelter features dozens of adoptable cats of all ages. From British shorthair to Persian cat to Burmese kittens, they have a great variety of cat breeds. You can visit the adoption center Tuesdays through Fridays between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. On Saturdays, the center closes at 4 p.m.
Address: 510 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97232, United States
2. Animal Aid Inc – a highly regarded animal shelter who rescues both cats and dogs
Animal Aid is a non-profit animal rescue center that has been serving the Portland community for more than 50 years. The organization operates several animal welfare programs, including a foster program for cats and dogs, a community-driven animal care supply sharing initiative, and a medical care program for animals.
Animal Aid works with local veterinarians, trainers, and behaviorists to provide funds for medical and behavioral care of animals. The non-profit organization also runs a free-roam shelter for cats featuring dozens of adoptable cats of various breeds, including ragdoll, American shorthair, maine coon, and Balinese cat.
Address: 5335 SW 42nd Ave, Portland, OR 97221, United States
3. Animal Rescue & Care Fund – a non-profit rescue and adoption group
Animal Rescue & Care Fund is an animal shelter housing hundreds of homeless cats. They also provide spay/neuter services for cats. They have cats of all sizes, ages, and breeds. The non-profit is committed to finding the best home for all of their foster cats which is why their adoption process includes seven different steps.
You have to submit the Adoption Interest Form to initiate the process. You’ll get a call from their volunteer within 24 hours of submitting the application. After the call, they’ll determine whether or not you are a suitable adopter. If you are selected, they may call your rental property manager to make sure pets are allowed on the premises. They may also contact your veterinarian to know about the medical care you have previously provided to your pets.
Address: 14956 Portland, OR 97293 USA
4. Oregon Humane Society – is a private, nonprofit animal shelter serving the needs of over 11000 animals each year include cat rescues
Oregon Humane Society is an animal shelter that rescues over 11,00 pets every year. They do not have a time limit for how long animals can stay at their shelter. They provide a multitude of services for animals, including spay and neuter assistance, pet memorial services, and emergency animal rescue.
Whether you want to adopt an Abysinnian cat or a furry ragdoll, Oregon Humane Society features adorable cats of many different breeds. The center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. You’ll have to make an appointment to visit the center.
Address: 1067 NE Columbia Blvd, Portland, OR 97211, United States
5. Multnomah County Animal Services Adoption Center – is the primary agency sheltering stray animals in Multnomah County
Multnomah County Animal Services Adoption Center is a public animal shelter that features over a dozen adoptable cats belonging to a number of breeds, including Bombay cat, American shorthair, American curl, maine coon, American wirehair, and American bobtail.
The animal shelter is committed to rescue lost, homeless, stray, neglected, abandoned, injured, and sick animals. They provide a range of services for animals, including 24-hour response to animal emergencies, AAHA accredited veterinary care, pet owners education, and licensing for dogs, cats and animal facilities.
Multnomah County Animal Services Adoption Center is also the founding member of the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland (ASAP), a union of the largest animal welfare organizations serving Portland. The center is open Thursdays through Tuesdays at different timings, mostly between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Address: 1700 W Historic Columbia River Hwy, Troutdale, OR 97060, United States
6. Cat Adoption Team – is the largest cat shelter in the Pacific Northwest
The Cat Adoption Team is a shelter for cats about 15 miles from Portland. The cat-only shelter operates a spay and neuter clinic, on-site veterinary hospital, and a food bank that helps cat owners feed their beloved pets.
You can adopt cats from them by visiting the center or filling out an application online. The center is open for in-person visits Tuesdays through Sundays between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Address: 14175 SW Galbreath Dr, Sherwood, OR 97140, United States
7. Lancaster Four Dog Rescue – they spay neuter and rehome both dogs and cats
Lancaster Four Dog Rescue is an animal rescue organization that is committed to educating communities about overpopulation and disease by promoting animal vaccination and spay and neuter. The organization runs several animal shelters featuring cats and dogs rescued from poor conditions.
You can visit them on Tuesdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. You can also apply for adoption online by filling out a form on their website.
Address: 10 NE 141st Ave, Portland, OR 97230, United States
8. Cat’s Cradle Rescue – an all-volunteer, foster-home based No-Kill rescue serving Oregon cats who need new homes
Cat’s Cradle Rescue is a non-profit animal rescue organization that helped, rescued, and adopted more than 2,000 cats since 2012. Their shelter home features over a dozen breeds, including but not limited to domestic shorthair, tuxedo, and American shorthair.
You can meet and adopt the pets by filling out the adoption application online. You can also visit the center Mondays through Fridays between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. On Saturdays, they are open between 12 a.m. and 4 p.m.
9. Mult Co Animal – one of the best places to adopt a cat near Portland
Mult Co Animal is an open admission animal shelter in Troutdale, 18 miles from Portland. The shelter rescues 6,000 animals every year, all of which are from the local community.
They also offer other pet services, including pet adoption, licensing for dogs and cats, and veterinary care. The shelter is open to the public from Thursdays through to Tuesdays, mostly between 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Address: 1700 W Historic Columbia River Hwy, Troutdale, OR 97060, United States
10. Humane Society for Southwest Washington – a caring animal rescue service in Vancouver, Washington
Humane Society for Southwest Washington is an animal rescue center featuring a variety of adoptable cats, rabbits, and dogs. They have a rigorous adoption process involving a number of steps to ensure that animals find a suitable owner.
You can apply for adoption online via their official website. They are open for in-person visits daily between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Address: 1100 NE 192nd Ave, Vancouver, WA 98684, United States
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