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Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to some of the questions you may have regarding Pooler Paws here. We’ve addressed some of the most common ones below, but if something isn’t clear feel free to contact us. We’ll be happy to assist you in any way possible.

Where can I view cats/kittens available for adoption?

You can view available pets on our Facebook page, Website, or Petfinder.

What is the adoption process?

The best way to start the adoption process is to fill out an adoption application. Once the application is submitted, it will be reviewed by our organization and the potential adopter will be contacted to discuss the application. Or if you prefer, schedule an appointment with us and if you find the perfect kitty, you can fill out an application at that time. The second step in the adoption process once the application is approved is to schedule a meet and greet with the potential kitty. Adoptions are by appointment only. Please be aware that some of our kitties are living in foster homes, so schedules may need to be coordinated to schedule a kitty meet and greet. The third step in the adoption process once the adoption application has been approved and the kitty has been selected, we will require full payment of the appropriate adoption fees. The adopter will also need to provide a carrier to transport the adopted kitty to their new home. If bringing a carrier from home, please make sure the carrier is clean which includes any blankets or pads inside the carrier. We also want to ensure the adopter has all the appropriate cat supplies for a successful transition to their new home! We will review if needed at the time of adoption. You will be given samples of what the kitten/cat has been eating, along with feeding schedules at the time of adoption.

I saw a cat/kitten I’m interested in, what do I do?

You can fill out an adoption application Contact the rescue to set up an appointment to see the cat in person to see if it’s a good fit for you. Email: FB:

How much does it cost to adopt a cat? What is included?

Please be aware that these adoption fees are subject to change. $100 fee includes: • Spay/Neuter, and pain meds associated with surgery • First set of shots Rabies shot, to be given at time of neutering • The first (of a series of 3) FVRCP shot; Adopter will be responsible for the next two • Dewormed and treated for fleas In addition, any additional medical needs the animal has had prior to adoption such as diagnostic tests, treatments, additional surgeries, and medications per the recommendation of our veterinarian. Our adoption fee does not cover all of our expenses which is why we appreciate extra donations to help cover our additional costs. Please consider making a donation to help support the homeless cats and kittens that come to our rescue. Adoption fees are nonrefundable. Pooler Paws. is a nonprofit, no-kill humane organization. All funds go to help the animals.

What are your requirements for adopting a pet?

Adopter must be at least 18 years of age and have identification. Adopter must be willing to allow a Pooler Paws representative to make an adoption follow up, either in person or by telephone. Spaying/neutering of cats is required when cats/kittens reach an appropriate age/weight but before they reach 6 months of age, (per Georgia Department of Agriculture) When adopting a pet from Pooler Paws, a legally binding and enforced contract must be signed.

What should I bring when I come to adopt an animal?

A valid ID and a carrier to transport your new pet

What is the method of payment accepted for the adoption fee?

We accept credit card payments through our shelter management system. Venmo and cash are also accepted.

What if my new pet doesn’t work out?

Both you and your new pet will need time to get better acquainted and adjust. For some pets the transition is quick and easy. Others may need more time and help from you to acclimate to their new environment. We understand that after you get your pet home, the adjustment period can be difficult. We encourage you to call us with any questions or problems, hopefully, before small problems become big ones! We are very experienced with pet transitions and welcome the opportunity to help make it as smooth for you and your pet as possible. Our contract states our organization will take our cats back if it does not work out with no time restraint but we do ask for notice to give us time to secure space with a foster home. Please be aware that you will not be eligible to receive a refund of the adoption fee. We are unable to take cats that come from another organization, so please contact the original rescue where you adopted your kitty.

What if my new pet gets sick?

Transitioning to a new home is often stressful in cats and kittens and this is often seen in the form of diarrhea or not eating. Please contact us immediately if this happens and we’ll work with you to determine the cause and offer suggestions. We will never knowingly send home a sick cat, but sometimes conditions do not show up at the initial vet appointment. If in the ensuing days of adoption your cat becomes ill, and we’ve determined it’s not stress related, Pooler Paws will continue to work with you and our vets to make sure you have adopted a healthy cat. Once your adoption is finalized and we’ve resolved all immediate health concerns , you will be responsible for all medical bills and decisions regarding your pet.

After adopting my new kitty, when do they need to go to the vet?

All of our cats and kittens are healthy and vetted at the time when they leave our rescue for adoption to their new homes. We do recommend visiting with your veterinarian within the first month after adoption to establish your kitty’s medical care. Make sure to bring your adoption records with you to the vet visit. If you have adopted a kitten, it will have received age-appropriate vaccinations at the time of adoption and we will provide instructions if further vaccinations are necessary. It is imperative that you follow that vaccination timeline otherwise, the kitten will have to start over with the vaccines and it will be the adopter’s responsibility to complete this program. Please contact us if you need a vet recommendation.


We do not give discounts or run “specials” on adoption fees. Owning a pet is a big financial commitment. The adoption fee is just a small example of this. If an applicant cannot afford the adoption fee, that is an indication they may not be financially ready to adopt a cat. Additionally, though the adoption fee does not cover our expenses for each cat, it does help recoup some of the cost and helps us keep the rescue running.

I adopted a cat, can I send updates?

YES! We have the best adopters and we encourage you to stay in touch. We absolutely love updates! You can submit your success story and photos to our email: or the contact page of our website.
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