How To Adopt

There are many cats and kittens to choose from. You can select a furry friend that is perfect for you. There are loveable cats and kittens of every age, colour, size, and length of fur. Some of the animals have special needs. Caring for these animals can be especially rewarding.

Important things to consider!

Adopting an animal is an important decision. Caring for an animal requires a long-term commitment. Here are some things to think about before adopting a furry friend:

•    Do you have the budget for food, litter, ongoing vaccinations and any necessary medical treatments?
•    Do you have time at home to interact with your pet?
•    Do you have other animals at home?
•    Do you have babies or small children at home?
•    Do you have permission from your landlord?

•    Furry Friends' policy is not to declaw. For more information on declawing click this link.
•   Kitten Considerations: Furry Friends will adopt kittens under 6 months of age to families who already have a cat or kitten at home OR are willing to adopt a companion cat or kitten at the same time. We do this to avoid "single kitten syndrome" and to ensure that the young kitten develops into a well socialized cat. Furry Friends will not adopt a kitten under 6 months of age to a family with children who are under 5 years of age. We believe that living with a cat can be beneficial to children and that cats can enhance children's self esteem,  teach them responsibility and help them learn empathy. We also know that safety and rough play can be concerns for both the kitten and the child.

What’s the process?

1. Visit us to select your new pet
Our friendly volunteers can show you the animals that are waiting to be adopted into ‘forever’ homes and help you make a selection that suits you. Thankfully, most cats are quickly adopted into loving homes, but there are always new furry friends patiently waiting their turn to find life-long companions. Cats that don't find adoptive homes always have a home at our shelter.


Adoption fees (cash only): 
Kittens: (under 1 year): $220
Adult Cats (1 year+) with microchip: $190
Adult Cats (1 year+) without microchip: $170*
*Cats and kittens are microchipped when they are spayed/neutered. Cats who come to us already "fixed" do not get a microchip. 

Furry Friends Animal Shelter:
25 Hart Drive, Unit 15, Barrie, Ontario L4N 5R8

Shelter Hours (open to public): Monday - Saturday 11am - 1pm

IMPORTANT: Furry Friends has no paid staff. Whenever possible, please email us in advance to set up an appointment so that we can ensure one of our volunteers will be there to meet with you by clicking this link.

PetSmart: For two weeks every month our cats and kittens can also be adopted at PetSmart, 33 Mapleview Drive East, Barrie, Ontario (see map). Adoptions at PetSmart occur when volunteers are onsite: Monday - Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Pet Valu: We also adopt cats and kittens from four Pet Valu locations:
Pet Valu Wellington Plaza (165 Wellington St. W., Barrie)
Pet Valu Cundles (617 Cundles Rd E., Barrie)
Pet Valu Yonge (632 Yonge St., Barrie)
Pet Valu Innisfil (1491 Innisfil Beach Road, Innisfil)


2. Complete and sign an adoption application form which must be approved by Furry Friends and pay the appropriate adoption fee.

This fee covers the costs involved in preparing animals for adoption. All cats are spayed/neutered before they are adopted and have all age appropriate shots. Any illnesses are treated before adoption. You will receive a copy of their medical records.

Every year we place approximately 600 animals in loving homes. Read some of our success stories and see the positive impact Furry Friends makes for animals and those who love them.

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