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Does PetSmart Take Cats?

PetSmart does not take cats, though you are allowed to bring your cat into the store if you are shopping. If you attempt to surrender a cat at a PetSmart location, you will be turned away and given other options.

What About All the Cats I See For Adoption In Store?

The adoptable cats you see in some PetSmart locations are available through a specific organization that has a partnership with PetSmart. These cats are brought in daily so that they can gain more exposure and hopefully more potential to be adopted. Each of these cats undergoes a health and behavior evaluation with the organization they are available through to make sure that they are good with other cats and ready to be adopted to a new home. Adding a new cat to the mix can potentially cause extra stress for the cats and therefore, the cat you would like to surrender would not be allowed to stay with these cats.

What Options Do I Have For a Cat I Can't Keep?  

There are some great options to help you find a new home for a cat you can't keep. It's best to try to find the cat a new family to live with rather than bringing them to a shelter. Shelters can be very stressful for any animal, so finding a new home for your cat yourself will help make the transition easier on him. Here are the steps you can take to find your cat a new, loving home:

Start With Friends and Family  

Talk to the people that you are closest with and see if they can adopt your cat. You can post pictures and a description of your cat on your social media channels to cast a wider net as well. If your cat can live with someone you already know, it will give you peace of mind and allow you to remain in contact with the owner.

Create An Account On Rehome  

If your friends and family are unable to help give your cat a new home, you can turn to another online resource called Rehome. This no-cost program is easy to use and gets your pet posted on Adopt-a-Pet.com, the non-profit pet adoption website. Once your pet is posted, millions of potential adopters will be able to view him, giving you the best chance of finding a great new family!  

All you need to get started is a clear, bright photo or two of your cat and some basic information about their behavior and medical history. Then you'll be able to create your account and craft a bio about your cat to give potential adopters more details.  

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