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Adoption Information

Thank you for choosing The Feline Rescue Association as the place to find your new best friend. Please remember when considering adoption that this is a commitment for the life of the cat you are adopting. Cats often live 20+ years.

How to Adopt

  1. Find your forever friend

  2. Complete our online application and we will contact you to schedule an appointment!​

​*All of our cats and  kittens are fostered by our many volunteers in their private homes. We do not have a shelter. If you would like to meet cats available for adoption, please let us know which cats you are interested in you and we can put you in touch with their foster parents!


If you don't have a particular cat in mind but have an age, description, gender, or personality in mind, we can match you with one of our amazing cats - just let us know!


​*We only adopt to Maryland Residents, we do not accept out-of-state applications. We reserve the right to deny any application we feel is not the best fit for our cats.*


We are sorry, but we currently do not have any public adoption events scheduled in the near future



 Why Two Kittens Are Better Than One!

We strongly recommend that kittens be adopted  in pairs or into homes with other  cats.  This is not only for the mental and  emotional health of the kitten, but is also in the interests of the adopter.

While we will not reject an application for a single kitten simply because there are no other cats in the house, priority will be given to pair adoptions and adoptions to homes with other cats.

Learn  more:  Why Two Kittens Are Better Than One — Kitten Lady


Barn Cats / Working Cats

Are you interested in adopting a "working" cat? Apply here


Barn cats or working cats aren’t suited for adoption in typical home environments and would love to provide pest (rodents) control at your barn, warehouse, nursery, brewery or other establishment. You don't even have to put them on the payroll. All they ask for in return is shelter, food, water and care. Save the life of a homeless cat AND get great pest control - win/win! 

There is no adoption fee for barn cats/working cats. We transport the cats to you** and provide the supplies and guidance needed to help the cats transition into their new home. All of our working cats are:

  • Spayed/neutered
  • Vaccinated against rabies, feline distemper, rhinotracheitis and calicivirus
  • Treated for fleas and intestinal parasites
  • Tested for FIV and FeLV
  • Ear-tipped (to help identify to the public that your working cat is cared for and already spayed/neutered)
  • Microchipped



Adoption fees are payable by Credit Card, PayPal, Venmo, check, or cash

Cats and kittens 6 months+ of age: $90

$150 for a pair


Kittens under 6 months of age: $125

$210 for a pair


All of our cats are spayed or neutered  at the time of adoption, tested for FIV/FELV, have received standard vaccinations, have been treated for parasites, and are  microchipped.

*These fees help us cover the cost of preparing the cats for adoption.  They do not usually cover the entire cost, so please consider making an additional donation if you are able.  We help many more cats than we are able to adopt into homes.*





Have you considered adopting a teenager, adult, or senior cat instead of a kitten?

We get it. Kittens are cute. But in a few months- they will be a BIG cat!

Kittens are full grown around 9 months and the youngest FRA adopts out kittens is 3 months. Though those 6 months might be extra adorable- they will be incredibly short compared to the remaining 20 years of the cats life.

About 80% of our applications are for kittens, leaving adults sometimes waiting months or even YEARS for a loving home.


Reasons you should consider a cat older than 6 months:

1.What you see is what you get:

You can often get a better sense of an adult cat’s true personality. Want a lap cat? An independent cat? A playful cat? Look for an adult cat who is displaying these traits in the shelter. For the most part, kittens all have the same characteristics when they’re young. A kitten who snuggles now may grow out of cuddling, while an active, outgoing kitten may become a couch potato. It’s only as kittens grow into adults that we get a better sense of each feline’s unique  purr sonality.

2. Lower energy levels:

An adult cat still needs playtime and entertainment, but it’s significantly less than the level of activity and supervision that a kitten demands. For busy professionals and families, a relaxed adult cat makes a good fit.

3.  Maturity means more good habits:

Adult cats have already developed their manners and are less likely to be destructive or disruptive than a kitten who’s still learning how to behave. Starting with an adult cat means less time spent training and more time to focus on loving your new companion!

4.  Better bonding with existing pets:

Older pets will have little patience for the chaos a kitten introduces into a home. An adult cat usually will transition more easily into a home where the other pets (cats or dogs) are also adults or seniors, particularly when the right introductory steps are taken

5.  Good choice for families with young children:

Often, kittens are still learning good manners and have too much energy and play too rough for young kids. Since adult cats tend to be more mellow, there’s less potential for pain points when cats and kids are introduced properly

6.  Still lots of love left to give:

You might worry that adopting an older cat means less time for love, but cats are living longer than ever. Even if you adopt a much older cat, the average lifespan for an indoor cat is close to 16 years—and many cats live well past that. Of course, there’s no guarantee of how long a cat will live, but that’s just as true for kittens.

7.  Feel extra-good about your decision:

Every kitten and cat in a shelter deserves a home, but you might get a little extra boost of satisfaction when you adopt an older kitty. Since kittens are so much more likely to get adopted and find new homes fast, it’s especially gratifying and special to bring an older cat into your life.


Questions? Best way to reach us is through email: