Please see our website for Current Events that are coming up:
Pet Zoo Adoption Days
Pet Expo, Anchorage, AK - June 9 at the Sullivan Arena
Adopting a new feline member of your family is a lifetime commitment. It should not be a rash decision made because you've just encountered an adorable kitten. Kittens soon grow up to be cats and if you don't want a cat, don't adopt a kitten.
ACAT begins adopting kittens at about 10 weeks of age or about 2.5 pounds. Younger kittens are at risk from many problems, including health issues related to stress, viruses, dietary issues, diarrhea, dehydration, worms and upper respiratory diseases. A seemingly healthy very young kitten can sicken and die within days after it is taken from its mother and siblings.
If you adopt from a private party who wants to home a kitten at younger than 8 weeks, please urge the person to hold the kitten for you until the kitten is at least 2 months old.
All ACAT kittens are wormed and started on shots, well started on solid foods and ready for life away from their siblings before being homed.
Older kittens and cats are a great choice for many households. They no longer climb curtains and furniture or scamper under foot. They are sturdy and capable, and less likely to bite or scratch.
If you'd like help determining the best feline for your situation, consult with any Alaska Cat Adoption Team member for advice on how to add a new family member.
Remember, the kitten you can't resist will soon become a cat for you to love for the rest of its life.
Our two-pronged approach to cat rescue means we divide our efforts between finding homes for cats and education & outreach. We make every effort to be assured that a kitten homed through ACAT will never become a breeding cat.
To do this, we require a $50 deposit toward the kitten's spay or neuter. By the time the kitten is 5 months old, ACAT will be working with the new owner and his or her veterinarian to arrange and help pay for the altering surgery. The new owner may use any veterinarian or clinic he or she chooses.
When we take in kittens, we work with the owner of the mother cat to make sure she is spayed before she can get pregnant again. We help pay for spays when the owner cannot.
ACAT isn't just about helping those cats and kittens we home. It's about helping reduce the number of unwanted pets through education. ACAT teams with other rescue organizations to spread the word that pets need to be spayed and neutered before they near breeding age.
There's a lot of misinformation out there about felines. One of the most disturbing is that cats are not sexually mature until a year old. A kitten can get pregnant at 5 months old.
ACAT is helping provide accurate information on cats, cat care and living with cats to improve the lives of both humans and cats.
Please join us in our mission. Contact us at 982-ACAT (-2228).