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Our Mission

Spay and Stay is a non-profit organization that helps Lake County, IL residents trap and neuter the stray and feral cats in their neighborhoods to stabilize the homeless cat population and reduce overcrowding in local shelters.  Healthy adult ferals living in safe environments are always returned to their original colonies, but in some cases we have friendly kittens or strays, or adult cats that need to moved indoors due to injury or disability and in those cases we do what we can to help our cat caregivers find them homes and coordinate a safe and productive adoption process.

Adoption Policy

If you think you might be interested in one of our cats please fill out our adoption application at and e-mail, fax, or mail it to us.  We will then work with you to ensure a good match and can arrange a meeting.  We require a small donation as an adoption fee that varies depending on the age of the cat or kitten and offer a "bulk discount" for adopters willing to take on more than one kitty.

Adult cats over 1 year- $80,

Kittens 6 months - 1 year- $100; $175 for a pair.

Kittens under 6 months- $125; $225 for 2, or $325 for 3 kittens.

The adoption fee in each case includes the cat being spayed or neutered, up to date on FVRCP and rabies vaccines, microchipped, dewormed, and tested for FIV and FeLV.

Because pet adoption is not our primary mission we have no central animal shelter and rely solely on a network of volunteer foster homes to house and socialize our adoptable cats.  While we don't have one convenient location to come and meet all of our available cats at once our individual foster parents get to work very closely with each kitty and can speak to what they are like in a home environment. We always take our kitties back if things aren't working out so we're passionate about helping you find the right match.

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