READY TO FIND YOUR NEW BEST FRIEND?
OUR ADOPTION PROCESS
You may be surprised to find that adopting a pet is a more involved process than you'd imagined. Our intent is not to frustrate you. Rather, everything we do is in the best interest of the pets in our care. Our goal is to help you to find your perfect match, and to give our shelter pets the best possible chance of finding a permanent, safe and loving home that meets their individual needs.
Step One: View our available cats and kittens here.
Step Two: Please submit an adoption application (found at the bottom of this page). The information provided on this application helps us to match our pets with the best possible home for them.
- Please note that we generally do not adopt kittens to homes outside of the St. Johns/Duval County areas as they must return to us for vetting, and long-distance travel can be very stressful for kittens. Fully vetted kittens and cats may be adopted to homes outside of these counties on a case-by-case basis.
- We do reserve the right to refuse adoption. If your application for the adoption of a pet is not approved, we will do our best to explain the reason(s). A denial is not a rejection of you as a person; it is a refusal to place a pet in a situation that we do not feel is a good match or does not meet our policies.
Step Three: The volunteers at Murphy's Kittens will begin processing your application and will reach out via email if it is approved. Please note that we will be contacting your references; the length of time required to process your application is dependent on how long it takes us to reach your references. Please alert your references that we will be calling.
Step Four: Once your application is approved, we will set up an appointment for you to meet the cat(s) you are interested in.
Step Five: Pay your $60 adoption fee and take your new best friend home! All cats come spayed or neutered, microchipped, tested for FIV/FeLV, vaccinated for rabies and distemper, and treated for worms and fleas. Young kittens may need to return after adoption for spay/neuter and their rabies vaccination.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS THE ADOPTION PROCESS LIKE?
The process begins by submitting an adoption application. We will review your application and contact your references. If everything is satisfactory, your application will be approved! We will email you to ask initial questions, including which cats you may be interested in (if not listed on the application). Depending on which cat you'd like to meet, we will set up an appointment at one of our locations. You will meet the pets you are interested in and find your purr-fect match!
HOW LONG DOES THE APPLICATION PROCESS TAKE?
We begin processing the business day after the application is received. The length of the process depends on how long it takes us to get into contact with your references. We must speak to two references in order to approve the application, so the sooner we can get in touch with them, the quicker your application will be approved.
CAN I TAKE HOME A CAT THE SAME DAY I SUBMIT MY APPLICATION?
Our policies do not allow same-day adoptions in order to prevent cats being returned. A pre-approved application is required to meet or take home a cat or kitten. Please allow a minimum of 24 hours before reaching out regarding the status of your application.
HOW MUCH IS THE ADOPTION FEE AND WHAT DOES IT INCLUDE?
Our adoption fee is currently $60. This includes two FVRCP (distemper) vaccinations, a rabies vaccine, spay or neuter surgery, microchipping, initial flea control, and initial deworming. Our costs of care are over $100 per cat.
CAN MY CAT BE AN INDOOR/OUTDOOR PET?
Our adoption contract requires that all adopted cats be inside-only pets. Indoor/outdoor cats are at a much higher risk for disease and injury, and the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine says that the life expectancy for an outdoor cat is only 2 to 5 years, while an indoor cat can live upwards of 15 years.
CAN I DECLAW MY CAT?
We do not allow any of our adopted cats to be declawed. Declawing traditionally involves the amputation of the last bone of each toe and can lead to health issues as the cat grows. Cats can easily be trained to scratch only on appropriate surfaces and declawing should only be done if deemed medically necessary by a veterinarian. Occasionally we do have cats available for adoption that have already been declawed; keep an eye on our Adopt-a-Pet site if you're interested in adopting an already-declawed cat.