Adoption Process

The goal of all of our volunteers is to find permanent and loving homes for all of our animals. To get started, you can get pre-approved for an adoption by completing an adoption application at any time, and then waiting for the perfect cat. You may also complete the application when you have found the cat you would like to adopt. Due to the high demand for kittens, we do keep a separate Kitten Wait List.

Printed applications are available outside of our Adoption Center during regular PetSmart store hours, or print a copy here. You may return your completed application in person on Saturday or Sunday, or you may slip it under the door of the Adoption Center if no volunteer is available. If you have the ability to scan, please email your completed application to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Before falling in love with one of our animals, please make sure that you are:

  • At least 21 years of age
  • In possession of a valid photo ID
  • Allowed to have a cat where you live
  • Able and willing to spend the time and money necessary to provide medical treatment and proper care for the animal

We will review your application, check references, and speak with you about finding the perfect cat for your household. If you rent, PALS requires written permission from your landlord and a contact phone number for confirmation.

We accept credit cards but prefer cash or check.

Worried about finding the perfect cat?

Our volunteer adoption counselors spend many hours with the cats and are able to help you find the perfect match. They will help suggest a cat based on factors including your home, family, interests and lifestyle. Each situation, adopter and animal requires a different approach. And while we reserve the right to refuse an adoption, we always make every effort to work with you to address concerns or find the most appropriate companion animal.

All household members, including children, are encouraged to come to the shelter to meet the cat you are considering adopting during regular adoption hours -- Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. We also offer private Meet and Greets by appointment on Monday-Wednesday-Friday between 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  to schedule a time and date that works for you.

Please plan on spending at least 30 minutes for the adoption process. We are confident that you’ll agree that this small investment of time will be well worth the countless hours of enjoyment that will result from finding the perfect cat.

Have you considered adopting two cats?

Cats make wonderful pets. And studies have found that adopting two cats has many benefits:

  • Cats that have a playmate tend to be more socially well-adjusted and avoid behavior problems like shyness, biting, hissing, being frightened and hiding in the company of people they don't know.
  • If you must work long hours or travel for a couple of days, two or more cats keep each other company and are more tranquil during your absence.
  • Your cat will remain more playful and youthful into his/her later years with a companion.
  • The workload to care for two cats is about the same as it is for one cat.

Can't adopt? You can still help the cats at PALS:

Bring a Friend to the Shelter and Help Them Adopt

You may have a cat yourself, but what about that friend who has been thinking about adopting? We're open Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. for you to visit with furry felines.

Be a Foster Parent

You'll get a heaping helping of love when you become a foster volunteer. We are in urgent need of foster caregivers to house and socialize cats waiting for room to open up in the Adoption Center. If interested in opening up your home to a deserving cat (or cats!) please complete a volunteer application or email our Feline Coordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Sponsor a Cat

As a no-kill shelter, there is no time limit on how long pets stay with PALS, which means we always have a handful of long timers, especially those with special needs who aren’t able to come into the Adoption Center and must be adopted out of foster care. Your sponsorship will help PALS continue to care for animals who may need some extra time before getting adopted. Sponsor a cat today!

Bring a Present to a Shelter Cat

There are several items needed to help keep our cats happy and healthy. From food and litter for our foster homes to toys and cat beds for the Adoption Center, you can find a special item on our wish list and bring it to the shelter to brighten the Adoption Center for both the cats and our hard-working volunteers.

Adopt a locally rescued cat or kitten through PALS, a no-kill, all-volunteer, nonprofit feline rescue group based in Salem.

Hours for adoptions: Saturday & Sunday 11-4  |  Friday by appointment

You may view the available cats and kittens in their cages during regular PetSmart store hours.

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