Frequently Given Answers
I need to give up my cat. Will you accept my cat from (state)?
Unless the fill in the blank was "Massachusetts" the answer is most likely no, and you should try and find a shelter closer to you. A source of help may be PetFinder.com (note, PetFinder.com is not affiliated with PCS and this link is not shown as an endorsement.) Offering to cover shipping will not sway the decision.
If the fill in the blank is "Massachusetts", the answer is "possibly". We have a large number of cats in foster care and they have priority for places at the shelter. Being a "no-kill" shelter, we receive an enormous number of requests from people (all around the country) that need to surrender their cats, and saying no is never easy. To start the process of surrendering your cat, either call the shelter or email us with the details of your cat (or cats) and the reason for their surrender. Be sure to include your name, address and a telephone number that will accept private number calls. Veterinary information is also necessary.
"I love Mocha. Will you ship her to me? I live in Florida..."
No, we will not ship any of our cats to anyone. Our adoptions require a face to face visit, the adoption counselors need to see how our residents interact with you-and you may find something you didn't realize about a cat during your visit. (You also may find that the cat you wanted is your purr-fect match!)
What are your hours?
I want to stop by to get a cat. Where is the shelter located?
Due to restrictions placed on us by the local zoning board, we are unable to publicize our location, hold an open house, or be open for regular public
viewing hours. Appointments are made for approved adoption applications, and directions to the shelter are given at that time.
I sent my application in 4 hours ago. What is taking so long?
PCS is an all-volunteer organization, and it normally takes two to three days after receipt to process your application. Have you provided a telephone
number that will receive "private number" calls if you subscribe to line blocking? If not, our Adoption Counselors may not be able to reach you. Please contact the
Message Center at 508 533 5855 and leave an alternate phone number such as work or a cell phone, or an email address. Your patience as your application is processed is greatly appreciated.
I want to volunteer at the shelter. I am 14 years old, and I love cats.
My daughter and I want to volunteer at the shelter. I know she is only 14 years old but I will be with her the entire time.
Due to our insurance regulations, you must be 18 years of age to work AT the shelter. However, there are more ways to help the cats than being a Cat Caregiver. The shelter has many fund raising activities throughout the year, most notably the Petwalk, bake sales, booths at different events, a yard sale, gift wrapping, etc. A list of these fundraising activities can be found on our calendar. If you would like to volunteer to work a position please fill out a volunteer form found here.
Will you post my lost cat notice?
Yes. Please send us a 'small' picture [350 x 300 pixels], description, date and location the cat was last seen. We will post the notice on our Lost & Found page.
Can I bring my adoption application to the shelter rather than mail it in? I'd like to get a cat today.
It is necessary to mail in your adoption application (which can be found online here) so the adoption counselors have time to review it. Our turnaround time is rather quick, and your patience may be rewarded with a purr-fect cat!
What should I do if I suspect or see someone abusing an animal?
It is important to note that the laws pertaining to animal care set minimal standards for food, water and shelter. Most of us would treat animals in ways other than those we see around us, but as they say "you can't legislate love." You must distinguish between the pet in your neighborhood who just isn't getting the kind of attention your pet gets and the pet in your neighborhood who is being beaten, starved or mistreated. If in doubt, however, call the authorities.
If there is such a pet in your neighborhood, here are the steps you should take:
Call the MSPCA 24-hour line at (800) 628-5808 or (617) 522-6008.
These people can tell you what you may and may not do to assist the animal.
DO NOT TRESPASS and do not enter the property without a search warrant.
DO NOT STEAL THE ANIMAL. Doing so is illegal and it will not educate the animal's owner.
More information can be found here:
ASPCA - Fight Animal Cruelty
Do you offer spay and neuter services?
PCS does offer spay and neuter services on a limited basis within the areas we serve.
Can my kids come to the shelter?
Due to regulations set forth by the local Zoning Board, visits to the shelter are by appointment only to potential adopters with approved Adoption Applications. Children may accompany their parents as part of the adoption procedure.
How do I become a volunteer?
A volunteer application may be downloaded from our website found here. Mail the completed application to PCS, P.O. Box 548, Medway, MA 02053. The Volunteer Coordinator will contact you after the application is received and reviewed.
How much is it to adopt a cat?
Our Adoption Fee is $150.
What's included in the adoption fee?
The fee includes testing for Feline Leukemia and FIV, microchipping, age appropriate vaccinations for Feline Distemper and Rabies, deworming and spaying or neutering. All cats and kittens are spayed or neutered prior to placement.
What is Temporary Foster Care?
Temporary Foster Care provides additional space beyond what is available in the shelter.
To learn more about Foster Care click here.
What is Permanent Foster Care?
Permanent Foster Care is our program to provide older cats, some with special needs, a loving permanent home.
To learn more about Permanent Foster Care click here.
When is kitten season?
PCS kitten season starts about mid-May with 8 week old kittens (which are spayed or neutered prior to placement.) Kittens may be available up to early December, with the largest number available during the summer months. A completed and approved Adoption Application must be on file before you can be placed on the waiting list for a kitten.
How much does it cost to keep a cat?
It cost approximately $300 per year for food and medical costs to maintain a young, healthy, indoor cat. Indoor/outdoor cats can have considerably higher medical costs due to wounds, auto accidents, exposure to internal parasites, etc. Medical costs for older cats may be higher if they develop conditions requiring medical management.