Adoption FAQ

Are there restrictions on who can adopt an IAR cat or dog?

  • You must be able to make a 20-year commitment to the animal.
  • You must be at least 21 years of age.
  • You may not be an undergraduate student.
  • You must be a US citizen or permanent resident.
  • You must allow a home visit (an IAR volunteer to visit your home prior to adoption.)

Note: Due to the nature of our adoption process, we can only consider applications for homes located within 60 miles of Durham.

Why are there special rules governing kitten adoptions?

Kittens need playmates and if left alone all day without a companion, a kitten can become lonely or bored which sometimes can lead to mischief. It is our goal to make the best adoption match for both pet and person and to ensure that each new match made will last a lifetime! For more on why it is so important for kittens to be adopted with a second kitty companion click HERE .

Kittens are cats that are 6 months of age and younger. Kittens must be adopted with another kitten or into a household with a young cat (general guideline of 2 years or younger but on a case by case basis).

How should I prepare for my new pet?

  • IAR will deliver your new animal companion to your home, signing the contracts and collecting the adoption fee.
  • We’ll also follow up once in awhile to offer tips and advice during the normal adjustment period.
  • Give your animal time to adjust. Please remember that your animal will need time to get to know his new home and to realize he is safe and wanted. Please be patient with your animal and know that this is a big change for him/her. Offer plenty of positive reinforcement.
  • Need help with your shopping list? Here are some basic supplies you will need.
Cat SuppliesDog Supplies
Good quality food Collar to wear rabies tag and ID
Good quality canned food (optional) Simple nylon leash, 6 to 8 feet long
Ceramic or stainless steel bowls Harness
Litter box and stainless steel scooper Good quality food
Good quality litter Ceramic or stainless steel bowls
Cat carrier for transporting to vet appointments Toothbrush
Scratching post, such as a vertical sisal post or the inclined cardboard “Cosmic Catnip Alpine Scratcher” Treats (rawhide not recommended)
Toys Toys
Pet bed Pet bed