Adoption FAQ

Waitlist FAQ

How can I join the waitlist?

Please view estimated wait times and sign up using this link. The waitlist will be the easiest way to ensure you can visit with cats at SAFe Rescue. On less busy days, we may be able to accept a limited number of walk-ins, but we strongly encourage you to join the list before coming to SAFe. 

What will the process involve?

When you join the waitlist, you’ll be asked to add your group size (maximum 2 people), name, phone number, and email. Your place in line will be indicated by your initials. (Only your initials will be publicly visible. Your privacy is important to us, and your contact info will always remain confidential!) Once you’re on the list, you’ll receive confirmation via text or email, including an automatically-generated estimate of your wait time. If you sign up from home or another location, please keep an eye on the list and plan to be near the Rescue 10 minutes before your time. (You can monitor your place in line here, and we’ll also send you a notification when you’re next.) Once the party before you has checked out, we’ll take a moment to reset and then invite you in.

What will my visit look like?

A mask will be required for entry for everyone over the age of 2, staff and volunteers will also be masked. Once inside, SAFe Rescue will use a conversational approach to adoptions. First, an Adoption Counselor will chat with you to understand your family and household and your hopes and expectations around bringing a cat into your life. We will suggest some kitties who suit your needs and expectations. Then we begin the process of meeting the kitties you’re interested in.

Can I make sure I get to meet the kitty I’m interested in?

SAFe has always conducted adoptions on a first come, first served basis: we cannot place holds on cats or kittens.

What if the kitty I want is adopted before it’s my turn?

While on the waitlist, you’ll have the ability to check your place via Waitwhile. You’ll also be able to monitor which kitties are still available via our website. Should you wish to cancel your place in line, that’s easy to do: just reply “cancel” from your confirmation or reminder communications, and your place in line will be cancelled.

How long will I have to wait?

SAFe is using software to ensure your wait is as short and convenient as possible. Your wait time depends on your position on the list and the length of time it takes to complete each visit. While we can’t say precisely how long that will be, you can see an estimate on the waitlist page. In order to make this process fair for everyone, if you have not returned to the Rescue within ten minutes of being notified that it is your turn, you will lose your place on the list.

Is there a time limit to adopting?

Cats, like their humans, are individuals. Making feline matches does not follow a timeline, and SAFe does not impose a time limit on visits to the Rescue. Some of our special kitties will have more complex histories, and it’s important to us to take the time needed to explain these histories to you completely and to help you create a plan to set up your new kitty for success.

Can I come just to visit the kitties?

If you’re interested in a social visit, we appreciate that you love cats, but we are unable to accommodate visits with the cats that are not for the intention of adoption. For those who are actively considering adding a kitty to their family, we’ll work to help you find your perfect match. We also understand that a match doesn’t always happen right away: some prospective adopters may not leave with a cat when they visit. 

Can I purchase supplies for my cat?

Yes, we’re happy to help you purchase the perfect set-up for your kitty! If you’re adopting, you can shop for what you need at our retail store during your visit. Otherwise, you can order online for curbside pick-up. 

When does the waitlist open?

On adoption days, the waitlist will open at 12:15PM for visits that same day. Adoption visits begin at 1:00PM.  (Closed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)

When does the waitlist close?

The waitlist closes once it is full. (We limit the number of spaces available to match the number of visits we estimate we can complete in a day. As visits are completed, more spaces may open. If you’re not able to sign up right away, please check back later!). The Adoption Center closes at 7:00PM. 

What happens if I’m on the list, but my name isn’t called before closing?

We will be managing the number of available openings on the list in an effort to serve everyone who signs up that day. We will do our best to accommodate everyone on the list, but if your visit cannot be completed, please sign up again on the waitlist the following day if the cat(s) you are interested in adopting is still available.

Do I have to be at SAFe’s Adoption Center to sign up on the waitlist? 

No, you can sign up from anywhere using this link! In fact, if there is a wait, we encourage you to sign up in advance before traveling to SAFe Rescue. Via the waitlist, you can view what your current estimated wait time is. 

What if I do not have the technology to sign up on the waitlist?

If you experience difficulty signing up on our waitlist during our open hours, you can call us at 206-659-6220 ext 2. If there are openings, we can add you to the waitlist over the phone.

What about cats in foster homes? Can I meet them?

Some of our special kitties will be adopted from their foster homes instead of coming to the Adoption Center. In order to meet the needs of our foster felines, and their foster homes, at this time we will not be able to offer the opportunity to meet every one of the kitties we have available for adoption; some of our shyer kitties appreciate a quieter environment instead of the noise and activity of the Adoption Center. If you’re interested in one of our foster home kitties, please email

General FAQ

Is there an adoption application? 

We do not have an application. Instead, we use a conversation-based approach to help you find the purr-fect match. You’ll begin by speaking with an Adoption Counselor, who will ask you some questions to learn more about your household and what you’re looking for in a feline friend.

Can you place kitties on hold?

Unfortunately, due to the small size of our facility, we are not able to place kitties on hold. (There is another kitty out there waiting to come to safety as soon as a space becomes available.)  

How long will it take to adopt?  

We do same day adoptions and will help adopters on a first come, first served basis. We strive to serve everyone efficiently. We will be with you as soon as we can, and we look forward to helping you find your new feline friend!

What are the adoption fees / what’s included? 

All the cats are microchipped, spayed/neutered, FVRCP vaccinated, and come with a free post-adoption vet exam as well as 30 days of pet insurance with Trupanion. 

  • Cat or kitten* under 7 years: $125
  • Two cats or kittens under 7 years: $200
  • Adult cat 7 years and older: $50
  • Two adult cats 7 years and older: $75

*Can I adopt a single kitten? 

Kittens under 6 months of age need to go to a home with another kitten companion. This is important for their socialization and growth into a well-adjusted adult cat. (Read more about Single Kitten Syndrome.)

I already have a kitty at home—do I still need to adopt two kittens?  

We encourage you to speak with our Adoption Counselors to discuss whether your feline friend could be a good fit with a single kitten. (Single kitten adoptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis depending on the personality and history of both the kitty at home and the kitten in question.)

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