Myths and Misconceptions: The Truth about Rescue Animals


Buddy (recently adopted) plays with a volunteer.

Have you ever heard someone say “I would never adopt a rescue animal”? Unfortunately, some common myths about adoption mean that animals miss out on potential homes—and people miss out on the chance to enjoy the companionship of a wonderful rescued friend!

  • Myth #1: Rescue animals are all traumatized or “damaged.” They must have behavior problems.

Not every rescue animal has a difficult past. Many of our rescue kittens have been raised in loving foster homes and have only known human kindness. Many surrendered cats have led happy lives until illness or economic hardship suddenly forced their human to give them up.


Todd takes a post-lunch snooze.

When you meet the rescue kitties, you’ll also find that even those who have suffered from neglect, homelessness, or abuse in the past still have resilient spirits. Kitties who need a little TLC can be the most loving and the most rewarding to adopt.

Whatever you’re looking for in a feline friend, we can help you find the right companion. When you adopt from the rescue, an adoption counselor will work with you one-on-one to learn about your needs. We can help you find a kitty who is a purr-fect fit for your household!

  • Myth #2: Adoption is too expensive.

At first glance it might seem like a better deal to take home a “free” kitten, but adopting is much more affordable in the long run! Rescue animals come with flea treatment, vaccines, spay/neuter surgeries, microchips, viral testing, and more—providing all these yourself would cost far more than any adoption fee. (Local vets even offer new adopters a free vet check-up.) 

  • Myth #3: Rescues don’t have the kind of animal I want.
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Tiger agrees – rescue kitties make great pets! Photo by K.A.Moore Photography.

Rescue kitties come in all colors, ages, personalities, and sizes! If your heart is set on a very specific age or breed, you might need to do a little searching—but the perfect furry friend is out there for you. We have found homes for Maine Coons, Persians, Siamese kitties, and more. (If you’re hoping for very young kittens, it’s best to adopt during your area’s kitten season. In the Puget Sound region, most kittens are usually available from June-December.)

Thank you for supporting animal rescue and spreading the word about the real truth: adopted animals make wonderful, loving family members!

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Seattle Area Feline Rescue is a non-profit, no-kill rescue located in Shoreline, WA. We specialize in saving cats and kittens and finding them loving homes!

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  1. We adopted Minerva, a feral kitty, from Seattle Area Feline Recue. She was 6 months old when we attended the adoption fair at Mud Bay in University Village, and we brought her home that very day. We ourselves had been adopted in the past by 3 stray kitties (one at a time), and when we had to send each one over the Rainbow Bridge due to severe illness (renal failure), our hearts and eyes cried. Minerva filled a huge kitty-sized hole in my heart, for her to live with us required much trust on her part, but we were kind and patient. She decided my husband’s lap was the very best place in the house! She has some hilarious quirks, and we sent a picture to Minerva’s foster kitty mom to show Minerva “protecting” her water bowl from who knows what. Minerva allows our early elementary and preschool grandchildren to pet her gently and even greets people she’s never met when they come to visit. Brave girl! We take Minerva with us when we go camping with our trailer, and she thinks it’s her castle for observing the wildlife from every window. She offers a running commentary on everything—marmots, squirrels, birds, people, domestic dogs, and the weather. She may be jet black with a cluster of 4 white hairs just above her left shoulder blade, but her kitty vocabulary definitely has a Siamese accent. We love her to pieces!!!

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