Cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
Cat Guardians does not employ euthanasia, except in extreme circumstances in which medical conditions are such that prolonging a cat's life would no longer be humane. Due to its no-kill policy, Cat Guardians is usually filled to its legal capacity of feline residents. Today, some 50 cats and a rotating population of kittens reside at Cat Guardians shelter.
Some of the cats who have not been adopted due to their advanced age or chronic medical problems are assured of a loving, permanent home at Cat Guardians.
The daily activities of the shelter are feeding the cats, administering medication, cleaning the litter boxes and the shelter, are performed with the help of volunteers and funded through supporters like you.
Phone: (630) 543-3395
Our business hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 3pm, and Tuesdays from 4pm to 8pm.
The shelter is located on St. Charles Road, just west of Westmore Ave. in Lombard, Illinois.
We also show at Petco in Elmhurst (Rte. 83 & St. Charles Road) - check the Calendar on our website to see when we will be at Petco.
Cat Guardians rescues stray and abandoned cats who might otherwise not have a chance at adoption. We seek permanent, loving homes for our cat and kittens where they can live a long, happy and healthy life. For this reason we must ask you to read, understand and follow the following policies and then answer the following questions on the adoption application.
When You Have Decided to Adopt
After you have made the decision to add a new pet to your household, there are a few more steps to complete the process.
Important: All members of the household must come in prior to adoption.
Important: We do not usually do same-day adoptions. so you and your family can discuss the adoption and make sure that it is right for you, and also allow us time to complete all necessary paperwork.
You must fill out an adoption application form. This form is reviewed by an adoption counselor who will contact you in response to your application.
The shelter requires proof that you are able to have a pet in your home. If you are a renter, we must see a copy of your lease stating that you are allowed to have pets. If you are a homeowner, we need proof that you are currently making mortgage payments.
Adoption fees help to cover the cost of first vaccinations, spaying/neutering, feline leukemia-AIDS tests, and worming (which may cost up to $400 per cat!). Adoption fees are $120 for cats and kittens.
When you come to take your new friend home, you must bring a sturdy carrier. We cannot let any cat or kitten leave the shelter unless it is safely secured. The cat carrier can serve several different purposes for your new friend. It can be its personal bed, and it can be used when taking the cat to the vet or other trips outside the house. Your cat will be much safer and happier in a carrier.
Once approved as an adoptive parent/family, you will be given an appointment to pick up your new feline friend on a day we are not open to the public. Please allow 45 minutes for the adoption process.
* You must be at least 21 years old with proper proof of age
* Current identification must show your correct address and telephone number
* If you are living with your parents, one of them must sign the Adoption Contract
* You must be able and willing to spend the time and money needed to feed, house, train and provide medical care for your cat
* You must be willing to allow an authorized representative of Cat Guardians to make an adoption follow-up either in person or by telephone.
* You must read carefully the terms of our Adoption Contract and be willing to agree to the terms.
Why should you adopt?
Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a cat or kitten versus getting cats for sale or kittens for sale from a cat breeder? When someone is breeding kittens, they are creating new cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of cat or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a cat for sale from a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a cat or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.