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.
The cats we care for at St. Sophia's come from many different places. The majority of the cats we help are those that are helpless, who have not experienced love or a home, stray, abused, and neglected cats. Primarily we work with high-volume/high-kill animal controls to save cats from needless euthanasia. Our largest partner is Chicago Animal Care and Control. Other ACs we partner with are Aurora, Joliet Township, DuPage, Herrin, Marion, Quincy, Tilton, Union, Jasper, and Whiting.
St. Sophia's also works with local Trap-Neuter-Return organizations. Trap-Neuter-Return (also known as TNR) is a method of humanely trapping unaltered feral cats, neutering them, and releasing them back to the same environment where they were originally found. TNR is promoted by proponents as a humane and more effective alternative for managing and reducing feral cat populations (compared to euthanasia). While most cats trapped are completely feral (wild, without any domestic socialization), some cats—often kittens, or even adults that have been well cared-for outdoors—can, and have, become socialized and adoptable. TNR organizations aren't equipped to handle the "friendlies" that come in, so we step in to assist those cats looking for homes.
Lastly, some of our cats are direct owner surrenders. Sometimes circumstances have it that people are unable to care for their cats due to moving, eviction, financial issues, death, allergies, etc. We accept these cats in when we have space and maintain a waiting list of those who need assistance. If you ever find yourself in this type of position, please read our surrender policies to see how we can help.
Once a cat is in our care, St. Sophia evaluates each cat individually in order to determine what the best forever home would be. We use the ASPCA Felinality Behavioral Assessment Tool to learn about each cat's needs and personalities. Our cats are raised in foster homes and get individualized attention to help them reach their full potential and get ready for their forever homes. Each cat is different in many ways, and St. Sophia’s prides itself on being able to determine what’s best for each cat on a one-on-one basis.
The Board Members of St. Sophia’s Forgotten Felines have over 15 years of service in feline welfare combined. They come from various backgrounds including marketing, publishing, business, web-design, librarianship, and more. We have 32 licensed foster homes, all of which go through orientation an extensive training in cat health and behavior.
To set an appointment:
* Call or text 847-773-7639
* Email firstname.lastname@example.org
* Have current photo identification with your current address
* Be willing and able to spend the time & money needed to feed, house, play, train and provide medical care for your cat.
* You must carefully read the terms of our Adoption Contract and agree to its terms.
* You agree that if, for any reason, at any time, you cannot keep the cat you have adopted from St. Sophia’s, you must RETURN THE CAT TO ST. SOPHIA’S.
* Agree to allow an authorized representative of St. Sophia’s to make adoption follow-ups
After you have made the decision to add a furry friend to your household, there are a few more steps you will need to do to complete the process.
Visit our Cats + Kittens page to find a cat or kitten that you are interested in.
Schedule a Visitation at our Office Headquarters using our Online Scheduler, and meet with the cat(s) and/or kittens(s) that you are interested in.
Fill out an Adoption Application, and review it with a St. Sophia’s Representative.
Sign the Adoption Contract and pay the adoption fee.
– Adult Cats (6 months+) = $75.00
– Kittens (2-5 months) = $100.00
– Black Cats (adults) = $40.00
– Senior Cats (8+years) = $40.00
This fee includes:
– Worming and Parasite Treatment
– Feline Leukemia/FIV (AIDS) combo test.
It also allows for the return – FOR ANY REASON – to the shelter of any of our cats or kittens should that become necessary.
Once the decision to adopt has been made, you expect to allow 45 minutes for the actual adoption process. You will need a sturdy carrier to take the cat or kitten home in, and proof of identification and/or your lease if requested.
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.