Cat / Small Mammal Adoption Process

Adoptions at OAHS are not based on first-come-first-adopted but are based on matchmaking so it's a win-win for everyone. 

Adopter Visiting Hours
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 1 pm - 6 pm

Saturday 11 am - 3 pm 

Important Note:  If you rent, many rental properties do have restrictions on number of pets/breeds/size/etc for pets.  There may also be additional pet deposits added to your housing fees.  Please review your rental policies regarding pets if you are considering adding an animal to your family.  

Cat /Small Mammal Adoption Process 

  • Stop in during our adopter visiting hours ( open 1 pm - 6 pm Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and 11 am to 3 pm Saturday) and talk to an adoption counselor about what you're looking for in an animal companion so they can make suggestions for possible matches and you can meet the animal(s). 
  • Once you have decided on the animal(s) you wish to adopt, there is a simple one-page application. 
  • The application is typically processed in 5-7 business days.  You will be contacted if there are any questions about your application.
  • If you have animals of the same species in your home as the one you are applying for, please call your veterinarian to tell them to release the veterinary records to OAHS.  Doing so will make the process much faster and more efficient. 
  • You will be contacted once your application is processed.
  • If you are approved, your adoption session will be scheduled and you can take your new pet(s) home immediately after. 
  • If you apply for a rabbit and have a rabbit at home, you will be asked to bring the animal in for a meet-and-greet.
  • We typically require all kittens have an age-appropriate buddy (around 2 years old or younger) at home.  This is for their mental, physical and developmental well being.  For more information on why two young cats are better than one, click HERE.  
  • Adoption Fee information

All animals in the household of the same species as the one you are adopting (for cats and dogs) are required to be spayed or neutered prior to bringing the new animal home due to hormone-induced behavior issues that may occur. (Certain medical-related exemptions may apply).

Licensing and Vaccination Requirements in the City of Oshkosh:  Pet owners have the responsibility to provide pets a healthy, safe life. The City of Oshkosh has stipulated laws that govern the safety of pets and the safety of its citizens pertaining to potential animal concerns. For more information regarding the laws, licensing, rabies vaccination requirements and fees required by the City of Oshkosh visit their website HERE