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How much does it cost to adopt a cat in Massachusetts?

Updated: Nov 19, 2023

Cat adoption fees depend on which shelter you select and other factors. But don’t forget that the more important issue is the cost to care for your cat (e.g., food, vet bills, supplies. Adoption fees vary based on:

  1. Type of Organization: Fees can differ depending on whether you're adopting from a municipal animal shelter, a non-profit rescue, or a private organization. We recommend that you adopt from state-approved Massachusetts shelters, which aims to ensure the health and safety of animals.

  2. Age of the Cat: Kittens have higher adoption fees than adult or senior cats.

  3. Special Promotions: Some shelters have special promotions where adoption fees are reduced or waived entirely. For example, some shelters might have a Clear the Shelter event where cats can be adopted for a reduced fee. However In Massachusetts, shelters usually charge some fee to adopt a cat during the Clear the Shelter event.

  4. Included Services: Adoption fees usually include services like spaying/neutering, vaccinations, microchipping, and health checks, which can influence the overall cost.

Cat Companions is focused on helping people adopt adult cats, age two and over, that can serve as emotional support cats. Adoption fees for adult cats in Massachusetts range from:


Adult cats: $175 (Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society) to $250 (MSPCA Angell)


Senior cats: $50 (Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society) to $150 (Animal Rescue League)

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