Frequently Asked Questions

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If donated, 4 Paws will either use them (if needed) or they will be sent to our thrift store.

All of our cats and kittens are owner surrenders or in the case of kittens, found and brought in by good samaritans. 4 Paws encourages anyone who finds a lost cat to first take the cat to their local animal control. Please read 4 Paws lost and found information for more details.

Yes, but not very often

4 Paws is dedicated to providing each cat who comes to our shelter the best possible care and chances for a new family. A cat who comes to 4 Paws with no real medical issues may spend up to 25 days at the shelter prior to adoption. Some may be here only for a day or two, others a little longer than the average.

If a cat comes to the shelter with an injury or treatable condition, the staff will provide appropriate care before that cat is placed up for adoption. This can increase the average time before adoption to 30 days or more depending on the condition.

4 Paws has over 50 volunteer foster families who care for newborns, pregnant cats, and recuperating cats until they are ready to be placed up for adoption. Our foster families directly saved the lives of over 450 cats and kittens in 2020 alone.

No cat or kitten is ever euthanized for space at 4 Paws. This is one of the reasons that we are not able to accept every cat in need and must manage our intake numbers based on available space.

Congratulations on deciding to adopt a feline friend.

CLICK HERE to read 4 Paws adoption policies, process, and fees before you visit 4 Paws or one of our PetSmart locations

Yes.

We are committed to ending pet overpopulation and consider spaying and neutering the number one solution to this tragic problem.

Many of our cats are already spayed or neutered before coming to 4 Paws. Those who have not been are spayed/neutered while they are at the shelter. One hundred percent of the cats and kittens adopted are already surgically altered before they go home.

4 Sun Cities 4 Paws accepts cats and kittens by appointment only.

We can only accept animals as space and foster families allow and we normally have a waiting list. Please call our Peoria location at 623-773-2246 Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-3pm for additional information on how to surrender to us.

There may be an intake fee/donation requested of $50 or $75 for a single cat. Litters and moms with litters are $125-$150

We also urge pet owners to utilize other resources to find their pet a new home (click here for tips on rehoming).

Volunteers are extremely essential to 4 Paws success in helping all the cats possible.

If you love cats, are a people-person, and can make a commitment to provide at least eight hours of service a month to 4 Paws for at least six months, please CLICK HERE for more details on all the volunteer opportunities offered at 4 Paws.

There are several ways you can help a lost cat or kitten:

1.) First, make sure the cat you found is truly lost and not an owned, free-roaming cat; check with neighbors in the area.
2.) Read all of 4 Paws advice and resources for how to help a lost cat HERE.

Remain calm and start looking right away.

Please CLICK HERE for helpful advice, tips, and resources to help you find your cat.

No, unfortunately we do not have on site spay and neutering services.

Click the link for other low cost spay/neuter services available to pet owners: http://4pawsrescue.org/org.html

4 Paws takes in cats and kittens in a limited capacity – meaning there is a maximum number of cats we can take in and there are criteria for what felines our animal shelter can take in, care for, and find homes for. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, we must balance the needs of the community and the needs of the cats in our care, while being good stewards of the money voluntarily donated to us.

In order to provide quality care and optimal chances at adoption, 4 Paws does have guidelines on how many Felv+, FIV+, senior, and special care cats we can have in the shelter. To that end, we limit those admissions to keep the shelter population balanced and healthy.

There is also a limit to the number of cats and kittens our organization can care for. 4 Paws does not want to bring in more cats than we can manage in a healthy, respectful, loving way. 4 Paws does not euthanize for space. This does not mean that 4 Paws never euthanizes. When a medically fragile (terminal) cat can no longer be kept pain-free and the quality of life is severely diminished, 4 Paws may elect to humanely euthanize the cat.

Our goal is to provide each cat with the best possible chance of finding a loving home. A home is truly the best place for any domestic cat.





Sun Cities 4 Paws has many permanent shelter residents. We have a ‘Sponsor a Shelter Resident’ program to help offset costs. Read more here or donate here and choose Sponsor a Shelter Cat from the drop down menu.


Want to help us get items we need and use all the time? Click Here to be taken to our Amazon wish list. You can purchase items we use regularly and ship them directly to us. Thank you!