Furkids houses over 900 rescue cats and dogs in our rescue program. Once you have located the animal you would like to adopt (online or through a PetSmart/Petco adoption center), the first step towards adopting is to fill out an adoption application. Our volunteers work hard to respond to all adoption applications or inquiries within 24 – 72 hours. Below are some of the frequently asked questions regarding our adoption policies and procedures. If you have any further questions regarding our adoption policies or procedures, please e-mail us at adopt@furkids.org.

For additional information on low cost spay and neuter, feral cat assistance, and many other local assistance programs please visit our Resources page.


Our Adoption Fees for Cats:


  • $85 for one or two adult cats (6 months of age and older)
  • $125 for one kitten (under 6 months of age), $200 for two, $250 for three, $300 for four 
  • $175 for one adult cat and one kitten
  • No adoption fee for senior cats (10 years and older), FeLV and FIV+ cats
  • Discounts
    • Individuals over 62 years of age will receive 15% off adoption fees
    • Members of the military and first responders will receive 20% off adoption fees

Our Adoption Fees for Dogs:

  • $300 for puppies 6 months and under
  • $275 for adult dogs 
  • $75 adoption fee for senior dogs (8 years and older)
  • Discounts
    • Individuals over 62 years of age will receive 15% off adoption fees
    • Members of the military and first responders will receive 20% off adoption fees

The adoption fee includes testing, complete (up to their current age) medical care, vaccinations, microchip, and spay/neuter. We will also give you, or mail to you, a copy of the animal’s medical records, which you can give to your vet.

All animals have the following vetting included in their adoption fee:

  • Sterilization
  • Combo test for cats/heartworm test for dogs
  • FVRCP/DHLPP vaccinations
  • Rabies vaccination
  • Dewormings
  • Flea treatment
  • Earmite treatment (if needed)
  • Microchip
  • Any other vetting as needed, such as additional testing, major surgery, etc.
  • Ongoing complimentary nail trimmings
  • Furkids as a resource for the life of the animal


  • You must be at least 21 years of age to apply.
  • Your current animals must be up to date on rabies and spayed or neutered.
  • Adoption applications may take up to 24 to 72 hours to process.
  • Our kittens (6 months and younger) require an animal companion in the home in most cases.
  • Please note that some of our cats and kittens are a part of a bonded pair, which cannot be separated.

Applicants are required to sign a binding adoption contract.

Yes, we have more than 100 dogs in our program and they are kept at our Alpharetta facility, Sadie’s Place or in a foster home. Visit https://furkids.org/dog-adoptions for details and listings of our adoptable dogs.


Most of our animals arrived abandoned and homeless, many are from kill shelters on their last day and others are from owners who can no longer care for them.

In 2018 we rescued 3,644 dogs and cats.

In 2018, we adopted out 3,729 cats and dogs into loving homes.

Our past years' numbers are:

2016: 3,200
2015: 2,801
2014: 2,039
2013: 1,360

Our operating budget is approximately $2,000,000 per year. Atlanta Magazine compared Atlanta’s top animal shelters and Furkids was noted to have the lowest percentage of our budget dedicated to administrative expenses. Also noted was that for every $1,000 we accept in donations, we place more pets into permanent homes than virtually every other organization, and we care for more animals on a daily basis than any other shelter.

The majority of revenue comes from donations from individuals. The rest comes from our fundraising efforts (our thrift store and special events) and a small portion comes from our adoption fees.


5235 Union Hill Road, Cumming GA, 30040

Monday: 11 am to 4 pm
Tuesday: 11 am to 4 pm
Wednesday: 11 am to 6 pm
Thursday: 11 am to 6 pm
Friday: 11 am to 4 pm
Saturday: 11 am to 4 pm
Sunday: 11 am to 4 pm

OPEN ANY DAY BY APPOINTMENT. Please email us at adopt@furkids.org to schedule your appointment. For OTHER CAT ADOPTION CENTER HOURS please the web page for all our locations.


1520 Union Hill Rd. Alpharetta, GA 30005

Monday: 10 am to 5 pm
Tuesday: 10 am to 5 pm
Wednesday: 10 am to 5 pm
Thursday: 10 am to 7 pm
Friday: 10 am to 7 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday: 11 am to 4 pm

OPEN ANY DAY BY APPOINTMENT. Please email us at dogadoptions@furkids.org to schedule your appointment. For OTHER DOG ADOPTION CENTER HOURS please see the web page for all our locations


We are open seven days a week to volunteers. A staff person usually arrives by 8:00 a.m. and the last staff person leaves around 8:00 p.m. Medical volunteers are usually at the shelter until later in the evening. If you want to work an evening shift, please be sure to coordinate with our Volunteer Manager to ensure that someone will be on hand to assist you.

See all locations and hours here.

We introduce cats into the rooms at the shelter through a cage so we can take the introduction slowly. We also keep cats in the hallway in cages if they are semi-feral and need taming down or if they are on a special watch.


Furkids welcomes children of all ages to volunteer in various roles. If you are under 16, you will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian each time.

Furkids provides a great opportunity for large groups. Please contact our Volunteer Manager at volunteer@furkids.org and she will explain the volunteer options and schedule your visit.

We have approximately 300 cats in our shelter. We need help providing fresh food and water in the rooms, cleaning the litterboxes, sweeping and mopping, cleaning in the kitchen, etc. We also need help socializing with the cats. There are also opportunities for special training to care for the cats in our quarantine and isolation areas.

Training and orientation usually take approximately two hours.

If volunteering at our shelter, our Volunteer Manager will be responsible for confirming your place on the schedule. If volunteering at an adoption center in one of our PetSmart or Petco locations, your time will be coordinated by the volunteer adoption center manager for that particular location.

We appreciate as much notice as possible. Please call the shelter number or email our Volunteer Manager at volunteer@furkids.org.