The Cat Corner is an nonprofit, no-kill shelter for cats that has been saving kitties for over three decades! We see The Cat Corner, Inc. as a diamond in the rough, with great potential to end even more needless suffering.
As a volunteer-run organization, the best way to reach us is by email. You can also use the contact form below and one of our volunteers with be in touch with you soon.
Address: The Cat Corner 85 Fulton Street, Hampton, VA 23663 "the little yellow house on the corner of Fulton St. and Old Buckroe Rd."
Visiting The Cat Corner:
Please read the information below prior to planning to visit The Cat Corner:
We are currently by appointment only. An online adoption application must first be filled out prior to making an appointment. If you have any questions about adopting, need to follow-up on your adoption application, or question about a particular cat or kitten for adoption, you may email our Adoption Coordinator at Adopt@thecatcornerinc.com. We also have more about Adopting from The Cat Corner here on our website or see our Available Cats & Kittens here on our website.
Dropping off donations: Donations may be dropped off Monday-Saturday between 10am-2pm. All donations are tax-deductible. You can find our Wish List here on our website or can also make an online donation here.
We cannot accept cat or kitten surrenders without a prearranged appointment. We do not have the space to accept them directly into our shelter and have to arrange a foster home prior to taking them in. You can email us with details and we will reply with how we can assist, schedule a surrender appointment when we have space or direct your on how other resources to help. We are volunteers with full-time jobs, school and families. We do not receive any government funding and completely rely on donations from the public to keep our doors open, so please be patient with us. We try to help as many as we can or refer you to other resources. You can read more about surrendering to us here on our website.
Managing a Feral Cat Colony: If you have a feral colony (or just one feral cat) that are not spayed/neutered... consequently, they will continue to reproduce, thus driving up the population of homeless cats. Colonies whose populations spiral out of control are also likely to cause concern from neighbors... who may decide to contact animal control. If a feral cat is taken in by animal control, it is highly likely to be euthanized. It is best for everyone involved that the colony be stabilized as quickly as possible. There are many organizations that want to assist you. You can find helpful information, videos and tips to start managing your colony here on our website.
Please check our Event Page to see our scheduled events and Open House & Adoption Events.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What Are your Hours of operation?
No animals can be accepted at the shelter. Please visit our surrender page for details. Adoption Hours We are currently by appointment only. An online adoption application must first be filled out prior to making an appointment.
Please also check our Event Page to see our scheduled events and Open House & Adoption Events.
IS THE CAT CORNER CONNECTED WITH ANY ANIMAL CONTROLS, OR ANY HUMANE ORGANIZATIONS?
No. Animal Control is a city agency. The Cat Corner is a private, nonprofit charitable organization supported by contributions from the public. We do however transfer into our care some of animals from high kill organizations (animal controls) in our area.
What Animals do you accept?
We primarily focus on pulling cats and kittens that are currently in high kills shelters to give them a second chance to find homes. We also take in some owner surrenders and stray cats and kittens from our community. We are unable to always take owner surrenders due to space limitations. We provide assessments and provide counseling along with options if we feel an animal may not be adoptable. Please learn more on our Surrender page.
Does the Cat Corner find homes for all of the pets that are in their care?
All healthy and treatable cats are made available for adoption. However, not all cats we receive are healthy or treatable, or remain healthy and treatable while at the shelter. Animals that are not healthy or not likely to become healthy, or who have behaviors that are not manageable or pose a risk to an adopter, are not made available for adoption.
Does the Cat Corner euthanize animals?
The Cat Corner is a no-kill shelter for cats.
No-kill is a slogan that defines a movement and it describes a new approach to animal sheltering and a new commitment to saving lives within animal welfare organizations and communities. The Cat Corner guarantees that all healthy and treatable animals in our care will be adopted.
Sometimes, one of the animals in our care might be terminally ill or seriously injured and if it is recommended by our veterinarian to euthanize for health reasons- in that scenario, yes, we will euthanize. However, we will not euthanize for the reason of shelter space or behavioral reasons.
Do you frequently run out of space in the shelter?
Yes, however our cats are never transferred out to other shelters, nor are they euthanized based on our available space. We often rely on foster families, offsite adoption locations, and adoption events when we need to reduce the number of animals we have in-house. Spaying and neutering is the only way to reduce the number of animals that are born, and for whom there are no available homes. Plus, we need people to make life-long commitments to their pets, rather than just turning them in when they become inconvenient.
What if I cannot wait to surrender my pet?
The Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter at 5843 Jefferson Avenue will now serve as the municipal shelter for Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, and York County and can be contacted at (757) 933-8900 with questions about immediate surrender needs.
If I find a stray cat or dog, Where do I bring them?
As of January 5, 2015 all stray animals will be housed at the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter, located at 5843 Jefferson Avenue in Newport News. If you find a stray animal, please bring them to this location or report the animal to Animal Control.
What are your adoption fees?
To adopt one of our cats or kittens, the adoption fee is $120.
Regular adoption discounts offered:
Bonded pair discount: one adoption fee of $120 for both cats ($60 each).
Adopt two cats or kittens at the same time: the adoption fee for the second is $60.
Adopters age 62 and above: the adoption fee for any adult cat (8 years and above) is $80. If adopting two adult cats (8 years and above) at the same time, the adoption fee for the second is $40.
Please see the list below of all the minimum services that each of our cats have received:
Senior cats (8+ years) get a full senior blood work panel completed
Starter cat/kitten food
Information and questions answered
At an area veterinarian you could expect to pay between $425-$880 for these services.
How do I adopt an animal from the Cat Corner?
Come down and visit with our cats and kittens, find one you like, spend some time getting to know the cat your are looking at, and fill out an adoption application. We'll check things like whether your spouse and kids want an animal, whether your current pets are up to date on their vaccines, and whether your landlord allows you to have pets. This usually takes no more than a day. Plus, we spay or neuter all animals before they leave our shelters, so you may have to wait an extra day or two before your new baby can come home. It's a terrific deal financially, plus you're saving a life!
Please visit our Adoption Process Page to read over everything. It has a lot of information and should answer all of your questions.
Why don't you just give the cats to people?
People often don't take very good care of things that are free -- and it does cost money to look after a pet. Our adoption packages, which include vaccinations and spay/neuter are very affordable. These are services we would not be able to provide if animals were given away. And if an individual is not interested in adopting an animal unless it is free, there is a low likelihood that they will obtain veterinary services at a later date. If you consider all of the things we provide along with the animal, it is cheaper to adopt an animal from The Cat Corner than to get one for free and pay all of the veterinary expenses yourself.
Where does your money come from?
The Cat Corner receives no federal or state funding. We rely on the public's generosity for support. We also have many fundraising events throughout the year.
Do you need volunteers, fosters, or donations?
Absolutely! Yes, yes, and yes!
We are always in need of volunteers to help us care for our cats in our care. We are flexible on the days and times. If you can only volunteer in the evenings, we would recommend to help us at our Hampton PetSmart location where they are open late into the evening and we need help throughout the week and weekend. Please visit our Volunteer page to learn more.
We are also very dependent on our foster families to help lessen shelter crowding and help with cats that are ill or kittens that are too young for a shelter environment. Please visit our Foster Volunteer page to learn more or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We do not receive any local or federal government assistance and rely solely from our community to help keep us going. Please consider donating to help us continue our work. Please visit our Online Donation page or our Wish List page to learn more.