The 4Paws Adoption Process (with hints on helping us help you adopt that special furball or two)

(1) When you meet a cat for which you would like to be considered, submit your application at Meows Corner. Staff will send it to 4Paws ASAP. You will receive an email from 4Paws acknowledging receipt of your application. 4Paws will accept up to two applications per cat. All applicants are required to have met a cat before applying for it.

(2) Applications take about 5 business days to process but may take longer if you rent and/or have current or former pets. Please promptly respond if 4Paws contacts you with questions or for additional information. Keep checking your spam folder and voice mailboxes to make sure you aren't missing our messages.

(3) Once the preliminary checks have been made to 4Paws' satisfaction, a 4Paws volunteer will contact you to schedule a phone interview. The interview should take about a half hour.

(4) If approved you will be given the option of receiving instructions to digitally sign the contract and pay the adoption fee by text or email. Once you complete that step, you will be given a digital receipt. 4Paws will let Meows Corner know you have paid the adoption fee. Meows Corner management will then contact you to arrange a time for you to pick your cat/s up. You will need to bring a cat carrier for each cat you are taking home.

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I am Simon from Maryland

"I am a retired tomcat looking for people who want to relax and enjoy the easy life. I am FIV+ but don't let that scare you, ask the Meows Corner staff about it or grab a brochure from the front desk."

Gender: Male

Birthdate: June 1, 2015

Breed: DSH

Fur length: short

Color: gray tabby

Purrsonality: needs attention from people, likes other cats and dogs.

Children? I would like hanging around with kids!

Cats? I will need another cat if I am left alone most of the day. I like babysitting younger cats.

Dogs? I like friendly dogs. 

Fun Fact: Allegedly, when Sir Isaac Newton was working on his experiments at the University of Cambridge he was constantly interrupted by his cats scratching at the door. So he called the Cambridge carpenter to make two holes in the door, one for the mother cat and one for her kittens! Apparently these holes can still be seen at the university today.

Simon is available.

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I am Dionis (dee-OWN-is) from West Virginia

"I am a quiet, playful and polite kitten with super-soft medium fur."

Gender: Male

Birthdate: September 6, 2020

Breed: Mixed

Fur length: medium

Color: buff tabby with white

Purrsonality: Cautious but loving, playful and engaging

Children? I would do great with older kids.

Cats? I will need an age-appropriate cat friend in my new house.

Dogs? Dogs are OK as long as they are calm.

Fun Fact: The buff coloration is a dilute form of orange.

Dionis is available.

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I'm Amna from West Virginia

"I am a pretty young lady who likes hanging around with my friends and playing. I was in foster with my sister Tarot, and my brother Jonesy is at Meows Corner too."

Gender: Female

Birthdate: October 4, 2020

Breed: Mixed

Fur length: short

Color: buff tabby with white

Purrsonality: happy, calm, confident, friendly to everyone

Children? I would do well with kids of any age.

Cats? I will need another age-appropriate cat in my home.

Dogs? I don't mind dogs if they are friendly.

Fun Fact: A house cat can run to the speed of about 30 mph over short distances.

Amna is available.

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I'm Jonesy from West Virginia

"I am a golden-eyed tabby that likes to play and hang out with my cat-bros. My sister Amna and Tarot just joined me at Meows Corner."

Gender: Male

Birthdate: October 4, 2020

Breed: Mixed

Fur length: short

Color: orange tabby

Purrsonality: friendly, playful, confident

Children? I would do OK with respectful kids.

Cats? I will need an age-appropriate cat-friend in my new home.

Dogs? I like dogs as long as they are calm.

Fun Fact: After a year or so, some orange cats start sporting tiny black freckles around their mouths. This is called lentigo, and it’s harmless.

Jonesy is available.

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I'm Willow from West Virginia

"I am a quiet girl and who likes napping in my cat condo and getting brushed."

Gender: Female

Birthdate: February 1, 2017

Breed: Mixed

Fur length: short

Color: Buff with white

Purrsonality: Calm, quiet, friendly

Children? I would do well with older kids.

Cats? I can live with other cats in my home but don't need any cat friends to be happy.

Dogs? I can live with friendly dogs.

Fun Fact: Cats have 350,000 rods per square millimeter in their retina, compared to only 80,000-150,000 that humans have.They have 25 rods to each cone, compared to 4 rods to each cone in humans.

Willow is available.

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I'm Damari from West Virginia

"I am a fluffy girl who likes chasing catnip mice and treats. Dionis is my brother."

Gender: Female

Birthdate: September 6, 2020

Breed: Mixed

Fur length: long

Color: dilute tortie

Purrsonality: Reserved, curious.

Children? I would do well with respectful kids.

Cats? I need another age-appropriate cat in my home.

Dogs? I would do OK with calm dogs.

Fun Fact: The gray coloration on cats is a dilute version of black.

Damari is transitioning in at Meows Corner.

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I am Tygra from Herndon, VA

"I was rescued from a parking lot in Herndon by a 4Paws foster when I was a kitten."

Gender: Male

Birthdate: June 1, 2020

Breed: Mixed

Fur length: short

Color: Orange tabby/white

Purrsonality: Initially cautious, likes sitting with other cats.

Children? I would do best with older kids and adults.

Cats? I will need a cat friend in my new home.

Dogs? I am scared of dogs.

Fun Fact: Cats walk like camels and giraffes.

Tygra is available.

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I am Cheetara from Herndon, VA

"I like coming out to play when Meows Corner doesn't have many visitors."

Gender: Female

Birthdate: June 1, 2020

Breed: Mixed

Fur length: short

Color: Torbie

Purrsonality: Initially cautious, will take a patient adopter in a quiet home. Loves playing in water and the back scratcher.

Children? I would do best with older kids or an all-adult home.

Cats? I will need a cat friend in our my new home.

Dogs? I am scared of dogs.

Fun Fact: To clean hard-to-reach places, a cat will lick a paw and then rub it over the area. The paw pads, affectionately known as "toe beans", act like loofahs, scrubbing off dirt and debris.

Cheetara is available.

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I am Max from Cumberland, Maryland

"I am a big love  that likes joining other cats  for bird-watching  and napping. "

Gender: Male

Birthdate: April 25, 2019

Breed: Mixed

Fur length: short

Color: gray tabby

Purrsonality: Active, playful, friendly, submissive.

Children? I would do well around children of all ages.

Cats? I would do best with another kitty to pal around with.

Dogs? I can get along with dogs if they are friendly!

Fun Fact: Cats can only move their jaw up and down (not side to side like a human's can)

Max is transitioning in at Meows Corner.

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I am Bella from Vienna, Virginia

"I am a sweet girl who loves being brushed and looking out the window at night."

Gender: Female

Birthdate: May 3, 2019

Breed: Mixed

Fur length: short

Color: brown tabby

Purrsonality: Quiet, cautious, shy at first. Loves slicker brush and treats. Doesn't like canned food.

Children? I would need older, more patient children.

Cats? I would like to have a reassuring friend in my home.

Dogs? I would do well with friendly dogs.

Fun Fact: The domestic cat is the only feline that can hold its tail in a vertical position while walking. Wild cats hold their tails horizontally or tucked between their legs.

Bella is available.

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I'm Tarot from West Virginia

"I am playful and like hanging around other kittens. Amna is my sister and Jonesy is my brother."

Gender: Female

Birthdate: October 4, 2020

Breed: Mixed

Fur length: Long

Color: orange tabby

Purrsonality: Curious, playful, calm.

Children? I would do great with respectful kids.

Cats? I will need another age-appropriate kitty in my house.

Dogs? I like friendly dogs.

Fun Fact: Only 1 in 10 mixed breed cats are long-haired, and only 1 in 5 orange tabbies are female, which means just 1 in 50 have both traits.

Tarot is available.

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Coming soon: I am Diana from Sterling, VA

"I am  a blue Bambino kitten looking for cuddles and a lap!"

Gender: Female

Birthdate: January 26, 2021

Breed: Bambino

Fur length: N/A

Color: Gray

Purrsonality: Sweet, lovable, playful, people-oriented.

Children? I would like kids to play with me.

Cats? I would need an age-appropriate cat in my new home to play with.

Dogs? I would do well with a friendly dog.

Fun Fact: Considered an "experimental breed" made by crossing a sphinx hairless cat with a munchkin cat, bambinos need special care like regular baths to keep their skin clean and shirts to help them stay warm.

Diana is coming to Meows Corner soon so be sure to check back!

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I am Pearl from West Virginia

"I am an affectionate girl that  wants to be with my people."

Gender: Female

Birthdate: April 16, 2018

Breed: Himalayan mix

Fur length: Medium

Color: Cream with seal point

Purrsonality: Friendly, playful, lap cat, follower, gentle, loving

Children? I would do well with all respectful children.

Cats? I can be the only cat or with another calm, friendly kitty.

Dogs? I like friendly dogs.

Fun Fact: Seal point coats have albino origins.

Pearl has one application pending.

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I am Harrison from Sterling, Virginia

"I am a  handsome  young adult  that likes playing and getting pets from people!"

Gender: Male

Birthdate: March, 2018

Breed: Mixed

Fur length: Short

Color: Black

Purrsonality: Takes time to get to know you, but then friendly and happy.

Children? I would do well with kids.

Cats? I can live on my own or with another calm, friendly kitty after slow introductions.

Dogs? I like friendly dogs if we are introduced slowly.

Fun Fact: There are 2 sub-species to the felis catus species: Pantherinae and Felinae.

Harrison is available.

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I'm Penelope from Berkeley County, West Virginia

"I am a polite, calm girl who likes to spend time with her person and play with laser pointers."

Gender: Female

Birthdate: October 4, 2017

Breed: Mixed

Fur length: Short

Color: White with orange tabby

Purrsonality: Relaxed, playful, nondestructive.

Children? I would do well with respectful kids.

Cats? I don't need another kitty to be happy.

Dogs? I can be friends with calm dogs.

Fun Fact: The first year of a cat's life is roughly equal to the first 15 years of a human's life.

Penelope is available.

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I'm Meatball from Luray, Virginia

"I am an FIV+ big boy who loves to eat and cuddle with my peeps."

Gender: Male

Birthdate: May 3, 2018

Breed: Mixed

Fur length: Medium

Color: Black and white

Purrsonality: Relaxed, friendly, affectionate, oafish and silly.

Children? I would love kids to play with and keep company.

Cats? I don't need another kitty to be happy.

Dogs? I can be friends with calm dogs.

Fun Fact: Kittens meow to let their mother know they're cold or hungry, but once they get a bit older, cats no longer meow to other cats. But they continue to meow to people throughout their lives, probably because meowing gets people to do what they want.

Meatball is available. He is FIV+.

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I'm Rose from Fairfax, Virginia

"I am a loving kitty that likes to get pets and watch the birds and squirrels."

Gender: Female

Birthdate: March 20, 2017

Breed: Mixed

Fur length: Short

Color: Silver tabby

Purrsonality: Relaxed, friendly, affectionate.

Children? I would do best with older kids.

Cats? I don't need another kitty to be happy but it would be fun to have one for company.

Dogs? I can be friends with calm dogs.

Fun Fact: Scratching is a natural, normal, and necessary behavior for your cat. It is a form of communication.

Rose has one application pending.

Fosters Needed

Help 4Paws save cats from overwhelmed shelters!

4Paws Rescue Team's greatest volunteer need is for fosters. The more fosters we have the more cats we can save! If you can foster a cat or a mother cat and litter, please email florence@fourpaws.org

Thank you!