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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is a sanctuary room important when adopting cats?

When adopting a new cat, setting aside a separate place in your home, referred to as a sanctuary room, will help your cat/kitten decompress and have time to learn about their new environment a little bit at a time and in a more controlled way. This encourages continued use of the litter box, helps ease fear and anxiety in your new cat, and allows them to get familiar with the scents of their new home and any other residents in the home.  

Additionally, most cats/kittens in the shelter environment are exposed to various upper respiratory infections. When they are adopted, the stress of moving to a new home can sometimes trigger symptoms to appear. Keeping your new kitty in a sanctuary space can reduce the spread to other cats in the home. 

We have found that when a cat or kitten is returned to The NOAH Center within a few days of adoption, the most common reason a that they do not seem to be settling into the family and household as well as expected. In the vast majority of these cases, the adopter did not implement a sanctuary space for the new cat/kitten. Sanctuary spaces truly work in giving your new cat or kitten the space they need to settle in and dramatically reduce the likelihood of return. 

Our Impact Since Opening

  • Pets Adopted

    47,431

  • Spay/Neuters

    131,488

  • Pets Fostered

    12,906

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