Adopting cats FAQs
Here are the questions we get asked the most about adopting a cat from AWL.
When are you open?
Our Animal Care Centre at Cormack Rd, Wingfield is open for adoptions from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 3pm. Our Edinburgh North shelter is for adoptions from Thursday to Sunday from 10am to 3pm.
What do I need to bring with me when adopting a cat?
We need to see an ID showing your current name and address (e.g. driver's licence, concession card, proof of age card, passport).
Our onsite pet shop has collars, tags, food, bowls and carry cases. Everything you need to take your new friend home.
How old do I need to be to adopt?
You need to be over 18 years old to adopt your new pet from us.
Plus, you'll need to bring ID.
I have kids, should I bring them with me?
If you have children, they must meet the cat or kitten before you bring home a new addition to the family.
You need to be over 18 to adopt a cat.
I already have a pet at home, should I bring them with me?
No thanks. It'll stress the cat if you bring other pets to meet them.
Can I put a cat on hold?
Once you've been to AWL and met the cat of your choice, you can place them on hold for 24 hours for a non-refundable fee of $20 (We take this fee off of the price if you adopt).
We don't put animals on hold over the phone as it's so crucial for you to meet them first.
And we don't put kittens on hold, sorry.
You don't have many or any kittens on the website, when will you get some?
We never know what animals are going to need rehoming until they arrive, so it's best to keep an eye on our website.
Why are some cats available by 'Adopt by Application'?
Sometimes animals have unusual or ongoing health issues or need extra help with their behaviour. Others are in foster care.
In these particular cases, we ask you to fill in an application form to help us decide who the most suitable match is. We want to get a good indication that the cat is going to fit in with your home and lifestyle.
If you've been successful, one of the AWL team will get in touch.
How long do cats stay in the shelter?
We don't have a time limit on any of the animals that are available for adoption. They're in our care until we find the right home for them, no matter how long that takes.
If it's too hot to take your pet home, some restrictions may apply (in line with the South Australian Standards and Guidelines for Breeding and Trading Companion Animals 2017).
We often close for adoptions on hot days. If in doubt, call us on 8348 1300.
Can my child adopt a cat?
You need to be over 18 to adopt a cat from AWL.
Call us if you have any further questions on 8348 1300 between 8:30am and 4:30pm seven days a week.