Meeting Monkey: An Insider Tip For Finding Shelter Pets

A photo of my cat Monkey

Despite frequent shelter visits and daily refreshes on, I wasn’t having much luck finding a kitten; I wanted a younger tabby with a particular look, shelter populations were thinning for the winter, and kittens were moving fast.

I finally found my new best friend, Monkey, three months later following a tip from a shelter volunteer: expanding my search to include PetHarbor, a national database of lost & found pets.

Most shelters receiving found animals will first list them on PetHarbor. Once listed the animals enter a waiting period, ~1 week during which owners can claim their lost pets before they’re made available to the public for adoption.

Searching PetHarbor for lost pets returns listings of found animals who aren’t yet up for adoption. In these listings I found Monkey; 5 days later he was unclaimed and I was at the shelter first in line.

A 2012 study found that only 2% of lost cats were recovered at the shelters, so while there’s a small chance of adopting someone’s lost cat off PetHarbor, it’s more likely you’re browsing stray and abandoned animals.

The rest of this post is pictures of Monkey:

Monkey the cat in the shelter greeting room
Monkey in the shelter greeting room

Monkey the cat relaxing

Monkey the cat at the window

Monkey the cat being a cat
Already adept at being a cat…

Monkey the cat on the table

Thanks for reading!