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Please read through the following information before applying.

  • Fosters have to be 21+ and live less than a 30 minute drive from Evanston.

  • Please be able/willing to drive your foster to and from our Adoption Center and medical hub, 829 Chicago Ave, Evanston.

  • If you have pets of your own you must be able to keep them completely separate from your foster animal for the first two weeks.

  • All pets in the home must be up to date on vaccines and be spayed/neutered. Cats must be tested for FeLV.

  • Paws and Claws Cat Rescue covers all medical expenses. We can also provide food, litter etc.



  • What is Paws and Claws Cat Rescue?
    Paws and Claws is a 501(c)3 nonprofit foster centric rescue with a facility in Evanston, IL that works to give vulnerable felines a second chance. We also start discussions and bring awareness to humane education especially concerning TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) increasing the save rate in the United States and promoting healthy ownership.
  • Where do most of your cats come from?
    Most of our animals come from open admission animal control facilities that have high euthanasia rates due to the fact that they are required to accept every animal who is brought to them. We take in under-socialized cats who are at risk. Additionally, we take in kittens and their feral mothers until the kittens are weaned and the mothers can be spayed and returned to their outdoor homes; neonatal kittens without mothers; and, kittens who are weaned. Occasionally we will take in cats who no longer have a home and are being surrendered or animals who come from other vulnerable situations.
  • Do you accept owner surrenders?
    Our primary focus is on transferring animals from municipal shelters, but we do occasionally accept owner surrenders of felines (we are NOT able to take in dogs at this time). We will assess the pet being surrendered and if we have a foster home available that is a good fit. We ask owners to donate $65 for a cat/kitten ($45 per kitten if a litter). If you are unable to afford a donation we are willing to have a conversation. IF YOU ADOPTED FROM PAWS AND CLAWS AND NEED TO RETURN YOUR ANIMAL WE WILL TAKE THEM BACK NO QUESTIONS ASKED. PLEASE EMAIL US WITH "RETURN OF PAWS AND CLAWS ANIMAL" IN THE SUBJECT LINE. Please note, Paws and Claws is not licensed to take in stray animals. If you find a stray you should contact your local animal control. We understand that things happen, but also ask that you try all other routes before surrendering your pet. Please see "Rehoming Your Pet". We would be happy to have a conversation with you about possible resources and solutions to keep your pet or help find other alternatives before surrender. If it comes down to surrender being the only option we ask you send an email to including the following information: Your name and phone number Your cats name and age Where your cat originally came from (shelter, friend, stray etc) Information on behavior (litter box usage, interactions with other animals and kids, energy level etc.) Information on health history and needs (please include all medical records) A photo of your pet
  • What are your adoption fees?
    Kitten $175 Cat $150
  • What do I do if I find kittens outside?
    If you find kittens outside the first thing to do is determine if they are orphans. Most of the time kittens have been left for a short period of time while mama goes to find food. Chances are she is watching and waiting for YOU to leave before returning. If the kittens look clean, round and full and are not excessively crying mama will be back shortly. If you believe they are without a mother, leave food out or try the flour trick, surround kittens with a thick ring of flour. Return to the area in a couple hours and check to see if there are prints in the flour or if the food is gone. If you determine the kittens are indeed orphans you will need to work quickly. Visit: everything you will need to know about caring for a orphaned neonatal kitten. We would be happy to walk you through bottle feeding and everything else neonatal kitten!
  • What kind of medical care is provided to the cats prior to adoption?
    All of our cats receive dewormer, age appropriate vaccines, are spayed/neutered, microchipped and FeLV/FIV tested.
  • What happens if I adopt and it doesn’t work out?
    If for whatever reason the adoption doesn’t work we will take the animal back into our care. We ask all adopters to return adopted animals to Paws and Claws Rescue if need be.
  • How can I get involved?
    There are a number of ways that you can help us. Visit our volunteer page. One great easy way to help us is by simply spreading the word. You can share our story, website or other social media with friends and family or on your own social platforms.
  • What is my donation going to support?
    Thank you for donating! Every dollar of all donations goes directly towards the animals care. Most of our expenses are medical costs so chances are you helped us get an animal the medical care they need! Food and other supplies, such as litter (we go through lots of this), neonatal bottles and formula, cleaning supplies etc are where the rest of donations go. We couldn’t do this without you!
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