Last Updated March 6, 2023
Rescue Stats 2023
+ cats via our trap loan program
Rescue Stats 2022
260 cats spayed/neutered
+ 154 cats via our trap loan program
263 cats adopted
Rescue Stats 2021
cats 313 spayed/neutered
+ 222 cats via our trap loan program
266 cats adopted
Rescue Stats 2020
420 cats spayed/neutered
+ 333 cats via our trap loan program
344 cats adopted
Rescue Stats 2019
272 cats spayed/neutered
+ 376 cats via our trap loan program
Rescue Stats 2018
254 cats spayed/neutered
+ 107 cats via our trap loan program
224 cats adopted
Rescue Stats 2017
291 cats spayed/neutered
+ 125 cats via our trap loan program
392 cats adopted
Rescue Stats 2016
260 cats spayed/neutered
+ 130 cats via our trap loan program
341 cats adopted
Rescue Stats 2015
344 cats spayed/neutered
+48 via our trap loan program
249 cats adopted
Rescue Stats 2014
176 cats spayed/neutered
+ 68 via our trap loan program
194 cats adopted
Rescue Stats 2013
233 cats spayed/neutered
+ 95 via our trap loan program
222 cats adopted
Rescue Stats 2012
260 cats spayed/neutered
202 cats adopted
Rescue Stats 2011
244 cats spayed/neutered
198 cats adopted
Rescue Stats 2010
306 cats spayed/neutered
216 cats adopted
Rescue Stats 2009
421 cats spayed/neutered
232 cats adopted
Rescue Stats 2008
350 cats spayed/neutered
200 cats adopted
Rescue Stats 2007
226 cats spayed/neutered
149 cats adopted
Rescue Stats 2006
126 cats spayed/neutered
56 cats adopted
13th Street Cat Rescue
We are a Non-Profit 501(c)(3), No-Kill, Cat and Kitten Rescue Organization - San Jose, California
Thank You for wanting to adopt!
We've gathered some helpful information and links for both adopters and our community.
- Adding a new cat to your home (pdf)
- Cat Behavior Tip Sheets (from the Humane Society of the United States)
- View more resources and helpful tips >
How can I meet a cat, kitten or dog I see on this website?
To meet our rescued cats/kitten:
- We ask that you fill out an adoption application first (see below).
- Once you submit an application, a volunteer will contact you.
All of our kitties are in foster homes; some can be seen at the foster homes, or at an upcoming Adoption Fair.
We try our best to match our cats to the perfect homes, and match them based on their personalities, not their looks. Adoptions are not done on a first come, first serve basis, rather in the order of what homes are the right match for that particular cat.
What to expect after an adoption is approved.
Once an adoption is approved, one of our volunteers will deliver the cat or kitten to your home.
I don't live near San Jose, can I still adopt from 13thstcats.org?
Please note, that we are a small organization. Some of our cats and kittens can be adopted/delivered up to an hour away from San Jose, while others may only be adoptable within 30 miles.
To meet cats/kittens in our foster care program:
To meet cats/kittens/dogs in
What to do if you haven't heard back from us?
We are trying our best to keep up with the increased application volume.
We ask for your understanding. We are an all-volunteer organization and many of us have full-time jobs outside of our volunteer activities; therefore, it may be a few days before someone can respond to your email. We always try to reply as soon as possible.
Adopting Cats & Kittens In Our Foster Care Program
The kitties are for adoption, not for sale.
The adoption fee for cats and kittens is $150 ($250 for two) to help cover some of our food and veterinary expenses. If paying the adoption fee online, there is an additional $5 processing fee for online payments to help cover the PayPal fees: $155 for a single kitten, or $255 for two.
All cats and kittens are:
- vaccinated as appropriate for their age
- tested for FELV (feline leukemia) / FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus)
- spayed/neutered prior to adoption
We will ask you some questions about your home and we will be glad to answer any questions you may have. Adopting a kitty is a long-term commitment; the average life span for a kitty is 15-20 years.
Most of our cats are in foster homes with other cats. They get lonely and bored without the company of their own kind, just like people. We try to place cats that enjoy the company of other cats in a home where there is feline companionship. But we do have many cats that would be happy to be the only cat in your life!
Regardless of how an animal comes to us, we provide food, shelter, and medical care. The animals do not live in cages but in volunteer foster homes. We usually know the personalities of the cats and kittens we rescue, so we can tell you which cat or kitten(s) might be the best match for you and/or the feline companion you already have.
Why are some kittens only available in pairs
or with a bonded littermate?
Because kittens play together, sleep together, and keep each other company while you are at work all day long! When kittens have each other to roughhouse with, they are less likely to break or chew things, attack or bite you when they play, or keep you up all night. Basically, they teach each other manners and keep each other out of trouble.
We may have kittens who prefer to be any only kitty and would be fine on their own; we may be able help you find a kitten with that temperament.
Click here to learn more about adopting kittens in pairs »
What if things don't work out?
We work hard to make the right matches and care deeply about our rescues. Please call us if there are issues, we usually can work you through a problem and solve it for you and the cat!. If the problem can’t be solved, PLEASE do not give the cat away, or take them to a local shelter where they may be killed, we may want to take the cat back for rehoming through our organization.
Click for 13thstcats.org Adoption and Event Schedule
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