Where to Adopt a Cat in San Francisco

From Cat Cafes to Cat-a-Palooza, San Francisco is known as a city that is not afraid to show affection for felines of all shapes and sizes. It is also a city that is known for being the most humane in regards to animal shelters, and, as a result, has one of the lowest euthanasia rates in major cities within the country. For those of you thinking of adopting or volunteering at a local organization, here are five reputable places to meet plenty of furry friends.


This well-known organization is a great place to start when looking to adopt. They are the fourth oldest humane society in the United States and the creators of the No-Kill movement within shelters. Check out adoptable cats here.


As San Francisco's only Cat Cafe, this is the perfect place to slow down, and enjoy the company of cats while sipping a warm beverage. Best of all, the cats are adoptable! Walk-ins are acceptable, but since space is limited it's better to reserve a slot in advance.

San Francisco Animal Control and Care

Run by the city of San Francisco, there are always plenty of cats that need homes within this center. The staff here is very helpful in assisting you through the adoption process. Browse through the adoptable cats here.

Give Me Shelter Cat Rescue

This great non-profit works tirelessly to rescue adult and senior cats from local shelters who are at higher risk of being euthanized. They frequently get new batches of lovable felines, so make sure to check their adoption page often if you are looking for a cat to bring home.

Wonder Cat Rescue

The mission of this wonderful non-profit organization is to save cats from abandonment and shelter euthanasia. They are not a shelter, but instead, have volunteers providing temporary homes for cats until they are found a forever home. Check out the adoptable cats here and try to resist these adorable balls of fur.

Julia is a freelance writer and native San Franciscan, born and raised. She is the founder of Small World This Is, and has written for Matador, Roads and Kingdoms, and USA Today.