The Feline Connection champions cats who need homes. We are committed to finding each cat a safe and healthy permanent home. We work to find the best possible home matches for each of our stray or friendly ‘colony cats’ based on their unique needs, and the needs of the adopter. We have no shelter location, so all of our animals are fostered by families in Rutland County, Vermont, mostly near Rutland. This gives us the unique capability to observe and interact with each cat in a relaxed home environment.

Pandemic Protocol UPDATE from The Feline Connection

Available for Adoption

Click on the names below to see more information about each cat.

Last updated December 2, 2022. * NOTE: we always have many additional cats that either will be ready soon or are incoming. If you are interested in a cat you see on the TFC Facebook page but don’t see him/her here, don’t worry! Just go ahead and fill out an Adoption Application above.

***Pro-tip: If you visit this page frequently, remember to hit “Refresh” to see the latest updates.

Available for Adoption from The Feline Connection

Looking for indoor companion cats and mousers? Check out The Phantom Feline Program!

Looking for outdoor barn cats and mousers? Check out The Rescued Squad!



If you are interested in kittens, apply today and we will work with you individually as they usually get adopted before they get a webpage.

Kitten season is here! Please apply and get pre-approved and we will work to match you with your kitten. We are also experiencing a heavy volume of applications, so please be patient.


The Poultney Eight

These eight kittens come from one location in Poultney, but at least two different litters. These photos are from mid-July when many of them had Upper Respiratory Infections (URI = cold), but they are all over it now. There are so many that we can’t make individual pages for each of them.

We estimate they were born in mid-May. They are all FeLV and FIV negative, spayed or neutered, and have age-appropriate vaccines. They will have a microchip when adopted if they don’t already.

More photos available on their Petfinder listings. Interested? Fill out an adoption application above.

The Phantom Feline Program

What is a Phantom Feline?  A phantom feline is a cat or kitten who, for reasons likely unknown, is very shy, fearful, or distrusting of humans.  It may have had negative or limited experiences with people, but its’ special needs and behaviors do not prevent it from living indoors with humans.   More about The Phantom Feline Program

The Rescued Squad – Barn Cats

Cats who are part of our Rescued Squad do not fit into home environments but that does not mean they do not have a place in our community.  They can be a welcomed asset to your barn, stable, garage, shed, warehouse, or any other outbuilding where you may need expert, environmentally-friendly rodent control.  In exchange for their service, Rescued Squad adopters provide warm, safe shelter, daily access to food and water, and veterinary care when needed.  More about The Rescued Squad

We have many Rescued Squad Barn cats at this time. They just don't have a listing here yet. Please fill out an adoption application and put "Rescued Squad/Barn Cats" in the name area! (October 16, 2022)

Black Cat Club

Black Cat Club

Adopting a cat from The Feline Connection

Adoption Process

Our conversation-based adoption process starts with submitting an application followed by a conversation, checking with your vet and landlord (if needed), then having cat visits and home visits as needed to determine the perfect match. Photos of the cat’s perspective new home are always welcome.

Fees (as of January 1, 2021)

  • Kitten 0-12 months: $150
  • Adult 1 – 9 years: $100
  • Senior Cat 9+ years: Donation
  • Special Needs: Donation
  • Barn Cat all ages: Donation

A $50 non-refundable deposit is required to place a “hold” on a cat.

Included with Adoption Fee

  • Veterinary Wellness Exam
  • Spay or neuter
  • Microchip
  • Testing for FIV and FeLV
  • Rabies 1 Year vaccine included – if the cat is at least 16 weeks old
  • FVRCP vaccine
  • Mite, flea and tick treatments as needed
  • Microchip administration and registration (if applicable)
  • A new family member

Adoption Requirements

  • All adopters must be 18+ years old and have a valid government ID
  • Adopter must submit a signed, completed Adoption Application
  • Adopters must speak with a representative of The Feline Connection

Completing these requirements does not guarantee acceptance or that the cat you are interested in adopting is still available.

Two foster cats enjoying life. (Adopted)

Adoption Form

Interested in giving a cat a loving Forever Family? Please fill out an Adoption Application. To place a cat on hold, a $50 deposit fee is required. Cats can be placed on hold after your Adoption Application has been approved.