About Us


Come visit our  shelter at 9 9th Street South in Fargo.

We are gearing up for Kitten Season 2015!  As of May, we have kittens - several different litters, at different ages, some with moms and some without.  Kittens are very fragile and don't have strong immune systems, so they live in foster homes until they are old enough to be vaccinated and visit the shelter for open house.   We aren't always able to get clear photos of kittens, especially those who are still with siblings and/or mom (they move so quickly and arent' interested in posing!!), so if you are interested in adopting a kitten, please visit our open houses to meet the kittens who are old enough to be shown.   

We are always looking for foster families – volunteers that are willing to take a cat or kitten(s) into their home for extra attention or care.  Young kittens are always placed in foster homes because they require much more supervision and socialization than older cats. If you have would like some general information about fostering, please see the Petfinder article at https://www.petfinder.com/animal-shelters-and-rescues/fostering-cats/what-is-cat-fostering/or if you have specific questions, call us at 701-356-7877.  Fostering is a great opportunity for children to learn about baby animals AND about making a difference in the world through volunteering.

Adopting A Friend

The Cat's Cradle Shelter is dedicated to finding the right permanent home for each cat.  We offer a three week trial period for each adoption and we will offer advice or happily take our cats back if there are any concerns.

Adoptable Cats\Kittens may be viewed online or at the shelter.  If there is a cat you are interested in, talk to a shelter representative.  To help improve the likelihood of a successful adoption, we interview prospective adopters to help ensure the cat is right for the home and the home is right for the cat.

To summarize the adoption process:

  1. Find a cat\kitten that appeals to you
  2. Interview with a volunteer
  3. Cat's Cradle Shelter may ask to do a home visit
  4. If all parties agree the cat\kitten may be a good fit for the household, the adoption can be finalized.

Cat's Cradle Shelter will not adopt cats or kittens without meeting the adopter(s) in person, nor will we ship cats or kittens.

For adult cats, the adoption fee covers spaying/neutering, vaccinations, feline leukemia/FIV test, de-worming, and microchipping.

For kittens, the fee includes FEL/FIV screening, de-worming, and age-appropriate vaccinations prior to adoption.  Costs of subsequent first-year vaccinations, microchipping, and spaying/neutering are also covered only if services are provided by the PAAWS Clinic.  Procedures done outside of the PAAWS Clinic are at the adopters own expense.

To download a Cats Cradle Adoption Application, follow this link http://www.catscradleshelter.org/adoption_application.pdf This form cannot be edited online, you will need to print it and complete it.


Who We Are

The Cat's Cradle Shelter is a no-kill shelter for rescued cats and kittens.  Our residents live in colonies of 6-10 cats in individual units based on compatibility.  They are cared for by a core group of shelter volunteers.  Young kittens, cats who need extra socialization, and those needing special medical care are fostered in private homes where they get 24hr care and lots of love and attention. And from there, they go to their furr-ever homes.

The Cat's Cradle Shelter is currently funded 100% by donations, grants/contests, and fundraising.  

Come Visit Us

9 Ninth Street South

Fargo, ND 58103



Adoption Open House

  • Saturday 12pm -5pm
  • Tuesday 4-7pm
  • or by appointment

NOTE: For those who are not interested in adopting, but just like to visit/play with the cats, we have created Social Hours, Tuesdays 7-7:30 and Saturday 5-5:30.  These times are set aside for casual visits so that our staff can focus on potential adopters during Adoption Open Houses.   It also allows the cats to be at their best for possible future families and that's what gets them adopted!  Casual visitors are welcome to come to the shelter once during Adoption Open Houses to get a tour and meet the cats, but after that, we ask that play visits be limited to the Social Hours at the end of the day.  The cats enjoy that little extra action time to unwind after being on their best behavior for adopters!


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