When a family comes to the HSCC looking for a cat, matchmaking becomes a top priority.
"We do our best," said Johnson. "A huge part of what we do is to explain what the cat needs and what its background iswe can tell families if the cat is good with other animals or not, and even whether or not the cat will be good around young children."
Background checks on potential adoptees are often performed, so the HSCC can establish if the cat will be going to a good home. Basic housing information is needed before a cat can be adopted, as it is important to know if the cat will be going to a rental home or a permanent home.
"We also do our best to explain the responsibilities of owning a pet," said Johnson. "People adopting an animal need to know what the caring of the pet entails and the costs of owning a pet. The adoption is the beginning of the relationship, we want to encourage families to come to us with any questions they might have after the pet enters its new home."
Johnson also noted some of the difficulties of being a center without a set time limit for its adoption program.
"One of the things about not having a set time is that we have to try and make it as comfortable as possible for the cats and dogs that stay here," she said.
For example, some of the cats at the HSCC stay in individual environments because they prefer to be separated from other cats, whereas some cats live in multiple cat housing units.
To make a donation to the HSCC, please visit www.chittenden humane.org, or call at 802-862-0135. The humane society is open Tuesday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.