CATNIP Animal Adoption Process
What to expect if you apply to adopt an animal in the care of CATNIP.
Thank you for considering adopting an animal from NPO CATNIP.

We are willing to consider any person, man or woman, over the age of 20.

We do not have an upper age limit.

[We do not rehome to members of the discipline services such as the military/SDF, police or firefighters.]

What we are looking for from you is a compelling story about the animal's care over its full life. So please try to look at things from the animal's point of view – and consider not just what it can give to you, but what you can give to it.

In practice this means we are unlikely to rehome a kitten to an elderly person unless they have family support.


NPO CATNIP is based in Fukuoka – so remember you will have to come down to Fukuoka to meet the animal, or live close enough for us to come to you.

We are primarily advocates for the animal - and it's the animals interests that will be foremost in our minds when we talk to you. But we do also want to make sure that the little person who comes to live with you suits you and your family.

The animal won't be happy with you if you don't take him or her to your hearts.

Our adoption process starts with you filling out our “Apply to adopt” web-form. This is quite detailed and will take at least 20 minutes - possibly longer.

If we think you are a good fit for the animal, we will arrange to talk to you – in person if possible, if not, by Skype or FaceTime. This will be in either English or Japanese, as we think appropriate.

Ideally, you would then come and meet the animal, with all the members of your family. Or possibly we would bring the animal to you, so we can see the place the animal would be kept. We will decide this on a case-by-case basis.

If appropriate, we may also follow-up with your apartment owner to check it is ok to keep an animal there – or possibly we will ask to see your lease. Apologies in advance, but we may have to be quite nosy ...

All being well, the animal would come to you for a trial period of two weeks. After that, you will sign an agreement, and make a pledge – you can see the sort of thing we will ask you to agree to on the application form.

If we are rehoming the animal with you before it is fully vaccinated, neutered and microchipped we would have you sign an agreement that you would do this– and possibly ask for a deposit, repayable when it is all done. (In some cases we will pick the animal up from you when it is at the appropriate age for neutering, take it to the vet and return it to you.)

In principle, we make a 20,000yen rehoming charge – but the exact cost varies depending on where the animal is up to with vaccinations and neutering when it comes to you.

When you take an animal from us, we also sign you up to our web-forum, where you can ask for advice if you need it. We will also keep in touch, once a year, just to see how things are going.

When we review your application, of course we may have to say "no". In fact we may have to say “no” at any point in the adoption process.

It is never nice when you apply for something with all the best of intentions and a heart full of love – and are then rejected. I am afraid we have to be quite strict – it is the animal's best interests that have to be our first concern.

But even if we do say no, we will try and make your interaction with us as “unbruising” as it can be.

We treat Japanese and foreign applicants in exactly the same way – we know that Japanese people are often moved around Japan - and sometimes overseas - at short notice by their companies. But if you are a foreigner here do expect us to be particularly interested in your visa status, your long term residency plans and what would happen to the animal were you to leave Japan.

Please read our FAQ before applying.

Click here to start the adoption application.

Nick May, Director.