What is it?

Meet Your Match, a research based program developed by the ASPCA, makes finding your purr-fect cat fun, easy and exact!
Simply Cats Adoption Center is currently the only animal shelter in Idaho using Meet Your Match.  This program helps people and cats come together into lifelong, successful relationships.

Adopters arriving at our adoption center are asked to fill out a survey. It takes less than five minutes to complete.  It is not a test and there are no right or wrong answers — only questions intended to measure your expectations in a pet and determine what type of cat would be the best fit in your home environment and lifestyle. It is also a helpful tool in matching a new cat with any cats already in your home.  When the survey is scored, shelter staff is able to determine which “feline-ality” suits you best.


Private Investigator

I’m working undercover to keep an eye on you and your household. You may not even know you’re under surveillance. I can vanish into thin air if anyone or anything interferes with my investigation. If you need a cat who knows how to stay out of trouble and will always keep your secrets, I just might take your case.

Secret Admirer

When it comes to relationships, I’m very level-headed. I don’t leap in paws first, if you know what I mean. But give me a little time, and then I’ll shower you with purrs, head-butts, and plenty of lap time. In the meantime, you may not see a lot of me but I’ll be thinking a lot of you!

Love Bug

Do you seek affection? I do! If you also like petting, purrs, and paws kneading your lap, I think we might have a LOT in common. I’m looking for “someone who enjoys quiet times and togetherness.” Could that someone be you?

The Executive

I have to say, I’m a busy cat. First, I’ve got to check out what’s happening out the window. Next, I’ll see if any closets or cupboards need looking into. And then there are my naps —can’t be late for those. I can fit a little socializing into my schedule. Shall we plan on breakfast and dinner? I hope you like kibbles.


Like all sidekicks, I’m just plain good company. I like attention, and I also like my solitude. I don’t go looking for trouble but I’m no scaredy-cat, either. If you are looking for a steady companion to travel with you on the road of life, look no further.

Personal Assistant

You’re working on the computer? Let me press the keys. Reading the paper? I’ll hold the pages down for you. Watching TV? I’ll just plop in your lap so you can pet me. I love an orderly household, don’t you? I’ll help you with all your chores, and I’ll help you relax when we’re done. You’ll wonder how you ever managed without me.


I’m a savvy cat who knows the score. I’m pretty unflappable, too. I don’t mind entertaining myself, but a human companion at the other end of the couch and a nice scratch behind the ears always make my day. If you’re looking for a resourceful addition to your team, think about signing this Most Valuable Pussycat.

Party Animal

I’m a cat on a mission: PARTY! I love to play and explore and test my limits. I’d love to play with you, but I can make a toy out of anything: pencils, post-it notes, potatoes. If you’re looking for some laughs and someone to liven up the party, think about inviting me.

Leader of the Band

I’m a cat who does everything in a big way. I not only like to be in the middle of things - I like to lead the parade. I’m an adventurous cat, but I’ll still make plenty of time to show you my affectionate side. I’m the demonstrative type, you might say. Want a cat who’s brimming with confidence? That’s me.

Click here for additional information on the Feline-ality Meet Your Match Program

This process gets the potential adopter involved in a meaningful way, and is much more accurate than guessing that a cat has the qualities one wants in a pet. Additionally, because the adopter knows what to expect in the cat before he goes home, the cat’s transition from shelter to home is smooth.

Complete the following survey to Meet Your Match!

MYM Survey

I would consider my household to be like A library Middle of the road A carnival
I am comfortable with a cat that likes to play “chase my ankles” and similar games No  Somewhat Yes
I want my cat to interact with guests that come to my house Little of the time  Some of the time All of the time
How do you feel about a boisterous cat that gets into everything? Love them but rather not live with them Depends on the situation Fine by me
My cat needs to be able to adjust to new situations quickly Not important Somewhat Yes
I want my cat to love being with children in my home It's not important whether my cat loves being with children Some of the time  Most of the time
My cat needs to be able to be alone More than 9 hours per day 4-8 hours per day Less than 4 hours per day
When I am at home, I want my cat to be by my side or in my lap Little of the time Some of the time All of the time
I want my cat to enjoy being held Little of the time Some of the time Most of the time
I need my cat to get along with (check all that apply) Dogs Cats Birds
My cat will be Inside Inside and Outside Outside
I have lived with cats before No Yes Currently
I prefer my cat to be talkative No Yes It's not important if my cat is talkative
I want my cat to play with toys Little of the time Sometimes Often
I want my cat to be active Not very active Somewhat   Yes, very

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