We work off a waitlist and have limited space. We have the most demand for space from May to September due to kitten season.
Before surrendering your cat, please consider the trauma of such a decision to the cat and to members of your family. Sometimes surrendering is unavoidable; however, if the problem is medical or behavioral, we highly recommend trying to solve whatever the problem is yourself before turning to surrendering your cat. If you adopted your cat from another rescue or shelter, please contact them FIRST before emailing us.
If you have to move/relocate
We believe pets are family and making accommodations for them should be a priority. Please do not abandon your cat because you are moving. Plan ahead and start looking for an apartment or house where cats are welcome. If you absolutely cannot take your cat with you, you should be making a plan WEEKS to MONTHS in advance as many rescues or shelters cannot take in cats at a moment’s notice.
If someone in your household has allergies
Being allergic doesn't mean that you can't have a pet or that you must give up one you already have. We know plenty of people – volunteers and adopters alike – who take medication and adjust their lifestyle so they can keep their pets! There have been many advancements in medication for you and even cat food that help with allergies.
If your cat has a behavioral or medical problem
Please take the time to work with your vet FIRST. At this time we CANNOT take in cats who do not like other cats, have aggression problems, have litter box avoidance issues, have any special needs (diabetes, special medication, personalized care/diet, etc.), or that need socialization.
Senior cats (10 years and older)
Most senior cats will not do well with being uprooted from their home and everything they have ever known. We have had cats surrendered to us that fall into a deep depression because they are moved from their homes, we have even had one die of a broken heart. Even with good care and love at our rescue, many senior cats will refuse to eat and develop liver disease or other serious problems.
Then that heartbreak and stress is put on us as the rescuers. How is this fair to anyone?
In addition, senior cats are very difficult to find homes for since most people are looking to adopt kittens or much younger cats. Senior cats spend a lot more time waiting for an adopter who will give them the home they deserve to live out their golden years.
Please do not give up on your senior cat, you mean more to them than you might think.
If you have no other option, please email us to request to be put on our waitlist and we will be in touch. In your email request please be specific about WHY you are surrendering.
We do require owner surrenders to be spayed/neutered, fully vaccinated (rabies and distemper), and combo tested before they come to us. We also ask for all vet records, current food (to transition them to the food we use), any toys or bedding they love to ease stress, and a donation toward their care.
We are all volunteers and do not have a vet onsite to handle major medical issues. We are a closed door rescue. We have the right to turn away any animal that we feel we cannot adopt to the public.
Again, at this time we CANNOT take in cats who do not like other cats, have aggression problems, have litter box avoidance issues, have any special needs (diabetes, special medication, personalized care/diet, etc.), or that need socialization.
If you find a friendly stray cat or kittens on your property please email us to see if we have room or foster opening for kittens. A donation is appreciated toward their care if possible.
Small rescues like ours cannot take in feral cats and we do not have the people power to do large TNR projects. But YOU can learn how to make a plan and trap a feral cat on your property!
Not every cat is an indoor cat and does not want to live inside or is just not into humans (aka feral). If they aren't spayed/neutered then you can TNR them (trap, neuter, return) and the cats will at least be fixed so they aren't reproducing. It is the most humane/smart thing to do with feral cats as there isn't much else you can do with them. Relocating is very hard and time consuming and barn homes are few and far between.
Washington Area Humane Society has traps that you can rent. http://www.washingtonpashelter.org/services/
Watch the great video below from Kitten Lady on how to TNR!