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Surrendering Cats to the Shelter



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The vast majority of adult cats surrendered to the Shelter are given up because their owners move or have had a change in family circumstances. Cats of all ages, provided they are relatively healthy and well behaved, can be adopted from the Shelter. Older cats are harder to adopt and many live in the Shelter for several weeks or even months while waiting to find their new home. Before surrendering your pet to the Shelter, please consider all other options.

Besides being the time of year when the Shelter sees the highest volume of kittens, spring and summer are when the most people surrender adult cats. Cats and kittens are surrendered when their owners move, are travelling, or develop allergies. This means the cat cages at the Shelter are at or over capacity from April through October. The Shelter always has a large variety of cats for adoption. Kittens are most available from May through October.

The Shelter asks you help manage the cat population by doing the following:

• Spay or neuter and vaccinate all cats you currently own.
• Support community programs to have cats spayed or neutered.
• The majority of healthy, free-roaming cats do have a nearby owner. If you see a healthy stray cat, it is often best to leave it in place so it can potentially find its way home. If the cat is a nuisance, there are a number of harmless cat repellants that are sold at pet stores and home good stores that may be tried in lieu of trapping.
• Unless there is an immediate threat, it may be best to leave kittens in place where their mother can find them, especially if they are too young to eat on their own. If you need to move the kittens, it is recommended they be placed nearby where the mother can find them.
• If you must intervene with kittens, offer to help the Shelter by providing foster care until the kittens are at least eight weeks of age.
• If you are thinking about surrendering a cat or kitten, consider keeping it through the summer until the volume of cats and kittens entering our shelter slows down.
• If you have a cat that is pregnant, keep the mother and babies until the kittens are at least eight weeks of age to help the Shelter conserve space for kittens who otherwise have no place to go. Keep the mother cat in your home until after all the kittens are adopted and consider spaying the mother cat.
• Per current county code, any animal, other than a dog, found running at large in the county shall be taken up by Animal Control Officers and impounded at the Animal Shelter. Animal Control Officers may lawfully seize and impound any animal that has been abandoned. The Shelter impounds or harbors stray, homeless, abandoned, or unwanted animals.

Due to space limitations at the Animal Shelter and the high cat and kitten population in the shelter, particularly in the late spring to early fall, the public’s cooperation in managing the cat population is very much appreciated.