Before surrendering your cat, please consider the trauma of such a decision to the cat, and to members of your family. Sometimes surrender is unavoidable; however, many of our volunteers are knowledgeable about cat behavior and can help you solve some of the common problems that make people feel they must re-home their cats. Call our hotline - 508-540-5654 - to speak to a volunteer.
If you are moving
Please do not abandon your cat because you are moving. Plan ahead and start looking for an apartment where cats are welcome. If you can't take your cat with you, please call us as soon as possible as it can take weeks to get space at the shelter for your cat. Also, be sure your cat is up-do-date on vaccinations and is spayed or neutered.
If someone in the 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. Even if your doctor finds that you have an allergy, don't give up your pet too quickly! Please visit the following web site, which has some great information about allergies and what you can do so you are able to keep your cat - Allerpet.com
If your cat has a behavioral problem
The shelter is unable to take in cats with behavioral problems that make them unadoptable. For advice on common problems, please call our hotline at 508-540-5654 or look at our Cat Owner Resources page.
A cat is usually classified as a "senior" when it is 10 years or older. It is best to avoid surrendering a senior cat, as it has usually lived in the same home for many years, and the stress of a shelter may be more than it can handle. Even with good care at our shelter, many senior cats will refuse to eat and develop liver disease or other serious problems. In addition, senior cats are very difficult to find homes for since most people are looking to adopt kittens or cats that they will have for a long time to come. If you have a senior cat that you absolutely cannot keep, the best thing you can do is try to place him/her directly into a new home.