Unfortunately with the number of cats and kittens now residing with rescue groups and in shelters, it is difficult to find a place that can take in and care for your cats or kittens, whether you are surrendering your personal pets or wanting to turn in cats and kittens found in your neighborhood. Please review the information provided in this document as you consider your options.

If you must surrender your cat….

1. Be sure that your kitty has been spayed/neutered, disease tested, vaccinated and ready for a new home. When re‐homing your kitty, or finding a new home for a kitty that may be stray it is important that this kitty cannot have more kitties and can safely be in a home with other cats or kittens. While a rescue group or shelter might not be able to take in your kitty, most rescues can offer their services in helping with this process.

2. Post the kitty on craigslist and Facebook ‐ Write a short description about your cats or kittens and include pictures as well. This will help give interested adopters insight on their personality. Please do not list them as “Free”. Always ask for a small re‐homing/adoption fee. This will help deter any “bad” people from taking them. There are animal abusers who look for “Free” animals to hurt or sell for research. Make sure you screen interested adopters to make sure it is a GOOD home! Your cats or kittens deserve a good and safe home!

3. Make a flyer for your kitty ‐ Post it around your neighborhood. You can post in grocery stores, Starbucks, etc… Make sure to include your contact information on the flyer along with pictures and a description about the cats or kittens

4. Talk to local rescue groups ‐ Ask about participating in their adoption events. Some rescues will let you bring the kitty down to an adoption fair; this will help get them visibility and hopefully adopted! You can find local rescue groups by going on and typing in your address. A list of local rescues will be listed in your area. You will also find of list of some of the rescues in this document.

5. Network with Friends and Family – Send an email out to your friends, family and see if any of them might be interested in adopting your kitty. Ask them to help spread the word as well!

If you must contact a humane society please make sure to ask if they might plan to euthanize the kitty at any time. While they may advertise as such, humane societies are typically NOT “No‐Kill”. They do not kill what they deem “adoptable” animals unless they run out of space or the kitty gets sick. Humane Societies run out of space very fast and will euthanize if they need to!! Please give your kitty a shot at finding a new home by trying some of the suggestions above. Your kitty is worth the effort and deserves a second chance at finding another home!!!

For a list of no-kill rescue groups, please check Save Our Strays for a list of some of the no-kill rescue groups, by state of residence. You may also check our list below of other shelters in the area.


7120 S. Kings River Rd.
Parlier, CA 93648
Note: If you need to surrender an unadoptable or otherwise unwanted cat, please contact Lynea at (559) 638-8696 to obtain permission (6am-11am / 1pm-4pm Pacific, Thu-Sun only). Then you can complete their online surrender form. The form also explains the fee they charge to help defray the cost of lifetime care for each surrendered cat.

A Safe Haven For Cats
Redwood Shores
Specialize in and only take pre‐wean kittens

Nine Lives Foundation
Redwood City

Humanimal Connection
Redwood City

Peninsula Cat Works
Palo Alto

Community Cat Rescue
Palo Alto

Companions in Waiting
Half Moon Bay

Itty Bitty Orphan Kitty Rescue

Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary
San Jose
408-420‐SAFE (7233)

Town Cats of Morgan Hill
Morgan Hill

Furry Friends Fremont

Alley Cat Rescue

Home At Last Animal Rescue