Rehoming a Cat

I Have a Cat that I Need to Surrender, What Do I Do?

  • WE DO NOT ACCEPT ANY WALK-IN SURRENDERS. Surrenders are done by appointment only.
  • We are only able to accept cats and kittens when there is space in our adoption center or in one of our foster homes.
  • We can only accept cats that meet our adoption criteria, we cannot take cats that are feral/wild or unsocialized to humans or cats with significant health or behavioral issues. We must insist that if your cat is experiencing significant changes in behavior or health that you seek professional veterinary medical care from a veterinarian and not rehome the animal without at minimum a physical exam with a veterinarian.
  • We ask for a donation of $25.00 at the time of surrender to help offset some of the costs we will incur taking an animal into our care.
  • If your cat or kitten meets the criteria above then please complete our online Surrender Request Form. Please note that this form DOES NOT guarantee placement into our program, it is NOT a waitlist and you will only be contacted if we are able to assist with your animal.

You can also complete the cat personality questionnaire (surrender form) for Oregon Humane Society*- Salem Campus. Please click the link to visit their website for more information about current programs. **Please note that OHS Salem Campus is not able to assist with any stray cats from Marion County as of 11/15/2022, however, if the animal is currently in your possession, you have attempted to locate any possible owners OHS may be able to assist with rehoming. The animal should be posted on and Facebook Lost & Found Pets of Salem, Oregon for potential owners to be able to claim their lost pet.

My cat was adopted from SFOF and may need to return it. What should I do next?

  • If your cat or kitten was adopted from Salem Friends of Felines and you have attempted to rehome the animal to a family member or friend without success, please consider the following:
    • Contact SFOF via email or phone call 503-362-5611 to discuss options and receive counseling from our knowledgeable staff about next steps.
    • Reputable rehoming websites such as and Petfinder are options to find quality adopters looking for a new family member.
  • Please know that the waitlist to get a cat into our adoption program can be long and take months and that not every cat will be a candidate for the program (even cats that have been previously adopted from SFOF). We do encourage you to rehome the animal on your own, using reputable social media sites and family/friends to promote the pet. Shelters should be a last resort for pets who have no other options available to them such as strays and injured animals.

Local rescue/adoption centers within in the Willamette Valley and Portland-Metro area. Click the links below to be directed to their websites.

Cat Adoption Team (Sherwood)


Cats Meow Cat Rescue (Gladstone)

Feral Cat Coalition (Portland)


Greenhill Humane (Eugene)


Hazel’s House Rescue (Portland)


Heartland Humane Society (Corvallis)


Homeward Bound Pets (McMinnville)


House of Dreams (Portland)


Meow Village (Aurora)



Newberg Animal Shelter


Oregon Humane Society  (Salem)


Paws Animal Shelter (West Linn)


SafeHaven (Albany)


Silverton Cat Rescue

Keitha’s Kittie Rescue (Lebanon)


Orphan Kitten Rescue of Oregon