Rehoming a Cat

Sometimes circumstances make it difficult for you to keep or care for your cat. When that happens, we are here to help.

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

Our shelter is a “Limited Admissions” facility due to space restrictions and funding.

  • We are only able to accept homeless cats and unwanted kittens when there is enough room in our shelter or in our limited number of foster homes.
  • We can only accept cats that are considered “adoptable,” we cannot take cats that are feral/wild or unfriendly to humans.
  • We are also not able to take large numbers of teen (7 months to a year) or adult cats (1 yr. +). We simply do not have the room or financial resources to take in large numbers of older kitties at any one time. Since kittens adopt out faster and our foster homes are set up for kittens (under age 7 months) we are able to, in most instances, find a way to take those in, but during kitten season (March to September) we may have to wait until space opens up.
  • If we are able to accept a homeless cat or unwanted kitten(s) we will do so only by appointment.
  • We do request that you make a donation of at least $25.00 (per kitty) to help offset some of the medical costs we will have to expend just to intake the kitty you bring in.
  • We will contact you only if we have the room to take in the kitten(s) or homeless cat you have contacted us about. We will hold your email or contact sheet for 30 days, if we have not contacted you in that time about being able to take the homeless cat or unwanted kitten(s). You would need to resend your email request or call again to get put back on the wait list after 30 days.
  • To get started, you must fill out our Intake Request form.

You can also contact Willamette Humane Society. They can take strays and owned cats of all ages. Please visit their website for more information on current programs. Willamette Humane Society.

Is There a Fee to Surrender A Cat?

If we are able to accept a homeless cat or unwanted kitten(s) we will do so only by appointment. We do request that you make a donation to help offset some of the medical costs we will have to expend just to intake the cat you bring in.

It costs an average of $350 for us to care for a cat from intake to adoption.

Suggested Donation Amounts

  • Cat – $25
  • Litter of Kittens – $50

My Cat Was Adopted From SFOF and I Need to Bring it Back, What Do I Do?

  • If your cat was adopted from Salem Friends of Felines and you have tried to find it a home with friends or family and that has not worked:
    • Please make sure to call us to make an appointment to bring the cat in. Shelter phone number 503-362-5611. 
    • We always take back cat that were adopted from us.
    • Make sure to state in your message that the cat was adopted from Salem Friends of Felines.
      Please give us the year the cat was adopted and if you remember the name we gave it, that will help us locate the records in our files.
    • Please do not take the cat to any other shelter, or give it away on Craig’s List or other social media sites (many free animals end up as bait animals or food).
  • We know that the list is long and not manageable, we do encourage you to get on as many waiting lists as you can. Another option is to rehome your pet yourself. A great resource is rehome.adoptapet.com they can walk you through the process in a few simple steps! The best part is YOU get to pick your pets new home!
  • If you are considering surrendering your cat because of a behavior, PLEASE go to the link below.

More resources can be found on the Cat Adoption Team website: https://catadoptionteam.org/services/rehoming-a-cat/