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 are considered “adoptable,” we cannot take cats that are feral/wild or unsocialized to humans.
  • If possible, we ask for a surrender donation of $25.00 to help offset some of the medical costs we will incur taking the animal into our care.
  • To get started, you must fill out our Surrender Request Form.

You can also complete the surrender form for Oregon Humane Society*- Salem Campus. Please visit their website for more information on current programs. *Please note that OHS Salem campus is not taking stray cats from Marion County as of 11/15/2022.

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 social media and family/friends to promote the pet. Shelters should be a last resort for pets who have no other options available to them.

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

CAFA (Salem)


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