Cat & Kitten Surrender

Read every word of this article and think carefully about it before you surrender your cat or your kitten.

Once you surrender your cat/s you sign away all rights of ownership, pay your surrender fee and walk away in the hope that your cat/s will find a home.
The reality of this is that cat/s will be kept for a period of time (this varies from place to place) and if it is not re-homed during this period then it is euthanased.

Also during “peak” seasons throughout the year the cat/s may not be held at all but euthanased immediately due to the spaces reaching capacity.
There are many reasons given for surrenders ie: moving house – no pets allowed, new baby, too many animals already etc.

The question that springs to mind is: given these circumstances and it was your child, would you surrender your child to almost certain death just to make way for a new family member or to move to the house where no children are allowed?

Just imagine this… suddenly you are thrust into a cage taken byKitten waitng to be rehomed car to a shelter; you are handed over with money and paperwork, given a number and separated from your family and familiar surroundings.

Then you are taken to a cage, given food and water a bed and toilet. Alone and abandoned you are very frightened and traumatised.

You are cared for, for a time by people you don't know and then suddenly again you are thrust into a cage and taken to a room full of stainless steel benches and tables.

You are taken from your cage terrified and shaking, restrained and given a lethal injection. You slip away wondering why???

You are then bagged and frozen till “pick up” day when you are thrown into a truck and carted off to be unceremoniously dumped into a pit at the local tip.

This is the reality for most abandoned and surrendered cats and kittens!!!!

This article is dedicated to Orry, Tigger and Oscar. Three beautiful cats whotigger  gave me great joy and love in the time I helped to care for them at the shelter.

Unfortunately they did not find another home…. May they Rest in Peace.








Oscar on left only 18 months old.

Tigger top right only 18 months old.

Orry right only 12 months old.

These innocent animals didn’t get a second chance and deserved to have a caring and loving home.

Sadly that is what could happen to your animal if you decide to surrender them.



Before you decide to surrender your cat, we highly recommend that you explore other alternatives.

If the reason is behavioural, consult a feline behaviour specialist first, many times there are simple ways to change the cats behaviour.

If someone in your house has allergies, try speaking to a doctor, creating a cat-free zone, cleaning the house frequently and bathing the cat weekly.

If your landlord doesn't allow pets, try finding pet-friendly house you can rent instead.

If you really feel you can't come up with a way to take care of your cat anymore, ask if anyone you know and trust can adopt her.

If you love your animal enough and it is a part of your family there is always a way.

Failing all those solutions, as an absolute last resort surrender your cat to an animal welfare shelter.

 Think carefully about surrendering your cat