Surrendering your Cat to Cat Haven

If you feel you have to give away your cat for any reason, Cat Haven can help!

We will try to provide you with advice and resources to make it possible for you to keep your cat but if you have to surrender it, we will take your cat in to our shelter and try our best to find it a good home. Some things to consider before you give up your pet are:

Before surrendering a cat to Cat Haven please try the following options.

Friends and family - including circulating an email flyer, if possible, asking friends and family to take the cat themselves or to forward the flyer on to their contacts.

RSPCA - they have a ‘no euthanasia’ policy but there is a waiting list.

Vet clinics - some vet clinics have adoption centres. It is best to ring around to see if any clinics would be in a position to look after your cat.

Are you surrendering your cat due to the fact that your rental property does not allow cats?

You can check out www.petfriendlyrentals.com.au. They offer a listing of rental properties that allow pets.

Consider our Foster Back Program

If you are considering surrendering your cat to Cat Haven because of a change in your situation (eg: moving to a rental property that doesn’t allow cats or moving overseas) and you have time to organise things in advance, we have a program that can help ease the stress on your family cat.

What is the Foster Back Program?

Our Foster Back program is where you can delay surrendering your cat to us if you have adequate time, by coming in to Cat Haven and having your cat assessed to make sure it fits our criteria.

You then take your cat home and we put it up for adoption on our website with a profile and photos, but it stays with you in the interim, and potential adopters can come to visit the cat in its own home.

Why is this better for your cat?

This is much less stressful for both the cat and Cat Haven as we don’t fill up a valuable cat pen and adopters can see your cat in a more relaxed state in its own environment. Cats can sometimes get very depressed in a shelter environment and it is a very frightening experience for most pets.

What does it cost?

You will only need to pay your $50 surrender fee to Cat Haven when you bring the cat in for assessment to cover the health checks etc but from then on the process is free – of course any donations to Cat Haven would be very much appreciated!

Are you considering surrendering your cat because of behavioural issues?

Behavioural issues are one of the most common reasons people may surrender their cat to Cat Haven for rehoming. Fortunately many behaviour problems can be easily treated. Problems such as inappropriate toileting and spraying, inability to get along with other household pets, scratching the furniture and aggression are often amenable to treatment, which may be a combination of retraining, pheromones and sometimes medications.

What should you do first before surrendering?

Many behavioural problems have an underlying physical cause. Have you taken your cat to a vet for a physical examination? Sometimes issues such as inappropriate urination around the house may be due to bladder or kidney problems which may be easily treated. Nocturnal activity may be related to an overactive thyroid. There may be an easily remedied reason for your cat’s unusual behaviour. All cats that have behavioural problems should have an examination and preferably a blood and urine test before they are surrendered.

Have you talked to a vet about your cat’s behaviour problems?

Your local vet is likely to have quite a lot of experience in dealing with behavioural problems and will know your cat. It is very likely that your vet will be able to suggest some methods that will help you and your cat.

Have you considered speaking to an animal behaviourist?

There are a number of vets in Perth who have advanced training in the treatment of animal behaviour problems. Your usual vet may refer you to them or you can obtain a list from the Veterinary Surgeons’ Board. Their skill and expertise may help you avoid having to surrender your cat.

Have you tried Feliway®?

Feliway is a synthetic version of a pheromone produced by the mother cat that kittens are exposed to early in their life, the Feline Appeasement Pheromone. This pheromone has a calming effect on many cats. It is available as a spray or a plug-in diffuser. It can be a very useful tool in helping cats with behavioural problems due to unidentified stress. You should at least try Feliway for a month before surrendering your cat.

If you are unable to continue to care for your cat, Cat Haven will take it from you.

Unfortunately, because of the number of cats we receive and the lack of available space, we will try everything possible to rehome your cat but we cannot guarantee your cat a new home. For this reason we would encourage you to use Cat Haven as a last resort.

Cat Haven is an 'open admission' shelter which means that we will take in any cat, no matter how old, sick or feral. It is our goal to try to rehome as many unwanted or stray cats as soon as possible but we also will try to offer as much help and support to you to assist you to keep your cat at home wherever possible.

I can no longer look after my cat. What should I do?

If you are unable to continue to care for your cat, Cat Haven will take it from you. Unfortunately, because of the number of cats we receive and the lack of available space, we cannot guarantee your cat a new home. For this reason we would encourage you to use Cat Haven as a last resort. If you can't keep your cat due to the fact that your rental property does not allow cats, you can check out www.petfriendlyrentals.com.au. They offer a listing of rental properties that allow pets.

Before surrendering a cat to Cat Haven please try the following options.

  • Friends and family - including circulating an email flyer, if possible, asking friends and family to take the cat themselves or to forward the flyer on to their contacts.
  • RSPCA - they have a ‘no euthanasia’ policy but there is a waiting list.
  • Vet clinics - some vet clinics have adoption centres. It is best to ring around to see if any clinics would be in a position to look after your cat.
  • Our Foster Back Program

When can I surrender my cat to Cat Haven?

Surrenders are by appointment only, Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 11am, and weekends and public holidays between 9am and 10:30am (Excluding Christmas Day and Good Friday, when we are closed). To arrange an appointment please contact reception on (08) 9442 3600. 

Please complete the Owned Cat Surrender Form and Feline Surrender Profile bring in to Cat Haven.

Does it cost money to surrender my cat to Cat Haven?

There is a nominal $50 fee for bringing an owned cat to Cat Haven. And, a donation would be appreciated as we are majority funded through community donations, with only minimal government funding received from time to time. Every cat surrendered to Cat Haven costs us for care, on average, $95.00. Cats surrendered outside appointment times will attract an additional $10 fee, bringing the surrender fee to $60 and if the cat is surrendered without an appointment in advance, the charge is $100.

If you decide to use the services of our Ranger, a small service fee is charged - to be advised at the time of booking.

Surrendering Stray Cats

If you find a stray and wish to hand it in to Cat Haven we ask for a $10 donation if possible to help with keeping the cat at the shelter.

Can Cat Haven collect my cat and bring it in to the shelter?

Cat Haven has a small group of dedicated volunteers who pick up cats for us when required. The demand for pick-ups is, however, far greater than the number our volunteers can actually carry out. Therefore, Cat Haven is only able to assist a limited number of pick-up requests.

If you need to get a cat in to Cat Haven but don’t have your own transport, please contact friends, family or neighbours for assistance before requesting a pick-up by us.


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