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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.
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.

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.
  • Rental - 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.
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 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.

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.

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 in urgent cases our Cat Rescue Officer can assist - fees apply.

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. If the cat is surrendered without an appointment in advance, the charge is $100. If you decide to use the services of our Cat Rescue Officer fees will apply.
If you find a stray and wish to hand it in to Cat Haven we ask for a $10 fee to help with keeping the cat at the shelter. Please ensure you call 9442 3600 to make appointment. Once you have booked a stray cat surrender appointment please complete the Stray Cat Surrender Form prior to your appointment. 
Surrenders are by appointment only, Monday to Friday - check our website home page for seasonal opening hours (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 prior to your surrender appointment.