Surrender a Cat to Us

Need to Surrender Your Cat?

cats1Are you a Puget Sound family that needs to find a new home for your cat? Purrfect Pals may be able to help you. However, please keep in mind that we receive between 50 and 100 surrender requests every day. Because of this, we are not able to take every single cat. We limit our intake based on the current capacity of individual colony rooms and adoption rooms at our shelter.

Please Note: It is important that stray animals be taken to a shelter where the owner may come to look for the animal. Purrfect Pals accepts owner-surrendered cats and kittens but we are not contracted to accept strays. Please refer to our list of local shelters who accept stray animals.

Before making the decision to rehome your cat, we encourage you to visit our Cat Resources Library. We have provided articles, videos and other resources to help you tackle kitty’s behavioral challenges and more.

cat_PNG113When space permits, we accept adoptable cats for placement in new homes. In all cases we encourage you to provide medical records (as complete as possible).

When space permits, we also accept special needs cats including those who have tested positive for FIV and/or Feline Leukemia (FeLV). Because these areas of our sanctuary are typically at capacity, it is important that you contact Purrfect Pals early so that we can advise you on our current capacity and whether we anticipate openings in the near future.

If we agree to take your cat, we will schedule an appointment with you. It is critical that you arrive at the required time, or call us if you are going to be late (or need to cancel). The surrender process takes between 30 minutes and an hour on average.

It is also important to know that we will ask you for a donation to help with the care of your cat and the other cats at the shelter. Purrfect Pals spends, on average, about $375 per cat at our shelter. When surrendering your cat, we encourage you to make a final gift to your cat to ensure that your kitty and all the other kitties at Purrfect Pals continue to receive the best care possible. Your donation is NOT a requirement and the amount of your donation, if any, will have no bearing on our decision whether to accept your animal.

If we do not have space for your cat, please check out our list of other Puget Sound shelters and rescue groups who accept owned cats and kittens.

Returning a Purrfect Pals Cat?

Please Note: You do NOT need an appointment to return a cat or kitten you adopted from Purrfect Pals at our Arlington facility. Even if we are not accepting new cats, we will always take back a Purrfect Pals cat.

You can return your adopted cat to our Arlington facility between 10am and 4pm, Monday through Saturday. Please email us at with any questions.

Schedule an Appointment

Surrendered Cats are Accepted by Appointment Only.

Please Contact our Intake Coordinator to Discuss the Process for Surrendering a Cat:

Call: (360) 652-9611

Need Help with Kittens?

Please contact our Foster Care Manager if you are looking for help with kittens (with or without mom cats). Purrfect Pals has a great network of foster families who help us care for orphaned kittens and mom cats with litters.