Surrender

Surrendering a Pet

Surrendering a Pet

If you’re questioning whether keeping your family member is the best option for you or for the cat/kitten, take our quiz first to see if there is an alternative that you haven’t considered.

Found a stray?

Found a stray?

Thank you for your compassion for taking care of this kitty! Here are a series of steps to take to try to reunite the kitty with its owner before reaching out to us to take them.

Found baby kittens?

Found baby kittens?

If they’re healthy, momma cat is probably around and you should put them back because mom knows best! Otherwise, time is critical. Please act fast and get them to a veterinarian!

Unfortunately, Wild Blue Cats surrender wait list is full at this time.  Please consider using Adopt-A-Pet’s Re-home program, or see the other surrender resources at the bottom of this page for more options.

The Surrender Process

  • 1. Take Our Surrender Quiz

    Some situations can be resolved without surrendering a cat or kitten. Please take our Surrender Quiz to see if there is a reasonable alternative to surrendering your pet.

  • 2. Read Through Other Options.

    Visit our Resources page to get handy tips on controlling unwanted cat behavior.

Surrendering Your Cat(s)

Did you know you can now reach hundreds of potential adopters from your own home? You can now re-home your kitty on Adopt-A-Pet and choose their future forever home yourselves. This not only saves your kitty a lot of stress, but it helps out the shelters, too, by keeping space open for kitties that don’t have anywhere else to go.

They’ve made the process easy and secure – you post a listing for your cat and you get to choose which interested adopters to contact.  Using this service also helps Wild Blue Cats! – we get a portion of the adoption fee for your cat’s adoption, a win-win!

Check out Adopt-A-Pet’s Re-home program, it may be the best way to re-home your cat!

Surrender Quiz

Are you moving/or don’t have adequate housing?

Finding a pet-friendly rental has honestly never been easier. Please see the following websites for list of pet-friendly rental apartments in the Colorado Springs area.
http://pet-friendly.rentalads.com/Colorado/Colorado-Springs/
http://www.apartmentguide.com/apartments/Colorado/Colorado-Springs/pet-friendly-4lh/

Are you unable to pay for needed veterinary care or food/supplies?

If you cannot afford veterinary care, the Hamlett Spay/Neuter Clinic, in Colorado Springs, provides comprehensive and compassionate veterinary care (including vaccinations) for pets of the economically disadvantaged. Their phone number is (719) 475-1800.

Additionally, the nonprofit ‘Harley’s Hope‘ also offers assistance with life-saving or life-altering veterinary bills. Their number is (719) 362-6335, M-F 9am – 6pm.

If you’re caring for a number of feral cats (cats that do not live in your house) and need help, please email our TNR coordinator at allison@wbcats.org!

Do you have too many cats or an unexpected litter?

We are happy to help care for unexpected litters- if the kittens are not yet weaned, we will take momma and the litter into foster care and return the momma (if requested) once the kittens are weaned and able to be adopted out. She will be fixed and fully vaccinated, to boot!

If there are a number of cats needing to be fixed, please fill out a surrender application ASAP so we can assess what’s needed to help and how quickly we can do it.

Is your cat or kitten being destructive?

Check out this very informative article on ‘How to Stop Your Cat from Scratching Up Your Furniture’ (from the cattime.com newsletter) — How to Stop Furniture Scratching

Also, learn more about controlling behavior on our Resources page.

We’re happy to provide personalized behavior advice or refer you to our local feline behaviorists as well. Just reach out to contact@wbcats.org!

Helping a Stray Cat

Are they sick or injured?

The very first thing to do with a sick or injured cat is to take them to the nearest veterinary clinic. Once the cat is safely in care, reach out to us at (719) 900 2287 and press ‘1’ for a priority call. If you can’t get ahold of someone, leave a message and pass the number on to the vet clinic to keep trying.

Do they look healthy and well fed?

Cats, unlike dogs, are highly territorial and don’t often stray from home. If you’ve been seeing the cat around and their fur is clean and sleek and they’re well fed, it’s likely they belong to one of your neighbors. Ask around using sites such as Craigslist or apps like Nextdoor before trying to catch and rehome them- we don’t want to catnap an already owned kitty!

Are they feral or friendly?

Feral cats want nothing to do with people- they won’t let you touch them, they won’t meow at you, and they won’t lift their tail up to say ‘hi’ when they see you. You’ll need a trap to catch a healthy feral cat. Don’t worry, we can help you with that. Please also consider whether you or a neighbor would be willing to provide food, water, and shelter for this kitty if they’re truly feral, as it’s very hard to relocate them. We can help with spay/neuter costs!

Are they microchipped?

The first thing to do when you catch a stray cat is to take them to your nearest veterinarian and have them check for a microchip. They will do this for free! If the cat is chipped, they will reach out to the owner to come get the kitty. You can choose to leave your contact information should the owner decide not to claim their pet and proceed with a surrender.

How old are they?

Unweaned kittens and cats over 10 years are at risk in traditional open admission shelters and will have priority for intake with Wild Blue. When you take the kitty in for a microchip check, please ask the vet to assess their age, too, and let us know so we can react accordingly.

Kitten Care

  • Keep Them Warm

    Kittens are unable to maintain their own body temperature and are at risk of freezing to death. Provide a heating pad with some blankets and space to move off of it if it’s too warm.

  • Get Them To a Veterinarian

    Very young kittens are incredibly vulnerable and need immediate expert care. Vet clinics and animal emergency centers may opt not to charge you if they’re strays. The clinic can assess their age and provide round the clock care if needed.

  • Feeding Them

    Try feeding them tuna in water or wet kitten food- preferably a poultry-based pate by putting down a plate in front of them. If they’re not interested, try getting some food on your finger and gently poking them on the mouth so they lick it clean.

    If they don’t eat, they may be too young. Syringe feed them warmed sugar water until you can buy kitten milk replacer from a store such a Petsmart or Walmart.

  • Call Wild BLue

    Call us at (719) 900 2287 and press ‘1’ for a priority call.  Please be prepared to send a picture of the kitten(s) to the person you get ahold of so they can make an assessment. If you can’t get ahold of us, leave a message and give the phone number to the vet center to try again.

Other Surrender Options

Buddy Center (DDFL)

4556 Castleton Ct, Castle Rock, CO 80109

Phone: (303) 751-5772

https://www.ddfl.org/buddy-center/

Denver Dumb Friends League (DDFL)

2080 S. Quebec St. Denver, CO 80231

Phone: (303) 751-5772

http://www.ddfl.org

Teller County Regional Animal Shelter (TCRAS)

308 Weaverville Road Divide, CO 80814

Phone: (719) 686-7707

http://tcrascolorado.org

Siamese Rescue

PO Box 336563 Greeley, CO 80633

Phone: (970) 351-6582

https://co.siameserescue.org/

Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue

2390 S Delaware St, Denver, CO 80223

Phone: (303) 744-6076

https://www.rmfr-colorado.org/

Happy Cats Haven

1412 S. 21st St. Colorado Springs, CO 80904

Phone: (719) 635-5000

http://happycatshaven.org

Safe Place for Pets

(Pet Rescue for people who are terminally ill)

P.O. Box 38202 Colorado Springs, CO 80937

Phone: (719) 359-0201

http://SafePlacePets.org

Cat Care Society

5787 6th Avenue Lakewood, CO 80214

Phone: (303) 239-9680

http://catcaresociety.org

The Lazarus Fund

Pueblo, CO 81004

Phone: Tammie Stevens (719) 240-4375 Theresa Hearn (719) 778-0947

http://www.lazfund.org/

Look What the Cat Brought In

424 W. Fillmore Street Colorado Springs, CO 80907

Phone: (719) 331-6852

http://lookwhatthecatbroughtin.org

Even more alternative to surrender options can be found at:

http://www.nokilldenver.org/