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Rehoming a Cat

Sometimes circumstances make it difficult for you to keep or care for your cat. When that happens, we are here to help.

Support & Resources

If you’re overwhelmed by challenges that feel supersized, know that you’re not alone. CAT may be able to provide assistance to help you and your cat stay together. And if your cat needs a new home, we can support you with that too.

Depending on your circumstances, it might be possible for you to keep your cat or find a new home for your cat without ever going to a shelter. Explore the resources below for some solutions and ideas.

You can also search for free or low-cost support by zip code at

My cat has behavioral issues

Get training tips and other information to help resolve undesirable cat behavior

I'm having trouble paying for veterinary care

Find options for low-cost vet services or assistance paying for care

I need a safe place for me and my cat

If you need to find shelter for you and your pet, these resources can help

I want to try rehoming my cat on my own

Home-to-home adoption means your cat can settle in directly with a new family

I want to get a cat into your adoption program

See our admissions process and fill out a request form

cat helpline & shelter rehoming options

If keeping your pet or rehoming on your own isn’t an option, you may decide that a shelter is the next step to help your cat find a new home.

It’s important to note that many municipal and county animal shelters are only able to assist with lost and found animals, while some private organizations may not be able to take in lost/stray cats. Additionally, many animal organizations — including CAT — have a waiting list or appointment-only process and cannot take in same-day requests or walk-ins.

To help strengthen and sustain the well-being of people and cats in our community, our CAT Helpline offers resources for pet parents — from low-cost spay/neuter and urgent veterinary care to behavior and training support, temporary emergency boarding, and more. We can also guide you through the admissions process at CAT.