Surrendering Your Cat

At Pet Pride, we know that making the decision to relinquish a pet can be very difficult. We're committed to working with you to try and bring about the best possible outcome for you and your cat.

Sometimes, surrender is unavoidable. But many of the problems that lead people to consider surrendering a cat have simple solutions. Whether it’s human allergies or undesirable cat behaviors such as spraying or scratching, there are corrective measures you can take that may allow you to keep your beloved pet in your home. If your cat is engaging in unwanted behaviors, you can speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members by calling (585) 742-1630, or check out the helpful resources on our Caring for Your Cat page. Of course, we urge you to have a conversation with your veterinarian for suggestions and to be certain there is no underlying physical problem.

If you’ve determined that you are unable to keep your cat, ask family and friends if they might be able to provide a new home. Try listing your pet on Rehome by Adopt-a-Pet. This free service allows you to put your cat’s profile online where it can be viewed by thousands of prospective adopters.

Pet Pride’s Surrender Process

If you would like to proceed with surrendering your cat to Pet Pride of New York, please follow the steps in the checklist below. Understand that completion of these steps does not guarantee admission. We have to consider multiple factors in determining whether or not we can accept a cat into our sanctuary.

Surrender Checklist
Ask your veterinarian to provide us with copies of all records for your cat so that we have a complete medical history. These may be mailed or      emailed (
Provide confirmation that your cat is up to date on all vaccines, including FVRCP and Rabies.
Have your cat combo tested for FeLV/FIV within one month prior to admission.
It is preferred that your cat have a complete veterinary exam within one month prior to admission.
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t is preferred that your cat be spayed or neutered prior to admission.
• Complete the surrender application  below. Your answers to these questions help us get to know your cat and place them in a home best suited to their needs and temperament.

All information will be reviewed and taken into consideration. If we determine that we are able to admit your cat to our sanctuary, please understand that there may be a lengthy waiting period prior to admission. Because we are a limited intake, no-kill facility, we cannot welcome new cats until we have found loving adoptive homes for the ones already here. We provide shelter and care for as many homeless cats as our space and resources allow, but we almost always have a waiting list. If your cat has had a recent veterinary examination, has been spayed or neutered, and is up to date with all vaccines and testing, this may move you up the waiting list.

A donation of $100 is requested at the time of admission to offset the costs of caring for your cat until a permanent adoptive home can be found.

Surrender Application