There are some circumstances beyond control that lead people to have to surrender a pet. If you find yourself in this unfortunate position, you can fill out our surrender form below.

Surrendering a Cat

If you are no longer able to care for a pet.

**PLEASE NOTE: The information on this page is applicable only to non-Cat Tales surrenders. If you are seeking to surrender a kitten or cat you adopted from Cat Tales, you MUST return the animal to us, per your adoption agreement. Contact us at 215-933-6900 or email us at to arrange to surrender the cat.**

Cat Tales provides shelter and care for a cat surrendered to our organization until a suitable home is found. The only time an animal is euthanized is when a veterinarian deems it medically necessary. We try to help as many homeless cats as possible, but we do have limited space.

Generally, we require a $100 surrender donation per cat in order to provide ongoing medical and maintenance care while the cat is awaiting adoption. Some cats are adopted within a week while others stay with us for months until the perfect home can be found. This fee assists us in caring for ALL of our cats.

Call the Cat Tales voicemail hotline at 215-933-6900 or email us at

IF we have capacity, a Cat Tales volunteer will return your call or email as soon as possible depending on the volume of requests. In the meantime, please do continue to search for other rescue organizations to help.

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If you want to surrender a cat to Cat Tales, please click the button below to submit a surrender form.

Owner Surrenders

Once you have exhausted all options to rehome your cat, please contact us for help.

Your cat must be:

  • Current on vaccinations (Rabies and FVRCP) within three months of being due
  • Spayed/neutered if over 6 months of age
  • Tested negative for FeLV/FIV
  • Senior blood tested if over 7 years of age to test for organ function (i.e. kidney, thyroid etc.)

Stray Surrenders (pet cat that has been lost or abandoned)

Cat Tales will accept a friendly, stray cat provided there is foster space available. Please contact us and provide as much information as you can about the stray cat.

Feral Cats

Feral cats are defined as cats that have returned to the wild or are descendants of such an animal. Usually feral cats are unapproachable and do not seek out human companionship. Cat Tales is not a sanctuary so we do not have the resources to work with this cat population. Please investigate other groups in the area for help.

Have additional questions?

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