Animal Surrender Information

We Care Animal Rescue is a small, non-profit shelter and our ability to take in cats is limited. We cannot intake DOGS. Our Dog Program is closed at this time.

Waiting list timing can be anywhere from 2 weeks to 4+ months. As of 1/04/2021, we are at capacity and not able to intake at this time, but we will always thoroughly review a surrender form before making a decision.

We are generally unable to take emergency surrenders, feral cats, or kittens under the age of 3 months.

A Surrender Form must be completed and submitted for consideration.

Any cat you would like to surrender should be:

• Spayed/neutered
• Up-to-date on rabies and distemper (FVRCP) vaccines
• Tested for FeLV and FIV. We have limited space to accept cats who have tested positive for FeLV, and we are able to take cats with FIV
• Treated with a de-wormer and for fleas
• Accompanied by medical records from a veterinarian

If you have questions regarding the above surrender requirements, please email us:

We review every application on a case-by-case basis. If you need to place a cat quickly, we encourage you to contact multiple shelters simultaneously. Please find below a list of other shelters in the area that may be able to help you.

Intake Priority Policy:
All intakes must have final approval of Executive Director and Shelter Manager. A surrender form must be fulfilled for consideration. Cat(s) must be vaccinated, spayed/neutered, and have a medical record.

  • Strays of unknown source discovered by staff or community members
    o Priority given to St Helena and Calistoga area
    o Including animals known to be abandoned (when neighbor moved, etc.)
  • Owner surrenders, only in cases of:
    o Demonstrable hardship
     Elderly person hardship = priority
    o Evidence of lack of care/ inability to care for animal/ abuse of animal
  • Imminent elective (not health-related) euthanasia cases from other shelters, priority Napa County
    We are able to take animals with certain chronic conditions and minor health issues with good prognosis. In cases of surrender for hardship due to health care costs and complex health care needs, we will review and give special consideration, including capacity of healthy appropriate shelter space and personnel available, ability to manage the health care needs (both in direct care and cost). Due to limitations of specialized space and medical personnel, extreme health cases may not be suitable for our sanctuary. We provide medical care, but we are not a veterinary hospital or specialized medical center.