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To surrender an animal, you must first call Animal Intake at 204-982-2021, option 5

  • If you leave a message, remember to include your name and phone number.
  • WHS Animal Intake hours are Mon-Fri: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sat: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun: 12 – 5 p.m.

WHS Surrender Process for Stray Cats

Call WHS Animal Intake at 204-982-2021, option 5 to inquire about the surrender process and explore alternative solutions.

If you find a stray cat in the community and it appears healthy, cared for and not in danger the WHS recommends you leave the cat alone. The cat might live in the area and has a better chance of finding its way home when not removed.

You will be asked to file a found report and care for the cat while the WHS tries to locate the owner. If an owner cannot be found, the WHS will explain some options for what to do next, including having the finder temporarily care for the cat until there is room at the shelter.

The shelter is often full and the WHS appreciates your help in providing for the cat while space is found. We do require an appointment for bringing in stray cats. If this option does not work for your situation, you must bring the cat to the shelter. The WHS will do its best to find a spot for the cat.

At the time of surrendering an animal (stray or owned) please be ready to show photo identification. Animals must come confined. Dogs should be on a leash or in a crate/carrier. Cats and critters should be confined in a cage/crate/carrier or box with holes for air.

Why do I need an appointment to bring in a stray cat?

By asking people to bring in animals by appointment only, we can ensure we have the space and resources to take care of all the animals in the shelter to our very high standards.  This is always available at no charge (except for cats brought to the WHS from outside the City of Winnipeg). When animals are just dropped off unexpectedly, it puts a strain on our resources, which is why we ask for a small admission fee of $30 without an appointment.  Even a few days notice gives us time to plan and get ready to help another of the thousands of animals we take in per year.

Is there a fee to bring in a stray cat?

No, there is no fee charged if you schedule an appointment to bring in a stray cat. We require an appointment so that we plan for the animal’s arrival and care. When animals are just dropped off unexpectedly, it puts a strain on our resources, which is why we ask for a small admission fee of $30 without an appointment.  But we do count on our community to explore every available option for finding the right home for the stray cat. If the cat is happy and healthy, we encourage you to leave the cat in the community. There are also innovative programs available through the WHS like our Care to Adopt and Care to Rehome programs. In both cases, you continue to care for the stray cat with the help our food and support, while either choosing to adopt the cat yourself or finding a new home for the cat.

Please note: There is a surrender fee for cats surrendered to the WHS from outside the City of Winnipeg.

Friendly adult cats – $50 each

Moms with litters – $100

Puppies/Kittens without Mom – $25 each/$50 per litter

Feral/trapped cats, Unfriendly cats – $100 evaluation fee

 

WHS Surrender Process for Stray Dogs

If the stray dog is found within the City of Winnipeg, please surrender at the Animal Services Agency located at 1057 Logan Avenue or by calling 311.

There is a surrender fee for stray dogs surrendered to the WHS from outside the City of Winnipeg.

Friendly adult dogs – $50 each

Unfriendly dogs – $100 evaluation fee

Call WHS Animal Intake at 204-982-2021, option 5 to inquire about the surrender process and explore alternative solutions.

 

At the time of surrendering an animal (stray or owned) please be ready to show photo identification. Animals must come confined. Dogs should be on a leash or in a crate/carrier. Cats and critters should be confined in a cage/crate/carrier or box with holes for air.