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Surrender a Stray

***Please note that we are experiencing beyond shelter capacity when it comes to cats. Please hold onto any strays if possible (unless sick or injured) and check out our Care to Adopt and Care to Re-Home programs. In both cases, you continue to care for the stray cat with the help of our food and support, while either choosing to adopt the cat or finding a new home for the cat yourself.***

To surrender an animal, please complete and submit one of the following Surrender Forms:

Cat Surrender Form

Dog Surrender Form

Rabbit/Critter Surrender Form

WHS Surrender Process for Stray Cats

 

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. If the cat appears to be sick or injured, please call our Animal Emergency line at 204-982-2020 for further direction.

For healthy cats, 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 you 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. Scheduling intakes also helps lead to more positive outcomes for homeless cats. There is no charge to drop off a stray cat for Winnipeg residents (except for cats brought to the WHS from outside the City of Winnipeg).  Bringing a stray cat in without an appointment  may result in you being asked to come back at another time. We do welcome and appreciate donations to help with stray cats brought to our facility. When animals are dropped-off unexpectedly, it puts a lot of pressure on available space and cats who may be able to be saved would be euthanized for lack of resources. Scheduling an appointment saves lives.

How can YOU help a stray cat?
It takes the hard work of everyone to save animal lives. Scheduling an appointment saves lives because we can plan our space and avoid unnecessary euthanization. We 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 of our food and support, while either choosing to adopt the cat yourself or finding a new home for the cat.

Please note: There is an admission fee for owned and some stray animals surrendered to the WHS

Stray cats with appointment – $0

Stray cats without appointment – $30

Litters of kittens without appointment – $75

 

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 for pick up.

The WHS admits stray dogs from outside of Winnipeg by appointment and through a waiting list.  There is an admission fee of $75 for stray dogs surrendered to the WHS.

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.

 

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.