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While Garfield’s Rescue, Inc. will take in domesticated cats for adoption and re-homing purposes, GRI will not be able to accept cats that are wild, aggressive, terminally ill or otherwise “unadoptable”.   

Before contacting GRI to take possession of your kitty, you may wish to find the perfect new home yourself.  This way, you get to meet the potential adopter.  Click this link to start the process:  

Another helpful place to go for assistance in rehoming your pet, is Get Your Pet .

We get numerous requests for help and have a long list of people trying to surrender their cats.  All felines that we take in must be pre-arranged.  

Things to Consider Before You Rehome a Cat

Reasons for Rehoming

A family member develops an allergy to cats. This does happen, unfortunately, but you don’t have to go straight to rehoming. You can take allergy medications or get shots to keep the allergy in check. It’s worth looking into.  

There’s a baby on the way. Strangely enough, some people still believe that cats go around suck the life out of babies or that a pregnant woman will catch toxoplasmosis from cleaning the litter box. Let’s get this straight…

  1. Cats and babies co-exist beautifully. Often, the cats are very protective of the baby.
  2. Cats don’t come off the genetic assembly line with toxoplasmosis. They get it from eating birds, who do carry it. You’re more apt to catch the disease from eating undercooked chicken at a reception.
  3. The old cat doesn’t get along with the new cat. Yes, there are cats who need to be The One and Only. Bringing in another cat often stirs things up.

The Emotional Toll

Some cats go into a deep depression when their family gives them up.  Some cats have even grieved themselves to death.  Therefore, unless you absolutely need to give your cat up, please find a way to live with it.

Many people with good intentions will place friendly cats outside thinking they will fend for themselves. There is nothing further from the truth. Domestic cats do not know how to take care of themselves and will starve or be hit by a car in no time.  Others become food for predators or killed by roaming dogs.

If you live on Virginia's Northern Neck and absolutely can't keep your cat, and you can't find it a home on your own, contact us.  We will work with you to take possession of the cat and work to get it adopted into a new home.

[click here for our Feline Release Form]



PO Box 257 •  Kilmarnock, VA 22482  •  (804) 480-2066 •  garfieldsrescue [ at ]