Kitty City Intake Policy
Kitty City NM takes in cats from Animal Control that are scheduled to be euthanized, and kittens from feral cats that are young enough to be socialized for adoption. Kitty City NM accepts cats from the public by appointment only on a limited basis. This is to better help the animals in our care stay healthy and free from stress by not overloading the shelter. As cats are adopted, space is then available to bring in new cats to find homes.
Surrenders must be made on an appointment basis. Cat owners who come to the shelter without an appointment will be provided with an Application and put on the waiting list if the guidelines are met.
Kitty City NM is a limited-admission, no-kill shelter. We are a cage-free environment with a capacity of 80-90 cats in our adoption center at any given time. It is the Kitty City NM policy that all cat owners planning to surrender their cat/kitten complete the Kitty City NM Intake Application and a brief interview with shelter staff.
Kitty City NM is a privately run, non-profit organization and reserves the right to refuse any intake that is not in the best interest of the shelter and its cats, based on our principles, policies, and standards.
Kitty City NM is an adoption center, not a sanctuary, and cannot house cats long term. Cats with chronic health and/or behaviors that do not respond to short-term treatment (aggression to humans/cats, long term litter box issues, or FeLV positive, etc.) cannot be accepted. Cats can respond differently in a shelter environment. Cats are assessed for one week. Any cat not safe to handle in the shelter during that time will be returned. Please note that we cannot take in male cats that are not neutered, if they are more than two years old.
The Kitty City NM surrender Donation is $45 per cat and an additional $45 for a litter of kittens (if applicable). The $45 donation for a litter of kittens can be refunded upon proof that the mother of the kittens has been spayed. The Donation is $125 for senior cats over 10 or special needs cats. This Donation goes toward the care your cat/kitten will receive, with senior costs covering their higher veterinary needs. Fee reduction or payment assistance may be available on a case by case basis.
Kitty City NM reserves the right to determine the admissibility of cats based on a verbal history, medical documentation, physical assessment and space availability.
- Cats must test negative for and Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV)
- Cats must be socially adoptable
- Cats must be reasonably healthy and free of transmittable diseases and parasites
- Senior cats over 10 years old and other special needs cats will be taken on a case-by-case basis. Because they almost always require more veterinary care, our intake fees are higher for these cats
We have a waiting list of at least 30 to 40 cats at any given time. Because we must transport cats to our vet (three hour round trip) for virus testing, it’s very helpful if your cat has already been tested. Although we try to get to everyone, healthy cats that have already been tested for FeLV with the Snap test and those who have had recent vet care (and the records to prove it) can be brought in sooner than cats that need vet care and testing.
If we call to schedule an appointment for you to bring in your cat/kitten, please bring some of their current food, litter and bedding to help them transition, if possible.