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.


Surrender Requirements


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.

The waiting period for cats/kittens to be taken in can be several months. Please check in with us by phone or email (575-430-6013 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) every 2 weeks to maintain your active status with Kitty City NM. Priority will be given to cats with negative FeLV (Snap) tests and current vet care, as we would have to transport animals to our vet to perform those services for us. Cats must be kept completely indoors for 4 weeks prior to testing for FeLV, and kept indoors after the test until accepted at Kitty City NM.

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.

Please email a photo(s) of your cat/kitten to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mail to 56 Danley Ranch Rd Alamogordo, NM  88310. Please remember to include your name with all photos.

 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. 




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