Surrendering a stray/found cat to The Cat Corner: The Cat Corner will take in domesticated cats for adoption and re-homing purposes. The Cat Corner will not be able to accept cats that are feral, aggressive, terminally ill or otherwise "unadoptable".
We do not accept cats directly into the shelter: Any person seeking to surrender a cat to The Cat Corner, whether it be an owner surrender or a stray/found cat, must fill out the online wait list form. Good Samaritans and pet owners that wish to surrender an animal also have the option of taking animals to the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter at 5843 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News for immediate surrender.
Owner Surrender: The Cat Corner asks for a copy of current veterinary care records, and that all animals surrendered be up-to-date on all necessary vaccinations (if possible) (rabies, distemper, and tested for FELV/FIV).
Stray/Found Cats: Once a stray/found cat is taken in by The Cat Corner, the cat will then be held for the state-mandated five days to provide it's owner time to locate it. We will also scan for a micro-chip and if chipped, try to locate the owner. A Found Pet Report will be sent to the local municipal shelter from the city they were found to help facilitate it's return home. If the owner does not come forward, we will proceed with finding it a new home.
Intake Fee On average, it costs The Cat Corner more than $500 to care for each cat, from the time of intake, to the time the cat gets adopted. Our adoption fees do not even begin to cover these expenses. For owners who are releasing their pets, a donation to offset the costs associated with their cat(s) is not required but is greatlyappreciated and is also tax-deductible.
No-kill philosophy Once accepted into The Cat Corner, the cat will remain with us for the life of the cat or as long as he/she remains physically and mentally healthy. It is our job to do everything we can to keep the pet happy, well-fed, well-exercised, and well-loved until we place them in a new home.
Free Roaming Cats
Before removing a cat from the area it was found: Consider that some owners allow their cat outdoors on a regular basis. The cat you found may be a roaming owned cat. If the cat appears healthy and friendly, it likely that it has an owner and there's a good chance it will find its way back home on its own.
Please keep in mind that The Cat Corner recognizes the dangers of letting cats roam freely outdoors and encourages pet parents to never let their cats outdoors without being safely inside an Outdoor Cat Enclosure or Catio.