We have limited space and resources for new cats. Please consider reaching out to some other local No Kill organization that may be able to help: http://thecatconnection.org/community-resources/local-no-kill-shelters/. To inquire about surrendering a cat, please fill out a Surrender Profile. For surrender assistance, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Even the most avid animal lover can be faced with the difficult decision of whether to surrender a cat. While we advocate making every effort to avoid surrendering a cat in your care, we understand that this is not always possible and we are are here to help!
As is the case with most small, No Kill animal rescue organizations, we usually have a waiting list of cats in need of foster care. Since the cat you have found needs help right now, we advise caring individuals with stray cats in their care to attempt to find the cat a home on their own if at all possible. This guide from Best Friends Animal Society will help you make it happen! If you are unable to find the stray cat a home on your own, please complete our Cat Surrender Profile here in order to be added to our waiting list.
Please carefully explore all other options before deciding to surrender your cat. This guide from Best Friends Animal Society can help you find a new home for your cat on your own. If you are unable to find your cat a new home on your own, please click here to complete our Surrender Profile in order to be added to our waiting list.
Black Cat Rescue is an approved “In State” rescue organization in Massachusetts. We cannot legally import animals from out of state. Click here for a list of approved “Out of State” shelter and rescue organizations in Massachusetts. Please note that this list does not indicate whether a shelter or rescue organization is No Kill.
Black Cat Rescue exists because black cats often do not survive being surrendered to open admission animal shelters. Please verify that a shelter or rescue organization is No Kill before surrendering a cat. It is a good idea to list your cat on multiple No Kill waiting lists. Click here for a list of No Kill animal shelter and rescue organizations in Massachusetts. Please be sure to inform all organizations as soon as you find placement for your cat.
Please complete our Black Cat Surrender Profile in order to be considered for our waiting list. To submit a profile for consideration, you must read and consent to the Black Cat Surrender Agreement. You will receive an email acknowledgement that your profile has been submitted and will be reviewed by Black Cat Rescue.
A representative will contact you and, if it is an appropriate match, arrange for the surrender of the cat. Because Black Cat Rescue operates on a small volunteer network of foster homes — instead of an animal shelter — while we seek permanent adoptive homes, there may be a significant delay while we wait for an appropriate foster care placement to become available. We appreciate your patience. If you have any questions prior to surrender, please contact us.
If Black Cat Rescue is able to assist in the placement of your cat, we will ask that you have the cat medically evaluated and treated, as necessary, by a veterinarian prior to surrender. We can refer you to a convenient veterinarian who can provide vaccinations, spaying or neutering, and other services at a reduced cost. If you are unable to pay for veterinary care, Black Cat Rescue can make advance arrangements with our preferred providers.
A Black Cat Rescue representative will meet with you for the physical surrender of the cat. It can greatly facilitate the process if you are able to transport the cat for the surrender. All property transferred with the cat to Black Cat Rescue at the time of surrender will be considered to be a donation, and Black Cat Rescue will not be responsible for the retention or return of any property.
As stated in the Black Cat Surrender Agreement, you will permanently relinquish all ownership, rights, interests, and claims in the cat at the time of the surrender. Black Cat Rescue will have complete discretion to act in the best interest of the cat. Please note that Black Cat Rescue will not release any information as to the identity or location of our foster or adoptive homes. Black Cat Rescue is also unable to provide updates as to the status of any cat that has been surrendered.
I hereby voluntarily and irrevocably surrender the aforementioned cat to Black Cat Rescue. I attest that I am an adult with full power and authority to surrender the cat to Black Cat Rescue. To the best of my knowledge, there is no other individual with legal or equitable ownership interest in the cat. I have disclosed to Black Cat Rescue all material information regarding the medical and behavioral history of the cat. I have answered all questions as accurately and completely as possible. I willfully surrender all medical records pertaining to the cat, and give permission for further information to be released by any and all medical providers. I acknowledge that by surrendering this cat to Black Cat Rescue, I am permanently and fully relinquishing all ownership, rights, interests, and claims in the cat. I acknowledge that the aforementioned cat will not be returned to me, my family members, or my representatives under any circumstances. Black Cat Rescue and its representatives are under no obligation to provide me with further information with regard to the cat. I understand that upon this surrender, all decisions regarding the cat will be at the discretion of Black Cat Rescue. I also understand that any property transferred to Black Cat Rescue with the cat at the time of surrender is deemed forfeited. Black Cat Rescue will not be responsible for the retention or return of any property. I hereby release and discharge Black Cat Rescue from any and all claims, obligations, liabilities, and causes of action whatsoever arising out of or relating to the ownership, possession, or disposition of the cat and agree to indemnify and hold harmless Black Cat Rescue from any and all such claims, obligations, liabilities, and causes of action which may be asserted by third parties. I understand that this is a legally binding document.