Surrender your Cat

Please be advised that we are only able to accept surrender applications from residents within Banyule and Nillumbik Councils or in emergency situations during the COVID-19 Health Pandemic. Our response time to any new surrender applications submitted will also be longer than normal.

At The Cat Protection Society, we understand that your circumstances can change and this can mean you can no longer look after your cat. Where possible, we will try and provide you with advice and resources so that you can keep your cat in your care, however do appreciate that this isn’t always an option.

Before surrendering your cat to The Cat Protection Society of Victoria, we recommend the following:

  • Try to find them a new home with friends or a family member. 
  • If you are moving and need to find pet-friendly housing, try searching for Pet Friendly rentals at or you can contact Real Estate Agents in your area (most have a list of pet friendly rentals available)
  • Behavioural problems? We may be able to help. Please contact our Shelter team on 03 8457 6500 to discuss

If you have no choice other than to surrender your cat to The Cat Protection Society, please complete the below Surrender Application Form. A member of our Adoptions Team will contact you as soon as able to discuss. Please note that all owned cats surrended to our Society will need to undergo an adoption assessment which considers your cats age, health, temperament, suitability for adoption and our available space. For this reason, surrender placements may not be immediate.

Surrender Guidelines:

  • We are unable to accept walk-ins. Surrenders are by appointment only and will be made by our Adoptions Team when we receive a completed Surrender Application Form.
  • We can only accept surrendered cats from people aged 18years or older
  • We currently accept surrendered cats from Banyule and Nillumbik Council. We may be able to accept surrenders from other councils if we have available space
  • Surrendered cats need to be up-to-date with their vaccinations and where required, our Cat Protection Society Vet Clinic can assist with this. This ensures that your cat can be rehomed after 48 hours (this increases to 8 days if your cat is not vaccinated)

If your cat has an unplanned litter of kittens

As part of our “last litter” initiative, if your cat does have an unplanned litter of kittens, we may be able to assist by offering a discount or desexing procedure for your cat and when the kittens are old enough to leave their mother, assist in rehoming the kittens via our Adoption Shelter. All kittens surrendered to us will be desexed, microchipped and vaccinated before being available for adoption. To learn more, click here.