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one paw at a time.
Before Surrendering
We understand that sometimes circumstances may arise that make it difficult or impossible to keep a cat, but before making the decision to give up your feline family member, please consider all of your options.  When kitties are removed from their homes, the transition can be very difficult and stressful for them, no matter how well-adjusted they may be. 

Before you decide to surrender your cat, please do these things:
  • Please utilize our collection of articles on dealing with common behavioral issues, or consult a behaviorist. 
  • Talk with your veterinarian to rule out possible medical issues your cat may be experiencing.
  • Look for an alternate place to live that accepts cats.  Please see our list of cat-friendly apartments in the Sioux Falls area. 
  • Talk with friends or family to determine if they would be able give your cat a home, or know someone trustworthy who would like to bring a kitty into their family.  For shorter-term life sitatuions that make it difficult to take care of your cat (i.e. illness, during a move), arranging for your cat to temporarily stay with a trusted friend or relative may be a good solution.  ACR can also help you re-home your cat  by sharing your information and photos of your kitty on our Facebook page. 
Please also consider the following advice:
  • DON'T drop your cat off in the countryside, assuming that it can take care of itself. Pets lack the skills to survive on their own and may die of starvation or injury.
  • DON'T abandon your cat in a house or apartment you are moving out of, thinking that someone will eventually find it. This doesn't always happen.
  • DON'T give your cat away to a stranger. You don't know if that person is a responsible owner or even honest. Pets that end up in the wrong hands may be abused or even worse. 
If you have exhausted all other avenues, please contact us about surrendering your cat.