Caring for and training your new cat

Surrendering Your Cat

There are times when, unfortunately, you can no longer care for you pet. Before surrendering your pet to our shelter, please take the time to explore all options. Whether this means taking your dog to a trainer, participating in financial aid programs for pets, or entering your pet into a temporary foster program, our goal is to keep each animal with their loving owners.

View alternatives to surrendering your cat.

If you need to surrender an animal to our shelter, we ask that you take the following steps:


Schedule an appointment. This will help us ensure a smooth transition process. We know that this can be a traumatic experience, and our staff will try to be empathetic.


Fill out the appropriate surrendering form.The more information we have about your pet, the better we can care for him and hopefully find him a new home.


Make the surrendering donation. Since we will be taking over the care of your surrendered pet, we will require a small donation.

Eau Claire County residents:
Adult animal (unaltered)*
Adult animal (altered)*
Young animal (under 6 mo)

*With written proof of up-to-date rabies, and distemper vaccinations, and alter if applicable. Add $5 per vaccine if not up-to-date.




All other county residents:
Adult animal (unaltered)*
Adult animal (altered)*
Young animal (under 6 mo)

*With written proof of up-to-date rabies, and distemper vaccinations, and alter if applicable. Add $5 per vaccine if not up-to-date.




Download the cat surrender form.

Cat Care & Training:

keeping your cat happy and healthy.

There's nothing more frustrating than a pet that doesn't behave well. From jumping on house guests to not using the litter box, it is important to train your pet properly.

Basic Cat Care Dos & Don'ts

Basic Cat Care Tips
Basic Cat Care Tips


Feed your cat a commercial brand of dry food that meets nutritional requirements.


Feed your cat cow's milk, as it may cause diarrhea.


Brush or comb your pet on a regular basis.


Use force or wake your cat to groom them.


Play with toys that encourage your cat to stalk and pounce.


Use your hands or fingers as play objects – it could lead to biting and scratching behaviors.


Provide a 3' or higher scratching post covered in rough material for your cat.


Punish your cat's scratching with a water bottle, yelling, or spanking.


Take your cat for an annual checkup.


Give your cat human medications – acetaminophen and aspirin can be FATAL to cats!

Litter Box

Place a litter box in quiet, accessible location.


Use ammonia, deodorants, or scents (especially lemon) when cleaning the litter box.

Become a responsible cat owner.

Behavior Tips

Elimination Outside the Litter Box
Cat Litter Box TrainingDid you know that an average of 10% of cats develop litter box issues because of an aversion to the kind of litter or the location of the box? Most felines prefer a large, uncovered box with unscented litter. And an un-scooped litter box will certainly sway your cat from proper usage!

Play Aggression
As natural predators, cats love to stalk, chase, pounce, swat, kick, scratch and bite. But there is a fine line between fun behavior and harmful behavior.

Destructive Scratching
Scratching is a natural habit of cats. It keeps their claws sharp, feels great when stretching, and lets them mark their territory. As natural as it may be for cats to scratch, it still doesn't look too nice when they scratch your furniture, drapes, and carpet. But declawing your cat is not the answer!
Learn why you shouldn't declaw your cat.

Nocturnal Activity
A cat's life is fairly basic — eat, drink, play, sleep. But why is it that when your cat sleeps 16 hours a day, she is always up for a 3 AM play session! If your cat is keeping you awake at night, have faith! It is quite possible to train your cat to let you get a good's night sleep.

*Behavior tips adapted from the ASPCA.