Resources

Surrendering Your Pet

cat2If you have adopted an animal from Saving One Life and need to return it to the rescue, please contact us directly at intake@savingonelife.org.

Please note that surrendering an animal to either the Arizona Humane Society or Maricopa County Animal Care and Control may mean that your animal is euthanized. There is no guarantee that your animal will ever get the chance to be placed for adoption. The county is overrun by stray and surrendered pets which results in healthy, adoptable animals being euthanized. Friendly, social animals may be fearful or aggressive in their environments leading to their being deemed “unadoptable” and euthanized. Please make sure that this is a last resort. Although rescues want to save every animal, we are all limited by time, money, and foster placement. If you need to find other options for your pet, please plan ahead.

Surrendering Your Pet to Saving One Life

Our rescue takes owner surrenders of cats and kittens on a case by case basis. Our rescue’s primary focus is on the cats most in need that are already on the euthanasia list, so we are very infrequently able to take your cat. If you are attempting to surrender a litter of kittens under 10 weeks of age, please see our Kitten Care page.


  • Must be Spayed or Neutered

  • Must be Current on Vaccinations

  • Must be Tested and Negative for Feline Leukemia and Feline Aids

  • We Must Have all Veterinary Documentation Provided to Our Rescue

  • We Require a Minimum $50 Intake Fee to Help Care for Your Cat While it is With Is

  • An Owner Surrender Contract Must be Signed at the Time of Intake

We will not consider a cat for surrender unless the Owner Surrender Form has been completed and the following conditions are met

If we are unable to take your cat we will contact to ask if information can be shared with other rescues. If you have an exotic breed or purebred cat, please email coordinator@savingonelife.org and we will put you in contact with the breed specific rescue.

Need to Surrender an Animal that You Didn’t Adopt from Us?

External Resources

Please take advantage of the number of resources we have compiled for you!