At Animal Friends Alliance, we understand that there are situations in which people may wonder if keeping their pet is the best option for them or the pet. We are here to help; our mission is to make every pet a healthy and wanted pet. Before you decide to re-home or relinquish your pet, please view our alternatives to surrender.
If you are seeking information about re-homing a cat or dog you ADOPTED from Animal Friends Alliance, please call our Mulberry Shelter at (970) 484-8516 about your cat or our Taft Hill Shelter at (970) 224-3647 about your dog. We always take back any animals adopted from us, but if we can help you keep the pet, we would love to assist you in that way as well.
Frequently Asked Questions
Finding Pet-Friendly Housing
Finding pet-friendly housing is easier than ever! Most of the major housing search engines allow you to sort by pet-friendliness.
If you need to find temporary housing or boarding for your pet, the following resources may help you:
Found a Stray or Feral Cat?
If you have found a stray cat in your neighborhood, the best thing to do first is to contact the humane society or animal control provider for your county. When you file a found-animal report, your local humane society can help you determine if the cat is owned.
- Larimer Humane Society
- Humane Society of Weld County
- Cheyenne Animal Shelter
- Humane Society of Boulder Valley
Stray Kittens or Cat with Kittens:
Find a kitten outside? It may not be abandoned but just unsupervised by its mom at the moment. Please read this Best Friends article for tips on how to determine if the kitten is orphaned, or whether mom is just away. When you come across outdoor kittens, you may feel the need to immediately pick them up and bring them home with you, but that might not be the best thing for the kittens – or for you. Learn how to tell how old a kitten is. For additional information about stray kittens, please check out this article by Alley Cat Allies.
For Trap-Neuter-Return resources and additional help, please visit Animal Friends Alliance’s Community Cat Program page, where we also have an assistance request form. Another local agency that also helps feral and community cats is Northern Colorado Friends of Ferals.
*Animal Friends Alliance is a limited-admission shelter and receives animals by appointment only. We cannot accept animals on a walk-in basis.
Low-Cost Spay/Neuter, Vaccines, Microchips
- Our veterinary clinic offers subsidized spaying, neutering, vaccinations, microchipping, and more. Please call us at (970) 484-1861 for more information or to set up an appointment. See our Calendar of Events for vaccination clinic dates and locations.
- Denver Dumb Friends League: A full-service veterinary hospital and wellness clinic for pets and a fully subsidized (no-cost) cat spay/neuter clinic for Colorado cats.
- Elder Pet Care: A nonprofit clinic that provides low-cost services to clients age 55 and older. Cost reduction ranges of 10%-75% with proof of overall income.
Assistance for Low-Income Pet Owners
Animal Friends Alliance offers the following programs for struggling pet owners, to help prevent families from having to surrender their cats or dogs to a shelter due to an inability to afford spay/neuter or pet food.
- Humane Society of the United States: Are you having trouble affording your pet? Check their list of national and state resources for pet owners in need.
- Pets Forever: A program of the Colorado State University Foundation to help low-income elderly and disabled Larimer County residents maintain ownership of their pets for as long as possible.
If your pet is showing any undesirable behaviors, you should contact your veterinarian first to rule out any medical conditions that may be the cause. If medical issues are ruled out, please see these resources for behavior advice:
Still need to find a new home for your pet?
If you decide it is necessary to give up your pet, the following are resources that could help.
- Animal Friends Alliance Feline Intake Process
*Animal Friends Alliance is a limited-admission shelter and receives animals by appointment only. We cannot accept cats on a walk-in basis.
- Animal Friends Alliance Canine Intake Process
*Animal Friends Alliance is a limited-admission shelter and receives animals by appointment only. We cannot accept dogs on a walk-in basis.
- Re-Homing a Pet on Your Own: Since many pet owners obtain their furry family members from sources outside a shelter, chances are good that you can find a new home for your pet through various forms of advertisement including social media and Craigslist.One reliable and free online resource for posting your pet is through REHOME by Adopt-a-Pet.com and The Petco Foundation.We advise that you are careful when re-homing your pet to someone you don’t know and that ask for a valid form of identification. It is recommended to charge a fee and ask plenty of questions. Good homes and families inquiring about your pet will not be deterred by these safeguards. You want to make sure that your pet goes to the best possible home, and they will respect that. It also helps to have your pet spayed/neutered, up to date on vaccinations, and to have cats tested for feline leukemia (FeLV). Please be aware that kittens should not be re-homed until they are at least 8 weeks of age or older. See this guide to help you determine a kitten’s age.