Surrendering a cat to The Cat House

If you need to find a new home for your cat, please note that The Cat House, like most no-kill shelters and rescues, is generally full, with a waiting list several months to a year long.  A list of other area shelters and rescues that may be able to help you sooner is here:  Southeast Nebraska Shelters and Rescues.  If you adopted your cat from The Cat House and are no longer able to care for it, we will take the cat in at your convenience; contact us to discuss arrangements. 

If you’re planning to move to a new apartment or rental house, be sure to find one that will allow you to keep your feline family member.  Check out links on this page to locate some options:  pet-friendly rental properties.

If you have found a stray cat, first contact Animal Control (402-441-7900) and Capital Humane Society (402-441-4488) to see if anyone has reported it lost.  Add the cat to their found pet lists.   Also report the cat to the Lost Pets of Lancaster County group (402-739-9939,, or via Facebook).

In addition to being subject to a waiting list, surrenders are by appointment only.  Other than cats previously adopted from our organization, cats brought to The Cat House without an appointment for surrender may be transferred to Capital Humane Society.

To discuss surrendering a cat to The Cat House, start by completing the form here:

Surrender Request Form

Getting help with your cat’s health or behavior issues

Being staffed by volunteers, we have limited time available to advise cat owners about behavioral issues.  We are not veterinarians and cannot dispense medical advice.  Before contacting The Cat House to discuss cat issues, please talk to your veterinarian – many problems that seem like behavior issues are actually a sign of a medical issue that needs veterinary attention.  If no physical issue is found, much good advice is available online, particularly at the Little Big Cat site – much of the content is written by Jackson Galaxy  –  and Pam Johnson-Bennet’s Cat Behavior Associates site.

Unfortunately, The Cat House does not have funds available to assist with veterinary expenses or pet food.  Many veterinarians accept Care Credit, a credit program that can be used for human and animal medical expenses.  Some veterinarians may be willing to set up payment plans.  Lincoln’s Animal Control Department , the Coalition for Pet Protection, and Cause for Paws sometimes have funds available to help with veterinary expenses.  The Coalition for Pet Protection and Lincoln Animal Ambassadors have temporary pet food banks.

Spay/neuter assistance

Spaying or neutering your cat is the key to humanely reducing the cat overpopulation problem.  If you need assistance getting your cat altered, contact these groups for assistance:

Trap-neuter-return program

The Cat House has a trap-neuter-return program to humanely control the population of feral and stray cats in Lincoln and the immediately surrounding areas.  See more information on our TNR page.