The AWLMC is an all-volunteer organization. We have a small, primarily cage-free cat shelter. Because of our space and staff limitations, we are unable to take cats that are not healthy or not well socialized since they will not do well in our shelter environment. We are a no-kill shelter with limited financial resources and you will find that our cat evaluation criteria exclude unhealthy and very senior cats. These cats are more expensive to care for and are seldom adopted, which means fewer cats ultimately would be saved with our limited shelter space. If your pet cat falls into this category, you may find the “Other Important Information” section at the bottom of this page helpful. You might also find information about other rescue groups that may help you at

The AWLMC intake program evaluates and accepts cats and kittens into the AWLMC shelter / foster system. This program takes cats from three sources:

  • Local municipal shelters
  • Other rescue groups
  • Public pet cat(s) / kitten(s) give-ups

Kittens (Less than 12 months of age)

AWLMC Criteria

  • Kittens must be non-feral, must be able to be handled and in good health.
  • AWLMC cares for kittens in foster homes rather than the shelter to help them socialize and have more successful adoption experiences. Therefore acceptance of kittens is limited to the availability of an AWLMC foster home.
  • A donation may be requested to help pay for the care of the kittens.

Contact Information and the Intake Process for Kittens

Adult Cats (12 months of age and older)

AWLMC Criteria

  • Cats must test negative for FIV and FeLV. Prior to being accepted by AWLMC, all cats must have been tested within the last 30 days.
  • Cats over the age of 6 years are “seniors” and must be in excellent health to be considered.
  • Cats must not have chronic medical or physical issues.
  • Cats with behavioral issues such as not using a litter box, spraying, urine marking, chronic biting or aggressiveness will not be considered.
  • Stray cats should be reported to your local municipal shelter where they will have a chance of being reunited with their families.
  • If required by your contract with them, cats adopted from a local rescue group or shelter must be returned to that same group or shelter whenever possible.
  • Indoor/outdoor cats (that is, cats that spend some or all of their time outdoors) will not be considered as they do not fare well in a shelter environment.
  • A donation may be requested to help pay for the care of the cat(s).

If the cat you are trying to surrender falls into any of the above descriptions, you might want to check at for information about rescue groups in your area that work with cats having special needs.

Other Important Information to Consider Before Choosing to Re-home Your Cat

Cat owners often search for a no-kill shelter so they can be assured their cat will not be euthanized. Regrettably, a no-kill shelter cannot automatically be a resource to rescue all cats. When a shelter has a no-kill policy, the only way to make room for more cats is through adoptions. When cats are adopted, more cats can be brought into the shelter. When they are not adopted, as often is the case with older, unhealthy cats, or those with behavior issues, then there is no space to take in additional cats that could be adopted.

How will your cat do in a shelter environment, particularly if it is for an extended period of time? Our shelter often is full and the mostly cage-free setting we provide is not suitable for all cats. If your cat does not get along with other cats or has not lived "strictly indoors" all of its life, then s/he will likely not do well in our shelter. Shelter life can be very hard on cats, especially older cats and those that have always lived in the same home. Your cat may be better off with you until you find it a new home. This may take time, so be patient and don't give up!

Behavior issues can be even more challenging when trying to re-home a cat. If this is your situation and you feel that you have no other choice then please be honest with potential adopters or rescue organizations/shelters. Also give them specific and detailed information about the problem including contributing factors and things you have tried to resolve it. Before you give up your cat, please remember there is a great deal of easily available internet information regarding potential solutions to behavior problems (for example: The Humane Society's Cat Answer Tool to help solve behavior issues).

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Contact Information and the Intake Process for Adult Cats

  • Please complete an intake application
  • Once an intake application request has been received you will be contacted within 72 hours.
  • Candidate cats(s) will be individually evaluated according to our acceptance criteria listed above.
  • Acceptance into our shelter is dependent on available space. Even if your cat meets our criteria, we cannot guarantee there will be space in the shelter at that time.
  • For other than cats you might check the internet for other rescue groups in your area through