Important Information for the Stray Cat Process
NOTE: Due to a high volume of cat intakes and requests, we are experiencing kennel shortages. Wait list times may be longer than usual.
Before surrendering a stray, please make sure you are checking out our resources on what cats should and shouldn’t come into the shelter. Our research has shown that the majority of friendly cats brought in as strays have owners within a 1/4 mile of the location they were picked up from. Click the link below to see which cats should and shouldn’t come into the shelter.
West Valley Humane Society practices scheduled admission for cats to help manage kennel space.
Due to the lack of kennel space and resources at the shelter, West Valley Humane Society only takes in cats from areas that are contracted with the shelter.
This includes areas that are in Canyon County (outside of city limits) and the following areas within city limits: Nampa, Caldwell, Middleton, Notus and Marsing.
We will evaluate all strays upon intake
We will determine whether they can be kept at the shelter for adoption services or if they will need to be returned to their community after evaluation and spay/neuter. This is called the Community Cat Program.
If a kitten or cat tests positive for Ringworm, we are not able to house them at the shelter during their treatment. We are always in need of Ringworm Fosters- but if none are available, the only option may be to request the finder to foster the kitten(s)/cat for the duration of treatment.
Due to the overpopulation of cats and the rate at which they breed, we are often left with more kittens than trained fosters to care for them. If there are no foster homes available, the only option may be to request the finder to foster them. This is called the Kitten Intake Prevention Program.
- -Post the cat as found on https://lost.petcolove.org/ so that you can connect with any owner looking for their lost cat.
- -Posting the cat as found on Facebook community lost and found pages (example: Nampa Lost & Found Pets).
- -Posting the cat on the NextDoor App.
- -Knocking on neighbors doors.
- -Making signs and posting them in your neighborhood.
All cats must have intake forms filled out prior to their arrival. We are often operating on a waiting list for when cats can come into the shelter. We will be in touch with you after your form is submitted to create a plan for intake.
Once you are approved to bring in your stray you can come to the shelter at your designated time. You may be required to call the front desk at 208-455-5920 to get let into the building.
Please make sure you are checking your email to make sure there are no gaps in communication.