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

The AWLMC is an all-volunteer organization. We have a small, mostly cage-free cat shelter. We would like to be able to help everyone that comes to us, but 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. Because we are a no-kill adoption shelter with limited financial resources, 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 Intake Process for Cats and Kittens

  • Review the criteria below and submit the appropriate application for your cat/kitten(s).
  • Once an intake application request has been received, you will be contacted within 48 hours.
  • Candidate cat/kitten(s) will be individually evaluated according to our acceptance criteria listed below.
  • Acceptance of your cat/kitten(s) into our Intake program is dependent on available space. Even if they meet our criteria, we cannot guarantee openings at any given time.
  • For animals other than cat/kitten(s) please check the internet for other rescue groups in your area through
  • A donation may be requested to help pay for the care of the cat(s) or kittens.

Kittens (Less than 12 months of age)

AWLMC Kitten Criteria

  • Please be aware that AWLMC is a small, volunteer run shelter. We cannot take any kitten that has tested positive for either Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) or Feline Leukemia (FeLV). Note that kittens over 8 weeks of age must be tested within the 30 days prior to being accepted by us.
  • 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.
  • Kittens must be non-feral, must be able to be handled, and in good health.
  • Orphan or feral kittens should be reported and/or taken to your local municipal shelter where they will have access to immediate care to improve their chance of survival.
  • Regretfully, due to limited foster home availability, we are rarely able to take underage kittens with or without their mother. If you have kittens that are still completely dependent on the mother for nursing, or are in need of bottle feeding, and you cannot keep them until weaned, they should be taken to your local municipal shelter where they will have access to immediate care to improve their chance of survival.
  • Our organization is not equipped to take any kittens with chronic medical or physical issues.

If the kitten(s) you are trying to surrender fall 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.

Please submit a Kitten Intake Application

Adult Cats (12 months of age and older)

AWLMC Adult Cat Criteria

  • Cats must test negative for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), and Feline Leukemia (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.
  • Our organization is not equipped to take any cats with 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 you adopted your cat(s) from a local rescue group or shelter, please review your contract before applying, most organizations want the cat to be returned to them 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 adjust well to a shelter environment.

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.

Please submit an Adult Cat Intake Application.

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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