Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a phone number I can call?

Regina Cat Rescue is a volunteer-based non-profit organization. We have no paid staff, so we’re unable to have someone available to take calls. Please email us at info@reginacatrescue.com and a volunteer will answer your inquiry as soon as possible.

The Regina Humane Society has paid staff on call 24-hours a day, seven days a week to handle emergencies such as animal cruelty or abuse. Please call Animal Protection at 306-777-7700 in such cases.

What’s the adoption process?

Take a look at our Cat-A-Logue and if you spot a cat that you’re interested in, complete the adoption application. If your application looks good, you’ll be referred to the foster home to meet the cat or kitten to see if he or she is a good fit for you. If you decide to adopt, you’ll complete the adoption contract with the foster home, pay the adoption fee and participate in follow-up process.

I found a stray cat. What do I do?

Some cats found outdoors may need help. Others are fine on their own. Use this info to help decide what action should be taken.

The cat may be tame or feral. Here’s how to tell.

Tame stray cats:

  • May be shy but will approach cautiously given time and encouragement.

  • Will almost always be alone.

  • More likely to be found in yards and trying to get into houses.

  • May be microchipped, tattooed or wearing a collar.

If the cat is tame, try to find its owner. Check for for a collar, tattoo or microchip. Any vet clinic can scan a cat for a microchip – it’s free and no appointment is needed. Identification will help you reunite the cat with his or her owner.

Feral cats:

  • Aren’t friendly. They find humans threatening and won’t come close – even with encouragement.

  • Will live alone or with others. They may be part of a colony with other feral cats.

  • Will avoid houses by hiding and living away from populated areas.

  • May be microchipped or tattooed if part of a managed cat colony.

If the cat is feral, he or she may be fine where he or she is. Feral cats aren’t suitable for life indoors.

Tame or feral – determine if the cat is in distress.

  • Is he injured?

  • Is he showing signs of illness?

  • Is he outside in extreme weather?

If so, contact the Regina Humane Society at 306-777-7700.

Lost or abandoned tame cats will struggle outdoors. Watch the cat for signs of:

  • Starvation

  • Poor coat condition

  • Injury

A cat with these signs may need help. If you can’t find the cat’s guardian, contact the RHS at 306-777-7700 or complete RCR’s intake form.

Can’t I just drop him/her off somewhere?

RCR doesn't operate a shelter facility. We place rescued cats into volunteer foster homes or eventually at satellite adoption centres like PetSmart, Excalipurr Cat Cafe, Pet Valu and PreZoomably Cats once they are ready for adoption. Our ability to take in cats depends upon the availability of foster care providers or space in adoption centres.

We have a long wait list for foster care and can't always take on new rescues, especially on short notice. Please contact us at info@reginacatrescue.com with information on the stray cat you have found or by completing the intake form and we will try to help.

I adopted my cat from RCR but I can't keep her. What should I do? 

Please email us at info@reginacatrescue.com and we will help you find a new home for your cat, as per the adoption contract that you signed when you adopted him or her from RCR.

Please don't give your cat to someone else without contacting us first, as we must screen and approve any potential adopters of RCR cats. We also need the contact information for the new adoptive home so we may follow up to ensure the cat is doing well.  

Can I surrender my cat to RCR if I didn't adopt him from you?

Sorry, no. RCR deals solely with Regina's stray animal population: sterilizing, finding homes for those that are tame, and neutering/spaying and releasing the community cats. We want to reduce the overpopulation of unwanted, homeless animals. We must focus our limited resources on those cats currently living on the street. 

Click here for information on how you can find a new home for your cat. These suggestions are what RCR does as an organization to find homes for our foster cats. We have done so for many years, and find excellent homes using these methods.

Can RCR provide me with food for my cats?

Regina Cat Rescue doesn’t provide members of the public with free food for their pet cats. RCR is committed to promoting responsible pet ownership. In RCR’s view, responsible pet ownership includes spaying and neutering pets, and providing veterinary care, fresh water, nutritious food and shelter.

If you're experiencing financial hardship and can't afford to purchase food for your pet cat(s), please contact Carmichael Outreach, as they may be able to help.

Please note, RCR may be able to provide food and support to Regina citizens who manage their own feral cat colonies where Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is practiced. Learn more about TNR here.

My cat is displaying unusual or problem behaviour. Can you help with that?

We can’t fix your cat’s behavioural issues. But there are many qualified people who can! We recommend:

I emailed RCR a couple days ago and I haven’t heard back. What gives?

RCR is run by volunteers — we have no paid staff. We do our best to get back to every inquiry as fast as we can. Please understand that we’re almost always at capacity and handling dozens of requests for help each week. We ask for your patience.

How much does adoption costs?

Our adoption fee is $140 for cats under 10 years of age and $100 for cats older than 10 years old. Each cat is spayed/neutered prior to adoption, has age appropriate vaccinations, has a tattoo and/or microchip and has been treated for parasites.