Guidelines that must be met to surrender your cat to The Ranch


Surrender Fees help cover the cost of food, care, staffing and the guaranteed placement of your pet, plus any medical care that may be required.

  • $250 Cat Surrender Fee (if the cat is not already spayed/neutered)

  • * Fee increases with existing medical conditions

  • $200 Cat Surrender Fee (up to 5 Years)

  • For Cats 6 years or older please see our Perpetual Care Program

  • $250 Mother with Litter (up to 4 kittens)

  • * $25 for each additional littermate over 4


When surrendering your cat here is some important information to know:

  • Your animal(s) must be in good health with current vaccinations complete with verifiable shot records

  • Your animal(s) will NOT be accepted if aggressive, feral or in poor health

  • Please note, we are a limited admission facility and can only accept animals based on space availability

  • All surrenders must be pre-coordinated via email prior bringing an animal to us to see if we have space available and if we will be able to accept your animal. Email with the following information:

    • Age

    • Disposition/Temperment

    • Is your cat sterilized and up to date on shots

    • Why are you surrendering your pet

  • Understand that if we accept your animal we will require a mandatory surrender fee to cover the partial cost of care and placement of your pet.




All animals must be surrendered to The Ranch Main Location. We cannot accept surrendered animals at the Ranch without an initial email to the above address. NO animals may be surrendered at the Mobile Adoption locations or Resale Stores.

All surrenders are made BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.




Fill out the surrender form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

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Watermelon Mountain Ranch, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization is New Mexico's Largest No-Kill Animal Shelter for homeless pets providing adoption, spay/neuter, and educational programs including Molly's Mercy Missions.

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