Strays and Abandoned Dogs or Cats - FAQ

When you see an abandoned dog or cat or cat litters, Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter recommends that you contact Crawford County Sheriff's Department at 608.326.8414. Law enforcement or animal control officers will notify and provide transport to the appropriate shelter. You can also call Crawford Area Shelter for Animals at (608) 648-2461. Click here to view a list of local humane societies.
Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter accepts stray or abandoned animals based on the capacity of the shelter. Please call 608.380.1559 to set up an appointment to ensure that we have space and resources to best provide for every animal entering the shelter and provide you with one on one attention.
Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter asks for a surrender donation to offset those costs and to provide the best care possible. Any donations beyond that donation are greatly appreciated. Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter accepts cash or credit card, or checks. 

Surrender Donations

  • Minimum $50 for an adult dog or cat (4 months old or older)
  • Minimum surrender donation for a litter of kittens or puppies is $50/animal.
  • Surrender donations will be reduced by 50% if you schedule an appointment to surrender your animal.


Q: I just found an abandoned litter of kittens! What should I do?
A: Mother cats often leave their litters unattended for many hours at a time. They may be out looking for food or in the process of finding/relocating to a new location for her litter.
It is best to leave the kittens unattended and allow the mother to return to her litter. If you notice the kittens have been left to the elements, try to shade or shelter them with a portable item such as a cardboard box. Never move, touch, or disturb the kittens.
Many mothers return to their litters overnight during our sleeping hours. However, if you are certain that the kittens have been left unattended for more than a 24 hour period you may want to contact your local animal control agency about the next steps for relinquishment.
If you wish to keep the litter and foster/bottle feed them, Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter staff are available with plenty of helpful advice. Contact us at 608.380.1559