Helping pet owners in Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington, DC
  • 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 fare well in a shelter environment.
  • A donation may be requested to help pay for the care of the cat(s).


Please be sure to verify your intended answer before clicking NEXT.  Some responses will cause termination of the application process along with a message explaining the reason.  If you receive one of these messages and you realize you've entered an unintended answer, you must start a new intake application.

If you experience problems with this application, please call (301) 740-2511 and leave a message on the Cat/Kitten Surrender option.  One of our volunteers will contact you.

1. Has your cat been diagnosed as positive for either FIV or FeLV (Feline AIDS/Leukemia)?
NOTE: All cats must be tested to confirm negative for FIV/FeLV before acceptance into our organization. *