Our Intake Policy

Wayward Whiskers is focused on stray cats that are injured, sick, FIV positive, blind, deaf, and/or have chronic conditions such as cerebellar hypoplasia. When you email your intake request, please be as specific as you can about the cat's injury or illness and attach a photo if possible. We will respond within 24 hours if we have space available.


We consider intake requests on a case by case basis.

We do not accept owner surrenders. 


FIV Sanctuary Waiting List

We have a maximum number of cats that our FIV sanctuary can support. When we are at this maximum number, we can add you to our waiting list. There is no guarantee for the duration that​ you will remain on our waiting list but we will do our best to accommodate FIV positive intake requests as quickly as possible. 


PetSmart Adoption Center at Westover Hills

We can accommodate fully vetted, healthy cats as we have kennels available at the Westover Hills PetSmart adoption center. Cats must be spayed/neutered, tested negative for FIV and FELV, and must have their rabies and FVRCP vaccinations to be considered for the PetSmart space. All records must be provided to us prior to placement at PetSmart. 


Wayward Whiskers Quarantine

We have six large stainless steel kennels to accommodate sick and injured cats and one large condo for pregnant and nursing cats. We strive to get the kennels emptied as quickly as possible, but it depends on the extent of the injury or illness as to how long it will take for the kitty to make a full recovery. When the kennels are full, we will not be able to accept any cats but we can add them to a waiting list. 


A note from the Executive Director:

The city of San Antonio has a pet over-population problem. If you are on this site you probably already know that. Every shelter and rescue is ALWAYS full and overflowing. Please understand that we know how frustrating it is to be turned down, but it's not that we don't care. It hurts us to say no, but sometimes we have no other choice. 


Please visit Resources & Links for a list of other no-kill options, veterinary information and low cost spay and neuter clinics.

Contact Us


Executive Director: Sherry Pfau

Email: waywardwhiskerscatrescue@hotmail.com


Board Chair: Lora Butler


Medical Foster Director: Lynette Federspill


Board Member: Anne Marie Hile


Board Member: Katy Schultz



Wayward Whiskers Cat Rescue is a 501(c)(3) rescue in San Antonio, TX founded in January 2013. We take in special needs cats and kittens that may otherwise be discarded or euthanized. 


We accept cats from the public when space is available, as well as pull from local shelters. We provide top-notch veterinary care including any surgeries or treatments the cats may need, and then find forever homes for them. We also are one of the few shelters in San Antonio that accepts FIV positive cats.  


Wayward Whiskers operates solely on support from individual and corporate donors. We do not receive any city or government funding.

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