I've been rescuing non-stop for 10 years. Sure I've taken a week or two off here and there, but really haven't had a real break during that time. I've rescued over 1000 cats during that time, with your help, fostering, donations and volunteer time. But I've done a lot of it by myself too.
To be completely honest and transparent, I am burned out. I've felt this way for a few months now, and kept taking in cats anyway because I just didn't want to say no. But that's not healthy for me or the cats. I know that if I don't take a break, a real break, now, I may decide to stop rescuing altogether.
So to avoid that I've decided to pause intake for 6 months. I still have 13 cats here in the shelter. Some are lifers because they're feral and not adoptable, but I will still work on getting the adoptable ones placed. I just need to regroup, figure out the direction Wayward is heading in and spend some time taking care of my emotional, mental and physical health.
I am so thankful for each and every one of you- your support, donations, and time. The last thing I want is to stop doing Wayward, but I need a break so I don't get to that point. I hope you all understand.

Our Intake Policy

We will only be accepting sick and injured cats as we have space for them. We will accept pregnant cats ONLY if we have fosters available.


Space is limited as we are a very small rescue. We will accept cats as we have space. Intake status will be updated at the top of this page. 


We will only respond to your email if we are able to accept the cat. Please be as specific as possible about the cat's injuries or illness in your intake request and include photos if possible. You WILL need to bring the cat to us or drop off at our vet if we are able to take it. We do not pick up cats. You will be required to sign a surrender form before we accept the cat.


Unfortunately we cannot accept:

  • Owner surrenders
  • Healthy cats/ kittens
  • Feral/ unsocialized cats
  • Bottle fed kittens
  • FELV positive cats 
  • Paralyzed or incontinent cats/ kittens


Please visit our Resources & Links page for other shelter options.

Contact Us



Executive Director: Sherry Pfau


Board Chair: Anne Marie Hile


Foster Director: Kate Medellin


Board Member: Katy Schultz



Wayward Whiskers Cat Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in San Antonio, TX founded in January 2013. We take in stray special needs cats and kittens that may otherwise be abandoned 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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