Available Animals

There are so many reasons to adopt a rescue animal. All of our animals at Helping PAWS Pet Rescue are in need of a second chance. By choosing to adopt, you will give one of them a new life in a loving home.


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HPPR is committed to the well-being of animals and people in our community. We have been closely following the COVID-19 recommendations. Effective Friday, March 20th, 2020, HPPR will be limiting public access to our building, and services will be available only by appointment.

Please note that we are not closing our doors or halting adoptions! Our animals still need homes! We are simply scheduling appointments for approved adopters. For questions or more information about our available animals, email us or call us at 715-373-2222. Thank you for your cooperation, flexibility, and understanding. 

Finding the Perfect Pet Can Be Easy, But There’s Lots to Consider!

Thank you for considering adoption or fostering! The decision to adopt is an important one which we take very seriously. As you learn about our available animals, please consider your lifestyle and how this may affect the animal you choose. We recommend that you learn more about our adoption and foster processes by reviewing the pages linked below.

This is not limited to dogs and cats, but extends equally to horses, rabbits, birds, and other domestic animals. Check back often to see who is available.

Find Your Match
Here at Helping PAWS Pet Rescue, Meet Your Match! To help match adopters and animals more closely, we have adopted the Feline-ality® Assessment that many rescues use. There are Purple cats, Orange cats, and Green cats, and we recognize that some cats can match more than one description!
Purple Cats
There are three types of Purple Cats:

Private Investigator – These cats work undercover to keep an eye on you and your family. These cats are skittish and shy and startle easily. If you need a cat who knows how to stay out of trouble and will always keep your secrets, this is the cat personality for you. 

Secret Admirer – When it comes to relationships, these cats are very level-headed. They don’t leap in paws first, but give them a little time, and they’ll shower you with purrs, head-butts, and plenty of lap time. In the meantime, you may not see a lot of them but they’ll be thinking about you and admiring you from a distance. 

Love Bug – Do you seek affection from your cat? These cats love affection, love being pet, and are purring machines! They are looking for an adopter who enjoys quiet times and togetherness.

Orange Cats
There are three types of Orange Cats:

Executive – These cats are busy cats. They first have to check out what’s happening out the window. And then look in closets or cabinets. And then take a nap. And then socialize with whomever comes by. 

Sidekick – Like all sidekicks, these cats are just good company. They like attention, but also like solitude. They are steady companions who will travel with you on the road of life. 

Personal Assistant – Are you working on the computer? Let them press the keys? Reading a paper? They’ll hold down the pages for you. Watching TV? They’ll join you and sit in your lap. They’ll even help you with your chores, and then will relax with you when done.  You’ll wonder how you ever managed without them. 

Green Cats
There are three types of Green Cats:

MVP – These are savvy cats who are pretty unflappable. While they don’t mind entertaining themselves, they like a companion and a nice scratch behind the ears. If you are looking for a resourceful addition to your team, adopt a Most Valuable Pussycat! 

Party Animal – These cats are on a mission and love to play and explore and test their limits! They’ll play with you but will also make a toy out of anything – pencils, paper, potatoes! If you’re looking for some laughs, think about adopting a party animal. 

Leader of the Band – These cats do everything in a big way. They not only like to be in the middle of things, but they like to lead. While they are adventurous cats, they’ll make plenty of time to show you their affectionate side. 

Available Animals


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Thomas O'Malley

Adult – Neutered Male

Feline-ality: Green – MVP

About Me: I’m the bonniest alley cat you are ever likely to meet! I recently lived quite a hard life on the streets of fair Bayfield, Wisconsin. Some nice people thought I deserved a better life of warmth and food so here I am! Folks think I’m about a year old and we’ve chosen March 17th as my birthday. If you’d like to meet a handsome blue cream tabby cat who enjoys life, please come meet me!

Dog Compatible: Yes


Adult – Spayed Female

Feline-ality: Orange – Sidekick

About Me: Hi there! I’m a pretty silver tabby who is 7 years old and recently found myself back at the rescue as my humans could no longer care for me. I’m easy-going and affectionate, and like to be with people and to play. I’d like a quieter house if possible. I also happen to be declawed if that is something that you are looking for. Hope to meet you soon!

Dog Compatible: Yes


Kitten – Neutered Male

Feline-ality: Green – Party Animal

About Me: I’m an outgoing, playful young cat who likes to be on the go with my brother, Dauntless, beside me. We are both still nomads and waiting for our forever home – we hope it is with you!

Dog Compatible: Yes


Kitten – Neutered Male

Feline-ality: Orange – Sidekick

About Me: I’m a sweet and mellow young cat who likes to be with people and my brother, Nomadic. We’d love a home together!

Dog Compatible: Yes


Adult – Spayed Female

Feline-ality: Purple – Lovebug

About Me: I arrived at Helping PAWS from a rescue in Texas and let’s just say that my outcome would have been very different had I not been rescued by these nice Wisconsin people. As a young cat, I’m still gaining confidence around people as I was abandoned as a kitten and didn’t see a lot of love until recently. I’m a little nervous until I warm up and then I love pets and to be with you! And I’d love a home with my sister, Brandy.

Dog Compatible: Likely


Adult – Spayed Female

Feline-ality: Orange – Sidekick

About Me: Like my sister Alexandria, I’m happy to be here in Wisconsin where I have a second chance at life! I’m a curious and playful young cat who likes to be petted and my belly rubbed. I also love to carry my toys around and stash them! If you are looking for a pretty little tabby, I’m your cat!

Dog Compatible: Likely

Island Girl

Adult – Spayed Female

Feline-ality: Green – MVP

About Me: I’m a beautiful petite young cat who has lovely tuxedo markings complete with silky medium-length hair and white ear tufts! While I don’t love to be handled by people, I’m friendly but a bit aloof. I love other cats, especially the friendly male cat at my foster home, and to play. I’ve been searching for my forever home since July 2019 – please come and meet me!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Peachy Keen

Adult – Spayed Female

Feline-ality: Purple – Private Investigator

About Me: I’m a sweet petite cat who is on the shy side but just wants love. I’m a little nervous when I first meet you but will cuddle once I’m comfortable. I’d like a patient, loving home with another cat who would be nice to me and help me gain confidence.

Dog Compatible: Yes


Adult – Neutered Male

Feline-ality: Purple – Lovebug

About Me: I’m a sweet, affectionate tabby who arrived back at Helping PAWS because my human family couldn’t care for all of the animals that lived with us. I had to leave my sister behind, but I’m hoping to meet a new friend in my new home. While I’m a little shy at first, I warm up quickly and love to cuddle and play. Come and meet me!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Ready to Adopt or Foster?

Your next step is to learn about the process and complete our application. Getting approved does not obligate you to adopt but helps streamline the process.
Available Animals


No dogs are available at this time. Please check back again.

Pet Care & Health

Tips for All Pets

Food and Water
  • Here at Helping PAWS, we feed a measured amount of dry food and canned food mixed with a bit of water for optimal dental health and kidney health. We do NOT free feed.
  • Always provide continuous access to fresh water.
  • Treats should be no more than 5% of the diet.
  • To keep your pet stimulated and at a healthy weight, interactive toys are a must!
  • Regular brushing helps reduce shedding and hairballs (cats), and helps keep your pet clean. Many cats and dogs really enjoy this!
  • Regularly trim nails to help prevent a nail from curling and growing into the foot pad.
Annual Exams and Vaccines
  • Your pet should see its veterinarian at least once a year for an examination and annual shots, and immediately if he/she is ill or injured.

Tips for Cats

Food: Remember that cats require taurine, an essential amino acid, for heart and eye health. Be sure to check the food label.

Litterbox and Litter – Number of litterboxes, location, cleanliness, and type of litter is key to your cat adopting good litterbox habits. Rule of thumb: Provide at least 1 box per cat. Locate the litterbox in an easy-to-find location that is quiet. Scoop the litterbox at least once/day, and wash regularly. Use a litter material that your cat likes. And remember that not all cats will feel comfortable in a hooded litterbox. If your cat isn’t using its litterbox, bring it to the veterinarian as he/she may have a medical condition.

Scratching Post or Pad – Cats like to scratch, which helps remove old outer nail sheaths. Provide your cat with a sturdy scratching post at least 3 feet high, covered with a rough material. Scratching pads are also an option. Most cats will not scratch furniture if provided a proper place to scratch. If you consider declawing, learn more about it first and find a veterinarian that uses a laser which is more humane.

Houseplants and Cats – Many cats can’t resist chewing on plants. Many plants are toxic irritants, and cause inflammation of the skin, mouth, and stomach. Other plants may have a systemic toxic effect and damage a cat’s organs. Learn which plants are okay to keep around and which plants are not.

Cat Carrier – Ideal for safely transporting your cat to the veterinarian for annual exams and vaccines.

Tips for Dogs

Exercise – Dogs need exercise to burn calories, stimulate their minds, and stay healthy. Exercise also tends to help dogs avoid boredom, which can lead to destructive behaviors. Individual exercise needs vary based on breed, sex, age, and level of health. Follow local leashing laws. And remember to pick up poop to protect water quality, wildlife health, and people’s shoes!

Grooming – And most dogs don’t need to be bathed more than a few times a year. Brushing your dog’s teeth is also a good dental health practice.

Fleas and Ticks – Daily inspections of your dog for fleas and ticks during the warm seasons are important. There are several methods of flea and tick control; speak with your veterinarian to find the right one.

Licensing and Identification – Follow your community’s licensing regulations. Use an ID tab of implanted microchip to help secure your dog’s return should he/she become lost.

Helping PAWS is a 501(c)(3) organization. We are primarily a volunteer-run organization. If you are interested in joining our volunteer team, please contact us.

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