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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Please note that we are not 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 at [email protected]. Thank you for your cooperation, flexibility, and understanding.

Before You Begin

We are seeking the best match for our animals. As such, we consider all applications for a particular animal and do not operate on a first-come-first-serve basis. The decision to adopt is an important one which we take very seriously. We approve adopters who have excellent veterinary history which includes annual wellness exams and preventive care for their pets, as well as immediate medical attention for illness or injury. 

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. We approve adopters who have excellent veterinary history which includes annual wellness exams and preventive care for their pets, as well as immediate medical attention for illness or injury.
All of our animals are examined and cared for by a licensed veterinarian. As you learn about our available animals, please consider your lifestyle and how this may affect the animal you choose. We recommend that you also learn more about our adoption and foster processes.
While we typically have cats available for adoption, we at times also have dogs, 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

Cats

Please Note: Helping Paws is a volunteer-run rescue so it may take a few days for us to respond to your inquiry or review your application.

Magpie

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Magpie

Kitten – Male

Feline-ality: Green – Party Animal

About Me: Hi big world! Are you looking to have some fun? If you want to adopt a super friendly, purring machine, that’s me! My sisters Dove and Pigeon have already been adopted but I’m patiently waiting. I’d do best in a home with another cat friend.

Dog Compatible: Yes

Blue

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Blue

Older Adult – Neutered Male

Feline-ality: Orange – Sidekick

About Me: Hi everyone, I’m Blue and I came from Puerto Rico! Why am I named Blue? It’s a long story but basically another rescue learned that I needed some special care for my ears as I have a condition called Ceruminous cystomatosis (which make my ears look a little blue in color). So, they called Helping PAWS Pet Rescue. I’ve had a couple of surgeries now and am doing much better – I can now hear as my ears are less clogged with cysts. I’m looking for a home with only people or people and dogs as I do not like other cats (I think they are prey). I’d love to find a foster home while I’m waiting to be adopted since I don’t like other cats. Please give me a chance!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Rizzo

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Rizzo

Kitten – Neutered Male

Feline-ality: Green – MVP

About Me: If you need a companion to watch baseball with you, I’m your guy! Friendly, cuddly, and fun, I’m a great team member. And I also happen to be handsome, which is a bonus! See you soon!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Mason

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Mason

Kitten – Neutered Male

Feline-ality: Purple – Lovebug

About Me: If you are looking for an outgoing cat who loves to be with people – snuggling on them, nuzzling them, following them around, etc., look no further than me! I’d love to join a home with my best sister Millie as we have so much fun together. Come meet us!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Millie

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Millie

Kitten – Female

Feline-ality: Orange – Sidekick

About Me: If you are looking for a really sweet and social calico cat, that’s me! When I’m not playing and exploring, I’m curled up on someone’s lap. You might notice from my photo that I’m hiding my right eye. Before I came to Helping PAWS Pet Rescue, I had some sort of trauma and can’t use that eye. While it will be removed when I am spayed, it doesn’t slow me down and I get along fine! Hope to see you soon, no pun intended!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Pippin

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Pippin

Older Kitten – Neutered Male

Feline-ality: Green – Leader of the Band

About Me: Hi folks, it’s Pippin here! And I love just about everyone and everything! I came to the rescue several months ago and have grown up in a foster home and can’t wait until I have a home of my own. Like my friend Tansy, I had some mild special needs but in my case, I only went #2 every few days. Luckily with some medicine, an active lifestyle, and time to grow up, I’m pretty “regular” now. I’d love to join an active home with fun people and other animals. See you soon!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Minitos

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Minitos

Young Adult – Spayed Female

Feline-ality: Purple – Lovebug

About Me: Like my name, I have…you guessed it…many toes! Like my relatives from the younger kitten litter, I’m super polydactyl. I’m a sweet, cuddly cat who enjoys talking to the volunteers and having my beautiful silky fur petted and my belly rubbed. Having come from a farm, I still don’t like to be held or loud noises so I’d do best in a mellow household. Please give me a chance!

Dog Compatible: Likely

Karner Blue

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Karner Blue

Kitten – Male

Feline-ality: Orange – Sidekick

About Me: Having some “blue” coloring and in keeping with the butterfly theme, I’m Karner Blue and you can call me Karner. While I’m a little shy when I first meet you, I warm up quickly especially if there are confident cats around. And did you know that this butterfly is an endangered species as it needs oak savanna and pine barrens habitat that is in decline? Please give me a chance!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Silverwaves

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Silverwaves

Young Adult – Spayed Female

Feline-ality: Purple – Private Investigator

About Me: Hi kind world, at least I think it is? As I came from a large outdoor colony, I wasn’t always given the care and affection that I craved. Luckily, I found myself at Helping PAWS Pet Rescue when my owner passed away. I’m still pretty skittish so am looking for a quiet home with other confident cats so I can learn that people are actually kind. Please give me a chance!

Dog Compatible: Likely

Monarch

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Monarch

Young Adult – Spayed Female

Feline-ality: Purple – Secret Admirer

About Me: When I first meet you, I may flit and float a little bit just like the monarch butterfly. But once I figure out you are a good host, I’ll stick around and shower you with purrs and affection. I’d love to join a quiet home with another cat friend such as my brother Gilligan. 

Dog Compatible: Likely

Gilligan

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Gilligan

Young Adult – Neutered Male

Feline-ality: Orange – Sidekick

About Me: If you are looking for a friendly male who loves pets and snuggle time, I’m your guy! And like the people from the Gilligan’s Island show, I don’t mind exploring a bit too! Come meet me!

Dog Compatible: Likely

Athena

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Athena

Adult – Spayed Female

Feline-ality: Green – MVP

About Me:

If you like outgoing and confident tortoiseshell cats, I’m the one for you! And I don’t mind a bit being compared to Athena the Greek goddess as I’m also wise. I do fine in a house with just people and would be wonderful companion. Hope to see you soon!

Dog Compatible: Likely

Lulu

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Lulu

Adult – Spayed Female

Feline-ality: Orange – Sidekick

About Me: A few words sum me up nicely: pretty, sweet, and social. If you like black and white tuxedo cats, look no further than adopting me! And please do it soon as I’ve been waiting for a home for a while, first in South Dakota and now in Wisconsin.

Dog Compatible: Yes

Julep

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Julep

Older Kitten – Female

Feline-ality: Orange – Executive

About Me: I’m a friendly brown tabby who loves to have fun and be on the go and then socialize with whomever comes by. While I like to play with the other kittens at the rescue, I let them know when enough is enough. After all, I’ve got other things to do! I’d love to join your family!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Chitter

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Chitter

Older Kitten – Male

Feline-ality: Purple – Lovebug

About Me: Calling all snugglers! I’m probably just about the best snuggler at the rescue and always looking for a lap to climb into after I’ve finished eating (I love food too!). While I’m a little stiff gaited (I have mild cerebellar hypoplasia), I do all cat things just fine. See you soon!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Chatter

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Chatter

Older Kitten – Male

Feline-ality: Orange – Sidekick

About Me: I’m the bigger half of the Chitter/Chatter pair and am friendly, confident, and comical. I’d love to be your friend and think it would be great if my brother Chitter could go home with me too. We are two peas in a pod!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Spritzy

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Spritzy

Older Kitten – Female

Feline-ality: Orange – Sidekick

About Me: Like my friend Julep, I came from a rescue in South Dakota and am still waiting for a forever home! In foster care, I get along well with other cats and people too as long as they don’t hold me (I’m not a fan). I’m a lively kitten who loves to play, run, and explore. Come meet me so I can add some sparkle to your life!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Polly

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Polly

Adult – Spayed Female

Feline-ality: Green – MVP

About Me: I’m a sweet, mellow cat who is content spending time with people or on my own. Like other cats at the rescue, I came from South Dakota after I was treated unkindly by someone. But I didn’t let it get me down and am excited to find a home of my own.

Dog Compatible: Likely

Rosa

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Rosa

Older Adult – Spayed Female

Feline-ality: Purple – Lovebug

About Me: While I’m an older cat at 14 years, I still have a lot of love to give and am hoping to find my last forever home where I can live comfortably. If you like a sweet, friendly tortoiseshell cats who enjoys people but is content doing her own thing, I’m your lady.

Dog Compatible: Likely

Tansy

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Tansy

Older Kitten – Female

Feline-ality: Green – MVP

About Me: Hi everyone! My foster family thinks I’m just about the sweetest cat around! I’ve been with them a year now making me the longest resident at Helping PAWS. See, I’m what the veterinarian calls a “midly special-needs” kitty but that doesn’t get me down! I was recently diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome. This means that while my stool is “regular,” I sometimes flare up and have a little leakage. Luckily, we’ve learned how to manage my condition pretty well with good food and some medicine which I’ll likely need to be on long-term. I’m looking for a family that will love me no matter what and provide me a stress free home with other animals that like me. Are you that family? I promise to give you lots of love back!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Galaxy

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Galaxy

Kitten – Neutered Male

Feline-ality: Orange – Personal Assistant

About Me: I’m Galaxy! I’m a super friendly, cuddly black kitten with white/silver hair tips here and there like stars. For some reason, I’m the last of my siblings to get adopted and I can’t wait to find my forever home. I love to run, play, and cuddle equally and am friends with everyone. Come visit 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

Fancy Rats!

Helping PAWS Pet Rescue recently admitted 10 female fancy rats! Did you know that pet rats are clean, super smart, affectionate, and make wonderful companions? Pet rats were actually bred for temperament and companionship. All of the rats available are very sweet and curious. They enjoy interacting with calm people and love hanging out on your shoulder or supervised play time. They need to be adopted in pairs as they have never been alone and like the company. Their colors include albino, agouti, and hooded.

Adoption donation is $15 per individual.

If you are interested in adopting one of our fancy rats, please complete the form displayed below. All fields are required.

Litter #1

They are a bit older and include:

Dandelion

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Dandelion

Forgetmenot

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Forget-Me-Not

Violet

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Violet

Charlie

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Charlie

Litter #2

Includes:

Aster

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Aster

Lilac

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Lilac

Peony

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Peony

Tulip

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Tulip

Available Animals

Dogs

Please Note: Helping Paws is a volunteer-run rescue so it may take a few days for us to respond to your inquiry or review your application.

At this time, Helping PAWS Pet Rescue has no dogs available for adoption.

Check availability at our partner rescues Chequamegon Humane Association and Catkins Animal Rescue, both located in Wisconsin.

Wellness

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.
Enrichment/Toys
  • To keep your pet stimulated and at a healthy weight, interactive toys are a must!
Grooming
  • 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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