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

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Taffy

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Taffy

Young Adult – Female

Feline-ality: Purple – Lovebug

About Me: Hi everyone, if you are looking for a quirky, sweet, and petite light orange/buff tabby, I’m your girl! I had a rough start as I was born into a large cat colony and had some health complications. I’m feeling better and other than liking food and water a whole lot, I’m pretty normal and loving life! I especially love pets and can hardly sit still and get enough of them! I’ve been doing well in my foster home with other cats and dogs. I’d love to join your family!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Mocha

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Mocha

Young Adult – Spayed Female

Feline-ality: Green – MVP

About Me: Hi, I’m Mocha! Like my namesake, I’m a blend of flavors – both sweet and playful – which is what you would expect from a tortie! I’d do just fine in a house by myself but would like a cat or dog friend if it is the right one. And here is a fun fact – did you know that mocha was named for beans that were first imported from Al Moka, a port city that was a center of trade in the 17th century?

Dog Compatible: Yes

Stella Blue

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Stella Blue

Kitten – Female

Feline-ality: Orange – Personal Assistant

About Me: I’m Stella and I’d love to be your friend and personal assistant! Raised as a bottle-fed kitten, I’m friendly, sweet, and personable and have such a cute face! I would love to find a home with one of my sisters!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Willow

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Willow

Adult – Neutered Male

Feline-ality: Orange – Sidekick

About Me: Hi, it’s Willow here! Like the shrub, I’m long and lanky and would probably do fine in just about any home. The rescue volunteers report that I’m a sweet, mellow cat with soft medium-length hair and I like to be brushed. I like most other cats okay as long as they are nice to me. Come meet me!

Dog Compatible: Likely

Ripley

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Ripley

Adult – Neutered Male

Feline-ality: Orange – Sidekick

About Me: Hi everyone – I’m Ripley! While I can be just a little suspect when I first meet you, I enjoy being petted and can often be found rubbing against your legs while you are preparing my food. One of my good friends at the rescue is Creamy Pecan as he helps give me confidence. I’ve been waiting for a home since February so please come and meet me!

Dog Compatible: Likely

Lyric

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Lyric

Adult – Spayed Female

Feline-ality: Purple – Lovebug

About Me: Hi everyone – my name is Lyric and I love to talk to you to tell you about myself! I’m a sweet, friendly cat who loves belly rubs and face rubs once I warm up to you. I like other cats okay as long as they are nice to me. I’ve been waiting for a home since February so hope to see you soon!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Sugaree

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Sugaree

Kitten – Female

Feline-ality: Orange – Sidekick

About Me: Hi big world, I’m little Sugaree! I’m a fun, easy going kitten who loves to play with everyone at my foster home, both big cats and little cats. I love to play, especially on my cat tree, and occasionally, I’m mistake my foster mom’s leg for the tree – oops! Come meet me!

Dog Compatible: Yes

April Showers

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April Showers

Adult – Spayed Female

Feline-ality: Green – MVP

About Me: After raising kittens which I adored, I’m looking for some me time! I really enjoy being with people and spending time cuddling and playing. I’m not a fan of other cats though. Hope to see you soon!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Creamy Pecan

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Creamy Pecan

Young Adult – Neutered Male

Feline-ality: Green – Leader of the Band

About Me: Hi folks, I’m on a mission to have fun and seek adventure! I’m looking for an active home where I will get attention from other pets and people. I can often be found chatting to the rescue volunteers with my cute little meow or playing in the cabinets if I can find my way in. If you’d like a young, friendly active cat to join your family, that’s me!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Espresso

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Espresso

Adult – Spayed Female

Feline-ality: Purple – Lovebug

About Me: Like some of my friends here at the rescue, I grew up outside in a large cat colony. I’m still getting used to people but am making progress. If you’d like a pretty tortoiseshell cat to join your family and can offer love and patience, choose me!

Dog Compatible: Likely

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

Dogs

At this time, Helping PAWS Pet Rescue does not have any dogs available for adoption. Please check availability at our partner rescues Chequamegon Humane Association and Catkins Animal Rescue, both located in Wisconsin.

Helping PAWS Pet Rescue is accepting adoption applications for small dogs. If there is interest from people and they are approved to adopt, we will work with a southern high-kill rescue organization (likely in Texas or Oklahoma) to arrange for dogs to be transported here. They will be fully vaccinated, heartworm tested, and spayed/neutered. Adoption costs will range from $300-$500. If there is enough interest, our goal is to make this happen by the end of summer. If you are interested in adopting a small dog, please visit our Adopt page to learn more about the adoption process and complete our online application.

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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