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.

Galaxy

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Galaxy

Kitten – Male

Feline-ality: Orange – Personal Assistant

About Me: I’m Galaxy…you know, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy? I’m a super friendly, handsome black kitten with white/silver hair tips here and there just like stars. I love to run and play with my siblings and then seek out cuddles from my foster mom. I’d love to find a family who will adopt one of my siblings too as we love to be together!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Maverick

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Maverick

Kitten – Male

Feline-ality: Orange – Executive

About Me: Named after the main character in the Top Gun movie, I seem to always be on the go and am a bit independent. While I was a little skittish around people at first, I’m doing great in my foster home. I’d do best in a home with an outgoing cat that would be my wingman. Come meet me so I can fly out of here!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Fritz

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Fritz

Adult – Neutered Male

Feline-ality: Orange – Sidekick

About Me: Like my brother Gingersnap, I’m an easy going, quiet guy who just wants a comfortable, loving home. Like my namesake, I’m a peaceful ruler so help give my brother confidence. Being an adult cat, I’m more mellow than those crazy kittens but still curious and playful. If your heart is big enough for a pair of cats, we are waiting for you!

Dog Compatible: Likely

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

Gingersnap

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Gingersnap

Adult – Neutered Male

Feline-ality: Purple – Lovebug

About Me: If you are looking for a sweet, orange tabby, look no further than me! I’ve had a bit of a rough couple of months as my owner passed away and I’ve found myself at a rescue again (I was at a rescue as a kitten a few years ago!). My best friend in the whole world, Fritz, is with me and we are looking for a home together because I don’t know what I’d do without him. If you believe two is better than one, we’re the cats for you!

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

Picasso

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Picasso

Adult – Neutered Male

Feline-ality: Purple – Lovebug

About Me: Calling all cat and artist lovers! I’m looking for a quiet, loving home as I came to the rescue after being “dropped off” on a farm. I’m curious yet mellow and like to make biscuits while being pet or held. I’ll do just fine in a home with other cats but I’m pretty nervous around dogs. Please give me a chance!

Dog Compatible: No

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

Lily

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Lily

Lupine

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Lupine

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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Washburn, WI 54891

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