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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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.

Blue Opal

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Blue Opal

Kitten – Female

Feline-ality: Purple – Lovebug

About Me: Hi big world, you can call me Opal. And I might even remind you of an opal with my white fur and coloration on my ear tips and tail. Found in a large cat colony, I’ve gained confidence in my foster home and am a friendly, sweet cat. I really like other cats and want to find a home with a cat friend.

Dog Compatible: Yes

Stargazer

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Stargazer

Kitten – Female

Feline-ality: Green – Leader of the Band

About Me: I’m a confident, outgoing cat who can be sweet and a little spicy depending on my mood (I’ll share that I don’t love to have my nails trimmed). I love to play and explore but can also be a cuddle bug. See you soon!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Starry Night

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Starry Night

Kitten – Male

Feline-ality: Orange – Personal Assistant

About Me: I’m a super sweet kitty who loves to be with his people either day or night. You’ll often find me cuddled up on my foster dad. And like my namesake, I’m like a thousand points of brightness who will shine in my new home.

Dog Compatible: Yes

Princess Anne

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Princess Anne

Adult – Spayed Female

Feline-ality: Orange – Personal Assistant

About Me: Always ready to greet the volunteers at the rescue and help them with their chores, I’m a sweet cat who likes to cuddle and play equally. I really like chasing mouse toys back and forth in the hallway!

Dog Compatible: Likely

Grantchester

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Grantchester

Kitten – Male

Feline-ality: Green – Leader of the Band

About Me: A kitten of Gemma’s, we were all given names of British TV shows. Like my namesake, I’m smart, personable, and caring. I often lead the way for my siblings as we explore in our foster home. And then provide a comfy pillow that they can curl up on when we nap.

Dog Compatible: Yes

Bridgerton

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Bridgerton

Kitten – Male

Feline-ality: Orange – Sidekick

About Me: I’m a friendly, sweet kitten who enjoys playing and snuggling up with you as you watch your favorite tv show. You could adopt me just in time for the next season of Bridgerton. Come see me!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Crepe Suzette

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Crepe Suzette

Kitten – Female

Feline-ality: Purple – Lovebug

About Me: Hi everyone, you can call me Suzette or Suzi. Like my brother Shortstack, I’m a sweet, friendly kitty who loves to sit in your lap, snuggle, and purr loudly. Come meet us!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Rose

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Rosé

Adult – Spayed Female

Feline-ality: Orange – Executive

About Me: Coming from a large cat colony that was left behind when our owners moved on, I kept my family together including my grown daughters and my kittens until we were rescued. I’m a super friendly, chatty cat that likes to be in the action. I can’t wait to find my forever home where I’m cared for and loved.

Dog Compatible: Likely

Janet

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Janet

Adult – Spayed Female

Feline-ality: Orange – Sidekick

About Me: I’m a friendly, easy going cat who likes pretty much everyone at the rescue. And that includes my two kittens even though they drove me a bit crazy! My name means gracious gift and if you adopt me, I will thank you again and again!

Dog Compatible: Likely

Shortcake

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Shortcake

Kitten – Female

Feline-ality: Orange – Personal Assistant

About Me: Hi everyone, I’m Shortcake and I got my name because it looks like my tail was dipped in a bowl of cream – yummy! I’m a petite kitty who is as sweet as my name. When I’m not helping a volunteer with a chore, I’m playing with my cat friends.

Dog Compatible: Yes

Prince Louis

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Prince Louis

Kitten – Male

Feline-ality: Purple – Lovebug

About Me: Raised by surrogate mom Torbette, I’m a little guy who had a rough start to life just like my namesake. But with help from the rescue’s volunteers and my adopted cat family, I’ve grown into a friendly, confident kitten who likes everyone. I can’t wait to meet you!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Shortstack

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Shortstack

Kitten – Male

Feline-ality: Orange – Sidekick

About Me: I’m a silly, playful, adventurous kitty who has a big personality. I have a cuddly side but am can also be independent. If you are looking for a cat who appreciates everything that life has to offer, look no further than me. See you soon!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Tutti Fruiti Frappe

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Tutti Fruiti Frappe

Kitten – Female

Feline-ality: Green – Party Animal

About Me: Hi, you can call me Tutti! And like my name, I have a bit personality. Like other calicos, I’m a friendly, confident cat who likes to have fun. Come to the rescue and ask for me!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Licorice Chai

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Licorice Chai

Kitten – Male

Feline-ality: Green – MVP

About Me: Hi, it’s Chai here and if you are looking for a traditional tuxedo cat, I’d be a great fit! I’m easy going and friendly and would add sweetness and a little spice to your life. See you soon!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Pumpkin Spice Espresso

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Pumpkin Spice Espresso

Kitten – Male

Feline-ality: Orange – Sidekick

About Me: I’m a sweet little guy who has a mellow personality. The volunteers call me Pumpkin because my full name is a bit long and I’m an orange tabby. And who doesn’t love orange tabbies? I’d love to be adopted with a sibling or find a home with a cat friend.

Dog Compatible: Yes

Emigrant "Emi"

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Emigrant "Emi"

Kitten – Female

Feline-ality: Purple – Lovebug

About Me: Hi everyone, you can call me Emi. I’m a sweet, friendly kitten who gets along with everyone. And while I may be petite, my big personality makes up for my size. I’m excited to find my forever family!

Dog Compatible: Likely

Coffee Bean

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Coffee Bean

Kitten – Male

Feline-ality: Orange – Sidekick

About Me: If you are looking for a kitty to be your companion while you drink your cup of joe in the morning, I’m your guy. I’ll happily sit beside you or on your lap. I’m very friendly and sweet and will fit in well with any family. Hope to see you soon!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Cocoa Bean

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Cocoa Bean

Kitten – Male

Feline-ality: Purple – Lovebug

About Me: I’m a petite, friendly kitten who would happily sit next to you while you enjoy your hot cocoa. I enjoy playing, exploring, and cuddling with my cat friends and would love to be adopted with my sibling.

Dog Compatible: Yes

Herbie

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Herbie

Young Adult – Neutered Male

Feline-ality: Purple – Lovebug

About Me: Hi everyone, I’m Herbie and I’m looking for my forever home! You see, I’ve been passed around a bit as my previous families fell on hard times and couldn’t care for me. Despite this, I’m a friendly boy who likes to cuddle and spend time with you. At the rescue, I really like the younger kittens and am okay with adult cats as long as they are nice to me.

Dog Compatible: Maybe

Mirri

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Mirri

Older Kitten – Female

Feline-ality: Purple – Lovebug

About Me: I’m mellow and sweet and enjoy pets and cuddles. I might be a little shy when I first meet you but warm up quickly. I came from a large outdoor cat colony in Ladysmith and I’m thankful that Helping PAWS Pet Rescue and Rusk County Animal Shelter worked together to help spay/neuter my family and friends and find some of us comfortable indoor homes.

Dog Compatible: Likely

Chico

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Chico

Kitten – Male

Feline-ality: Orange – Sidekick

About Me: I’m Chico and I’m a very friendly and easy going guy who likes everyone. I love people but am okay doing my own thing too. Did you guess that my siblings and I were named for places in southern Montana? See you soon!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Carmine

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Carmine

Kitten – Male

Feline-ality: Green – Leader of the Band

About Me: If you haven’t guessed, I’m from the red tabby kitten litter! I’m a super friendly, confident kitten who keeps the volunteers laughing with my funny acrobatic moves. I’d do best in a home with a sibling or friend so I have someone to play with.

Dog Compatible: Yes

Misty Morning

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Misty Morning

Kitten – Female

Feline-ality: Green – MVP

About Me: Hi big world, you can call me Misty! I’m a friendly, playful kitten who likes people but is happy doing my own thing too. I love to spend my days playing with my cat friends and brother Twilight. See you soon!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Twilight

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Twilight

Kitten – Male

Feline-ality: Orange – Sidekick

About Me: Hi everyone, it’s Twilight here and you guessed it, I’m a blue gray kitten that might remind you of the setting sun. The volunteers think I have some interesting tabby stripes under my slate gray fur. If you are looking for a friendly kitten who likes to have fun, I’m your guy!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Crimson

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Crimson

Kitten – Male

Feline-ality: Orange – Sidekick

About Me: Hi, I’m Crimson and I’d like to be your friend! I’m an outgoing guy who is a little more mellow than my siblings but still playful and fun. Did you know that crimson symbolizes love and affection? If you want a little love in your life, come meet me!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Red Ryder

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Red Ryder

Kitten – Male

Feline-ality: Green – Party Animal

About Me: I’m an energetic kitten who likes to explore and play with my siblings and friends.
Nothing really rattles me and I’m a tough little kitten – a bit like America’s famous cowboy. Hope to see you soon so we can go on adventures!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Clover

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Clover

Kitten – Female

Feline-ality: Orange – Executive

About Me: Hi, it’s Clover here and I’m a busy and curious little kitten! At the rescue, I spend my time playing, climbing, and exploring. But I like naps and cuddling too. If you are looking for a kitten to give you hope, love, and luck, come see me Clover!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Paradise

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Paradise

Kitten – Female

Feline-ality: Orange – Sidekick

About Me: If you are looking for a little bit of paradise in your life, look no further than me! I’m a friendly, talkative kitten who likes to spend time with people and other cats but can do my own thing too. And I’m smart too – did you know that Paradise Valley in Montana was only recognized route into Yellowstone Park when it was established in 1872?

Dog Compatible: Yes

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

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

Aviator

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Aviator

Adult – Neutered Male

Feline-ality: Orange – Sidekick

About Me: I’m a friendly, confident male cat who likes companionship and cuddles. I’d do best in a home without other cats or a nice female cat. If you are looking for a handsome cat with soft longer black fur and distinguished silver ear tufts, ask for Aviator!

Dog Compatible: Likely

Pippin

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Pippin

Young Adult – 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

Foxy

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Foxy

Adult – Female

Feline-ality: Purple – Lovebug

About Me: I’m a friendly adult cat who was named Foxy by the rescue volunteers as my coat is a pretty orange chestnut color and I had to be pretty smart and cunning when I was roaming the streets before I was rescued. I’m looking for a comfortable, warm home that will feed me daily – is that too much to ask?

Dog Compatible: Likely

Gemma

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Gemma

Adult – Spayed Female

Feline-ality: Orange – Executive

About Me: Hi everyone, I’m Gemma and I’m just about the nicest cat around! The rescue volunteers think that my name, which means gem or jewel, really fits me. I’m friendly and outgoing and am kind to everyone I meet. And I was a great mom to my kittens and a few surrogates as well. Come meet me!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Spritzy

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Spritzy

Young Adult – Spayed 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

Tansy

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Tansy

Young Adult – Spayed 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

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

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.

Goja

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Goja

Adult – Spayed Female

About Me:

Me: Hi kind world, I’m Goja! I’m a 3-year old black German Shepherd who is ready for a loving, forever home. I’ve had a very hard past after experiencing some neglect but luckily found hope and a wonderful foster home at Helping PAWS Pet Rescue.

I’m loving, eager to please, housebroken, and great on my leash. While I’m a little nervous when I first meet you, I love being with people and ready to give and receive affection. I’ll require another dog friend to help me feel confident and play with me.

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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