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.

Tigger

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Tigger

Older Kitten – Neutered Male

Feline-ality: Orange – Sidekick

About Me: Are you looking for a super handsome orange tabby with a great personality? If so, I’m your guy! I’m just about identical to my brother Simba but have darker orange swirling patterns on my sides like a marble cake. I make friends easily and would like a cat friend in the house. See you soon!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Lucia

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Lucia

Adult – Spayed Female

Feline-ality: Purple – Lovebug

About Me: While I’m a little nervous around new people (I previously lived on a farm and was neglected emotionally), I’m getting more confident each day. I have found that I love pets, especially near my tail and under my chin! I’d like a patient home that will show me love and teach me how to play. Please give this pretty calico a chance!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Gnocchi

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Gnocchi

Older Kitten – Neutered Male

Feline-ality: Green – Leader of the Band

About Me: I’m a very friendly and confident kitten who loves to play and cuddle equally. Like the popular Italian dish gnocchi, I can be paired with just about anyone! If you are looking for a little Italian love in your life, choose me!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Sunny Shores

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Sunny Shores

Young Adult – Spayed Female

Feline-ality: Purple – Lovebug

About Me: Are you looking for a little sun in your life along Lake Superior? I’m a sweet petite cat who is looking for a loving and patient home. Coming from the same farm as Lucia, I too am a little skittish around people but being in a foster home is helping! I love to be pet and turn into a purring machine. Please come and meet me!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Cap'n

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Cap'n

Young Kitten – Neutered Male

Feline-ality: Purple  – Lovebug

About Me: I’m not really sure how I got my name as I’m more of a follower than a captain! I’m a little guy with handsome blue gray fur with some peach undertones. I’m not perfect as I have at least one congenital deformity – I have double ears – but that hasn’t slowed me down. I’m looking for a home that will give me a lot of attention and love. And it would be great if my bro Bos’n could come with me. Maybe that is your home? 

Dog Compatible: Yes

Champagne

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CHampagne

Young Adult – Spayed Female

Feline-ality: Purple – Secret Admirer

About Me: I recently arrived at Helping PAWS from a farm where I didn’t get much attention or care. As a result, I’m still getting used to people and being petted. I’m looking for a patient and loving home.

Dog Compatible: Likely

Simba

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Simba

Older Kitten – Neutered Male

Feline-ality: Orange – Personal Assistant

About Me: Hi big world! I’m a super friendly, easy going handsome orange tabby who gets along with everyone. I’ve spent time in a foster home so am ready to join your family. If you are looking for a cuddly companion, I’m your guy. Come meet me!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Suki

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Suki

Adult – Spayed Female

Feline-ality: Orange – Sidekick

About Me: I’m a little over a year old and arrived at a rescue with kittens. I’m a very easy going, mellow girl with pretty light orange/dark cream plush fur and a round body and cute little face that looks a little bit like an otter! I’d do fine in a home by myself or with furry friends. Hope to see you soon!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Aurora

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Aurora

Adult – Spayed Female

Feline-ality: Orange – Executive

About Me: If you are looking for a great calico cat, look no further! I was named Aurora because I was found abandoned when the northern lights were active. I like to explore and cuddle equally and am playful too! I like other cats okay but would be okay as the only cat in the house too.

Dog Compatible: Yes

Squirrel

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Squirrel

Kitten – Male

Feline-ality: Green – Party Animal

About Me: Hi everyone! I’m a super friendly, adventurous kitten who likes to play and cuddle equally. I’ve been raised in a foster home with other cats and dogs so I get along with just about everyone. I’ve got soft, shiny black fur and a bushy tail that I use to balance with and signal with, just like a squirrel! I need to be adopted with my brother as we are two nuts in a shell. Come meet us!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Chipmunk

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Chipmunk

Kitten – Male

Feline-ality: Green – MVP

About Me: Hi big world! If you are looking for a sweet, snuggly kitten who likes to climb and explore just like a little Chipmunk, I’m your guy! I’ll need to join your home with my brother so if you are looking for two cuties, we are it! Hope to see you soon!

Dog Compatible: Yes

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 since I was two weeks old and was a bottle-fed baby kitten. I’m what the veterinarian calls a “mildly special-needs” kitty but that doesn’t get me down! When I first arrived at Helping PAWS, I exhibited Vestibular Syndrome which affected my balance. Luckily, these symptoms are now gone and I run and play just like other growing kittens! My other special need is a bit more complicated and less well understood. As a very tiny baby, I had trouble having bowel movements – they were large in size and in between them, I would often “leak” some fecal material even though I didn’t mean to! I’m now on daily medicine which is helping a lot! I very rarely have accidents now and I might even outgrow this issue and not need extra help forever. Are you the person who will give me a loving and patient home? 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

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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