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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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. As you learn about our available animals, please consider your lifestyle and how this may affect the animal you choose. We recommend that you learn more about our adoption and foster processes by reviewing the pages linked below.

This is not limited to dogs and cats, but extends equally to 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


Starry Night

Adult – Neutered Male

Feline-ality: Orange – Sidekick

About Me:Hi everyone! My story is pretty sad, as I arrived at the rescue after living a very hard life outside in Bayfield. I am mostly all black in color, with little white hairs like stars on my fur and pretty yellow eyes. I’m friendly and enjoy attention, but can also be content doing my own thing. I’d probably prefer being the only cat in the house, unless it is the right fit. Come meet me!

Dog Compatible: Yes


Kitten – Female

Feline-ality: Orange – Executive

About Me: I am a friendly, sweet young kitten who is ready for an adventure! I like to play and wrestle with my sister Justice and will snuggle with you when I’m not doing that. Come and meet me so we can have fun together!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Peachy Keen

Adult – Spayed Female

Feline-ality: Purple – Private Investigator

About Me: I’m a sweet petite cat who is on the shy side but just wants love and pets. I’d love to find a home with my good friend Faith as we love to be together. Please give us a chance as we have been waiting for a home for a while.

Dog Compatible: Likely


Kitten – Female

Feline-ality: Orange – Personal Assistant

About Me: I’m a sweet, friendly and easy-going kitten who loves to explore and be with other cats and people. I’d love to find a home with one or both of my siblings!

Dog Compatible: Likely


Kitten – Male

Feline-ality: Green – Party Animal

About MeI’m an outgoing, playful kitten who likes to be on the go with my brother, Dauntless, beside me. Come meet us and take us home with you!

Dog Compatible: Likely



Feline-ality: Green – MVP

About Me: I’m a cute kitten who loves to play, play, play with people and my siblings! Come and meet us!

Dog Compatible: Likely

Island Girl

Kitten – Spayed Female

Feline-ality: Purple – Private Investigator

About Me: I’m a beautiful petite cat with lovely tuxedo markings complete with white ear tufts! While I will likely always be shy, I’m out and about observing my surroundings when not playing with my foster home friends or relaxing by myself. I’d love to go home with one of my friends, especially Schooner.

Dog Compatible: Take it slow


Kitten – Male

Feline-ality: Purple – Secret Admirer

About MeWhile I’m still gaining confidence and am a bit shy, I’m curious and enjoy attention. Most days, I can be found playing and hanging out with my brother, Nomadic. We’d love a home together!

Dog Compatible: Likely


Kitten – Female

Feline-ality: Orange – Sidekick

About Me: While I was shy when I first came to the rescue, my confidence has grown and I love to explore and play, especially with my sister, Harmony. We’d love to find a home together!

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

Guinea Pigs



Hi everyone, our names are Cinnamon and Sugar! We are friendly, cute, and independent female guinea pigs. We require very little and appreciate daily veggies and fresh hay. We would love to become part of your family so please adopt us! 


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.


  • To keep your pet stimulated and at a healthy weight, interactive toys are a must!


  • 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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