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.

Makwa

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Makwa

Kitten – Male

Feline-ality: Green – Leader of the Band

About Me: Hi big world, you can call me Mo for short! My full name means bear in Ojibwe. I’m a super friendly, precocious little kitten who loves to play with my friends, eat good food, and cuddle with my foster family. I’d prefer a home with another friendly cat. Hope to see you soon!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Maestro

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Maestro

Adult – Neutered Male

Feline-ality: Orange – Sidekick

About Me: I’m Maestro and true to my name, I’m quite a distinguished cat with luxurious long black fur that is super soft and I have a little white spot on my chest that the rescue volunteers think make me even more handsome. I have a gentle, mellow personality and get along with other cats. I hope I can join your family!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Talia

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Talia

Adult – Spayed Female

Feline-ality: Purple – Secret Admirer

About Me: While I’m a little shy when I first meet you, I’m curious and warm up quickly. Until I came to Helping PAWS, I lived an outdoor life and didn’t get very much attention. But I am finding I enjoy pets and being with people and other cats. Did you know my name means Dew of Heaven? If you are looking for a pretty, long-haired black cat with a little white spot on her chest, I’d be a wonderful companion.

Dog Compatible: Likely

Woodbury

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Woodbury

Adult – Spayed Female

Feline-ality: Purple – Lovebug

About Me: If you are looking for a pretty brown tabby tuxedo cat with soft, silky fur, I’m your gal! Like my friends, I recently came to Helping PAWS from an outdoor home and am still getting used to all of the love people have to give. I can’t wait to settle into a house with your family!

Dog Compatible: Likely

Oakey

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Oakey

Adult – Neutered Male

Feline-ality: Orange – Sidekick

About Me: Hi fun people, I’m Oakey and about the most handsome silver gray cat you will ever meet! I’m a little shy when I first meet you but you’ll win me over with pets and food. I like to play and have my belly rubbed. And cool thing about my name – it is derived from the Anglo-Saxon times and was given to people who resided near streams and trees. And I came from an outdoor cat colony that lived in a place just like that! See you soon!

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

Cannoli

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Cannoli

Kitten – Male

Feline-ality: Green – MVP

About Me: Who doesn’t love a cannoli, the yummy Italian pastry dessert? Like that dessert, I’m a sweet, friendly male tabby tuxedo cat with cute little white paws just like the cream that sticks out from a cannoli! While I’ve really enjoyed my time in my foster home, I can’t wait to find a home of my own and I hope I can take my sister Truffle with me. Come see us!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Truffle

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Truffle

Kitten – Female

Feline-ality: Orange – Sidekick

About Me: Hi kind world, I’m Truffle. While I’m a little shy when I first meet new people, I warm up quickly and can be a little mischievous and like to explore. I look a lot like my brother Cannoli and we’d love to find a home together or at least a home with another cat friend. Hope you choose me to love!

Dog Compatible: Yes

April Showers

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April Showers

Adult – Spayed Female

Feline-ality: Green – MVP

About Me: Hello, is anyone out there? Did you all forget about me? While I’m so happy all of my kittens found homes, I’ve been waiting for my own home since April! I’m an easy going cat who loves to be with people, and just want to cuddle and play. I’m not a fan of other cats but please don’t hold that against me! Hope to see you soon!

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: Yes

Amira

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Amira

Older Kitten – Female

Feline-ality: Purple – Lovebug

About Me: I’m a sweet, easy going cat who had a rough first few months living outside. Since arriving at the rescue, I’m doing great and enjoy being with people and other cats. I also love to serenade you with my melodious voice! Did you know that my name means princess in a lot of different languages? There is even a real-life princess who has the same name as me and she works to improve conditions for other women in her country. If you’d like to meet a beautiful, older kitten who knows how to use her princess powers for good, that’s 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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