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.
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

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Raven & Olive

Kittens – Female

Feline-ality: Orange – Sidekicks

About Us: Hi there – we are Raven and Olive! We are very unique kittens because we’re a bit differently-abled than other kittens. Why do you ask? You see, when our mom was pregnant, she got sick. Even though she eventually got well, we kittens were affected. A little part of our brain didn’t develop quite right, so we don’t move quite the same way as other kittens. It’s called Cerebellar Hypoplasia or CH for short. What does it mean? It means that while we can eat, sleep, play, and use the litterbox, we are a little wobbly and sometimes tip over or wobble. But we get right back up again and go back to whatever we want to do! We won’t get any worse and can lead a normal life. You can read more about our condition here: Cerebellar Hypoplasia.

Our foster family has already seen that our coordination has improved as we practice walking and playing. There are a few things that will continue to be helpful to us – a litter box with tall sides and non-clumping litter so it doesn’t get stuck to us if we do fall over; soft dishes; no access to stairs so we don’t get hurt; no declawing as our nails help us balance better; a steady hand when we eat soft food so we are less messy; and a bath when we do happen to fall down in our litter box. If you want two sweet, friendly kittens to join your family and enrich your lives, get in touch with Helping PAWS and ask for us!

BTW, check out our progress video!

 

Tabitha

Adult – Spayed Female

Feline-ality: Purple – Lovebug

About Me: Hi kind world, my name is Tabitha or Tabby or Tabs for short! I’m a sweet, calm 6-year old red tabby cat who is looking for a loving, stable home. Sadly, I’ve been moved around a bit and have not received the best nutrition along the way which made me gain a few pounds. Happily, I’m now eating measured amounts of good food each day and feeling better as the weight is coming off. I’m looking for a home that will continue to give me this care, and I’d even welcome a cat or dog friend to play with.

Dog Compatible: Yes

Vail

Older Kitten – Spayed Female

Feline-ality: Orange – Sidekick

About MeHi there – I’m Vail! And yep, I think I’m a pretty cute kitten with pretty calico markings. While I’m a little nervous around new people, I warm up quickly and love to play. I’d do best in a home with another cat to keep me company. Hope to see you soon!

Dog Compatible: Likely

Snowshoe

Older Kitten – Spayed Female

Feline-ality: Purple – Lovebug

About MeHi everyone – my name is Snowshoe! Do you like to play in the snow? While I prefer the warm, indoor life, I like to play and explore once and sit in your lap when I want a break. I’m looking for a loving family and a cat friend to play with. Come meet me!

Dog Compatible: Yes

Itasca

Older Kitten – Neutered Male

Feline-ality: Purple – Secret Admirer

About MeHi there, it’s Itasca here. While I was named after the ski hill, skiing isn’t really my thing. I’m a cute cat that is a bit shy but so loving. I’m looking for a home that has other cat friends or even a dog friend who can help me continue to gain confidence. Please give me a chance! 

Dog Compatible: Yes

Blackjack

Older Kitten – Neutered Male

Feline-ality: Orange – Personal Assistant

About MeHi everyone, I’m Blackjack but you can call me Jack for short. You probably guessed that I’m named after the mountain in the UP. Maybe you’ve skied it with all of this snow we’ve been having? I’m a friendly cat who likes to play and explore. Come meet me! 

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

No dogs are available at this time. Please check back again.
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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