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Cat Rescue & Cat Adoption




People have come together worldwide to assist a special class of friends unable to speak for themselves — our pets and companion animals. These people have formed animal rescue and adoption agencies and humane societies of local, regional, national and international scope. Most animal rescue agencies and humane societies are not-for-profit organizations, relying upon donations, grants and volunteer assistance.

Numerous cat rescue and cat adoption agencies exist in the U.S. and worldwide that look to the needs of our lost, cast off and abused feline companions. The focus and goals of each agency vary, but as a group cat rescue and cat adoption agencies serve to perform and promote the following important functions:
  • Protection, rescue and placement (through cat adoption or return to owner) of lost or stray, endangered and abused cats;
  • Education of cat owners and prospective cat owners regarding the health, safety and proper care of their pets;
  • Operation of clinics to insure that even low-income cat owners can have their felines innoculated against common diseases;
  • Introduction and sponsorship of legislation for the protection of cats;
  • Sponsorship of humane programs to control populations of feral (wild) cats. Feral cat populations develop as a result of abandonment, escape and loss of pet cats and subsequent overbreeding. Such programs typically include sterilization (spaying for females, neutering for males), redomestication when possible, and feeding by local volunteers to humanely assist cats in the wild and to minimize damage to indigenous wildlife, especially birds. Feral cat populations may need to be completely removed from a region if wildlife is severely threatened or if an endangered species is present.

If you would like to become a cat owner, please consider cat adoption through a cat rescue or cat adoption agency or a humane society to place a cat who might otherwise not find a loving home. You may also wish to volunteer your services to a rescue or adoption organization.

If you feel a dog would be a more appropriate pet for you, please visit our Dog Adoption & Rescue page. Cats, largely due to their more independent natures, are generally lower maintenance animals than dogs, but please remember that both cats and dogs require ongoing care and a great deal of personal interaction. In return, they will reward you with entertaining antics and will return the love and affection you’ve given them many times over. Let’s help all our “fur-footed” friends find the good homes they so richly deserve.


Authored by Kenneth L. Anderson. Original article published prior to 27 September 2003, updated 15 March 2006.


Follow links to the right to learn more about cat rescue and cat adoption agencies. At the left margin, Related Links address topics of interest pertaining to pets and companion animals. View the Pet Adoption & Rescue SiteMap for a complete list of animal adoption agencies, humane societies and pet placement topics.


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