Helping Animal Rescues
Adoption gives animals a second chance to have safe and loving homes. Adopting pets is a way to support local shelters instead of supporting breeding facilities or puppy mills that have cruel practices. Adopting a pet from a shelter saves more than just one life.
Volunteers can provide food, water and personal care to sheltered animals. They may also monitor and observed animals for signs of illness or injury and report symptoms to supervisor. They may also assist the public in claiming lost pets and selecting pets for adoption.
Donations from the community help support the important, life-saving work of shelters and rescue groups. You can donate many things to an adoption organization besides your time, such as money, supplies or even publicity. Shelters are always looking for items.
ALL ABOUT THE CATS
All About the Cats (AATC) is an all-volunteer feline rescue with the goal to find as many forever homes as they can for our cat communities. AATC has fosters across Broward, Palm Beach and Martin Counties to vet, spay/neuter and socialize the kitties, preparing them for adoption. After their final health check, and vet approval, AATC either places them locally or transports them to their shelter partners up north to find their forever homes.
KITTY KARMA OF DELRAY
Kitty Karma of Delray, Inc. is a non- profit organization established for the assistance of feral cats. They are trapped, spayed or neutered and returned to the location where they are fed on a ongoing basis and considered community cats. They rescue kittens and sociable cats, providing treatment, foster homes and adoptions with generous donations. They will assist with trapping and fixing feral cats to decrease the cat population.
ANIMAL RESCUE FORCE
Animal Rescue Force of South Florida, Inc. (A.R.F.) is a non-profit, all volunteer 501(c)(3) animal organization that takes in homeless dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens on death row in shelters. They also take in owners’ surrenders and strays, and then finds them good, forever, loving homes so that they are not euthanized. Each animal is spayed/neutered, vaccinated, tested for FeLV and heartworm and micro-chipped before being adopted into their forever homes.
TRICOUNTY ANIMAL RESCUE
Tri-County Animal Rescue is a 100% No-Kill, 501(c)3, nonprofit animal shelter working to prevent the killing of over 270,000 unwanted pets in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach counties each year. With community support and zero government funding, they have rescued hundreds of pets from beyond Florida borders, and even outside of the country. Since their inception, they have saved over 88,000 domestic animals and plan to continue rescuing.
iHEART ANIMAL RESCUE
iHeart Animal Rescue’s mission is to save animals from possible euthanasia and promote adoption. Whether a dog is found in the street or surrendered to their rescue, they find them the perfect forever home. They confirm that there is compatibility and a safe home environment. They often get phone calls about animals that have been in accidents, that are strays, and that are in need of medical assistance. They offer fostering, treatment, and socialization to prepare them for their new homes.
DEZZY’S SECOND CHANCE
Dezzy’s Second Chance provides homeless dogs and cats in Palm Beach and Broward County with the opportunity to find a new loving home. Located on the Boca Raton and Delray Beach border, Dezzy’s Second Chance is an animal rescue that prides itself on connecting individuals and families with the pet of their dreams. Help save lives through animal adoptions and add a new member to your family. Dezzy’s Second Chance Animal Rescue is a 501 (c) (3) and a Florida Non Profit.
TRULY ALL CATS TRAPPING & RESCUE
Truly All Cats Trapping and Rescue is 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of homeless cats in Palm Beach County Florida. Their goal is the humane trapping of cats for TNVR, (Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate, Return). Once community cats are spayed or neutered, the population of their colonies will stabilize because no more kittens will be born. Cats will be healthier because they are vaccinated against common diseases and will no longer be subject to cancers of the reproductive organs. Females will no longer have to bear the burden of going into heat several times a year and having litter after litter of kittens without veterinary care. Males will no longer exhibit most of the nuisance behaviors associated with breeding such as fighting for dominance with other males and spraying to mark their territories. TNVR benefits the lives of community cats and the community they live in.
Operation Liberation is dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and finding permanent homes for non-human animals and providing humanitarian relief and assistance to people in low income, at risk- or disaster-stricken regions. Operation Liberation provides communities with access to animal care, companion food relief, as well as healthy plant based food to do our small part in promoting sustainable changes in the lives of human and non-human animals. They work tirelessly to make a difference in our local community, throughout the US and abroad. Whether they are participating in a local TNR program for community cats, rehabilitating sick and orphaned animals, assisting with an ongoing cruelty or hoarding case, responding to disaster events, or helping you find the perfect companion, they are doing it with unwavering passion and commitment.
help! i found baby kittens, pregnant cat mom, what do I do? How to I care for them?
It is wonderful that you want to help! Visit our complete Kitten and Cat Care guide found here. This page will review when to not intervene, how to bottle feed, feeding schedule, burp, assist with kitten elimination, kitten age chart, signs of kitten illness, what to do with older kittens and cats, and more.
I WANT TO ADOPT A CAT OR KITTEN, WHERE DO I GO?
You can find all cats and kittens (breed, color, age, child friendly, dog friendly, cat friendly, health status and more) through petfinder.com. Most of our local rescues post cats for adoption on this site. You can also try All About the Cats Animal Rescue, Truly All Cats, Animal Rescue Force, Dezzy’s Second Chance Animal Rescue, Kitty Karma of Delray, Tri-County Animal Rescue, Peggy Adams, Justin Bartlett Animal Rescue, KitKat Animal Rescue, Love for Cats, Lady Luck Animal Rescue, Good Karma Pet Rescue, Abandoned Pet Rescue, UFAR Animal Rescue, Saving Sage Animal Rescue, Animal Aid Inc, Adopt A Cat Foundation, Cat Exclusive, Feline Friends, Paws2Care Coalition, to name a few. You can also check the multiple Facebook Groups dedicated to finding homes for kittens or cats (found below). You will complete an application and pay a small adoption fee. The fee usually covers defleaing, deworming, vaccinations, spay/neuter, etc.
I WANT TO REHOME OR PLACE A CAT OR KITTEN IN GOOD CARE, WHERE DO I GO?
You can post your cat’s info on petfinder.com. You can also try All About the Cats Animal Rescue, Truly All Cats, Animal Rescue Force, Dezzy’s Second Chance Animal Rescue, Kitty Karma of Delray, Tri-County Animal Rescue, Peggy Adams, Justin Bartlett Animal Rescue, KitKat Animal Rescue, Love for Cats, Lady Luck Animal Rescue, Good Karma Pet Rescue, Abandoned Pet Rescue, UFAR Animal Rescue, Saving Sage Animal Rescue, Animal Aid Inc, Adopt A Cat Foundation, Cat Exclusive, Feline Friends, Paws2Care Coalition, to name a few. Please note that it is very difficult to rehome a cat, so please exhaust every measure before trying to rehome your pet. If rescues cannot take them on, they will be most likely put down. If the above rescues cannot help you, you can try The Cat Depot in Sarasota, they have an amazing facility and are more likely to take on your cat. It is worth the drive to save your pet. You can also check the multiple Facebook Groups dedicated to finding homes for kittens or cats (found below).
HELP! I LOST MY CAT! WHAT DO I DO?
First, look around your home to make sure your cat definitely got out. Check crevices’ and hiding places. If your cat definitely escaped, put their litter box and a item of your clothing so that the cat can smell familiar scents and his nose may lead him back. Check around the home and neighborhood, perhaps shaking treats and saying “treats.” Ask neighbors if they have seen him/her. Have a picture readily available. Download an app like Canva, and make “missing flyers” and post in your neighborhood, on the Nextdoor app, all over Facebook (including the cat groups below) and ask your HOA if they can add your lost pet to their newsletter. You can also post your cat’s info on petfinder.com. Cats do not normally go more than 2-3 miles from home, so keep looking. Contact shelters and Animal Care and Control to see if anyone found him/her and turned him/her in. Put a trap in your yard with high value food to see if you can trap him/her. You can also contact Jamie Katz, our local Pet Detective.
I WANT TO TRAP MY NEIGHBORHOOD CATS. WHAT DO I DO?
Neighborhood cats are most likely Community Cat Colonies if they have tipped ears. If they are spayed and/or neutered, and approved by the county, it is illegal to move them. If you have community cats that need to be trap neutered, and released (TNR) you can contact the county here. You can also try local rescues to see if they will help you. All of these rescues may not trap, so review their website for more information. Truly All Cats, Animal Rescue Force, Dezzy’s Second Chance Animal Rescue, Kitty Karma of Delray, Tri-County Animal Rescue, Peggy Adams, Love for Cats Lady Luck Animal Rescue, Good Karma Pet Rescue, Abandoned Pet Rescue, UFAR Animal Rescue, Saving Sage Animal Rescue, Animal Aid Inc, Adopt A Cat Foundation, Cat Exclusive, Feline Friends, Paws2Care Coalition, to name a few. You can also visit Save A Pet for trapping and other rescues here. You can contact Give Hope TNVR here or Purzilla Cat Rescue here. You can learn how to TNR here. Please also review Palm Beach County’s ordinances regarding Community Cats.
Local Facebook Groups to Join
TNVR & COMMUNITY CATS
LOST & FOUND
Facebook Groups/Specific Cat
FACEBOOK GROUPS A-D
“There are countless animals that need loving homes, and our rescues need our help. If it’s a dollar, an hour, a shared social media post, or an rescue event attendance, you can make a difference.”
Jill Merjeski, CEO, Founder, Rescue Alliance, Foster Mom, Fundraiser, Sponsor, Rescue Event Creator