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New Phone Number- 352-840-0663
To better serve you and get your call to the most helpful volunteer, we have implemented an auto redirect system. When you call our shelter headquarters number- 352-840-0663- you will hear a series of options to choose from. Please select the option you need and your call will be routed to the person best able to handle your question. This will allow for a more timely response. Our old number, 352-817-0663, will direct you to call our new number. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to better serve you and your cats.
Sheltering Hands is looking for an outgoing, well organized person who is both people and cat oriented to supervise our adoptions program. For all the details and information on how to apply, please go to our employment section.
Welcome to the online home of Sheltering Hands, Inc.
We are delighted that you have stopped by to visit with us and we hope that you will come back often. On our site you will find information about our organization's activities and lots of information on cats. Our "Prior Headlines" page will take you to great information we showcased in the past. Please click here to visit our Prior Headlines page. To find resources about cats, please click here or in our sidebar to the left.
If you are looking to add a feline member to your home, we have many wonderful cats to choose from. Pet adoptions take place at PetSmart on State Road 200 just east of I-75. You will find a friendly adoption specialist there Wednesday from 11-2, Thursday and Friday from 12-3, Saturday from 11-3 and Sunday from 12-3. We are not open on Mondays and Tuesdays. In addition to the cats we have at PetSmart, we also have many other cats available who are being fostered in local homes. Please ask if you are looking for a specific type of cat.
We have lots of information for families who are considering adopting a cat. Click here to go to our "Adoption Resources" page to help you both before and after you adopt. Want to know how to introduce a new pet to your other companion animals? We have some suggestions. What can I expect when I bring my new cat home? We share some insights.
Not ready to adopt? We have several special needs cats who would love to have a sponsor! Please see our sponsorship page for further information.
In addition to adoptions, we offer the Sheltering Hands Community Cats Program. This is a TNR (trap-neuter-return) program for homeless feral and stray cats in Marion and Levy counties. For further information, please see our section on TNR.
Lost your cat or want to help prevent them getting lost? Visit our new page- Lost Cat Tips.
Have you found a cat you are unable to keep or do you possibly need to rehome your cat? Please check out our newest page, Re-homing Your Cat for help and suggestions.
When can my cat get pregnant? Four months of age!!! Check out the informative site Fix By 4 for more information. Click on "Get My Fix" for a search feature that will help you locate low cost spay/neuter options in your area.
Creating a Cat Friendly Home for All Life Stages
June was adopt a cat month and many shelters and rescue organizations featured special promotions to help cats and kittens find loving forever homes. Perhaps you have recently adopted a new cat or kitten. Like many of us, you may already have one or more cats as loved members of your family. As with most things, experience is a great teacher! To help you blend your beloved cat into your home, we would like to offer some tips to assist you in making your home cat friendly.
Kitten life stage: Kittens are adorable balls of energy that seem to have only two speeds- full on or asleep! To help your kitten and you, here are some suggestions for this life stage.
Adult life stage: From about 2-10, whether you have watched your kitten grow to adulthood or are bringing home an adult cat to join the family, there are lots of ways you can help your cat be comfortable in your home.
Senior/geriatric life stage: Your dear feline friend has gotten older and there are some things you can do to help them make the most of their senior years.
For all life stages- Helpful hints
We would love to have you join our group of dedicated volunteers. There are many ways you can help. Please visit our "how can I help" page for more information. We look forward to working with you to help our community cats. Thanks for caring.
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Help "fix" our companion animal overpopulation. When you purchase this specialty license plate, funds go to help spay/neuter companion animals in Florida. Please consider purchasing one of these plates. You can click here for more information about these license plates.
Sheltering Hands, Inc. is a volunteer based, limited intake, live release rescue formed in 2007. Our mission is to help stray, homeless and relinquished pets to find loving, permanent homes and medication attention when needed. A network of foster homes and residence facilities provide the care until a home is found. Sheltering Hands also participates in education progams about responsible pet care as well as conducting programs and assistance for spay/neuter and injured animal needs. Sheltering Hands, Inc. is a 501c3 corporation.
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