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. You will also find resources about cats.
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 Pet's Mart on State Road 200 just east of I-75. You will find a friendly adoption specialist there Wednesday and Thursday from 12-4 and Friday-Sunday from 11-4. We are not open on Mondays and Tuesdays. In addition to the cats we have at Pet's Mart, 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.
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.
Speaking of TNR, we have just reached a fantastic milestone in our program! On December 15th, we spayed our 2000th cat! Our 2000th cat was a 2 year old female named "Liz Taylor". This sweet girl had already delivered 11 kittens in 2013 and is a good example of why the TNR program is so important to helping control the stray cat population.
Liz Taylor before surgery
After being anesthetized, the day's surgical team proudly take a photo op with Liz to celebrate the group's accomplishments. It is because of the dedicated volunteers that this milestone has been possible.
After surgery- in recovery- "Liz Taylor" is now on her way to a healthier, NON-PRODUCTIVE lifestyle!
To help visualize the number of cats that have been spayed/neutered through the Sheltering Hands Community Cats Program, a chain was started from the beginning utilizing the links from the microchips placed in each cat at surgery.
Many of the volunteers associated with the Community Cats program gathered at our holiday luncheon to help display the TNR chain as it reaches the 2000th cat goal in December of 2013. This accomplishment would not have been possible without their dedication and time.
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.
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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