In May we honor mothers and remember their love for us. We have some wonderful cats looking for loving moms ( and dads too). If you are considering adding a cat to your home, please come visit us at PetSmart.
$30- In honor of June which is National Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, we are reducing our prices for all adult cats, 1 year and older, to $30. Kittens under 1 year of age are $50. This represents a wonderful value for our adoptive families. All cats and kittens are spayed or neutered, have age appropriate vaccinations, have received a medical checkup and are microchipped! However, the biggest value is the love they can add to your home. Be a hero to a cat that needs you. Come find your feline love!
Here are just a few of the loving cats we have available for adoption right now. To see more available cats, please check our adoptions page.
Marina was rescued with her littermates as a kitten. She was adopted then returned when her people moved. This sweet tabby is now 2 years old and loves a soft gentle touch. She is shy at first but becomes comfortable and loving once settled in. She is looking for her forever family.
Here is Jerilyn. She is a beautiful domestic short hair tuxedo with a cute beauty mark. She was born in July, 2014. She is very playful, sweet and gets along well with others. She makes a good bedtime snuggler. She has a salivary gland cyst which gives her a “chipmunk” cheek. It is not painful and does not require any treatment. She also has a shortened sternum which does not cause a problem for her. If you are interested in this sweet girl and have questions about her salivary gland cyst or her shortened sternum, please feel free to contact us and our veterinarian will speak with you. Jerilyn is too wonderful to have her physical quirks get in the way of a forever home.
Julius and Blueberry
Julius is a 1 year old, black, domestic shorthaired, boy, who was found with his litter mates at a car lot in town. He is the quiet one that likes to follow you around. All of his siblings found their forever homes and now it's his turn.
Blueberry was found as a stray when she was a kitten. She is a dilute torti who is as sweet as can be. She can be a little shy at first, but quickly warms up and is affectionate. Julius and Blueberry do not have to be adopted together, but they have been such close friends, that we would love to send them to their new home together. Are you looking for two sweeties to share your love with?
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 or the logo for more information about these license plates.
Our Spring 2015 newsletter is now out. Please click here to view it.
Celebrating our 8th Year of Helping Cats
Our Mission-“Improving the lives of cats through humane care, spay/neuter, adoptions, education and support services.”
We are growing and working hard to continue to make a positive difference for the cats and their families in our area. We would love to have you join us in our efforts. Be a Feline Friend and lend a hand to our wonderful kitties. For more information, please call 352-840-0663 and choose option 3 to be connected to our volunteer coordinator!
We invite you to join us at our next Board meeting on Friday, June 19th at 5:00pm. Our meeting is held at the Sheriff's substation on State Road 200. The address is 9048 SW HWY 200 (near Oak Run). Everyone is welcome to attend. Agendas and minutes of prior Board meetings can be found under the Board of Director's page.
String Toy Caution
Many cat parents use toys that include enticing objects at the end of a string, usually attached to a wand of some kind. Please be aware that ANY toy that has a string or cord can be a potential strangulation hazard. One of our adoptive parents lost a dear cat recently to a wand toy that got knocked down from its place on the refridgerator and then accidentally got wrapped around the cat and a tipped over chair, tragically stragulating the poor cat. Please be extra cautious about any stringed toy or, in fact, blind cords. Be aware that cats ( as well as small children) can become entangled in them. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Benjie and his family.
Special Fundraising Events in Cedar Key!
From our friends at Faraway Inn
Book Sales to benefit TNR/Sheltering Hands- click here
Want to learn how to better communicate with your dog (yes, we love them too!)- click here to learn how you can communicate more effectively with your dog AND benefit Sheltering Hands at the same time.
Our Spay/Neuter Voucher Program is now available! In addition to spay/neuter, we have a variety of low-cost services. Please check out our "Voucher Information" page for more details.
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.
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.
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.
How about a "no-work" fundraiser? It's true. If you shop online at Amazon, you can help Sheltering Hands EVERY time. Log on through Amazon Smile and they will make a donation of .05% of your purchases to Sheltering Hands. You don't have to do anything and there is no additional cost to you. For more information, please click here. All your Amazon info carries over-wish lists, addresses, etc. Just use Amazon Smile as your bookmark after you first log in and you are set.
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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