Helping Paws Inc

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Our featured kitty of the week is Priscilla


Helping Paws president, Rene Knapp, has been named to the 2003 National Register, Who's Who in Business and will be on file at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. The organization was first noticed by Dunham Bradstreet because of their September 11th rescue in which Helping Paws went to New York City after the tragedy and relocated over 100 cats and about 20 dogs into new homes.

Who We Are

Helping Paws is a charitable, 501c3 organization dedicated to saving the lives of abandoned, abused and neglected animals, getting them their necessary medical care and adopting them into good homes. Helping Paws maintains a no kill policy and utilizes foster homes rather than a kennel type atmosphere. Our animals (primarily cats) are treated as members of the family in their temporary homes where their personality is assessed as to the type of person they need in order to lead a quality life. Although Helping Paws does not accept owner surrender animals, we do have an owner placement program in which animals can be listed on our website if they meet the proper criteria, i.e. are altered, non-aggressive, etc. The organization also has a spay/neuter program to help people on fixed incomes or those caring for stray and feral colonies to alter and feed these forgotten felines. And most important, we offer a behavior consult to people who would like to keep their cats but do not know how to work through behavior issues. For more information and for a complete list of adoptable animals, please visit us a

Adopting a friend

Adoption criteria for a Helping Paws animal is fairly simple. We do not allow declawing under any conditions. Our cats are primarily indoor cats and we only allow indoor/outdoor adoptions if the cat has spent most of its life outdoors and the new owner lives in a safe area, but we do encourage cat owners to utilize outdoor cat pens and fences. Once a cat has been adopted from Helping Paws, if an owner finds themselves in dire circumstance, our agreement is that the owner will contact us and allow us to help them place the cat. If we do not have space to take the cat back physically, we will work with the owner through our website and newspaper ads to place the kitty. All our cats are spayed and neutered before adoption - our kittens are twelve weeks old when they go to their new homes. They are all tested for Leukemia and FIV before placement.

Come Visit Us!

Helping Paws does not have a shelter and has one foster home in New London county. Please call the number on the listing of the animal you are interested in and a volunteer will make an appointment for you and give you directions to the foster home.
Helping Paws Inc
P.O. Box 765

Lyme, CT 06371
Phone: 860-434-4328

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