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Who We Are

MissyFounded in 1997, Cat Rescue, Inc. has been finding great homes for some great cats.

In Hampton Roads, tens of thousands of companion animals are euthanized in animal shelters each year and we think there has to be a better way. That's why we exist.

Our group has no paid staff, but our members have been able to make the world of difference to hundreds of cats each year as well as assisting other animal shelters and rescue groups all over the Hampton Roads area.

Cat Rescue, Inc. tests all cats and kittens for FELV/FIV. These animals receive their first distemper shots & deworming, if they are at least 16 weeks old they receive their rabies vaccination. If required, they are also treated for ear mites, fleas†and other medical conditions.
Cats over 6 months are spayed/neutered before they are adopted to prevent it from contributing to the pet overpopulation crisis.
A cat does not need to have at least one litter.
If a potential home already has cats, then we ask that the existing cats meet same medical requirements.

Adopting a CRI Cat

The majority of the cats in our care come from municipal animal control shelters. These animals are taken into our custody as space in our foster homes become available.
We provide them with vaccinations, treat them for ear mites and fleas (if present) and have them spayed or neutered prior to adoption.

We think our cats are the best, but encourage anyone thinking of welcoming a new pet into their home to adopt from a shelter or rescue group such as ours. Commercial and "backyard" animal breeders are contributing to the animal overpopulation problem that has been estimated to cost the United States over one billion dollars each year to deal with. When you adopt, you save not only money but an animals life as well.

Please consider your current living situation and make sure you take your future plans into account before you adopt a pet. Cat Rescue, Inc. will be happy to adopt a cat into a great home, but we want all of our cats to have a forever home. Pets should never be adopted on a whim and we don't advise that pets be adopted as a gift for anyone.


Owner Surrenders

As a home-based animal rescue group, Cat Rescue, Inc does not accept cats that owners wish to surrender unless the cat was adopted from Cat Rescue, Inc.

However, if you need to find a home for a cat owned by you Cat Rescue, Inc. is willing to help you.

We can provide you with a "courtesy listing" on our PetFinder page to promote your pet, if your cat is up-to-date on all of it's required vaccinations and spayed/neutered we would be happy to have you join us at PETSMART during our Saturday adoption events and help guide you through adopting your pet to a new owner.

Our motto is, "A Community Approach to Helping Homeless Cats". We are willing to help you with stray and feral cats by showing you the best way to handle the problem and directing you to low-cost resources for vaccinations and spay/neuter services.

If you are unwilling to participate, we cannot assist you.

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Cat Rescue Adoption Requirements

  • Cat Rescue Adoption Fee $85.00, we accept cash, local checks and money orders

  • Proof of home ownership or rental agreement stating pets are allowed is required

  • Cat Rescue, Inc. will only adopt and animal to persons over 21.

  • Owner will comply with all Virginia animal license and rabies requirements and will maintain animal in a healthy manner.

  • Under Virginia law §3.1-796-C,5 all cats adopted by Cat Rescue, Inc are spayed or neutered prior to adoption.

  • Owner will keep this animal as a strictly-indoors pet and not allow him/her to run outside at large in violation of local animal control ordinances.

  • Owner will accept this cat in his/her current condition and with all of his/her personal faults, Owner will also acknowledge that Cat rescue, Inc. has no further responsibility to owner or any other party for that condition or those faults.

  • Owner will agree to keep as a pet and in their possession, the owner will not give him/her pet away to anyone except back to Cat Rescue, Inc.

  • Owner will agree that this cat/kitten will at no time be used in any form of medical experiment or research, or any form of cultural or social ritual or practice in which the animal is in any way harmed or threatened with harm or deprivation of any kind.

  • In the event that owner becomes unable or unwilling to keep or properly care for the animal, owner will agree to return the animal to Cat Rescue, Inc.

  • If the animal becomes sick, disappears or dies within three (3) months, owner will agree to notify Cat Rescue, Inc.

  • Owner will not have the animal declawed.

  • Owner understands that the cat/kitten has been rescued and his/her complete medical condition and behavioral history is generally not known to Cat Rescue, Inc. Every reasonable effort has been made to ascertain the animals good health, but not every condition or disease can be ruled out. Owner will agree to accept this animal in his/her current state of apparent good health and will assume responsibility for the care and medical treatment of any and all symptoms, illnesses and injuries at any time during which the animal is in owners custody.

  • Owner will agree that Cat Rescue reserves the right and will exercise at their discretion the ability to reclaim the animal if there is reason to believe the home is not fit or the terms of the adoption are not being carried out. Owner further agrees to allow Cat Rescue, Inc. onto Owners property where the animal is kept for the purpose of retrieving it under these conditions.

  • Owner will agree to these terms and others that are set forth in a legally binding adoption agreement.

  • Cat Rescue, Inc. reserves the right to decline any adoption application.

In accordance with Code of the Commonwealth of Virginia §3.1-796-C,2, 3 & 4 all adopters must read and sign a statement specifying that he or she has never been convicted of animal cruelty, neglect, or abandonment as defined by Code of Virginia §3.1.796.66

Where to Find Us

Cat Rescue Inc. has partnered with PETSMART and uses the Adoption Center located inside of the PETSMART store, 1236 Greenbrier Parkway Chesapeake VA across from Greenbriar Mall.
Our volunteers are at this location every Satruday from 11:00 to 4:30pm with wonderful cats that will make great pets!

If you can't make it to the PETSMART store on Saturday, you can still visit some of the adoptable pets in the Pet Adoption center anytime during normal business hours!

After You Adopt

Protect your pet. ShelterCare Pet Insurance Programs Alleviate the financial stress associated with your new petís unexpected medical expenses and generate funds for our shelter at the same time!
Simply apply for a ShelterCare Pet Insurance Program by using the ShelterCare banner-link.

Here's how it works: ShelterCare Pet Insurance Programs cover you when your pet needs essential veterinary care from an illness or injury. Also, every time a completed application for a ShelterCare program is generated through our shelter's website, we automatically receive a $25 donation to help cover common needs like blankets, litter and food. This donation is of no cost to you and provides us with essential funds. Make the right move and enroll today!

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Join Cat Rescue!

If you have a few hours a week or per month and would like to help some great cats, we would love to talk to you!

We need volunteers to help us care for the animals by transporting them to Vet appointments, adoption event workers or foster homes.

We also provide a means in which young offenders can serve their court-ordered community service obligations while they help the animals in our care.

If you love cats and want to help, Cat Rescue is the place you should be!


Help Support Cat Rescue!

Like any other non-profit, Cat Rescue owes it's existance to the generous people who support our efforts. We are in constant need of the folowing items:

  • Pet & Grocery Store Gift Cards

  • Towels & blankets

  • Animal Cages

  • Cat toys

  • Food dishes

  • Cat Litter

  • Animal carriers

  • Cat food (dry and canned)

  • Kitten food and formula

  • If you can donate any of these items, please send us an e-mail describing the items you wish to donate and we can arrange pickup!


    Additional Ways to Help Cat Rescue

    If you register your Food Lion MVP Savings card with the "Shop & Share" program, when you list Cat Rescue, Inc. as your chosen charity, a portion of your purchase will be donated to Cat Rescue.
    When this program began, the donations were few but as more people found out we are participating and are selecting us as their charity of choice, the support has been growing. Simply Click Here or on the Food Lion MVP card and start helping Cat Rescue Inc. the next time you shop at Food Lion. Saving money and helping us save homeless cats-What could be better?!

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    You can help Cat Rescue, Inc by making a direct donation to our efforts. Cash resources help us have the ability to provide pet food, cat litter, medications as well as life-saving surgery to animals that arrive in need.

    We are a 501 (c)(3) non-profit and your donation is tax deductable.

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    Link to Our Website!

    We Support CRI!If you have your own website or MySpace page, you can link to Cat Rescue! All you have to do is cut the HTML code from right here, drop it into your site and help spread the word to other pet lovers about our efforts!

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