Furry Angel Tree 2014

The holidays have always been a time of giving to those who are less fortunate. There are thousands of companion animals who have been abandoned or relinquished to rescue organizations that struggle to provide basic services for them.  Pet lovers look for ways they can help, but the need is so great, sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what is needed.

The Animal Hospital of Statesville is sponsoring our fifth annual Furry Angel Tree to benefit local animal rescue organizations with which we are closely associated. These organizations include the Humane Society of Iredell County, the Iredell County Animal Shelter, and Forever Home Canine Rescue, The Duffy & Katie Fund, Paws & Claws Feline Rescue, and Earth Angels Stray Cat Rescue. 

The Wish List is available with the different rescue organizations’ names and their needs. You can access the needs list in the NOTES section of our Facebook page, going to our website to the Events tab , OR you can come by AHS to pick up a copy. Purchase the item or items noted on the list, and bring the purchased items back to the Furry Angel Tree in the lobby of the Animal Hospital of Statesville by 5:00 pm on December 22 . Representatives of the Animal Hospital of Statesville will then contact the participating rescue organizations to come and pick up their donated items in time for Christmas.

These organizations do so much year round to help out pets in need. It costs a lot of money to run these rescues. Pet lovers now have a way to help abandoned animals at this special time of year.

Come pick up the needs list today. Then watch as gifts for pets in need pile up under our Furry Angel Tree!

Our hours are:
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday:  7 am to 7 pm
Wednesday and Friday:  7 am to 6 pm
Saturday:  8 am to 1 pm  

We appreciate the generosity of our local pet lovers!

Davis Animal Hospital in Statesville also has an Angel Tree for Paws & Claws Feline Rescue.

Two Gorgeous Seniors Need Your Help Soon!

These two beautiful senior kitties need your help!

Joy writes,
"My husband and I have been separated for several years.  When I left, I wasn't able to take all of my kitties with me. The 2 that are still with my husband are at least 13 years old. Thirteen years ago, they were put out in front of our house and simply walked up to our front door. I fell in love with them right then. They were adults at that time. So I'm not absolutely sure how old they are - but at least 13 years old. Bennie is the big black and white baby, and Cutie is the calico.

There have been some changes in circumstances, and my husband is no longer willing to keep them. I am living in a townhome development where I can only have 2 pets.  I've fostered dogs and have gotten into trouble with my HOA - even if the foster is only for a week or so. I'm afraid that if I bring Bennie and Cutie home with me, the HOA will demand that I get rid of them.  So, I'm trying to do something before things come to a head and while I have time to hopefully find them a good home. I won't let them go to the pound and will figure out something one way or another.

They are very bonded and would need to stay together. I'll make sure that they have their shots before they go to another home. Both are fixed. Bennie is pretty big - about 15-18 pounds.  Cutie is just a tiny thing - no more than 8-10 pounds. Both have the tuffs of fur between their toes and pads.

My husband doesn't want them around anymore and will take them to the pound if I don't do something soon. These are the sweetest cats you'd ever meet. Bennie is really humble and doesn't ask much more than something to eat, a patch of sunshine and some petting. Cutie is still a feisty little thing and likes some petting - but prefers to sit with/next you. John has kept both outside with their bed in the garage. He has been good as far as feeding them and making sure they have a good bed. And he does pet them some.

With things changing, I don't want to wait till I have little to no time to find a good home for them. If you could please share them with folks you know who would give them a good home, I'd be so grateful. I wish I could have them with me, but I know I can't have them where I live. Right now, they are fine - but I don't know how long that will be. No matter what, I won't let them go to the pound, though.

Thanks so much for sharing Bennie and Cutie. If you have any questions, just let me know.

Thanks, again.”

Joy can be reached at joyt435@gmail.com

Happy Holidays from Paws & Claws Feline Rescue


It will be a Merry Christmas for Paws & Claws and our cats and kittens! We can’t thank enough all our supporters who donated to help us pay our spay/neuter bills.

Thanks to you we’ll be able to start the new year without worrying about being so deeply in debt! We still need donations to continue to feed and vet over eighty cats and kittens currently in our program – it is very expensive to save these little lives. Your donation is tax deductible and unlike large charities, every penny goes to the cats and kittens.

Paws & Claws has adopted almost nine hundred cats and kittens so far - next year it will be over a thousand lives saved! Please tell all your friends and family to give a cat or kitten a home for Christmas so we can meet our goal for this year.

Thanks also to our many volunteers – we couldn’t run our program without you! Please consider volunteering your time to foster, clean cages, or help on adoption Saturdays. It is a very worthy cause and we definitely need volunteers if Paws & Claws Feline Rescue is going to continue it’s good work. Please send us an e-mail if you can help.

We now have three locations: Petco in Mooresville, PetSmart in Statesville, and we also have our very own adoption (and discount pet supplies) location at 120 W. Broad St. in the newly landscaped downtown Statesville. Come visit us and send adopters!

Thank you to everyone who has helped this year and best wishes for a very Merry Christmas and good health in the New Year!

Please visit us on Facebook and our website, and post pictures of the cats and kittens you’ve adopted from us or to send donations by PayPal, or mail to:

Paws & Claws Feline Rescue

P. O. Box 5221

Statesville, NC 28677

A Plea for Donations

Dear Friends of Paws & Claws,

We need help with our spay/neuter of this year's kittens!  We have been growing so fast, we unfortunately took more kittens into the program than we have been able to adopt, and they all need to be spayed and neutered now!  We need $4,000.00 to pay for these spay/neuters!  If you can help us at all - any amount donated will help.  All donations are tax deductible - we are a registered charily and 90% of all donations go directly to the cats and kittens.

It has been all we can do to pay our vet bills for kittens who have gotten sick, and buy food and litter for the 90 cats and kittens in our program. Safeguards will be put into effect so this does not happen again, but it is so hard to say no to saving these poor homeless kittens!

If you can help spay and neuter our kittens, click on the Donate button on the right, or send a check to:

  Paws & Claws Feline Rescue
  P. O. Box 5221
  Statesville, NC 28687

We have adopted 140 cats and kittens so far this year and hope to adopt 200 by the end of the year!  Please help us spay and neuter our kittens!

Another Happy Adoption

Cyndee writes:

Here is a pic of Bojangles (Jace) with his new Daddy (Big Tucker) who adores him!  We adopted Jace from Paws & Claws Feline Rescue and dearly love him!!


Congratulations, Jace, on finding your furever home!

Adam and Stevie, and an important article for your pet’s health

Jane writes:

The boys are doing wonderfully well, little Stevie is so robust and healthy now that he can outplay Adam. They are such happy, loving, little fellas. They are my little muses and my story titled Doption written from Stevie's point of view is going to be in an anthology of pet adoption stories. They author Fiona Ingram told me it will be an E Book but also a print book. There will be pictures of the boys too.

The best news of all, my husband has stopped smoking cigarettes and has switched to E-cigs which have no second hand smoke. I'd like to credit the boys for that but it's because of our little grandson Calvin who was born in May, my daughter told her dad that he is not allowed to smoke around the grandchildren. I cannot tell you how nice it is to not have a house that smells like an ash tray. When you look at the picture of the boys you'll notice that Stevie is almost as big as Adam now. He really picked up in height and length. Adam is on the outside, he always cradles his brother as though he still feels the need to be protective. I love them both so much.


Here is a link to the article about how secondhand smoke affects your pets:


Thanks, Nancy!

We got a lovely email from Nancy, who said:

“Hats off to you, Jean, and to all your other volunteers and helpers.  Congratulations on six years!  You've got a big job, what with all the unspayed female cats in Iredell County.  I know no one can possibly help them all -- but you're doing such a GREAT job of helping as many as you can!”

Deepest thanks,


Happy Sixth Anniversary to Paws & Claws Feline Rescue

Dear Friends of Paws &Claws,

Paws & Claws Feline Rescue celebrated our Six Year Anniversary in August!

A million thanks to all our friends, volunteers, and adopters who have made Paws & Claws a successful rescue. We have saved and adopted 600 cats and kittens in the last six years, and this year alone, we will adopt about 200!

We are happy to announce that we now have a Paws & Claws Adoption Center at 120 W. Broad Street in downtown Statesville! Thanks to Charles & Alecia Cole who donated the back of their storefront. We now have a sign on the corner of the building so people can find us. We also have pet supplies at 50-75% savings for donations. Charles also donates his time to run the rescue! Hours are Mon & Fri 1:00– 5:30, Tues & Thurs 10:30 – 12:30 & 3:30- 5:30, Sat 10:30 – 3:00. Closed Wed. & Sun.

We are still showing our cats on Saturdays at PetSmart in Statesville, and Petco in Mooresville. Thanks to all our volunteers who make this possible, especially Kristina Spainhour & Christine DeLaughter!

We need more volunteers in both Statesville & Mooresville, so please contact us if you can volunteer even one hour a week! It is very worthwhile and rewarding to help save the lives of loving cats and kittens.

We still desperately need donations to vet, spay/neuter, feed and care for almost eighty cats and kittens in our program. Please go to our website, pawsandclawsnc.com for Paypal or send a check to: PCFR at P. O. Box 5221, Statesville, NC 28687. Every penny is spent on our program and is tax deductible.

The need is so great in NC - we get calls every day to take cats and kittens and we are not able to save them all. Please tell everyone you know to spay and neuter! We received a $10,000 grant from Petco Foundation last year to spay/neuter over 300 cats, but that is only a drop in the bucket.

Thanks again for all your support, hard work, and dedication to save cats & kittens.


Paws & Claws Feline Rescue

Adam and Stevie

Just a little happy mail from Adam and Stevie’s family:

I just had to show you how much little Stevie has grown, he is almost as big as his brother now. He is more active than Adam and just loves to run and play.

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Miss Callie

Amanda writes,

“Cleo "Callie" is doing well and has adjusted to her furever home very well.  She loves playing with the other kitties and is such a sweet heart! We love her dearly. Thank you again for matching us!”



Linda writes,

I am enjoying this sweet kitty very much. She is so affectionate and makes me laugh almost every day.  She is the first cat that I have had that actually wants to play fetch with her little green felt mouse!  She is full of personality and loves playing with my other cat, Lucy.  I am so glad I found this sweetie through Paws & Claws.


We are so glad that Linda and Molly are living happily together. She is a beautiful kitty!

We have lots of other adorable fur babies looking for forever homes, too!

PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend

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If you’re interested in adding a new four-legged friend to your family, you can do so at the PetSmart Charities Love a Pet Save a Life National Adoption Weekend, Feb. 14-16 at your neighborhood PetSmart® store in Statesville.

PetSmart Charities will also reward all participating local adoption partners, including partner organization; each will receive $35 in adoption-reward grants for every pet adopted during the event. National Adoption Weekends are sponsored by PetSmart, Purina® Pro Plan® and Tidy Cats® (MAXX Scoop® in Canada).

How to Adopt

In addition to the PetSmart store in Statesville, you can visit the PetSmart Charities’ adoption center inside any PetSmart store in the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Nov. 16; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16. To learn more about the event and to find the PetSmart store nearest you, visit http://pets.petsmart.com/adoptions/ or call 1-877-473-8762.

About PetSmart Charities®

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. More than 400,000 dogs and cats find homes each year through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores and our sponsored adoption events. PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on funding spay/neuter services that help communities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, separate from PetSmart, Inc.

Miss Callie

Amanda writes,

“Cleo, better known around my household as Callie, is doing very well adjusting to her new home. We have a kitty named Cloe, so I decided to change her name because it was so close. She loves to play and run around the house constantly. She has been sleeping in the bed with me every night and seems to be getting along with the other kitties very well. She is eating well and seems very content. Thank you so much for my beautiful kitty!”


It looks like Callie has found her forever home!