About Us

Mission Statement 

The mission of Paws & Claws Feline Rescue is to find loving “forever” homes for the homeless, unwanted cats and kittens in our care and to provide education regarding responsible pet ownership in the Iredell County North Carolina area.  Toward this end, volunteers take in abandoned stray cats and kittens and rescue homeless pets.  We also help owners, who for varying reasons are unable to continue to provide a home for their pets.  We have foster homes and when people call us concerning abandoned stray pets, we encourage them, whenever possible, to foster the pet on a temporary basis while volunteers get veterinary care for the cats and kittens and work to locate a good home.  All of these activities are geared toward the prevention of cruelty to animals through education, rescuing, and re-homing pets in need.

When we bring cats and kittens into our program, volunteers get them checked out by a veterinarian, tested for heartworm, feline leukemia, and feline aids, and vaccinated.  The cats are then spayed or neutered before they are placed in new homes and if the kittens are too young when adopted, we will spay and neuter when they are five months old.  Because of the fact that calls concerning pets in need can come at any time, we provide these services on an almost daily basis.

Our main goal is to end pet overpopulation, as there are already too many homeless cats and kittens in our country who are put to death simply because there are not enough people to give them a home and care for them.

Our program is funded by adoption fees paid by adopting families and also by donations from concerned citizens.  We hope to have fund-raising programs in the future as well as apply for grants from organizations that assist pet rescue organizations.

At least 95% of our time is and will be spent taking care of cats and kittens, taking them to the veterinarian, getting them into foster homes, taking them to adoption fairs, following up on adoption applications and adoptions, and working with the public and potential adoptive families, educating them on proper pet selection, pet care, and over-population.  About 5% of our time will be spent on administrative duties and fund-raising.