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4 Paws Rescue Team, Inc.

Saving feline lives four paws at a time

4Paws is an all-volunteer organization that rescues homeless cats and kittens.  Our rescued cats receive illness and wellness veterinary care before they are adopted into forever-homes. [email protected]

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Why should I support your work?

4Paws has been rescuing and finding permanent homes for cats and kittens since October of 1995.  We provide veterinary care-- both illness and wellness-- to every cat that is rescued.  Our cats stay in foster homes until they are healthy and ready for adoption.  Since we began, 4Paws has found loving homes for more than 9,000 cats and kittens.

Every day cats & kittens are dying in over crowded animal shelters.  The U.S. Humane Society estimates that 4 to 5 million cats and dogs are euthanized in U.S. animal shelters every year-- that is nine companion animals dying every minute.  Cats have a much lower survival rate at local shelters than do dogs.  The Humane Society estimates that 71% of cats in animal shelters are euthanized.  

4Paws educates the public about the importance of spaying and neutering in an effort to end the pet overpopulation crisis.  Cats and kittens suffer and die needlessly in over-crowded animal shelters and on neighborhood streets.  4Paws rescues hundreds of these animals every year and finds loving homes for them.

Why does your charity exist?

Every day over-crowded animal shelters contact 4Paws to ask that we take cats and kittens who are scheduled to die.  To the extend that we have available foster homes, we rescue as many homeless cats and kittens as we can.  We provide vaccines, parasite treatment, spays or neuters and test each cat for feline leukemia and FIV.  Many of the cats we rescue come to 4Paws with illnesses.  Once they are healthy, we find adoptive homes for them.

4Paws also supports TNR (Trap Neuter Return) efforts.  These are communities of outdoor cats that have been vaccinated, sterilized, and returned to their outdoor homes where a caretaker provides food.  These cats are not suitable to be pets, but can live out their lives without reproducing and adding to the pet over-population problem.

What specifically do you do?

4Paws takes cats and kittens from overcrowded animal shelters and from neighborhood streets.  We provide wellness care such as vaccines, spaying and neutering, and test for feline leukemia and FIV.  Many kittens come to 4Paws with a variety of illnesses that we treat before finding adoptive homes.  Kittens have less developed immune systems than adult cats so they are prone to diarrhea, upper respiratory infections, and fungal infections.  A lot of 4Paws' funds are used to treat sick kittens, getting them healthy before adopting them into forever-homes.

We work closely with applicants to help them find the right cat for their household.  We educate them about caring for their adoptive cats.  Many adopters ask questions about what food to feed, how to manage claws, and how to introduce a new cat to their current pet.  

If an adopter can no longer care for their 4Paws cat at any point in the future, they are required to return the cat to 4Paws.  Our cats are rescued for life.  They are only euthanized out of medical necessity.  

We do not shy away from helping cats with more complex medical issues.  Many 4paws cats need dental cleanings before they can be adopted out.  Blood tests and occasionally xrays are needed for sick or injured cats.  At 4Paws we want to provide our cats with their best chance to find a home where they will be content to live out their lives.

How will this make a difference?

Most of the cats and kittens rescued by 4Paws would have died without our intervention.  So for each individual cat, 4Paws makes a whole world of difference.  Also, we have a huge impact on the lives of our adopters.  We work hard to match adopters with the best cat for their situation so that they will have a long and happy relationship with their pets.  Many of our adopters write to us to let us know how much their 4Paws cat has changed the quality of their lives.

How is your work different from that of other, similar charities?

Rescued cats are tested for feline leukemia and FIV before being adopted out.  Many organizations euthanize cats that test positive for feline leukemia or FIV.  Not 4Paws.  Our volunteers educate adopters about the extra care required for these cats.  FIV especially is not a death sentence for a cat.  An FIV positive cat has a compromised immune system, but can live a long and  healthy life with an attentive owner.

What have you accomplished?

We started rescuing cats in 1995.  Since that time, 4Paws has found permanent homes for more than 9,000 previously homeless cats and kittens.  This year we are on target to adopt out 350 felines.

How can I be sure you’ll use my money wisely?

4Paws has very low admin and fundraising costs.  Approximately 95 cents of every dollar donated is used for caring and finding homes for our rescued cats.  We do not pay any rent or salaries.  Last year, 4Paws spent more than $230,000 on vet services and pet supplies used in caring for our cats.  It costs $185 to ready a healthy male adult cat for adoption and $220 to ready a healthy female.