Ready to Adopt? Here’s Your Ultimate Guide to Cat Rescues in San Francisco

by | Apr 24, 2019

According the the ASPCA, approximately 3.2 million cats will enter an animal shelter this year. A heartbreaking number of these cats will be euthanized. If you hate these stats as much as we do and you’re ready to give a precious kitty their fur-ever home, check out one of these San Francisco Bay area cat rescues.

Cat Rescues in San Francisco

Wonder Cat Rescue

This San Francisco-based non-profit is made up of a network of foster homes and volunteers devoted to rescuing cats from high-kill shelters. Wonder Cat provides the medical attention and affection these animals deserve.

Purrchance Rescue

Purrrchance’s mission is clear: to rescue San Francisco cats facing shelter euthanasia. They hold adoption events most Saturdays at Pet Food Express from 2 PM-6 PM (3160 20th Ave).

Give Me Shelter Cat Rescue

One of San Francisco’s largest cat rescue organizations, Give Me Shelter focuses on finding permanent homes for abandoned adult and senior cats.

Cat Rescues in Marin County

Marin Cat Connection

Based in San Rafael, the Marin Cat Connection provides abandoned felines with neuter/spay procedures, vaccinations, and general medical care. You can find them at Petco in the Montecito Plaza Shopping Center on Saturdays from 11 AM-4 PM (3rd Street, San Rafael).

Jake’s Place

This passionate community of cat lovers is committed to finding the perfect home for kitties in high-kill shelters. The volunteers at Jake’s Place focus on raising awareness, providing care for senior cats, and pairing families with the cat who’s right for them.

Marin Humane

With their main campus located in Novato, Marin Humane has made it their mission to “transform lives through exceptional animal care, human care, humane education, and advocacy.” You can visit their satellite adoption center, Kitty Corner, Wednesday through Friday from 12 PM-6 PM, and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 AM-5 PM.

Cat Rescues in The Peninsula Area

Nine Lives Foundation

The Nine Lives Foundation envisions a future where all cats are sheltered and cared for. They work towards this goal by providing a no-kill shelter and medical treatment for homeless cats. Visit their adoption center Thursday through Sunday from 12 PM-6 PM (3106 Rolison Road, Redwood City).

Pets In Need

With two shelters located in Redwood City and Palo Alto, Pets In Need rescues cats and dogs who are facing euthanasia. They then provide the care these animals need until they can find them a loving home.

Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA

PHS/SPCA prides itself on being a “truly open admission shelter,” accepting animals who might be refused elsewhere. For cat adoption, you can visit their facility in Burlingame. Their location in San Mateo offers additional services as well, such as a spay and neuter clinic.

Both locations are open Monday through Friday from 11 AM-7 PM, and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 AM-6 PM.

Homeless Cat Network

The goal of the Homeless Cat Network is admirable: to eradicate cat homelessness and to help needy cats in San Mateo County. They wish to accomplish this through education, mentoring, responsible cat colony management, and their Trap-Neuter-Return program for feral cats.

Feline Friends Network

Committed to protecting the dignity of all life, the Feline Friends Network attends to the health and safety of homeless cats on the campus of Stanford University. They hold adoption events the first Saturday of every month from 12 PM-5 PM at Mountain View’s Pet Food Express (1768 Miramonte Ave).

The Pet Place

This award-winning pet store in Menlo Park works with area rescues to find loving homes for cats and dogs. They host rescue groups weekly, so plan your visit accordingly!

Cat Rescues in Silicon Valley and the South Bay Area

The Dancing Cat

This unique facility located in San Jose is determined to rescue at-risk cats from the San Jose Animal Center. You can mingle with cats in their cage-free environment by booking a reservation through their website.

Town Cats

This cat adoption center serves as a sanctuary for feral cats in Santa Clara County. Town Cats has made it their mission to advocate for all cats through community outreach, innovative programs, and providing support to low-income cat guardians.

Itty Bitty Orphan Kitty Rescue

Based in San Jose, IBOK Rescue hosts regular adoption events at Pet Food Express (5148 Stevens Creek Blvd. San Jose).

Cat Welfare Advocates

This non-profit in Silicon Valley seeks a world with zero kill-shelters. Their network of volunteers upholds this mission by hosting adoption events every Saturday and Sunday from 12 PM-4 PM at Pet Food Express (1152 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose).

Humane Society Silicon Valley

The HSSV strives to enhance the bond between animals and their caretakers. Their impressive Animal Community Center provides a host of services, including pet adoption, medical treatment, and educational and training programs. They also host daily adoptions at two neighborhood Petco locations in San Jose and Sunnyvale.

Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority

Serving the cities of Campbell, Monte Sereno, Mountain View, and Santa Clara, SVACA embraces the goal to “ensure the well-being of both animals and people through advocacy, education, and cost-effective yet efficient services.”

You can meet your perfect cat companion at their Animal Care Center in Santa Clara (3370 Thompson Road). The center is open on Tuesdays, and Thursday through Sunday from 11 AM-5 PM, and Wednesdays from 11 AM-6:30 PM.

Cat Rescues in the East Bay Area

Hopalong Animal Rescue

The big-hearted folks at Hopalong Animal Rescue have made it their mission to eliminate the euthanasia of adoptable cats and dogs in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you’re looking to adopt a rescue cat, check out their website for a list of stores where their cats can be found.

East Bay SPCA

Mark your calendars for July 28th, 2019! If you’re hoping to adopt a rescue cat, you can attend the East Bay SPCA’s yearly Adopt-A-Thon. This event takes places from 10 AM-2 PM at Jack London Square in Oakland.

Berkeley Humane

By providing life-saving services for East Bay cats and dogs, Berkeley Humane upholds its mission to enhance the human-animal bond.You can visit with adoptable cats on weekends (Friday through Sunday from 11 AM-5 PM) at 2700 Ninth Street, Berkeley.

Home At Last Animal Rescue

Operating primarily in the Berkeley area, Home At Last Animal Rescue is an active proponent in the no-kill movement. They host mobile adoption events in both Berkeley and Emeryville, and they are even willing to meet with potential adopters in their own homes!

Ready to Adopt Your Precious Rescue Cat?

If cat adoption is on your radar (and how could it not be after visiting one of these rescues?), there are plenty of options available to you in the Bay Area.

Do you have a local cat adoption story to share with us? Let us know how your rescue cat has changed your life for the better in the comments below!

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