Phoenix is a city that loves cats. Out of all the major cities in the US, Phoenix only ranks behind Philadelphia and Seattle for having the most number of households with cats. As many as 21% of Phoenix homes have a little couch panther dwelling inside according to the US Census Bureau’s American Housing Survey 2021. And that’s not even taking into account the free-ranging and feral cats that reside in the state.
Monitoring, neutering, and caring for these cats are carried out by Phoenix’s many cat rescues and shelters. But it isn’t easy. A large population of stray cats means many shelters are often packed to capacity.
Here are some cat rescues in Phoenix that are working tirelessly to protect their felines. The city’s cat people can support these organizations by adopting from them, volunteering, and making donations.
Cat Mama’s Sanctuary
There are thousands of community cats roaming the streets of Phoenix, and places like Cat Mama’s Sanctuary care for their needs. Run by Summer Snow, Cat Mama’s Sanctuary is embedded into the fabric of the local community. The shelter offers street cats a home while working with local vets and volunteers to conduct its trap-neuter-release (TNR) program. Cat Mama’s Sanctuary is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Cool Cats Rescue AZ
Finding a forever home can sometimes take forever. Supposedly undesirable cats, such as undersocialized strays, may not be a good match for an inexperienced owner. But Cool Cats Rescue is a non-profit shelter that aspires to give these kitties a chance.
As a no-kill animal rescue, they run a network of foster homes with trainers and veterinarians who rescue and shelter unwanted cats until they find a loving family. Supporting Cool Cats Rescue with a donation will also earn you tax credits.
Desert Paws Rescue
https://desertpawsrescue.org/ | 4920 S Power Rd, Mesa, AZ 85212, United States | 480-380-5214
Cats are the original exterminators. When we first domesticated cats (though it sometimes seems like the opposite is true), they served as a form of pest control in granaries, barns, and houses. Desert Paws Rescue, located just outside Phoenix, is a shelter that revisits that old relationship. Along with conducting robust TNR drives and awareness initiatives, Desert Paws Rescue also boasts a Working Cat Program. If you have a large barn or warehouse, you can adopt these working cats as a type of environmentally friendly pest control.
Desert Paws Rescue also specializes in rescuing strays suffering from conditions like ringworm, FIV+ (feline immunodeficiency virus), and FeLV+ (feline leukemia virus).
HALO Animal Rescue
https://www.halorescue.org/ | HALO Main Office Address: 3227 E Bell Rd, Ste D151, Phoenix, AZ 85032, United States | 602-971-9222
There are thousands of strays — dogs and cats — that live on Phoenix’s streets. Hundreds more are surrendered by homes that are incapable of caring for a pet. For nearly 30 years, HALO Animal Rescue has been a lifeline for these animals.
HALO is an acronym for Help Animals Live On which is exactly what the organization has been doing since 1994. In the nearly 30 years since, the shelter has helped nearly 75,000 dogs and cats find forever homes. In 2022 alone, HALO served 3,166 shelter pets.
It is a no-kill shelter which means capacity is limited, but HALO is fully committed to helping each cat and dog find a loving family. The organization runs several locations around Phoenix, including a thrift boutique on North Cave Creek Road whose proceeds go toward their rescue program.
Kitty Kat Rescue, Inc
https://kittykatrescue.com/ | 6932 East Hampton Avenue, Mesa, Arizona 85209, United States | 480-236-9453
Kitty Kat Rescue rescues strays and takes in unwanted cats who are then spayed or neutered, vaccinated, tested for FELV/FIV, and microchipped. In short, their feline residents are fully ready for adoption and just waiting for their forever home!
At Kitty Kat Rescue, there is also a special emphasis on finding homes for special needs cats.
Caring for Your Adopted Cat
We hope this list helps you find your newest four-legged feline family member. If you’re worried about how to take care of it when you’re away, The Comforted Kitty guarantees experienced, professional, responsible, and above all, trustworthy cat sitters who will look after your beloved pet. We pride ourselves in being one of the few pet sitters in Phoenix exclusively for cats!