• Cat Rescue, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, home-based animal welfare organization dedicated to helping cats find their forever homes.
  • “If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much.” - Mark Twain
  • “A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.” - Earnest Hemingway


sneakers2According to the Virginia Department of Agricultural Services, in 2014 over 1,100 cats were euthanized in the City of Chesapeake and sadly, many of these animals simply ran out of time at the local, open admission municipal shelter.

This is why the volunteers of Cat Rescue, Inc. work so hard-to help change this sad outcome and provide more happy endings for our feline friends.

Our Organization


Cat Rescue, Inc. is a private No Kill home based rescue. We are a network of foster homes guided by Commonwealth and city animal codes. The majority of cats/moms/litters we accept are transferred from kill pounds at their request. We also help owners find homes for their pets by having them join us with their fully vetted pet/s at Petsmart adoption events where we are almost every weekend.

Cat Rescue, Inc. is also an advocate of Trap Neuter Return (TNR). We help folks with cats or moms and litters that have shown up on their property. They don’t want them to go to the city shelter where, depending on the city, cat kill rates can exceed 60% (PeTA over 90%). We provide mentoring, equipment, and low cost spay/neuter references (Norfolk SPCA, Chesapeake Humane Society clinics). Commonwealth and city ordinances require all strays to reported to the local city shelter (phone report) before any TNR/rehoming can commence. Just in case there’s an owner involved.

Established in 1997, we’ve conducted over 8,000 adoptions. As a Petsmart partner, most of our adoptions are conducted through Petsmart where we show our fully vetted felines most every weekend. We have AM and PM volunteers cleaning the Greenbrier Chesapeake Petsmart Adoption Center where ten cats are up for onsite adoption every day. All of our adopted felines have been tested, vaccinated, and fixed.

As a Cat Rescue organization, and having accepted so many cats/kittens for adoption, some cats turn out to be medically un-adoptable or too personality challenged to find a home. Previously adopted cats are also returned months, and even years later for a variety of reasons: moving, allergies, became fractious, not using litter box, got a new pet, etc. These cats become lifelong Cat Rescue residents. About $400 a year is needed to maintain each cat. Once again, funds/food/litter/medical donations come from private sources. There is no city, state, federal funding.

Our Cats

GarGarAll cats adopted from Cat Rescue, Inc. have;

  • Tested for feline diseases
  • Vaccinated in accordance with state code
  • Spayed or Neutered
  • A Lifetime Return