General Links

Information about local DC/Baltimore area rescue organizations and shelters:

  •  ***A lot of information for DC/Balt./No. Va. area shelters, rescue groups, vets, etc. is contained on  Metropets website, which also maintains 3 Yahoo egroups.  If rehoming an animal, consider joining DC-Rescue and asking for help there after reviewing the archives.  Many placement organizations are members of DC-Rescue, and joining DC-Rescue might be a way of reaching out for assistance and ideas from its 250+ member internet community. ***


                           Alley Cat Rescue (DC area)                                                                                         

                           Neighborhood Cats (NYC based)

                           Alley Cat Allies (national) 

                            Feral Cat Coalition (West Coast based)  

                            National on-line member group:

  • Taming --
  • Litterbox Problems --
  • Neonatal kitten care --
  • To find lost shy cats -- 
  • A lot of declawed cats lose homes once problems -- more often seen in declawed cats -- develop.   Easy to say, "He's an indoor cat, " but if a cat becomes a fear biter or stops using cat box, average person cannot get the door open fast enough, and contact rescuers to rehome such problem cats . . . but list is short of adopters willing to take such cats.  Please do not declaw cats.  
  • Develop a Pet Plan to provide for your own animals using these sites:
  • Everyone needs a will, even if you don't have animals:  and 
  • I (Joanna Harkin) have used and think it offers a good service for a reasonable price ($15-30).   Drawing up a will on line provide (1) something in the event of your untimely demise, and (2) you can use the on-line one as a basis for consulting with a lawyer.  
  • Insurance -- (insurance pays out in 30 days; an insurance policy payable to a trust friend with a back-up beneficiary is not a bad way to handle care for your animals after if you die)

  Organizations accepting cats (for a fee -- usually considerable):
  • (North Shore Animal League will adopt the cat out which can be good and bad -- the problem is that they don't take cats back reaily if the adoption fails or something necessitates a return)