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Sheltering Hands has many more lovable cats that need good homes.

Our Mission- to improve the lives of cats through humane care, spay/neuter, adoptions, education and support services.


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Welcome to the online home of Sheltering Hands, Inc.

We are delighted that you have stopped by to visit with us, and we hope that you will come back often.

Sheltering Hands is a volunteer organization that cares for and works to place cats in  loving homes.   A primary focus is on pet adoptions that take place 5 days a  week at the PetSmart in Ocala. We also focus on caring for cats with specials needs who are already placed and providing resources that everyone can use to care for a cat. Our Community Cats program is our highly successful work to provide compassionate, effective services for the many non-owned cats in our community.

If you are looking to add a feline member to your home, we have many wonderful cats to choose from. In addition to the cats we have at PetSmart, we also have other cats available who are being fostered in local homes.  Please ask if you are looking for a specific type of cat. The adoption fee for kittens is $50. Adult cats are $40. Our adoption fees are a great value. This one low fee includes spay or neuter surgery, all needed vaccinations, a medical checkup, flea control, microchip, and, very importantly, personal knowledge of each cat’s personality so we can help you find the perfect cat for your family. For the most current listing of our adoptable cats, please check us out on PetFinder

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Working to Make Marion a “No Kill County”

Sheltering Hands, along with other area rescue groups and Marion County Animal Services, are working to make Marion County a “No Kill” county. For more information on our local efforts, you can review the Marion County Animal Services Assessment Report_6.8.18 and Summary of Action Steps towards becoming a “no kill” county.

We Are Here to Help

Please note our correct phone number is (352) 840-0663. To help us get you to the right person, we have a redirect system. Please check the options below to find the one that best meets your needs.

For adoptions- Press 1

For our Community Cats Program/TNR – Press 2

For our low cost spay/neuter program- Press 3

For post adoption or post surgical medical concerns or for inquiries about a microchipped lost or found cat- Press 4

For volunteer or membership inquiries- Press 5

For donations and all other needs- Press 6

If we are not able to take your call, please leave a message and we will get back with you as soon as possible.

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Looking for a great part time job? We are looking for an outgoing person with experience working with cats to join our team as an adoptions assistant. For more information, contact Gina at gevers3@aol.com or 352-622-8867. Download our employment application and job description from our “Common Forms” page and return to Gina.


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