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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. For the most current listing of our adoptable cats, please check us out on PetFinder

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Sheltering Hands 10th Anniversary Open House

Saturday, October 21st from 11-4

Join us on Saturday, October 21st to celebrate our 10th Anniversary! We will have tours of our surgical center and CoCo’s House. Tour participants will get to see “behind the scenes” as our volunteers explain what happens at each station. Looking for great food? We will have it. Our food area will have delicious lunch selections for purchase. Your sweet tooth will also be happy at our bake sale table. Purchase a slice of cake or the whole cake. Lots of goodies to choose from. Our children’s area will have games for children and information about how to care for cats. Shoppers, our gift shop will be open with lots of wonderful bargains to be had. A raffle basket and silent auction table will also be featured. Stop by our new Memorial Garden and spend a few minutes in this beautiful, peaceful area.  All proceeds from our food sales, gift shop, silent auction and raffle basket will benefit the cats of Sheltering Hands. Hope to see you there!

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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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Check out our Amazon wishlist. One click and items can be delivered directly to the cats at Sheltering Hands!

Want to help Sheltering Hands AND get great prices and super fast delivery of all your pet needs? Chewy is teaming with animal rescue groups by making a $20 cash donation for all first time customers who log in through our special Chewy page. This offer is only good for your first order. Remember to make sure we get this donation, you must place your first order through our special Chewy page. Be sure to tell your friends!

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Schwans Foods is partnering with Sheltering Hands  until November 21st to raise funds for our organization. Visit our special Sheltering Hands’ Schwan’s Cares page for details. Sheltering Hands will receive 20% cash back on hundreds of delicious Schwans food items and 40% on one E-Gift card! Remember, for us to get the credit, you need to start at our Schwan’s Care Sheltering Hands page.