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 Happy 2015 from all of us at Sheltering Hands!




We invite you to join us at our upcoming Board meeting on Friday, January 16th at 5:00pm. Our meeting is held at the Sheriff's substation on State Road 200. The address is 9048 SW HWY 200 (near Oak Run). Everyone is welcome to attend.

At this meeting we will be introducing our new adoptions supervisor and sharing our plans for 2015. Please come, we would love to have you attend.



  Meet Dave- our featured adoptable for January. Click here to go to our adoptions page!




Special Fundraising Events in Cedar Key!

From our friends at Faraway Inn

Book Sales to benefit TNR/Sheltering Hands- click here

Want to learn how to better communicate with your dog (yes, we love them too!)- click here to learn how you can communicate more effectively with your dog AND benefit Sheltering Hands at the same time.



Our Spay/Neuter Voucher Program is now available! In addition to spay/neuter, we have a variety of low-cost services. Please check out our "Voucher Information" page for more details.




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. On our site you will find information about our organization's activities and lots of information on cats. Our "Prior Headlines" page will take you to great information we showcased in the past. Please click here to visit our Prior Headlines page. To  find  resources about cats, please click here or in our sidebar to the left.

If you are looking to add a feline member to your home, we have many wonderful cats to choose from. Pet adoptions take place at PetSmart on State Road 200 just east of I-75. You will find a friendly adoption specialist there Wednesday from 11-2, Thursday and Friday from 12-3, Saturday from 11-3 and Sunday from 12-3. We are not open on Mondays and Tuesdays. In addition to the cats we have at PetSmart, we also have many other cats available who are being fostered in local homes. Please ask if you are looking for a specific type of cat.

We have lots of information for families who are considering adopting a cat. Click here to go to our "Adoption Resources" page to help you both before and after you adopt. Want to know how to introduce a new pet to your other companion animals? We have some suggestions. What can I expect when I bring my new cat home? We share some insights.


Not ready to adopt? We have several special needs cats who would love to have a sponsor! Please see our sponsorship page for further information.

In addition to adoptions, we offer the Sheltering Hands Community Cats Program. This is a TNR (trap-neuter-return) program for homeless feral and stray cats in Marion and Levy counties. For further information, please see our section on TNR.

Lost your cat or want to help prevent them getting lost? Visit our new page- Lost Cat Tips.

Have you found a cat you are unable to keep or do you possibly need to rehome your cat? Please check out our newest page, Re-homing Your Cat for help and suggestions.


When can my cat get pregnant? Four months of age!!! Check out the informative site Fix By 4 for more information. Click on "Get My Fix" for a search feature that will help you locate low cost spay/neuter options in your area.



New Phone Number- 352-840-0663

To better serve you and get your call to the most helpful volunteer, we have implemented an auto redirect system. When you call our shelter headquarters number- 352-840-0663- you will hear a series of options to choose from. Please select the option you need and your call will be routed to the person best able to handle your question. This will allow for a more timely response. Our old number, 352-817-0663, will direct you to call our new number. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to better serve you and your cats.


We would love to have you join our group of dedicated volunteers. There are many ways you can help. Please visit our "how can I help" page for more information. We look forward to working with you to help our community cats. Thanks for caring.


How about a "no-work" fundraiser? It's true. If you shop online at Amazon, you can help Sheltering Hands EVERY time. Log on through Amazon Smile and they will make a donation of .05% of your purchases to Sheltering Hands. You don't have to do anything and there is no additional cost to you. For more information, please click here. All your Amazon info carries over-wish lists, addresses, etc. Just use Amazon Smile as your bookmark after you first log in and you are set.


Help "fix" our companion animal overpopulation. When you purchase this specialty license plate, funds go to help spay/neuter companion animals in Florida. Please consider purchasing one of these plates. You can click here  for more information about these license plates.



Sheltering Hands, Inc. is a volunteer based, limited intake, live release rescue formed in 2007. Our mission is to help stray, homeless and relinquished pets to find loving, permanent homes and medication attention when needed. A network of foster homes and residence facilities provide the care until a home is found. Sheltering Hands also participates in education progams about responsible pet  care as well as conducting programs and assistance for spay/neuter and injured animal needs. Sheltering Hands, Inc. is a 501c3 corporation.