I’ve been volunteering at Adopt-A-Cat for 2 ½ years. I socialize the cats and I’m looking after their wellbeing. All the cats roam freely and love when people come around to visit. Some of them are real attention grabbers and don’t want you to leave. There is always need for improvement but the volunteers are working really hard to make it comfortable and entertaining for the kitties. I love volunteering at the shelter.
I have been involved with Adopt A Cat Foundation for 9 years.
It is run by volunteers.
They have a great free roam shelter.
The kitties are well taken care of.
I have volunteered for 6 years in the thrift shop. We have a no kill shelter and work to rescue cats, foster kittens as well as finding homes for them. The foundation also participates in trap neuter and release of feral cats. A lot of love for kitties from all the volunteers. Great service for the community and the kitties. Pam
I first found out about Adopt A Cat through their resale store in Lake Park. Always love the friendly volunteer staff, reasonable prices and of course the store resident cat. The atmosphere is always better with a kitty. This organization provides a desperately needed service to our community as local shelters are always full and her no-kill shelter gives a comfortable life to many felines as they await a forever home. This organization deserves recognition for all the hard work , love, and financial support they give to kitties in our community.
I started my relationship with Adopt-a-Cat Foundation as a customer in the original thrift shop in Lake Park, Florida, then I became a frequent thrift shop donor of clothes and merchandise. I was so impressed with the kindness of the volunteers (the organization is 100 percent volunteer run, with no paid staff) that I became more involved. I started attending their fundraising events and creating and donating handmade pet beds for the silent auction of the Annual SpaCatti Dinner (Nov. 5, 2016), as well as handsewn catnip toys. Before I knew it, I was helping with fundraising and special events. When the thrift shop moved to Plaza La Mer in Juno Beach in November 2015, I helped set up the new store. Since then, I have been volunteering two days a week sorting and pricing clothes. I enjoy working with the down-to-earth volunteers, knowing that every dollar raised goes to rescue homeless cats. Recently, when a wonderful longtime volunteer, Becky Allen, moved out of state, the board of directors asked me to handle adoptions at Pet Supplies Plus on Saturdays. I would caution any potential AAC volunteer that they may be in danger of falling in love with one or more of the hundreds of kitties at the shelter, like I did. I always said that I would not adopt another cat until my 20-21-year-old cat crossed the rainbow bridge, because I thought he would be jealous of another cat. Then I met a little orange cat with no tail named Stubby. He had been at the shelter so many years than no one know how old he is, but he is estimated to be between 15 and 17-years-old. My mother and I fell in love with Stubby and adopted him about a month ago. Stubby, having lived for years at the free-roaming shelter with so many other cats, had no problem getting along with our other cat, Simba. Now, the two of them are buddies and Stubby can enjoy hopefully many healthy, happy, love-filled years with us in his fur-ever home. I cannot say enough about Adopt-a-Cat Foundation. The mission, the volunteers, the shelter, the kitties, and the thrift store...they all have earned five stars from me!
I've volunteered for, donated to, adopted and fostered kittens from this wonderful organization. The volunteers love what they do to save the cats. Can't say enough good things about them
I have often brought in cats in need of spay or neuter for TNR. Sometimes they get adopted, sometimes they go back out. Can always borrow a trap. Everyone in the group loves cats, has cats and works to help cats. It's not always easy but they're there to help! I'm so glad they can.
We adopted Maya from Adopt-a-Cat about 2 years ago. She was sneezing a lot when we first got her. This cleared up after she was spending a lot of time outdoors on our patio. We had her checked out by our vet and she is very healthy.
None of the cats at the shelter are caged. They all roam freely and get along surprisingly well with each other. I think that was one of the reasons why Maya warmed up to our other two cats right away.
The shelter is not perfect but they are trying the best they can with the limited resources they have. And the volunteers are so committed. It’s all about the kitties.
Bonnie came to me during one of the darkest times in my life. Having just lost both parents (I'm an only child) & my beloved cat Gabby (whom I'd had for 10 years) in late 2014 & early 2015, I was beyond devastated. I started going over to the Adopt A Cat shelter because it lifted my sadness & grief to be around the kitties. I kept saying it's just too soon for me to adopt just yet. I went to one of AAC's adoption Saturday @ Pet Supplies Plus and a very kind volunteer Becky, listened intently to my sad story of loss in such a short time. I sat in the middle of the floor to see if any cats would come up to greet me. Becky opened a cage that had this quirky, polydactal (extra toes on her paws) tabby that had been eyeballing me the whole time. As I did this Becky told me the story of Bonnie. She had been part of a horrific hoarding situation. She was one of 10 cats locked up in a storage unit, starved and dehydrated. Bonnie's weight was 3.1 lbs when she was rescued. She was only one of two survivors. Her brother Clyde made it out of the storage unit but could not fully recover and passed away 6 months later. Adopt A Cat had received Bonnie and brought her back to health. She was being fostered by Becky at the time and Becky wanted to make sure Bonnie got a good home. As I sat in the middle of the floor Bonnie came out of her cage and came right over to me. She was ready to play!! I was overwhelmed by Bonnie's spirit, her energy and her will to keep going. She was exactly the right cat to teach me how to go on in the face of great loss. She rescued me!
I am so impressed by the commitment and dedication of the volunteers @ Adopt A Cat. They care deeply for these cats and work hard to find them the best possible homes.
I occasionally volunteer there now myself as I am so grateful for the work they do. They also have a thrift store that helps support the shelter. This foundation deserves all good things as they have changed many lives. I'm just one small example. Thanks Adopt A Cat!
Adopt A Cat Volunteer and contributor
Founded over 25 years ago we continue to be the only feline devoted, no-kill shelter in Palm Beach County, Florida.
As both a contributor to, and volunteer for the Adopt-A-Cat Foundation (AAC), for over four years now, I encourage all of those who visit this website to join me as either or both a contributor and or volunteer. Both the cats and the people involved are wonderful and would be eternally grateful to you.
First, contributions are always welcome, it is expensive to care for and feed the hundreds of cats we have in our care, and we need money to do that. I can attest to the power of even small donations leveraged by the hard work of our volunteers. Late last year I contributed a few hundred dollars for the postage and envelopes needed for our year end donation appeal. We hand wrote the letters and addressed envelopes resulting in a year-end financial boost at minimum cost. Any amount large or small, one time or recurring, can be leveraged to work wonders.
Please feel free to contact us for information on legacy bequests or other larger donations, such as shelter naming rights or underwriting our fund raising Spay Catti Dinner.
Second, new volunteers are immediately loved. We have a core, but need more. Adopt-A-Cat has many different ways you can volunteer your time to help us, help the cats. Our resale store in Plaza del Mar, Jupiter, FL, needs several more volunteers who can learn to work the cash register, or process in coming donations. You can volunteer in our store for as little as a single 4 hour shift, once a week. During my shifts, I have met many wonderful customers, and BONUS - bought some very reasonably priced designer clothes and quality housewares.
If you prefer to work directly with the cats, we have two shelters full of them. We need volunteers to come in and socialize them through playing, brushing and trimming their nails. For those who prefer to get their hands dirty, shifts cleaning litter boxes, mopping the floors and washing towels are available. As a shelter cleaner, I guarantee that regardless of what you do at the shelter, you will meet, interact and be loved by many of the affectionate adoptable cats we have in our care.
Vets, techs, grant writers or fund raisers, snowbird or full time resident, EVERYONE is welcome. Got other skills you want to apply to our cat rescue mission, please contact us and we will find you a way to help save and improve the lives of our cats.
My first experience with Adopt A Cat was about 14 years ago when I went to the pet store to buy fish for my fish tank. I bought the fish, but I also brought home the most precious little orange and white tabby kitten! Was I looking to bring home a kitten? No, but he was/is so darn cute that I just couldn't resist. I have since established a relationship with Inga, the founder of Adopt A Cat, and have helped out in many various ways. I have helped donate supplies, give monetary donations, just come and give love to the kitties at the shelter, and have fostered kittens, I am now more seriously involved in helping raise much needed funds to keep Adopt A Cat up and running. The shelter is always clean, the kitties are happy playing and not in cages. But they need a bigger space to run around in. Inga has given her life to these kitties so they can have a life...
ADOPT A CAT is the most horrible place for a cat or kitten to be in.
i volunteered there with two of my friends and i was told by Inga herself if we could come do some cleaning in her home,we agreed to it.
But once we entered that duplex it was filthy, clothes everywhere on the floor, spiders all over the place, sick cats & kittens all over the place.
she had to have more then 50 cats inside that 2 bedroom duplex including her own 2 dogs.
As we were cleaning Inga came to the room where she would keep the most sick cats and as she was giving the cat the medicine she soon noticed she was injecting the wrong medicine into the cat. same time the cat was spazing out because she was injecting the medicine he was suppose to swallow and giving him to swallow the medicine he was suppose to be injected with. Total nightmare that place. I am soo soo sorry for those poor cats.
I think some large rescue organizations have the ability to lose the compassion needed to deal with the public and the kitties, but Inga loves animals. There's always room for one more abandoned, neglected, homeless cat even when others would say no. We are in desperate need for more space and donations.
If you love cats, adopt! If you can not adopt, please donate what you can.
My fist encounter with Inga Hanley and the Adopt A Cat Foundation took place 15 years ago. I was asked to go with Inga to pick up some kittens that had been left at the Palm Beach Lakes Motel. There were 6 little babies about 3 weeks old. I was asked if I could foster the little ones until they were ready for adoption. That's how it all started. This Foundation has the safety and well being of each cat/kitten that finds its way to the Adopt a Cat shelter. The mission of this organization is to spay/neuter and care for the abandoned, stray, injured, or homeless cats in our community. We assist individuals and businesses that have stray cats on their property. Trap, neuter, release is used where a colony of stray cats has a caretaker. Adopt a Cat Foundation is an all volunteer run organiztion that holds fundraisers to raise money to support the shelter kitties until a home can be found. A Thrift store helps assist in paying the bills. The work that our "leader" does is endless and she gives of herself almost 24 hours a day. There have been kitties with severe and life threatening injuries that she has nursed around the clock even after a long day of endless phone calls.