About Us

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Hands for Paws is a Georgia Department of Agriculture licensed, foster-based rescue.  We do not operate a physical shelter.  All cats rescued are cared for by fosters while waiting for their forever home. We are a registered nonprofit with 501(c)3 status, so donations are tax-deductible.

Hands for Paws consists of a group of volunteers whose purpose is to raise money for the care of homeless pets. 

While we value the lives of all pets, our focus will be on homeless cats.  The number of stray and unwanted cats is huge and cats are able to reproduce at a much younger age and faster rate than other pets. We think we can make a more significant impact on this problem if we devote all our fundraising, time and energy to caring for these “throw-away” cats.  

Hands for Paws operates in an underserved rural area in North Georgia.  We have a much higher number of homeless animals, combined with a far lower number of potential adopters.  Therefore, our needs are greater than many areas.   These needs also require us to get more creative about solutions to the homeless problems, and finding good homes for the cats that we save.

Working together, we can help provide care and attention to the homeless and needy cats in our community.  Your support of our fundraising and caregiving efforts will be greatly appreciated.

Every life saved is a life celebrated.  The expenses involved in saving lives can be extremely high.  This is why we need help to continue doing what we do.

Each donated dollar contributes toward the basic expenses of both saving and caring for cats, and assuring that we do our part to prevent future overpopulation problems.

These are some of our ongoing expenses:

Cat food is needed to support feral cat colonies and the cats that are in foster care waiting for their forever homes.  When needed, we help Habersham County Animal Shelter purchase cat food for the cats that are housed at the shelter.

Medications.  Cats (like us) get sick. Depending on circumstances, vet checks and medications are needed. 

Testing and Vaccinations.  All cats must be tested and vaccinated for communicable disease.    

Transport Costs. Some cats are transported to rescues in northern states so that their chance for adoption is improved.  

Spay/Neuter. Cats are spayed and neutered as soon as possible. Money for discount spay and neuter surgery is always needed.

Flea Preventatives and Dewormers. Just like dogs, cats must be treated for fleas and worms.  These parasites cause physical damage to cats that can lead to life-threatening illness.