Rescue & Assistance

Directory of CAT Rescues & Shelters

Directory of All Breed Animal Rescues & Shelters

Directory of All Animal Rescues & Shelters

Directory for Animal Assistance Organizations

Thank you to Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine and website for the local rescue and shelter directories. Each magazine includes a list as well. The list may not be complete. See list below of organizations recommended by All About Purrs in the Las Vegas area.


Rescue & Assistance Organizations

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Heaven Can Wait Animal Society, a non-profit 501(c)3 animal humane organization, was formed in 2000 by a group of 5 concerned citizens with the idea of building a beautiful 20 acre sanctuary to house all of the unwanted animals in our community.  At the time, though, animals were dying at rate of around 30,000 per year in our local shelters.  As they took the time to research how other communities reduced their impound and euthanasia rates, they discovered a common denominator: spay/neuter.  Therefore, they decided to refocus the majority of their resources away from rescue and toward promoting spay/neuter as the solution to the tragic pet-overpopulation problem here in Las Vegas.  Through their targeted and aggressive spay/neuter programs they prevent thousands of unwanted litters each year.

On June 19, 2009 Heaven Can Wait took a giant leap forward by opening a high-volume/high-quality, low-cost/no-cost spay/neuter clinic near Eastern & 95. This clinic serves as a valuable resource for those who aren’t able to afford sterilization services at regular veterinary prices.  Amazingly, by the end of 2019, they will have spay/neutered upwards of 150,000 cats and dogs, the majority of which would have never been sterilized without their help.

Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic

Cats Available for Adoption (also visit their partner Vets for Abandoned Pets)

Community Programs

Volunteer Opportunities

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Vets for Abandoned Pets (VFAP) was founded in 2012 to expand the impact of local TNR (Trap, Neuter and Return) efforts. Kittens too young for spay/neuter would end up being released back outside on the hot Las Vegas streets, where life is always a struggle.

Friendly cats and kittens who would make wonderful pets were also being released, having no where else to go. The solution was to create a network of volunteers who could help provide medical treatment and temporary foster homes for these cats and kittens. Local veterinary offices provided space for adoptions and thus VFAP was born.

Over the years, VFAP has grown and their volunteers have worked tirelessly to find loving forever homes for over 3,000 cats and kittens. In addition to working with local TNR groups and individuals, VFAP also pulls cats and kittens at risk of being euthanized from local shelters and provides them with the medical treatment they need to be healthy and happy.

To further expand their outreach program, VFAP opened up their own Cat and Kitten Adoption Center, located at 4601 North Rancho Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89130.

VFAP continues to be 100% volunteer-based and runs exclusively off donations of funds, supplies and time. They are always in need of more volunteers, fosters and donations. Please consider volunteering or donating, every dollar goes towards the well-being and adoption of a cat in their care.




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Hearts Alive Village Las Vegas mission is to secure loving and stable homes for dogs and cats at risk of being lost in the shelter system. They understand and value the powerful connection between people and pets. As they set out to provide a safer, happier life for animals, they realized that in order to do that, they were helping people as well.

Through a variety of owner support programs, they strive to keep pets in their original homes whenever possible by providing food, veterinary care, training assistance, support, and more. They work with low income, Veterans, seniors, the homeless, and children, to provide access to services, find the perfect family, and educate and inspire the next generation to take action.

They are a 100% volunteer run organization that relies entirely on the support of the community. Whether you donate, volunteer, foster, adopt, network, or spread the message, they welcome you to become a part of their village.

PALNV helps low-income families, senior citizens, veterans and the homeless care for their dogs and cats by providing pet food (canned and dry) and cat litter each month free of charge.

Seniors, Veterans, financially struggling Families and Homeless must verify the requirements below:

  • Proof of Residency: Driver’s License, Nevada ID with current address or utility bill with applicant’s name and current address
  • Maximum income $1500 (single), $2800 (2 persons), plus $400 for each additional person: Copies of SSI or Social Security award letter, bank statement, latest Federal income tax return or pay stub
  • Proof of pet’s spay or neuter:  Spay/Neuter paperwork, veterinary visit papers, tipped ear for cats or a letter from your veterinarian

Clients of Helping Hands of Las Vegas Valley and Clark County’s VIVO Program qualify automatically; however, their pets must be spayed or neutered.

To apply for Pets-In-Need Pet Food Assistance, download & fill out the form below. Once complete, please mail, email or fax it to their office.

4155 N Rancho Drive, Ste 150
Las Vegas, NV 89130
Fax: 702-902-4075

If you need further assistance, please contact PALNV at 702-629-6351.

Pet Food / Cat Litter Application

Spay / Neuter Application

Low Cost Vaccine Clinics

Volunteer / Get Involved

Donate / Contribute Supplies








P.A.W.S. (Providing Animals With Support) is an animal rescue group located in sunny St. George, Utah with adoption centers in Utah and Las Vegas, Nevada. Their mission is to reduce euthanasia rates by rescuing orphaned dogs, puppies, cats and kittens from city shelters. They also offer a public low cost spay and neuter program to reduce the pet overpopulation of Southern Utah.

PAWS is a 501(c)3 non-profit, no-kill, volunteer animal rescue founded in 2003. They rescue animals who are scheduled to be euthanized due to lack of space at shelters. They place them into foster homes or at their adoption centers Utah and Nevada, and then into quality permanent homes. PAWS relies solely on donations and volunteers.

Their mission is to decrease euthanasia rates at regional shelters, help less fortunate animals of sound temperament find forever homes, and educate the public about the humane care of animals with the goal of reducing animal overpopulation and animal cruelty.

As a general rule, P.A.W.S. does not accept pets from the public. Their first priority is to get animals out of the shelters since they are in immediate danger of being euthanized. Occasionally, P.A.W.S. will accept animals from the public, but only in unique circumstances, for example, abuse, orphaned newborns, a deceased owner, a highly adoptable breed, any animal previously adopted from P.A.W.S., and litters of puppies or kittens on the condition that the mother be spayed. They do charge a rehoming fee. If you feel you have a unique circumstance, please call the P.A.W.S. Adoption Center at 435-688-9748.

Las Vegas Cat Adoption Center @ PetSmart

9775 W Charleston Blvd (10.78 mi)
Las Vegas, Nevada 89117

Foreclosed Upon Pets will make its services known to individual owners of pets who are suffering from the following:

  • Economic hardship due to loss of job/home
  • Insufficient income
  • Temporary housing of military pets
  • Death of a pet owner

Some pets come from loving families that have no choice but to relinquish their animals to animal control authorities due to home foreclosure.

Some rescued pets come from owners who have passed away or due to severe illness can no longer care for their pet. Other animals come from less responsible pet owners who have neglected, abused and/or abandoned their pets.

Upon rescue, many of these animals are in need of medical attention, appropriate food, and socialization with people and other animals.

FUPI’s approach to animal rescue is a proactive alternative to animal cruelty and abandonment.

Adoptable Cats

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The Nevada SPCA, a nonprofit organization, operates a no-kill animal sanctuary, promotes humane education, makes referrals for lower-cost spay/neuter and vaccination services, and challenges people to be the best possible guardians for the companion animals in their care.

NSPCA works to achieve their adoption goals by treating each animal as an individual, with a name instead of a number.  They strive to match each rescued animal with people by personality and lifestyle in order to have the best chance to find a forever home.

They seek homes for the animals where they will be treated, cherished, and appreciated as members of the family.

On any given day, Nevada SPCA’s headquarters is home to more than 1,000 rescued animals.  Besides hundreds of cats and dogs, they rescue and adopt numerous other species of domesticated animals, including rabbits, guinea pigs, gerbils, hamsters, ferrets, pot belly pigs, goats, turtles, fish, many species of birds, and more.

Adoption hours are from 10am to 5pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 10am to 4pm Mondays through Thursdays, and closed on Sundays.  Nevada SPCA is closed for adoptions on Thanksgiving & Christmas.  The headquarters is located at 4800 W. Dewey Drive in Las Vegas.

They always operate at full capacity, so every animal adopted frees up space and resources to save another animal in need from our community.

The vast majority of the animals they rescue did absolutely nothing to in any way deserve becoming homeless.  This is true in most other shelters and rescue programs too, though there is a misguided perception with some that rescued animals are “broken”, “second-hand” or “second-rate” animals.  These animals have become homeless due to their previous owners passing away or becoming hospitalized, moving away, failing to secure them in homes and yards, losing family homes to foreclosure, becoming jailed or instituted, replacing them with puppies or kittens, etc., or sometimes abandoning them for no reason whatsoever.

Besides those awaiting adoption, they have animals in the process of medical & emotional rehabilitation that will soon be available for adoption in the future, and they exhaust all reasonable measures to help them become adoptable.  At the time of rescue many animals have broken bones and other injuries, disease, emaciated bodies from starvation or neglect, birth defects, tumors and other growths, and more.  Even more are bouncing back from broken hearts, cruelty and abuse, learning to trust people again.

There are no time limits for the animals at Nevada SPCA.

Read about their Life-Saving Statistics Here

They do not believe that any domesticated animals are inherently or incurably vicious.

Nevada SPCA is blessed with thousands of supporters and adopters, and hundreds of volunteers, who empower their lifesaving, no-kill work for animals.  Nevada SPCA has a staff of animal caretakers, adoption counselors, and an executive director.  Nevada SPCA’s board of directors and honorary board of directors serve without compensation.

Adoptable Cats

Become a Foster


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ASPCA (National)


Homeward Bound Cat Adoptions is a non-profit charitable organization. They offer a resource and option for those wishing to find homes for domestic cats and kittens. Homeward Bound is volunteer-managed and driven. They do not have a shelter. They do not have paid employees. Homeward Bound is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax 100% deductible.

Their vision is for a community in which no pet owner is forced to make a choice to abandon an unwanted cat or kitten or relinquish the pet to a kill shelter. Their goals are:

  • Offer the option of placing for adoption domestic cats/kittens that need to be re-homed.
  • Reduce the number of cats abandoned, euthanized, or placed in local shelters.
  • Provide healthy spayed/neutered and microchipped cats for adoption.
  • Manage a network of reliable, skilled, and loving foster homes.
  • Provide veterinary care that includes spays/neuters, vaccinations, diagnostic testing, dental procedures, ophthalmology care, surgery, medications, and hospitalization for cats and kittens in our care.
  • Educate our community on the responsibilities of pet ownership.

Adopt a Cat

Volunteer / Foster




Happy Home Animal Sanctuary is a no-kill, no-cage, non-profit organization dedicated to saving the lives of abandoned and homeless cats and dogs. They have been happily serving the Southern Nevada area since 1997.

Their mission is to offer care and a peaceful living environment for abused, aged or homeless animals. They provide an open space facility where “special needs” animals can be provided with medical care, love, and attention that will ultimately lead to their adoption. If an adoption isn’t possible, the sanctuary provides a lifetime refuge for the animals.

Their goal is to protect the welfare of the animals and to promote the humane treatment and well being of the animals by:

  • Providing shelter and medical care for stray or abandoned animals.
  • Responding with personal commitment, humane sensitivity, compassion, and technical skill to the needs of the animals.
  • Actively promoting suitable adoptions of the animals.
  • Encouraging the spay and neutering of dogs and cats to ensure the numbers of unwanted animals be kept to a minimum.
  • Helping to prevent cruelty to animals by promoting animal welfare legislation and public education.

They are an all-volunteer group with no paid staff and as a result, they rely solely on adoption fees, donations and the generosity of cat and dog lovers around the world to continue their efforts.




C5 is a volunteer organization which believes they can eliminate the senseless euthanasia of feral and free-roaming cats which live in the Las Vegas valley. C5 is a caring and dedicated group whose goal and purpose is the well being of the feral cats and our community. They feel the obligation to provide the feral and free-roaming cats a better life, while at the same time humanely reducing the overpopulation issue. They believe their actions will improve our communities by reducing feline diseases. C5 has a passion and belief in a cause which is morally right and will make a difference.  If you would like to join them, please visit their site.

TNR works. It humanely reduces the overpopulation of feral and stray cats. It reduces the need to euthanize healthy free roaming cats. It reduces or eliminates the behaviors people find annoying such as fighting, yowling, spraying and improves community relationships. And, it provides a better life for the feral and free-roaming cats.

Program Statistics

Clinic Information

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The Animal Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization founded in 1978 in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is the highest volume single-site animal shelter in America. Although they saved over 25,000 lost, homeless, and often mistreated animals, the shelter is NOT a “no kill” shelter. Animals are euthanized at this shelter.

In June 2015, The Animal Foundation announced Mission: Possible 2020, a strategic initiative to save the lives of all healthy and treatable animals that come to The Animal Foundation in need, by the end of the year 2020. This is their goal to be a “no-kill” shelter by 2020.

Community Cats Program

Much like a public hospital, as an open-admission shelter, The Animal Foundation takes in every animal who comes to them in need, no matter how sick or injured. From the expected dogs, cats, rabbits to pigs, fighting roosters, and exotic animals, they serve them all. Just like a hospital, they can’t save them all. What they can do, with the support of the community, is save every healthy and treatable animal who comes to them in need.

The Animal Foundation’s programs are designed to address the root causes of pet overpopulation and homelessness and include: adoptions; low-cost spay/neuter, microchipping and vaccination services; lost & found pets; Community Cats; and more. They envision a humane and compassionate community for all animals.  The mission is to save the lives of all healthy and treatable animals in the Las Vegas valley.

Mission: Possible 2020

Adopt / Foster-to-Adopt

Low-Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic

Low-Cost Vaccine Clinic

Pet Microchipping

Community Cats