About Us

Feline Rescue, Inc. is a Minnesota based no-kill companion cat rescue organization. Our founders established Feline Rescue in 1997 in Minneapolis, MN as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We are a volunteer based organization. Feline Rescue, Inc. is funded exclusively through donations and grants. We receive no municipal, state, or federal funding.

We provide rescue and relief to the homeless and endangered cats in our community through programs that offer shelter, foster, social and medical rehabilitation, feral and stray management, spay/neuter subsidy, and community education.

Our mission is to provide safe shelter, veterinary care, and socialization for stray, abandoned, or abused cats until good permanent homes can be found for them. Our mission does not enable us to accept owner surrendered animals.

Our Values

Feline Rescue believes that all cats are entitled to a safe, caring, and happy home. We are firmly opposed to the practice of declawing, considering it cruelty to animals, and an unethical practice. We believe that all tamed cats should be kept indoors. No cat in our care will be destroyed except when suffering and beyond medical treatment, and the cost of the medical care shall not be a factor in this decision.

Our Bylaws

The bylaws presented below were approved at Feline Rescue, Inc.’s March 2013 Annual Meeting.

Amended and Restated Bylaws of Feline Rescue, Inc. pdf_button

Our Rescue Program

Adoption and Rehabilitation Center

Up to 70 cats are housed and rehabilitated at our Adoption Center at any one time. The majority of cats housed at our facility are allowed to roam freely most of the time and are not kenneled at all. Cats may be kenneled during introductions to a new space, when receiving medical treatment, or during behavioral rehabilitation.

Network of Foster Caregivers

Our extensive network of foster homes cares for an additional 150 adoptable kittens, nursing mothers, and special needs cats.

Our Outreach Program

Our outreach program focuses on feral cat colony management, Trap Neuter Return, and subsidized low-cost spay/neuter programs.

Our Education Program

Feline Rescue volunteers work with the public to educate them about issues related to overpopulation and responsible pet ownership.

Board of Directors

Feline Rescue board members meet the third Wednesday of every month.  Board meetings start at 6:30 p.m. and are open to the public. Board meetings are held at 600 Fairview Ave. N, St. Paul.

Board Meeting Minutes

Executive Director Dana Andresen
President Alden Drew
Vice President Charles Selcer
Secretary Nancy Miller
Treasurer Randi Helgeson
Director At Large Joan Barrett
Director At Large Julie Doherty
Director At Large Elaine Grittner
Director At Large Kelley Leaf

Volunteer Staff

Human Resource Director Elaine Grittner
Shelter Program Director Claudia Brockhaus
Foster Program Director Robin Holland
Spay-Neuter/Outreach Program Directors Vickie Lachelt,Molly Rosenberg
Outreach Program Assistant Coordinator Nancy Behrens
Shelter Intake Coordinator Janet Olstad
Foster Intake Coordinator Karen Dulski
Shelter Adoption Coordinator Dawn Ditmarson
Foster Adoption Coordinator Joan Barrett
Shelter Supply Managers Mary Barber-Schmitz and Tom Schmitz
Foster Supply Manager Robin Holland
Shelter Volunteer Coordinator Open Position
Scoop Editor Lisa Linnel
Newsletter Editor Nancy Miller
Social Media Karen Dulski, Alissa Heinonen, and Kris Kaiser
Graphic Designers Gary and Jess Cripps, Kris Kaiser

Data and Financial Information

2015 IRS 990 pdf_button
2015 Feline Rescue Annual Report pdf_button
2014 Feline Rescue Annual Report pdf_button
2013 Financial Audit pdf_button
2014 Financial Audit pdf_button
2015 Financial Audit pdf_button

13 comments on “About Us
  1. Mark Wetzel says:

    I found a persian cat, looks older, male, that I cannot keep. Could I bring him there?

    • Thank you for trying to find a safe place for this cat. If you are in the Twin Cities you can try contacting our volunteers who manage the intake of homeless cats at our shelter, please call 651-642-5900 and then ext. 6 to leave a message with information about this cat. I think we have a waiting list, but you could either check periodically or leave a message with information.

      The following link has a list of other rescue organizations, http://felinerescue.org/download/docs/No_Kill_Resources.pdf. You may want to contact multiple rescues to get him on a number of waiting lists and increase the chances of being taken in by a no kill rescue.

      Our outreach volunteers may also be able to post him online for adoption as a courtesy post. If you are interested, please send photos and information to outreach@felinerescue.org. Because the cat is a specific breed (Persian), you could try contact Specialty Purebred Cat Rescue http://www.purebredcatrescue.org/.

  2. I was hoping you might be able to help me. I have a momma kitty that was dumped off at/near my house back in August and she had her babies in my garage. She was sick and so were the babies. I took them all to the vet and nursed them back to health. I have found homes for the babies, but sadly I’ve had no such luck with Momma. I cant keep her myself, I have 3 cats of my own; one of which is 18 yrs old. I fear the stress of introducing a new cat would throw her into a tail spin from which she wouldn’t recover. I cant, in good conscience, put her through that at her age. Momma-kitty is living in my heated shop right now, but I cant continue to do so. Honestly, I cant afford to heat the shop any longer. Is there anything you can do to help? If you could please take her in, I would be willing to donate food, litter and a small sum of money. I cant afford much, but if you can help I’ll do as much as I can. Please let me know either way if this is something you could help me with. Momma is so incredibly lonesome since her last baby left a few days ago. She cries and cries and it just breaks my heart. She’s a sweet girl and was a really good momma to her babies. I believe she misses them terribly. My phone # is 715-736-3903. Please call. Thank you so much.

    • Thank you for caring for momma cat and finding homes for her kittens.
      To contact our volunteers who manage the intake of homeless cats at our shelter, please call 651-642-5900 and then ext. 6 to leave a message with information about this cat. I think we have a waiting list, but you could either check periodically or leave a message with information.

      The following link has a list of other rescue organizations, http://felinerescue.org/download/docs/No_Kill_Resources.pdf. You may want to contact multiple rescues to get her on a number of waiting lists and increase the chances of being taken in by a no kill rescue.

      It can take awhile to get cats into a rescue organization because of long waiting lists. If you need assistance getting her spayed you can contact organizations (including our outreach program) listed in the above link.

      Our outreach volunteers may also be able to post her online for adoption as a courtesy post. If you are interested, please send photos and information to outreach@felinerescue.org.

  3. Carol Mladek says:

    My Neighbors banded together to trap and neuter the strays.
    I have two beautiful, friendly, loving cats ready for adoption.
    Can you do a courtesy post for me…
    Year- old male, black short hair domestic, neutered and all shots…ready for a forever home. He is beautiful.
    Year-old female, calico, short hair domestic, neutered and all shots, ready for a forever home. She is sweet
    They just need love and food…..even a foster home would be great. 651-457-2564

  4. kathi ross says:

    I have two cats who need a new home due to my new work hours I am unable to care for them…they are both male, fixed cats, one is declawed on all four paws the other is declawed on the front paws. The younger male is very friendly loves attention, loves to play. The second male is a little skittist, tends to hide from new people but when he gets to know you he is very loving and loves to talk.

    • Sorry to hear you need to re-home your cats. Did you adopt either or both of them from a rescue organization? Most organizations will take their animals back and some require that their animals come back to them if the adopter can no longer care for them.

      Our organization does not normally take owner surrenders. Our mission is to provide safe shelter, veterinary care, and socialization for stray, abandoned or abused cats.

      Following is a list of other rescue organizations, http://felinerescue.org/download/docs/No_Kill_Resources.pdf. You may want to contact multiple rescues to get your cats on a number of waiting lists and increase the chances of being taken in by a no kill rescue. Our outreach volunteers may also be able to post your cats online for adoption as courtesy posts to help them find a home. If you are interested, please send photos and information to outreach@felinerescue.org.

      This is a difficult time of year to find room with a rescue organization as they are focused on bringing in homeless cats before it gets cold and rescuing owner surrendered and homeless cats from overcrowded animal control facilities as hundreds of cats are killed in the metro area.

  5. Joshua says:

    I adopted a male kitty from a family that couldn’t care for him any longer, and I already have a female kitty, and am worried they will end up multiplying, however our income isn’t so flattering to afford hundreds of dollars on neutering our new kitty. how does the cost work with you guysto get him neutered?

  6. Shari says:

    How much is it to adopt a baby kitten?

    Thank you

    • Thank you for your inquiry about adopting through Feline Rescue. The adoption fee for a kitten is $135. To learn more about our available kittens please contact Joan our volunteer foster adoption coordinator at 651-705-6264.

  7. Julie Morgan says:

    If you are considering adopting a cat, or cats, these guys do a great job helping you find the right felines. I adopted two six-month old kittens a week ago despite thinking kittens were NOT what I wanted. Molly responded quickly to my questions and suggested a pair of brothers who seemed to match up well with what I wanted and what they needed. She also gave me good suggestions to make their homecoming as non-threatening as possible. The cats are getting more confident by the day and seem to be as happy as I am about our match. I’d recommend Feline Rescue to anyone looking for a feline companion!!

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