Animal Rescue Force of South Florida, Inc.
5115 South Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, Fl 33405
(561) 586-2126
info@animalrescueforce.org
Needs Foster   |  Special Needs   |  Cats: 47   |  Dogs: 3

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If you're looking for a specific type, breed, color or gender of cat, please let us know using our MatchCat form.  If we think we  know of a match for you, we will contact you.  

In addition to our rescued cats, we have additional cats at our events, who are not on-line. We often take two or three out of our county shelter for the day to our adoption events. That way they can get extra exposure, have a fun day out, and be viewed by people that do not like to visit shelters.

Please consider adopting two animals together.  It's fun to see them interact, and they'll always have company when you are away.  We have many nicely bonded siblings including: Bitty and Sophia, Smokie and (the) Bandit, and Nutmeg and Beatrice.

If you are looking for a cat that has unfortunately been declawed, along with Oscar and Rocky, the county shelter (7100 Belvedere Road, WPB; (561) 233-1200) sometimes has a few declawed cats available.

If you are looking for a particular breed or color that you do not see with us, please check your local shelter.  You may just save a life! 

You can also try www.petfinder.com and www.adoptapet.com to see the cats available in rescue closest to your zip code or any other zip codes in areas in which you are willing to travel.
  

Thank you for considering adopting a rescued pet!


PLEASE DO NOT DECLAW!

With minimal effort, you can train your cat to use a scratching post. Scratching posts should be at least three feet high because cats like to stretch as they scratch. Scratching is a normal process used to shed the outer layers of their nails. If you are having trouble with a cat scratching at your furniture, train him/her by rubbing catnip and treats on the scratching post. Calmly lift the cat from the furniture and transfer to the post. Yelling at the cat will simply train her/him to scratch the furniture and run.  You can also try purchasing a horizontal scratching post if you have a vertical one and vice versa.  If all else fails, there are soft plastic caps available at your local pet store that can be glued over your cat's nails.  

However, if you feel you MUST have a declawed cat, PLEASE, PLEASE adopt one that has already been declawed, and then prepare to accept the likely negative behaviors in the poor cat.  Declawing is the cruel and unacceptable act of amputating the top joint of each toe. It is not just the removal of the nail.  It does not matter how the procedure it done, it is still mutilation. It is extremely painful!  Declawing may result in negative behaviors such as biting (many are abandoned outside due to this, and then left defenseless!), becoming anti-social, and not using the litter box (use may be too painful after the multiple amputations). The rescue search site www.petfinder.com has a box you can check to search for cats that are already declawed. (Note:  You need to select a breed of cat in order for the declawed box to appear as an option.)

We are ecstatic to report that the wonderful state of New York was the first to make declawing illegal in 2019!  We hope Florida will follow in 2020!  (Great news also in 2019 from the awesome state of Delaware becoming a "no-kill" state for dogs and cats!)

The following is a list of countries in which declawing cats is either illegal or considered extremely inhumane and only performed under extreme circumstances.


England
Scotland
Wales
Italy
France
Germany
Austria
Switzerland
Norway
Sweden
Netherlands
Northern Ireland
Ireland
Denmark
Finland
Slovenia
Portugal
Belgium
Spain
Brazil
Australia
New Zealand

Kudos to the citizens of these countries for getting their legislators to do the right thing!