8 Best Rescues to Adopt a Cat in St. Petersburg

June is officially the ASPCA’s Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, and what better time could there be to bring home a feline friend in need? Whether you’re looking for a kitten, an older cat, or a feline somewhere in between, here are some of the best rescues to adopt a cat around St. Petersburg, Florida, and find your next companion. These are listed in no particular order.

Rita’s House of Rescues

Rita’s House of Rescues is the brainchild of Rita Ireland, who has run it on her own since 2017. She got into rescue as an assistant manager at Pet Supermarket, which is one of her adoption centers now. Customers of the store would come in with abandoned kittens, and Rita started taking them in, along with kittens found through TNVR programs. Rita specializes in bottle babies, pregnant mama cats and their kittens, but is also often looking for homes for adult cats that have come her way too.

Adoption Centers:

Pet Supplies Plus, 1123 62nd Ave N, St Petersburg

Pet Supermarket, 3439 49th St N, St Petersburg

You can contact them via Facebook or Instagram.

Cat Kids Rescue

With multiple adoption locations, one primary spot being the PetSmart in St. Pete, Cat Kids Rescue is a feline-focused rescue that helps find cats and kittens their forever homes. Started by the founder when she realized she had a special knack for rehabilitating cats that would have been otherwise deemed “unadoptable,” Cat Kids Rescue became her passion. She’s continued helping over 1,400 of these sweet cats and kittens find homes every year since 2014.

You can see a current list of the available cats on their website, and they also allow adoptions through the PetSmart locations in Tyrone Mall in St. Pete and Largo, FL.


6572 Seminole Blvd Seminole, FL 33772

Phone: 727-748-6047

Email: info@catkidsrescue.org

Friends of Strays Animal Shelter

As the oldest no-kill shelter in St. Pete, we cannot recommend Friend of Strays enough for those looking to add a new feline companion to their family. They go above and beyond to make adoption accessible and educational, benefitting the well-being of both the animals saved and adopted out, as well as the loving pet parents that take them on. This shelter also offers programs such as the Kitten Heroes Program and MEOW Now, and they additionally run a pet food pantry for households that may require some assistance in ensuring their pets have enough healthy food to eat.

To adopt a cat or kitten from Friends of Strays, you can stop by their adoption center or fill out an online adoption application to begin the process of adopting one of the cats in their foster program.


2911 47th Avenue North St. Petersburg, FL 33714

Phone: 727-522-6566

Email: info@friendsofstrays.org

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Save Our Strays

Even having been selected by Jackson Galaxy himself as part of the Cat Pawsitive Program by GreaterGood.org, Save Our Strays is an impressive and reputable rescue that places the health and proper homing of its cats and kittens above all else. As long as their fosters have space, they refuse to turn away a single cat in need.

To adopt one of their available cats or kittens, you can email them or call them to set up an appointment to meet which potential companion has caught your eye. Most of their cats are in foster homes, but they also have their own Cat Haven adoption facility, which will require an appointment for visitation.

Phone: 727-481-5091


Rescue Pets of Florida

The St Petersburg division of Rescue Pets of Florida really puts its focus on cats! Not only do they take cats and kittens from local TNVR programs to adopt out, but they have also creatively themed cat adoption events at Woof Gang Bakery and Grooming every month to fundraise and showcase adoptable cats and kittens up for adoption. The star of the events is always an adult cat currently up for adoption, and they also have kittens at the events.

The hours you can visit and bring your furever kitty home are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 5 pm – 7 pm, Tuesday 6 pm – 8 pm and Saturday and Sunday 12 pm – 4 pm

Adoption Center:

PetSmart, 7777 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr St. N. Saint Petersburg, FL 33702

St. Francis Society Animal Rescue

Having saved over 20,000 pets from euthanasia since 2008, the St. Francis Society Rescue goes above and beyond to save cats and dogs and provide them with happy forever homes. Aside from protecting and caring for these animals in need, St. Francis even offers a unique Working Cat Program to help place feral cats in “working” homes, allowing them to live in accommodating situations for them to thrive, provide pest control, but also be under the watchful eye of an adoptive pet parent at a distance— something not many other rescues offer!

To adopt a cat from St. Francis Rescue, you can contact the staff to express interest in one of the cats housed in one of their adoption centers, contact your cat-of-interest’s current foster parent, or submit an online application if you’re interested in adopting a cat that is currently part of the Working Cat Program.

Online Contact Form: Click here


P.O. Box #261614 Tampa, FL 33685

Sunshine Kitty Catfe

There couldn’t possibly be a better way to meet a new potential furry family member than relaxing in a calm, therapeutic lounge full of cats, coffee, and an escape from the chaos of everyday life. You’ll have to make a reservation, and there are also quite a few rules to follow to keep the cats happy and ensure everyone has a wonderful experience, but the Sunshine Kitty Catfe is an experience you’ll be sure to remember.

Although nearly anyone can schedule some chill time with the cats at the catfe, the owners of Sunshine Kitty Catfe have a strict no-same-day-adoptions policy to ensure that potential pet parents undergo a sufficient screening process and are the perfect fit for their feline of choice. When they say they want to make sure the cats at their lounge find the perfect forever home, they mean it!

To schedule your catfe time, you can go through their website to book a slot to come chill with some kitties while kicking back with a refreshing drink. Once you meet a cat that you really click with, they’ll walk you through the screening and application process to ensure you and your potential new companion are the perfect match.


1669 1st Ave South

St. Petersburg, FL 33712

Pet Pal Animal Shelter

The folks at Pet Pal Animal Shelter in St. Petersburg have made it their mission to rescue pets in need that are at risk of euthanization for various reasons, whether it’s due to socialization issues, lack of training, health problems, or simply time limitations. With a standard adoption fee of $40 for cats, this shelter handles all the spaying, neutering, vaccinating, and microchipping to have your new feline companion healthy and ready to go home. Their goal is to find all of these pets in need of loving homes and provide them with the happy lives they deserve.


405 22nd St S St. Petersburg, FL 33712

Phone: 727-328-7738


Whether you’re a cat parent newbie or a seasoned pro adding yet another furry pal to your home, if you happen to be in St. Petersburg and need someone to check in on your furry friend or keep them entertained while you’re away, Delightful Pet Sitting is here to save the day. We’re just a click away for more details on our pet sitting services, so don’t be shy — let us know how we can help!

Tell us in the comments – where did you adopt your cat from?



1 Comment

  1. Christine

    I would not agree that Cats Kids is a great rescue. I tried to adopt kittens from them and they would not respond. Rita’s and Friends of Strays are both worthy of donations and are very helpful.


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