//Limited Admission Shelter – Why?

St. Francis is a limited admission shelter. Many people search for “No-Kill” shelters to place their animals when they can no longer keep them and find that many are full to capacity. To us at St. Francis, no-kill really means no-kill. Cats are never euthanized based on temperament. The only animals euthanized for illness are those who no longer have any quality of life due to pain from an untreatable illness. We attempt to find hospice care for the terminally ill cats so they can enjoy their final days in a loving home rather than in a shelter with a countless number of roommates.

Here at St. Francis we currently have 190 cats in our immediate care! 143 of those cats are in our shelter and 47 reside in foster homes. Each day we receive numerous calls from pet owners who are no longer able to keep their pets due to unfortunate circumstances or lack of planning to find pet friendly housing. Rarely are we able to accept owner surrendered cats. Our first priority is to those cats who were adopted from us and those with urgent medical needs who do not have a person to care for them.

Currently, in our adult adoption room we have 40 cats available for adoption:

43% of them had a forever home, but came back to the shelter

23% were found abandoned

13% were brought in as kittens and have not found a home yet

11% are the mommies of the babies we found forever homes for

10% were found sick or injured in the community


Less than six short months ago, we received a call about a cat that looked like it had been hit by a car with a face that was almost unrecognizable. One of our dedicated volunteers immediately went to rescue the cat and took her directly to South Trail Animal Hospital. After a thorough examination and laboratory tests, it was determined that an extreme allergy caused the raw, open wounds. She was named Abalone. Abalone was extremely timid at first and went to a temporary foster home to work on socialization. She came around nicely and turned into an absolute love! In spite of her scarring, Abalone was ready for a home, but her food was extremely expensive which raises the next challenge. She could not be in the adoption room without being in a cage 24 hours a day; St. Francis is a free-roaming, cage less shelter. Abalone would remain in our intake room so she could have some freedom. Since that time, Abalone has found a permanent, loving home. St. Francis provides all of her food and medical care while Abalone remains a “permanent foster” in her new home.

Some of our cats are not so fortunate. There are cats that are found to have terminal cancer. For them, there is usually a special staff member or volunteer willing to bring the cat into their home to live out their final days in a loving environment. Our dedicated staff and volunteers believe every cat deserves a home and do everything we can to find them their special forever home.

2017-02-17T03:41:19+00:00 April 1st, 2013|News|1 Comment

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  1. Sheila Mannarelli August 7, 2016 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    My wife and I have rescued over 75 cats in the past 22 years. We feed 7 feral cats who live in our backyard and have taken in numerous cats from a mommy we couldnt catch. She and the rest of them have all been spayed and neutered and put back in our yard, they were to feral by they time we caught them to have them adopted. We currently took in a cat, that we thought was a male, from a person we knew who was feeding the cat but could not take in due to his wife being very sick. To our surprised it was a pregnat female. We still have her and her 4 babies who are now 10 months old, all fixed and very friendly. We are looking for a home for the 3 males, Timmy, Simba and Izzie. We currently cannot take on 3 more cats. We love them but we dont have the home capacity and we are stretched financially.

    We are looking for a cage free enviorment for them to be adopted. I do not like the SPCA or the Humaine Society, I do not want them in cages. They are used to people and having the freedom to roam. Can you help? is it possible to see pictures of your facility. I hope to hear from you soon.

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