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Winnie's Wish

Grand Chain, IL 62941

Cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

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We are a small, licensed cat rescue and shelter in southern Illinois. However, we have placed cats into homes from the West coast to the East coast, north and south, and even into Canada. We try to work with people to find ways to transport adopted cats to their wonderful approved homes wherever they might be. When you adopt a Winnie's Wish cat, you actually save TWO - the one you adopt and the one you make room for!

About Our Shelter:

After years of taking in homeless cats, one or two or a litter at a time, we were finally able to build a small cathouse in 2008. That cathouse soon filled up, and because of the generosity of friends and family, we were able to more than double the size of that cathouse in the spring of 2011. Our cathouse can now accommodate a maximum of 18 cats. We would love to be able to care for hundreds, but we don’t believe in overcrowding. For whatever time these cats stay here with us, we want the living conditions to be comfortable. These are cats and kittens who have had a rough start in life. Once rescued, and brought back to health, they deserve to be properly cared for. Therefore, because we can only house a certain number, being able to save future cats and kittens depends entirely upon our success in placing the current group into loving homes. If you adopt a cat from us, you save TWO cats - the one you adopt, and the one you open a spot for.

There are cats here who are "normal" and will require only the "normal" adjustment period in a new home. But we have far more who need special homes - homes with people who are willing to give lots of patience and love. Most Winnie's Wish cats were strays; some were even members of feral colonies. If you are a person who isn't just looking for a pet, but is willing to open your home and your heart to a cat who might not "give back" right away, then you've definitely come to the right place!

Our organization is called Winnie’s Wish for a very special reason. In August 2010, we found a kitten (or rather she found us). She was in absolutely terrible shape, but we hoped to bring her back to health and give her the kind of life she deserved. She didn’t get that chance. She passed away and left us heartbroken. Her name was Winnie.

Winnie seemed to touch so many hearts. We launched an adoption campaign in Winnie’s name. Winnie wished for a forever home. And the cats in our cathouse (who would have been Winnie’s housemates) also wish for forever homes. The mission here is to get as many of these rescued sweethearts into loving homes as possible. Please help us get these babies placed. We can only take in more needy kitties when homes are found for the ones with us now. And remember - if you adopt a cat from us, it opens a spot for another homeless soul who will be able to live in comfort until his or her own home comes along. Help us keep the revolving door open for the many more out there who need us.

*Please note: We are only interested in indoor homes. We want these kitties to become full-fledged family members.


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Our Adoption Process:

We have an application process completed via email. The adoption fee is $35 per cat. We discuss our requirements when you contact us with interest in a particular cat. We do try to connect the right kitty with the right person. Once approved, we set up arrangements to get the contract signed and kitty into your arms.

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a cat or kitten versus getting cats for sale or kittens for sale from a cat breeder? When someone is breeding kittens, they are creating new cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of cat or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a cat for sale from a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a cat or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.