My name is Polly!

Domestic Shorthair Cat for adoption in St. Charles, Illinois - Polly
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I'm being cared for by:
Homes for Endangered and Lost Pets --H.E.L.P.

Facts about Polly

  • Breed: Domestic Shorthair
  • Color: Black (All)
  • Age: Adult
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 9972
  • Hair: Short
The Blooming of Polly
Polly came to me in November of 2012 at the age of 12 weeks
as a single orphan. She was a gorgeous solid black cat but extremely frightened. She would have to be cornered in order to touch and hold her. She remained stiff as a board and felt very uncomfortable while being held. It was obvious that she had very little human socializing.
I put her in a room with several other kittens her age and a
friendly but shy cat. She remained afraid of me and would run from me when I approached. However, she bonded to the other kittens and
cat. Slowly, I was able to pet her while she ate. After several months it became apparent that she would not warm up on her own with my attention, so I took her and Finnegan, who she seemed to like the best, into my office where they would have to be with me quite a bit more. Since it was a much smaller room with lots of hiding places, I think she became more secure. When I fed her and Finnegan, up on a table,
she was open to letting me pet her and scratch her.
It wasn’t long before she would come over to me and sleep
under my desk by my feet. I would reach down and pet her. For a couple months it got progressively better and now she does not run and hide when I approach her. She actually flops down and wants me to rub
her tummy. She is not scared of me anymore, nor does she run from me. This took time and patience to get her to warm up to me and enjoy my company. Now, she lays by my feet and won’t leave me alone until I play with her and pet her. She loves to be scratched and petted now. She might not ever like strangers, but she has grown to trust her personal human (me).

About Homes for Endangered and Lost Pets --H.E.L.P.

About Our Rescue Group...

Mission Statement

H.E.L.P. is an all volunteer based, not for profit organization in the Fox Valley area. H.E.L.P. strives to provide medical care and a safe, happy, and comfortable living environment for as many cats and dogs possible while maintaining a high standard of care for these animals and making a best effort to ensure these animals are adopted into quality adoptive homes. H.E.L.P. is committed to educating the community on improving the lives of pets, and reducing the stray and abandoned domestic animal population as well as to promote spay/neuter programs.

Come Meet Our Pets...

Our dogs are all in foster homes. Please check for upcoming events. If interested in meeting one of our adoptable dogs, please go to the website and fill out the application.

Our Adoption Process...

Applying for a dog, Applying for a cat


1. Complete an adoption application at

2. Once your application is reviewed, a H.E.L.P. volunteer will contact you.

3. Approved adopters will be put in touch with the foster home to schedule an appointment to meet the dog/puppy or cat/kitten.

3. All members of the family must be present in order to adopt. We want to make sure it’s a good fit for everyone! If you already have a dog, we ask that you bring him/her to meet the foster dog too. (not necessary to adopt a cat)

Puppies 12 months and younger are $300. Adult Dogs over 12 months and younger than 6 years old are $250. Senior Dogs over 6 years are $100.

All dogs adopted through HELP who complete an obedience course within 4 months of adoption date will be reimbursed $50.

Kittens through HELP are $150 and Cats are $100.

The foster home has final approval of adoption.