About

Heavenly Paws Animal Rescue, Inc. is a 501 (c) non-profit, all-volunteer, no-kill feline rescue.

Heavenly Paws was started in June of 2004, by Angeline R. Behrendt.  Mrs. Behrendt is trained as a Veterinary Technician and has provided care for sick, injured, and homeless animals for many years in her home.  She founded the shelter in 2004 to expand her services and to provide safe and secure homes for more cats.

Heavenly Paws is not a true brick and mortar shelter. We have a network of foster homes to care for the cats until permanent, loving homes can be found; offering a second chance of a lifetime of love and happiness. We also strive to help humans understand the importance of controlling the pet population through spaying and neutering.

Heavenly Paws relies on private and corporate donations to help fund our rescue operations and accomplish our mission. We do not receive any government funding and no one in our organization receives any of the money that comes into our organization. All funds are used to properly operate the rescue and provide housing, treatment, and vet care for our cats and kittens.

Sadly, due to circumstances beyond our control, not all of them make it, but every effort is made. We have treated and saved numerous cases of distemper, as well as other serious health problems, illnesses, injuries, and some of the most severe cases of neglect and abuse.

All our volunteers are committed to make every effort to rescue as many cats and kittens off the streets as possible, provided that we have the space and funding. We take in cats and kittens, that if taken to other facilities would be euthanized without making any effort which is why we cannot take owner surrendered pets.


We ask that those who want to surrender their personal pets do the right thing by finding the pet an appropriate home. We are more than happy to help by courtesy postings, but we cannot take a cat that is currently safe in a home, because we need the space for the sick, abandoned, injured, abused, and defenseless strays.


There are thousands of animal rescue organizations, all working for the same purpose. We hope through our efforts, we will make at least a small difference, and save a few lives with proper care in the process. With your support, we can continue to accomplish this mission.


Since our inception in 2004, Heavenly Paws has rescued, rehabbed and found loving, forever homes for 400-500 cats each year. You can find some of our successful adoption stories in our Facebook photo album, Happy Tails


HEAVENLY PAWS ANIMAL SHELTER, INC is a Pennsylvania non-profit corporation organized under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
We have also been given permission from North Codorus Township(York County) to build a facility to house more animals.  We are currently working out of the President’s home and numerous foster homes.  We can use your support in constructing a facility to “save more lives”.

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