We received a call that Chauncey, who was adopted about 3 years ago, would be coming back to STAF. The family’s situation had changed and they were no longer able to care for this sweet man. Fortunately, he settled back into STAF life with minimal upset and is currently living in his tall new condo in the front hall!

Stop by and meet the boy with the beautiful facial markings and very outgoing personality. We are so glad he is back and safe with all the STAF volunteers who will give him all the love he needs. Welcome home, Chauncey!


Rosie arrived recently, and she is very pregnant. A woman found this gorgeous long-haired tabby on the streets and asked if we would be able to help.

We secured a foster home for Rosie and the babies – which will be arriving any day! By looking at her, it looks like we will be celebrating birth day very soon!


Another sweet rescue is our amazing Winston – a cat that tested positive for the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV+) and the feline leukemia virus (FeLV+). The family that rescued him wanted to give him a home, but when he tested double-positive they were not comfortable having him share space with their cats.

Winston was living outside in a little heated house they provided, but outside is no place for a double-positive cat. We agreed to give him a home and can’t wait to introduce him to the residents in room 23. He will fit right in with this amazing room of cats.


When you think of the word Onyx, what comes to mind? Well from now on, it will be a gorgeous, and ridiculously friendly, ebony sleek, black cat! We were contacted by a young woman who found Onyx hanging around her apartment complex which does not allow cats. Fearing what the landlord might do, we agreed to take this lovely boy into STAF. It wasn’t until he arrived that we realized he had some bite wounds on his lower back that needed attention. Thankfully, he is healing very well and is so calm about any and all medical treatment he needs. Onyx is another boy that will be adopted fast!


We received an email from a disabled couple asking if we could make room for Buddy. He was a young, un-neutered male that was outside trying to fend for himself. They told us they could not afford to care for him, and his activity level was more than they would be able to handle. We agreed that the best place for Buddy was at STAF and we think Buddy agrees with that, too. He has already begun his medical protocols and will be neutered soon. As soon as possible, he will be ready to meet an adoring forever family.


Our beautiful Firefly was living in a colony for many years that is managed by one of our volunteers. Recently it was noted that Firefly appeared to have some serious medical issues with bloody urine and IBD symptoms, and she would not be able to survive without some specialized medical care. Well, of course, she now has a home at STAF. This 11-year-old cat loves attention and is doing much better with proper food and medical care.


Bobbi is a gorgeous and very friendly Manx that was living a tough life on the streets. We are uncertain of her history but agreed to accept this stray cat because she would not have done well outside.

Bobbi is approximately one year old, is a beautiful dilute tortoiseshell and just a little peanut weighing in at about 8lbs. She loves attention and will grab your heart the minute you meet her. We’re sure it won’t be long before she meets her forever family.



Handsome Mook was surrendered to a rural county shelter, as his previous owner said he needed more room to run. He is a Husky-Shepherd mix, just 7 months old and weighs about 48 lbs. 

Mook’s eyes are mesmerizing! They are the clearest, brightest blue and when he gazes at you, your heart just melts. Mook is a little afraid of the world right now and is very frightened of a crate. We don’t have insight into his background or what may have happened to him to make him fear small spaces, but we look forward to bringing his confidence back with all the love and care he will receive from STAF volunteers. Mook is a gentle dog, absolutely loves people, and seems to be getting along well with other dog residents at STAF.


Tigger has clearly lived a devastating life on the streets. A caring couple found him in need and took him to the vet to be neutered and to determine how they could help him. What they found out was more than they could handle financially and he was in absolutely no shape to go back on the street. They asked if we could help and of course we agreed.

Tigger has an old eye injury that may need attention and his teeth are in horrific condition – thankfully, he is still able to eat. Tigger did test FIV positive so we will need to take it slow with his dental surgery until we have a chance to build up his strength. Tigger has only been with us for a few weeks and has come a long way both socially and medically – he is responding to all the TLC our volunteers are providing. Stop by at our next event and introduce yourself to our courageous Tigger.

If you would like to make a donation to help with Tigger’s medical care, please donate to our Medical Fund today.


We’re happy to welcome Zino & Bellah to STAF! This adorable brother/sister pair came to us from a rural county shelter. Their family had surrendered them because they could no longer care for them. According to the family, Zino and Bellah have been best pals since birth, and usually sleep on top of each other. The family also shared that they are good with kids of all ages and other dogs. They’re about two years old and look like hound/lab mixes. Zino weighs 52 pounds, bigger than his sister who weighs just 32 pounds. They are both sweet and affectionate, and they love attention!


This laid-back lab mix was surrendered to an overcrowded rural county shelter, and STAF stepped in to give him a better shot at happily-ever-after. Andrew is 2 years old, 55 pounds, and has velvety chocolate and black fur. Unlike your typical lab, Andrew is super chill. He’s also a great walker – one of the best at the whole shelter!

Andrew can be a bit shy at first, but he loves to be petted and will lap up any attention you give him. He’s very sweet, and is good with other dogs. Our volunteers are ready to shower this good boy with all the love and care he can handle, until we find a great family to take over.



Trooper & Feisty were victims of terrible neglect. Although they lived in a home, they were in conditions that no cat should ever have to endure. When we got the call, we immediately jumped into action and got both of these senior cats to STAF. At 16 years old, they have a lot of medical conditions to sort out, but you know there is no better place than STAF to give them the best life possible. As they settle in, we are showing them the joy of a pampered life with STAF volunteers.


Displaced by a new puppy in the family, two-year-old Andy was frightened and a bit traumatized when he was first surrendered to our shelter … no doubt feeling like a little fish in our big shelter pond. But it didn’t take him long at all to settle in and make friends with our volunteers.

Andy’s former family tells us that he loves walks, enjoys playing fetch with squeaky toys, and sleeps quietly in his crate overnight. 



Petite and sweet GG has shown us the definition of courage and patience. Rescued by a woman in Pennsylvania, GG was looking for a home for months and found her way onto the STAF FeLV+ (feline leukemia virus) waiting list. Knowing this was GG’s chance for a lifetime of love and care in our Sanctuary, the woman drove GG all the way from Pennsylvania to STAF. This gorgeous grey girl is stealing hearts and will soon share space with some amazing cats that will welcome her with open paws!


Shelters and rescues are overflowing with young, intelligent, high-energy dogs like AthenaAs too often happens, Athena’s former family realized that their schedule and lifestyle are not conducive to raising an adolescent German Shepherd eager to engage her body and brain. So Athena is now sitting in a kennel at STAF, a perfect illustration of why rescues like ours go to such lengths to facilitate a good match between dog and family. In Athena’s case, that means someone with prior experience with this incredible breed … someone whose daily schedule and active lifestyle can accommodate her exercise and training needs … someone who understands “what love is” to a German Shepherd. Sound like you? Athena would love to meet you!


Candy, Feather, & Cotton are littermates that lived together in a loving home for 8-1/2 years. Their elderly owner had a change in her medical situation and could no longer care for them. Her family was unwilling to help so the poor woman contacted her vet to have them euthanized as she felt she had no other choice. Thankfully, the vet reached out to STAF and we were happy to accept these gorgeous and pleasantly plump siblings! Understandably nervous at first, they have all settled in under the gentle touch and loving care of our volunteers. We know the future is bright for this terrific trio!


It was a rough winter for this year-old, 40-pound hunk of lovin’. Adopted in December, Scooby was returned in February to an overcrowded county shelter.

With a euthanasia date fast approaching, we’re so grateful that STAF was able to step in and give him a second chance. (Who loves life? Scooby do!)

Here’s hoping that Spring brings Scooby a family as happy and affectionate as he is.



We recently got a call from a woman who had rescued Edison – a big, handsome, long-haired, gorgeous boy with a pretty serious injury to his neck. She took him to the vet with the plan of giving him a life of love. During his treatment he tested positive for the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV+), and she was not comfortable mixing him in with her cats at home. She reached out to STAF and we were happy to give him a second chance. Under the loving care of our medicators, Edison is healing very nicely and should be available for adoption soon.


Thank goodness a good Samaritan rescued this five-month-old pup off the streets … we’d hate to think of the world without such a rottie-ray of sunshine. Amelie was very nervous when she first arrived at our shelter, but is quickly making friends, both human and canine.

Anybody who has ever loved a rottie will not be surprised to hear that Amelie’s tough-girl exterior belies a marshmallow stuffing. With an irresistible puppydog gaze and super-soft fur, you’ll often find her snuggled up to a volunteer, content to just be close and hold paws. You are equally as likely to find her hanging with one of many pup-pals in the yard … she’s been a great playmate with every dog she’s met. Well-mannered on leash, Amelie is also a favorite walking companion for our volunteers.


Franklin, Freud, & Sagan are part of the amazing “Scientist” group – all rescued recently from the TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) site in Pleasant Plains. The cats that have come in from this group (STAF has rescued a total of 11) have all been incredibly friendly, and many have been adopted or are on hold for adoption.

We know these three boys will follow in their footsteps. All very affectionate, we know they will be on the adoption board soon, too!


At only seven months old, Kadie has already lost two families—most recently a teenager who got this pup on a whim, without consent from her family. Now a full-fledged adolescent, Kadie has had no stability, no training, and no reason to believe that the humans she bonds with today won’t leave her tomorrow.

According to her former owners, Kadie lived with dogs, cats, and kids as young as 8 and did great with all of them. They also report that she is house-trained and crate-trained. She loves people and does reasonably well on leash.



Nick wandered into the yard of a volunteer and immediately wanted to come inside and make himself at home. This volunteer already had several cats that she had adopted and rescued and asked if we had room for Nick – we said yes to this little gentleman. He is sweet, outgoing, and very healthy, and we’re sure he will find a forever home as soon as he finishes his STAF medical protocols. This handsome boy will be ready for his forever home in just a few more weeks!


Luka is one big goofy lab who has a lot of love to give to one very lucky family. He came to STAF when he was left to fend for himself in an overnight drop pen at one of STAF’s county shelter partners.

Luka was left with a brief note that gave his age and said that he is very friendly. Well from what we have seen of Luka since arriving at STAF, we have to agree that this lovable boy is a pleaser and is always looking to make a new friend.



Seranno is our newest STAF rescue, arriving recently when a family could no longer care for her. Upon meeting her, one of our volunteers said her personality was ‘spicy’ so she was named after a spicy pepper! Seranno managed to entice a ton of visitors to stop by and meet her at our last Brush-N-Fluff event. Active, inquisitive, vocal, and gorgeous are just a few words to describe this 4-month-old kitten.


A sweet boy with gorgeous eyes, Stan was living in a colony that was being managed by people associated with our TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) team. When it was discovered he had a wound on his side (from an unknown cause), he was taken to Town Square Animal Clinic where they cleaned and flushed the wound. While there, he tested positive for the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV+) and so he found his way to STAF! Our amazing medicators gave him the care he needed with medication and warm compresses to the wound. He has healed nicely and is scheduled for a dental exam soon.


Dobby is an adorable little guy who came to STAF after being surrendered by his owner to an over-crowded rural pound. Dobby is about 2 years old, 23 pounds, and definitely is a dachshund mix.

Dobby is very gentle and sweet, and has done very well meeting new people and new dog friends. Dobby loves to take walks, to be brushed, and is only too happy to climb on to your lap for butt and head rubs. He really enjoys playing in the yard with his STAF canine friends and cannot resist a game of tug o’ war with a volunteer and a rope toy:). 


Shadow shared the same colony space with Stan for many years. When Stan tested positive for the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV+), our TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) team went back to the colony to have Shadow tested, as well. Although we are sad that he also tested FIV+, we are so glad this beautiful cat is now with us, as well. Initially nervous in our vet room, this gentle giant quickly came around and is another member of our Ebony Sleek (black cat) Club! At just 4 years old, and healthy except for dental disease we will be addressing, we are sure this man will be one of our adoptable FIV+ cats.


Barrie is a sweet girl, named after the sister of the man who found her. Barrie had shown up on the man’s porch and was in pretty rough shape. Her good samaritan took her to the vet to make sure she was ok and we are very thankful to have this special little girl safe here at STAF. We think Barrie could be a mix of golden retriever and setter. She weighs around 30 lbs (could definitely afford to put on a few more) and our vet thinks that she is around 18 months old. Barrie has the BEST under-bite that we have ever seen and she is about as adorable as they come…utterly squeezable.


Julia was living on the streets and was part of another TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) effort that was managed by a STAF volunteer. When Julia was taken to be spayed, she tested positive for the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV+), and of course we agreed that she should immediately come to STAF. This gorgeous girl needs to put on a little weight and will be seen by our vet for next steps in her care plan. She hasn’t been with us long and is still a bit tentative, but we are showing her the special brand of TLC that STAF is so famous for!


This brindled beauty arrived at STAF recently from a rural county shelter. She had been found as a stray and sadly was never claimed.

Magic is around 2 years old and weighs about 40 pounds. She looks like she could have some Australian cattle dog and possibly some shepherd in her mix. She has adorable antennae-like ears that can’t quite decide if they want to stand up or not! She’s so sweet and outgoing, and we were told by the county shelter that she is good with kids and other dogs.


Our talented artist Picasso came to us when we were contacted by a woman who had been caring for this outdoor cat with an injury to his neck. She was moving and wanted to be sure he was cared for, so of course we agreed to take him.

This affectionate boy settled in immediately, and his wound is healing nicely with the help of a fashionable shirt to keep him from scratching it. He also has some dental issues and will be having a dental exam soon. This artistic and fashion-forward man is already on hold for adoption!


Welcome, Charlene & Tommy Lee! Charlene and her brother, Tommy Lee, are adorable hound mixes who recently took their freedom ride to STAF from a rural county shelter. Both about a year old, Tommy Lee is a handsome brindled boy and the larger of the two at around 45 pounds. His beautiful sister, Charlene, is smaller than her brother at around 32 pounds. These siblings absolutely love each other and can often be found playing together!

Charlene and Tommy Lee are sweet and loving and will wag their tails furiously if you so much as glance in their direction. They still have some puppy energy and are loving all the attention they’re getting from STAF volunteers. We are so happy to welcome Charlene and Tommy Lee to STAF, and we can’t wait to find these sweet pups their forever home!


Meet Monty! What can we say about Monty? This adorable kitten has never met a stranger, and it took about 15 seconds for every volunteer at STAF to fall head over heels in love with him! We are so grateful that another shelter reached out to us in January asking if we could take Monty when he tested FIV positive. Their shelter will not keep FIV+ cats and will not adopt them, so they would have had to euthanize him. Imagine that, a perfectly healthy 4-month-old kitten. Thank goodness we were able to save his life.

Monty is playful, active, precocious, and beyond adorable! Kittens often shed the FIV virus and we are extremely hopeful that at his next testing date in March, Monty will test negative. Either way, we are sure this little man will find a forever home!

If you would like to make a donation to help us continue to save more cats in need like Monty who deserve a chance at life, please donate to our Medical Fund today.


Miss Molley is an adorable and tiny (15 lbs) little beagle girl who was found running loose as a stray on a family farm. The family contacted the local shelter and sadly no one was looking for Molley. Molley’s guardian angel family noticed a large bite wound on her hip that had abscessed and they knew immediately that she needed to see a veterinarian. They took Molley to the vet where she had surgery to repair the wound as well as get her first set of vaccinations. Thankfully Molley’s wound responded to the surgery and treatment and she hardly missed a beat:).

Molley is your typical beagle who loves to run and play and play and run. The family said that Molley did well with the family cat during her stay with them. Beagle lovers will understand that Molley has a lot of energy, is super smart and  need to be watched outside in a fenced yard since beagles typically dig and climb!


Our sweet Gingerbread came to STAF’s attention when several volunteers saw a posting on Facebook that this young FeLV positive cat was going to be euthanized by a Kentucky shelter in a matter of days. We are one of the only shelters in the region that will give sanctuary, and a lifetime of TLC, to cats that have tested FeLV positive. We gladly stepped in to help, and one of our volunteers drove four hours to bring Gingerbread safely back to the loving care of STAF.

Gingerbread napped during the entire trip to STAF, knowing she was safe in the care of her special volunteer. This gorgeous one-year-old cat is active, playful, and very excited to be with us. From the first day, she was welcoming all visitors and head-butting with gusto! We are so happy to have her with us.

If you would like to make a donation to help us continue to save more cats in need like Gingerbread who deserve a chance at life, please donate to our Medical Fund today.


Ben Ben arrived at STAF when a woman came to the shelter saying she could no longer keep him, pushed him out of her car, and drove off. Ben Ben arrived in bad shape: he was seriously underweight, riddled with parasites, missing fur, never bathed, and had nails so long he could barely walk. We are very thankful to have him safe at STAF!

In just a short period of time at STAF, Ben Ben looks like a completely different dog. He’s put on a few pounds, had a bath, was treated for parasites, and even had a puppy manicure! It’s obvious that STAF is the best home he has ever known. Ben Ben looks to be a setter/border collie mix and our vet estimates him to be around two years old.

Ben Ben is an energetic, playful boy, and with lack of training, he doesn’t quite know the difference between playing with people and dogs. We’ve seen great progress with his new training and this boy is over-the top-smart! He quickly mastered basic obedience commands and has been transformed into a wonderful walking partner.


Angela was brought to our door in some pretty major distress. This pregnant mama cat was barely more than a kitten herself and she was ready to have her kittens at any moment. The person that found her outside was desperate to find a place for her and we of course took her in and whisked her immediately to one of our foster homes. In less than 48 hours, Angela gave birth to 7 healthy kittens in a safe, warm, and experienced foster home environment. Mama Angela and the kittens – Asher, Aidan, Ada, August, Aster, Aspen, and Aretha – are all thriving. We rescued 1 and saved 8!


This month also brought us the adorable and courageous Laurel. This kitten was brought to us with a terrible injury to her leg and was immediately rushed to our vet. Severely dehydrated, covered in fleas, and unable to walk, she would have never made it on her own outside. After thorough evaluation and consideration of all options, our vet and volunteers determined that due to the severity of her injuries, Laurel would do best with her leg removed. Laurel is back at the shelter and is doing incredibly well! Fortunately kittens heal quickly, especially when they are surrounded by volunteers that are spoiling them ALL day long (that is no exaggeration!).