What is a no-kill organization and is GAAR one of them?

Yes, GAAR is a no-kill animal rescue. We do NOT euthanize animals due to lack of space, time, type of breed, or any other reason. Many foster parent have kept animals that are too sick to be adopted, such as a dog in its terminal stage of cancer. We will exhaust every effort to keep an animal alive.

How can I help?

There are so many ways to help. Check out our Volunteer section for all the different options.

How long must I foster an animal before it is adopted?

Unfortunately, there is no way of telling how long you may have the pet. The economy, the season and the community are all factors that affect the adoptability of an animal. If time is an issue, consider volunteering for us in a different way. Check the volunteer section or talk to us about it, we're happy to figure out how you can best help!

How can I donate?

There are different ways of helping us by donating. Please check out the Donate and Wishlist section for more details!

I think I need to give up my cat. Is there anything I should consider?

Older Adult Owner give ups are probably the worst: the cats come from a home where they were once loved and suddenly thrown into either a kill shelter or a overcrowded rescue.

In a kill shelter they are treated like any other animal, no special treatment, most are so stressed that they do not pass the “temperament test”.  We have seen perfectly loving sweet cats turn mean and unapproachable under severe stress.  If your cat does not pass the “temperament test”, he/she will be put down immediately!

When Guardian Angel takes in a owner give up we will try to help make the move as easy as possible, but it is not easy to find a foster that is not already over loaded, but we do our best to help them feel safe until they can find their new family.  We have had owner give up cats die, even under 24 hour vet care, they stop eating and go into a deep depression and their bodies shut down, they give up.  We call it the “Broken Heart Syndrome.”

Another Option: Work with several rescue groups, and foster your baby until he/she can be placed.  This cuts back the stress level, if they go from one family straight to another family.  Rescues will post your kitty’s picture and story, screen potential owners and will try to match up your kitty with a loving and caring forever home.  The more rescues groups you can get to post your cat - the better chance you have of placing him/her quicker.

Did you know?

  • In a 6-year period, one female cat and its young can produce 360,000 kittens and one female dog and its offspring can be the source of 67,000 puppies.
  • 75,000 puppies and kittens are born everyday.
  • The estimated amount of animals euthanized each year is 12,000,000.
  • An altered pet will live a longer and healthier life.
  • A neutered male has less chance of developing prostate cancer.
  • Each year between 8 and 12 million dogs and cats end up in animal shelters because of overpopulation.
  • By adopting a rescued animal and by altering your pet, you can help bring down these numbers significantly.