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  • Adopting From Sunshine's Friends

    Sunshine's Friends Cat and Dog Rescue use several Internet resources to list available cats and dog who need a forever home. Use the chart below to search through our adoptable animals and read about the personalities and available histories of each one. 

    Cat-match service™

    We have years of experience placing cats and kittens into loving forever homes.  Let us help match the cat or kitten that best fits you.  We consider your personality, your family situation, your living accommodations, your age, your other pets, etc.  Tell us about these things in an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us find a Cat-Match™ for you.

    Identifying Your Future Fur-Friend

    You can use two online pet location services where we are registered:

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    PetEstablished Animal Database

    Should you wish to come to the Shelter and meet your possible future friend, please make an appointment using the following form.

    Request An Adoption Appointment

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  • Adoption Event

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    Sunshine's Friends Cat and Dog Rescue will be at Ellicott City PetSmart showing cats and kittens and providing it's "Cat-Match™" system to help potential adopters find their purrfect fur buddy(s). 

  • Happily Ever After

    Our success stories have happy endings for Sunshine’s Friends.

    One of the most rewarding things we do at the sanctuary is rescue feral moms with their kittens.  Some of these kittens were born in abandoned houses, some behind dumpsters, and some in wooded areas.  The condition of the kittens mostly depends on the food source for the mom.  Many of the moms weigh as little as five pounds and they have between four to six babies to feed.  These little families generally have had no positive contact with people.  The mother cat may never be socialized or completely comfortable with us, however, she will appreciate having regular meals and a safe place to nurse her babies.  The feral moms, no matter how cautious and scared of humans they are, learn to trust the hand that feeds them.  They may never let you touch them but have no objections to you handling their kittens.

  • Mission Statement

    Sunshine’s Friends Cat and Dog Rescue (SFCDR) has been involved with helping animals in need since 2003. We incorporated and became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in October 2014. The number of animals we have rescued or aided has grown every year since then. We were first established under the name “Sunshine’s Friends Cat Rescue and Sanctuary”. The name and mission have changed to include dogs due to a growing need to provide most of the same help for dogs as we do for cats. Our non-profit public title is thus called “Sunshine’s Friends Cat and Dog Rescue.”

    Sunshine’s Friends’ mission (the 5 R's) is:

    • To RESCUEabandoned community cats and dogs in desperate situations;
    • To REHABILITATE the sick, the injured, and the abused;
    • To REHOME cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies ready for permanent placement with a suitable guardian;
    • To provide a loving REFUGE for cats and dogs that are not adopted; and
    • To REDUCE local shelter intake by promoting spaying and neutering.

    We are an all-volunteer organization dedicated to serving helpless animals. Our goal is to stop the unnecessary euthanasia of all cats and dogs and to give them a second chance to live a good life with a loving family or companion.

  • PetSmart Adoption Event

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    Sunshine's Friends Cat and Dog Rescue will be at Ellicott City PetSmart showing cats and kittens and providing it's "Cat-Match™" system to help potential adopters find their purrfect fur buddy(s).

  • PetSmart Adoption Event

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    Sunshine's Friends Cat and Dog Rescue will be at Ellicott City PetSmart showing cats and kittens and providing it's "Cat-Match™" system to help potential adopters find their purrfect fur buddy(s).

  • PetSmart Adoption Event

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    Sunshine's Friends Cat and Dog Rescue will be at Ellicott City PetSmart showing cats and kittens and providing it's "Cat-Match™" system to help potential adopters find their purrfect fur buddy(s).

  • PetSmart Adoption Event

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    Sunshine's Friends Cat and Dog Rescue will be at Ellicott City PetSmart showing cats and kittens and providing it's "Cat-Match™" system to help potential adopters find their purrfect fur buddy(s).

  • PetSmart Adoption Event

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    Sunshine's Friends Cat and Dog Rescue will be at Ellicott City PetSmart showing cats and kittens and providing it's "Cat-Match™" system to help potential adopters find their purrfect fur buddy(s).

  • PetSmart National Adoption Weekend

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    Sunshine's Friends Cat and Dog Rescue will be at Ellicott City PetSmart showing cats and kittens and providing it's "Cat-Match™" system to help potential adopters find their purrfect fur buddy(s).

  • PetSmart National Adoption Weekend

    National Adoption Weekend

    Sunshine's Friends Cat and Dog Rescue will be at the Ellicott City PetSmart for National Adoption Weekend. Come meet the adoptable dogs, cats, and kittens that are ready for their forever homes.

  • PetSmart National Adoption Weekend

    PS NAW 2018

    Sunshine's Friends Cat and Dog Rescue will be at the Ellicott City PetSmart for National Adoption Weekend. Come meet the adoptable dogs, cats, and kittens that are ready for their forever homes.

  • Rehome and Placement Programs

    We believe that cats and dogs deserve to live their lives in the best possible conditions – adopted into loving homes, in temporary foster care, or moved up from feral colonies into barns. These programs accomplish those goals through rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming.

    • Rehabilitation – before our adoptees are rehomed, we address their physical and social issues and update their vaccinations.
    • Fostering for Rockstars – we are striving to recruit a cadre of dedicated fosters who care for the pets between intake and placement.
    • Adoption and “Cat-Matchmaking”– we pride ourselves on very low adoption failures because we know our adoptees and consider which adopters will be the best fit for their temperament, age, and personality.
    • Senior and Special Needs placement – we are determined to find the right homes to assure a fulfilling relationship for those pets that need extra care because of age or physical/medical restrictions.
    • Barn Placement - we work diligently to find safe alternatives for relocating feral, semi-feral, or tame cats that are accustomed to being outdoors. Our barn placement adoptions follow a strict, proven protocol for acclimating them to their new home.
    • Rehoming Assistance – in most cases due to the volume of homeless animals that we intake, we cannot accept surrendered pets. We can however, help the current guardians by posting their pets on national adoption databases, and by referring potential adopters to them.
  • Rescue… Rehabilitate… Rehome

    There are many cats and kittens at the sanctuary that are waiting to be placed in a forever home with a person or family to call their own.

    If you can't adopt, consider sponsoring one of our furry friends who will live out their lives at the sanctuary with us. Some of these cats are not completely socialized or have medical concerns. We provide them with a comfortable home, love, as much attention as they will allow, good nutrition, and medical care.

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Senior Of the Month: Pebbles

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Meet our Super Sweet Senior of the Week.

Pebbles is 12 years young and would love to be someones, special girl. She will be happiest as an only cat child but is great with human children. Pebbles is in good health and always uses her litter pan.

We were blessed to have Bev take such good care of Amore whom we found in a field 3 month ago alone and scared. Today we are so happy to welcome our newest addition to the family

2025-03-10
Saveria Rose Westerlund
Very devoted to the cats. They work tirelessly in the community. They invest greatly in the health of the cats. This is a loving place.
2018-05-19
Lisa Dolan
Very devoted to the cats. They work tirelessly in the community. They invest greatly in the health of the cats. This is a loving place.
2018-05-19
Peri Stephenson
Very devoted to the cats. They work tirelessly in the community. They invest greatly in the health of the cats. This is a loving place.
2018-05-19
Linda Wacks Wolfe

They are the best rescue !!!! Bev and Keith take the best care of their babies !! I have known them since before they were actually a Rescue !!

2018-05-19
Lori Curley

Such amazing people! They really care about the cats and make sure they are happy and safe while they look for their new homes.

Just got the most amazing kitty, and absolutely couldn't b...

2018-05-19
Sarah Yalova

We got our cat from Bev and Keith. We choose him when he was a newborn so had to wait until he was weaned, but they took the best care of him. They are absolutely the best and bring so much to t...

2018-05-19
Erica Milkovich-Padilla
I have known the people who run this organization for many years. They truly are angels on Earth. Some of the most selfless individuals I've ever met. Bev and Keith go above and beyond for every pe...
2018-05-19
Jamie Ulman
This is the absolute BEST place! The owners were incredibly nice and helpful and they take such good care of all of their cats. We adopted our sweet little Binky (who we renamed Rynn) and we could ...
2014-09-07
Taylor Lara

We got our cat from Bev and Keith. We choose him when he was a newborn so had to wait until he was weaned, but they took the best care of him. They are absolutely the best and bring so much to t...

2009-11-07
Sean Boat-Moore

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Downloadable Forms

Sunshine's Friends Cat & Dog Rescue, Inc. 501(c)3 Certification
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Application to become a volunteer.
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A questionnaire and agreement regarding adopting a barn cat.
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A description of our Barn Cat Placement program
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