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Who and what is Sunshine's Friends Cat and Dog Rescue?

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 RESCUE abandoned 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.

This Standards of Care document provides both current practices as well as future goals. It is intended to be read in its entirety so that information is not taken out of context and misunderstood. This document was created based primarily on:

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  • Title 15, MD Department of Agriculture, Subtitle 01, Chapter 11 “Animal Shelters – Standards of Care”, Agriculture Article §2-1701 at seq., Annotated Code of Maryland (April 23, 2018);
  • Association of Shelter Veterinarians, “Standards of Care in Animal Shelters” (2010);
  • Humane Society of the US (HSUS), Shelter Advocate Toolkit “The 5 Freedoms” (2010).

Last revision: 20190228.

Felines, just like humans, are happiest when they have choices.  Some of Sunshine’s Friends prefer being outdoors, some like in and out, a few enjoy looking out but never going out.  We strive to keep everyone happy, safe and warm.  Our outdoor kitties stay in insulated, heated outbuilding cat quarters when the weather is inclement.

Outdoor Areas: The "Catio" and Cat Condos

The sanctuary residents come inside, but they also have the run of the catio whenever the weather permits. Some cats are free to roam, but they sleep in the insulated and heated outbuilding large condo.

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INSIDE AT THE SANCTUARY

Cats free-roam throughout the sanctuary, interacting with other cats, shelter volunteers, and potential adopters.  We have temporary isolation rooms for cats that are recovering from spay/ neuter surgery and for mothers who are nursing kittens.

Coming Soon.

I got my first glimpse of Sunshine at the edge of our yard about a year after we moved to our new home in Jessup. I had never seen such a sad animal. He was so thin and looked so hungry and sick. I approached him with some of my cat’s food as gently as I could. I watched him wander back into the woods and he must have watched me put the food down. That was the beginning of our relationship - one that was as rewarding for me as it was for Sunshine. One morning about a week after the first encounter, I saw him on the deck licking grease that had dripped from our barbecue grill. I started putting food there for him twice a day. Soon every day when the sun came up my new friend was there to greet me - he was my Sunshine.

Cat Of the Month: Percy

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O, world! O, LIFE!

The winged words on which my soul would pierce

Into the height of Love's rare Universe,
I pant, I sink, I tremble... O -- Hi THERE, folks!  

It's me! Percy (Bysshe)!  Ya caught me waxing poetic!

Dog Of the Month: Oboe

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Oboe is a very loving and sweet dog and would be best suited for someone who has a yard or an active adopter who could take him on runs or play throw-and-retrieve games. He also loves water. He will step right into the bathtub and wait for you to give him a shower.

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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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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