Twin Cities cat rescue celebrates 20 years of helping pets in Minnesota

- A Twin Cities cat rescue is celebrating 20 years of helping pets in Minnesota. 

The no-kill shelter is experiencing record numbers right now and the program needs more support to help all the cats.

Feline Rescue helped a record 1,200 cats last year and wants to help 2,020 by the year 2020.

Volunteer foster families have the option to adopt kittens and that's what Debbie Kanda did.

She has three cats who were abandoned and living under a porch with feline leukemia.

"That's when is a virus attacks their immune system," Kanda said. "It shortens their lifespan and one of best things you can do is give them good nutrition and a low stress environment."

A little more than half the cats at Feline Rescue come from animal control right before they are supposed to be euthanized.

"If kittens are found with ringworm they tend to euthanize them in a shelter because they don't have the resources to treat them," Executive Director Dana Andresen said.

A unique, loving, open environment allows the kittens to move around freely.  They are socialized and have plenty of space and sunlight.

Debbie is so happy her three cats now are loving lap cats and are independent, but quirky.

One of the shelter's biggest fundraisers is on Nov. 3. They need the community's support at the Glitter Ball Celebration. More details can be found at

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