Urgent Message 
Cats and kittens with physical issues, have been abused, injured or disabled have a harder time of being adopted. These cats are just as loving and need a furever home too. Please consider adopting a special needs cat or please help donate to their medical care. 

Join us in our pledge

 "To help bring about a time when no more abused or abandoned cats will be destroyed."

The Cats' Cradle is a 501C3 non-profit solely operated by volunteers In the Morganton, Hickory, NC area.


  • Adopt - Our cats and kittens need a fur-ever home and loving family

  • Foster - We rescue mommas and cats in unsafe situations you can provide temporary shelter until they are adopted

  • Raise Donations-Start a Facebook fundraising campaign, do a supply drive at work or school, help with our events

  • Volunteer - Help clean cages at Petsmart, help at  adoption table, grant writing, Facebook or Instagram posting, or something you would like to do

  • Events - attend, help and promote our events

Every Life Matters
Help us save more cats & kittens

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 You can view our cats on these sites:

Petfinder.com  or Purina’s AdoptaPet.com

Visit them in person at:

PetSmart - Hickory* two full weeks every month

PetSmart - Morganton*  every week 

Store hours are 9am – 9pm, Monday - Saturday 

Kitten 12 months or less: $125.00 each

Adult Cat (1-5 years old): $100.00 each

Senior Cat (6+ years old): $55.00 each

*Adoption counselors are available from 10 - 4 on Saturdays. Adoption counselors are available by appointment only during the week. Cats and kittens can be seen during store hours which are 9am – 9pm, Monday through Saturday.


Adoption Application: click here >

You can enter all your info into the form online and save as a file used your name: JohnSmithApplication.pdf 

Then email it to TheCatsCradleNC@yahoo.com

Or print out, complete and take to The Cats' Cradle at Petsmart Hickory or Morganton



Petsmart has been a constant supporter and partner assisting The Cats' Cradle with showing our big cat family of adoptable cats and kittens. As they support us, we hope you will support them too with all your pet needs.

Featured Cats & Kittens

Venus, Fergus, and Marcus are 4 months old and fixed and vetted.  They were born to a shy, stray mama kitty who entered someone's basement via their open doggy door. We were called in and I was able to remove the kittens once they were weaned.  Venus, the brown girl tabby, is the most outgoing and adventurous of the trio.  Marcus, white/gray tabby is a sweetheart and very calm. Fergus, also a female, is the other white/gray tabby and is quite shy at first but very sweet once she trusts you.  

Volunteering & Fostering

The Cat's Cradle relies on volunteers and foster homes to continue to save vulnerable cats and find them forever homes

You love cats & kittens and you want to make a difference.
Please join our team, there are many ways to volunteer.  

  • Foster Homes – All of our cats and kittens are in foster homes. The more foster homes we have the more cats and kittens we can help. 

  • Fundraising We need ideas and organizers.

  • Grants  – Research and help write grants , sometimes just forms need to be completed, we can teach you.

  • Adoption Event Assistants – We do adoptions on the weekends at Hickory and  Morganton.  

  • Adoption Center Cleaners – Our Petsmart cages need to be cleaned and cats fed daily,  a great way to get to know all our kitties.

If you are interested, please contact us at 828-461-0178 or email TheCatsCradleNC@yahoo.com then download and complete appropriate form.

Fostering Our Cats - more information download >

Foster Agreement Form download >

Volunteer Release Form download >

GET IN Touch

We'd love to hear from you


The Cat's Cradle
PO Box 1915, Morganton, NC 28680-1915

Call 828-461-0178