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. 



1 year old 2020

Nod is a sweet boy, but his back legs are paralyzed, He has to wear a diaper because he scoots around. He would love to have a playmate and furever home.


4 years old 2020

Her owner wanted to put her down because she's a bit wobbly, cerebellar hypoplasia affects balance. She is a very affectionate lap cat, uses the litter box and can eat and drink on her own. Would make a great companion cat.



1 week - 6 weeks old 2020

We are always looking for kitty mommies and daddies to help foster our kittens, they need a lot of love and care. Call to find our how you can help or learn to become a kitten foster home. 

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 >


Seeking Virtual Foster Family for cats living with chronic illness or disabilities
Virtual Foster Parents will receive updated and photos of our kittens and cats needing medical care or daily medications. Please contact us and let us know which sweet kitty you'd like to support monthly. You decide what you can offer. Some cats require more care and vet costs. 

Please Call (828) 461-0178  And save a cats life. 

A monthly donation of $10/mo qualifies you as a virtual foster parent.



4 years old, Diabetic, Medications & Special Diet - $40 / month - Are you his angel?  Monthly donations here

Suggested monthly donation




Sweet Anneka - 3 years old, Anti-Seizure Medicine - $65 / month - Are you his angel?  Monthly donations here

Suggested monthly donation




1 to 2 years old, sinus issues, head tilt

Suggested monthly donation


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Fundraising Events

We rely on people like you to help with our medical expenses, food, litter, and other needs for our cat rescues. Please help us by sharing with friends and participating in our fun - fund-raising events!

We look forward to our 
fundraising events,

please come back for updates.

During the COVID crisis all nonprofits are struggling to keep up with their needs since many events were cancelled.


Please consider hosting a Facebook fundraiser for us.

Or if you have a great fundraising idea, or would like to do your own fundraising event, please contact us.

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