Our Adoptable Pet List


Oscar -- 2013

The year 2013's first adoption was Oscar, a big ol' orange tomcat whose life hadn't been particularly great...when Oscar's mom died in 2010, Oscar found himself living with lots of other cats, which was not his ideal place. But then a wonderful young woman named Katie sent an unexpected e-mail asking about Oscar, and it was love at first sight for both of them! Oscar is now (happily) very much enjoying being top dog...er, cat...at his new digs. Hat's off to Oscar!

Brie-- 2013

Brie is a tortoiseshell calico cat who was found abandoned at the local Greenbrier Restaurant (thus, the name "Brie") before being taken in by I-Rescue. Although nearly everyone who met Brie fell in love with her, when they found out that she was an older cat -- around 8 or so -- they didn't want to adopt her because of her age. But Brie's age wasn't a factor for Jenny and Chris, who were looking for a cat that would be a companion for one of their more skittish kitties, and also a lap cat for them. Like most everyone else who met Brie, Jenny and Chris fell in love with her on the spot. Brie hasn't really warmed up to their skittish cat yet, but she has turned into the lap cat of their dreams. Jenny keeps Brie's foster mom up-to-date on the latest news, and sends pictures often, especially since they just moved to Florida. (We have it on good authority that Brie is really enjoying the Florida sunshine and being outside on her screened-in porch.) Since Brie's foster mom had her for so long and became quite attached, the news and pics are wonderful reminders of why animal rescuers do what they do. Thanks, Jenny and Chris -- and keep those texts and pics coming, please!

Binky -- 2013

Binky is a unique-looking calico, called a dilute calico cat. Her foster mom couldn't understand why people weren't all that interested in Binky through Petfinder.com, but figured that there are just so many cats needing adoption that she was just overlooked. And a picture just couldn't do justice to Binky's cute and playful personality. But it was apparent that Binky hadn't been overlooked; she just hadn't been found yet by her forever family. Until September 2013, when I-Rescue received an e-mail about her. A little girl in Madison named Anna had found Binky's photo and had fallen in love with her. She eventually convinced her mom Amy and dad John to let her meet Binky. And the rest, as they say, is history! Binky is loving life being adored by Anna and her siblings Josh and Ben. Good for you, Binks!

Tango -- 2010

The year 2010 has gotten off to a GREAT start so far! Tango, the sweet, light-colored orange tabby, finally found his dancing partners...or maybe we should say "instructors." Professors Martin and Elizabeth, who live in Sewanee, TN, let Tango waltz into their lives on January 31 -- which just happened to also be Martin's birthday. We wish Tango and his new family many happy, loving dances in the years to come. Congratulations, Tango!

Romeo -- 2010

Our latest adoption story is truly a New Year's miracle. Romeo, a cute but terrified Min Pin mix, was left in a carrier on one of our foster home's doorstep! We don't know where he came from, or who put him there, but he clearly didn't have any reason to trust humans. Against hope, we put him on Petfinder.com, never expecting anyone to really want to adopt him, because of his major trust issues and his tendency to try to escape at the first opportunity. And yet, a wonderful couple in Athens, AL saw his picture and fell instantly in love with him. Having fostered over 70 children in their married life, Lydia and Chuck welcomed this troubled canine boy into their lives, knowing that he might never fully trust them, but opening their home and their hearts to him anyway. And although Romeo will likely continue to have issues of trust, we feel that he couldn't have found a better home than the one he will now share with Lydia, Chuck, and their sweet and happy dog Penny. Way to go, Romeo!

Gracie and Bitsy -- 2009

We're happy to post more great news here! Gracie, the beautiful Norwegian Forest Cat, and Bitsy, her BFF (Best Friend Forever) were adopted to the same home on December 22, 2009. We were so happy that they got to stay together! Although Gracie adapted very well, Bitsy was a little more reluctant to trust, but after the first three weeks, their new mom Rebecca reports that Bitsy is now her little shadow, and that Bitsy seeks out the company of her daughter Lauren for some good lovin'. And dad Will has made an amazing, custom cat tree just for them! All in all, this has been a great adoption story for two previously unwanted pets. Congratulations, Gracie and Bitsy!

Maggie Moo and Minnie -- 2009

More great news! I-Rescue adopted two of our sweet kitties, sisters Maggie Moo and Minnie, to an awesome couple in Athens, AL. The girls will be sharing their new home with two canine gals, Jules and Haley, who were also rescued pets.

We would like to thank Maggie Moo and Minnie's new family for their kindness in stopping to help a severely injured kitten that they saw in the middle of the road. Not all people would have stopped and picked him up, but they never hesitated.

We would also like to express our sincere thanks to Rebecca, Amanda, and Dr. Aida Castro-Jones at the Banfield Vet Hospital in the PetSmart on University Drive. Dr. Castro-Jones and her staff were able to save the severely injured kitten, and Amanda decided to adopt him! What a great ending to this story!

Who We Are

We are an animal rescue group located in Madison/Huntsville, AL. All of our foster parents work full-time jobs and have multiple pets. Animal rescue is a true calling for us, and we wouldn't have it any other way.

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Adopting a Friend

Adopting an animal should not be difficult, but it should be a decision that has been thoroughly considered, rather than on a whim. Keep in mind that you are taking on a pet for his or her entire lifetime, even after the newness and “cuteness” wears off. Many of the following steps can be combined.

1 - Choose the Right Pet

The first step is to consider what kind of animal is best for your family. Choosing the right pet for your household is critical for a long-term match. Do you lead an active lifestyle, or a quiet one? Do you have children? Do you live in an apartment, or in a home with a big yard? We want you and your companion animal to look forward to a long, happy lifetime together. Choosing an animal that fits your lifestyle helps make that happen.

2 - Complete a Compatibility Questionnaire

A no-obligation pre-adoption compatibility questionnaire is required so that we can learn more about you, your family, and the environment into which a new pet would be going. Are you looking for an outdoor-only dog? Are you interested in de-clawed cats? A specific breed of animal? Please note that in order to adopt through us, you must be 21 years of age or older and live no farther than a two-hour driving distance (exceptions are possible, but rare).

3 - Meet Our Pets

Before you decide to adopt a pet, it is necessary that you meet the pet in person. Although pictures and biographies can give you a quick introduction, perhaps that adorable little dog sheds more than you like, or maybe the cute little kitten is a bit more shy than what you were expecting. Pets have very distinct personalities, and you need to meet the pet before you can know for sure that he or she is the right one for you. It is also important that ALL members of the family are able to meet the pet prior to making a decision.

4 - Allow a Home Visit

Caring for a pet is a big responsibility, and so is adopting out a pet. We gather a lot of information from a potential adopter to try to ensure that the home is beneficial not only to the adopters, but also to the adoptive pet(s) that we have come to love. Towards that end, we ask that you allow us to conduct a brief home visit. This simply verifies that the information you have given us is true and complete, that the dog or cat is suited to your household (particularly if you have other pets), and that you are in fact ready to bring a new animal into the family. We’re very sorry, but if a home visit is refused, we cannot adopt a pet to you.

5 - Sign an Adoption Contract

Once you are approved to adopt a pet, you will complete the adoption paperwork, a legal and binding contract in which you promise, among other things, to treat the adopted animal humanely. At the same time, you will be asked to pay an adoption fee that is used to help pay for the vet care that all of our animals receive prior to adoption. Copies of the adoption contract and the pet’s vet records will be provided to you for your records.

6 - Welcome Your New Pet Home!

A volunteer will bring your new pet to your home once the adoption process is complete. You will need to have all necessary pet items available at that time (leashes, collars, food, food bowls, litter boxes, etc.). We will leave the pet(s) with you and will check back periodically to see how they are doing in their new home!

**Our adoption fee is currently $125.00 for most dogs and cats if adopted within a 30-minute driving radius of Huntsville. The fee pays for your pet's first year of vetting (not including booster shots), including spaying or neutering. Compared to what most people would pay individually, it's a bargain!**

If you have any questions about our adoption process, please e-mail us.


Madison, AL 35758
Email: irescue.hsv@gmail.com
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