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Attached is a draft Animal Welfare Ordinance written by a committee of concerned animal welfare advocates in Burke County. The committee included representatives from A Better Life Animal Rescue, Partners for Cats, REASON, The Cats’ Cradle and other citizens concerned about the treatment of animals in the county and the high kill rates at the county shelter.

Ordinance Recommendation

We invite the public to review this draft and provide comments or suggestions to ONE of the following e-mail addresses.

We hope to work with county personnel and county commissioners to produce an ordinance which will best serve companion animals in Burke County without unduly burdening citizens with unnecessary requirements.

The Cats’ Cradle is a nonprofit, cat rescue operated solely by volunteers serving the Unifor area. All Cats’ Cradle kitties are in foster homes, they are spayed/neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations, litter box trained and indoor only kitties. The adoption fee for our felines is $90 and we have a 30 day refund or exchange policy for those situations where the kitty does not bond with the family or resident animals.

Mission Statement

The Cats’ Cradle is a no-kill nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing, sheltering and finding homes for homeless cats and kittens in Burke, Caldwell and Catawba Counties.


Goals & Services


Cat Facts

FACT: 91-95% of all cats who enter county shelters end up being killed!


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100% of all donations goes directly to the needs of the cats and kittens in our care.