After witnessing growing stray cat populations and high shelter euthanasia rates, four friends knew they had to do something. Cynthia Henderson, Rachel West, Jamie Powell and Judy Vail dreamed of building a cage-free, no-kill, last chance sanctuary that focused exclusively on cats. In 2012, they made that dream a reality, founding Feline Urgent Rescue (FUR) of Western North Carolina as a 503(c) non-profit organization. They wanted to provide a safe haven for cats to reduce the homeless population and shelter euthanasia rates and to fill a gap in the rescue community. More than 10 years later, that remains FUR’s mission.
FUR rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes abused, abandoned and neglected cats in western NC. We firmly believe that any cat is adoptable; some just take longer to find the right human. As such, we provide care for more than 100 cats in our sanctuary, in foster homes and in cat colonies across the community.