Savannah Cat Rescue

Savannah Cat Rescue

Savannah Rescue is a volunteer service headed up by two Savannah breeders, Kristine Alessio and Brigitte Cowell, with an additional core group of volunteers.  We take responsibility for Savannahs that have fallen through the cracks. Currently, our core group includes: MaryJo Morrison, Nikki LaCrosse, Joyce Pierce, Elena Cala and Paige Hiemier.

Our rescue cats may come from a variety of places, the main one being breeders who have sold kittens into homes not really prepared or able to care for a Savannah.  The irresponsible breeder does not take any responsibility for the Savannah when the new owners need help, or decide to return the cat and that is where Savannah Rescue comes in.  A good breeder will always take back a cat he/she has bred, no matter the age or circumstance. The responsibility of the breeder to the cats it produces in their cattery survives for the lifetime of those cats. Luckily for us, most Savannah breeders fall into the "good" category!

When owners first contact the Savannah Rescue, we prefer to try to help them work through any problem(s) they may be having.  If problem resolution does not work, or if the owner has lost the patience or ability to deal with the problems, then Savannah Rescue will take possession of the cat with the owner's agreement (a legal surrender form). We also offer an alternative method to find a new home by advertising on SavannahCatsAvailable which allows the owner to select the new home for their cat.

Savannah Rescue identifies qualified foster homes, and places rescued cats there to first evaluate the cat, and until a permanent home can be found for them. The Rescue will work with foster homes to rehabilitate these cats if necessary, have them vetted (vaccinated and spayed/neutered if necessary), and to evaluate any special needs or requirements they may have. We do give first preference to foster homes adopting their fostered Savannah if it works out in their home of course!

Although the Savannah breed is young, it is growing fast and therefore the numbers of Savannah cats and numbers of catteries producing Savannahs is increasing. Therefore we expect to see more Savannah cats in Rescue in future, this is NOT a reflection of any breed problem or issue, just a fact of life. All cat breeds end up in Rescue, in many cases not even due to anything the cat has done or not done correctly.


Thor has a home!


Thor is a cat that was found in a backyard in Anchorage, AK.

We estimate that Thor might be an F5 Savannah but most sadly we have determined that Thor is FIV-positive. FIV is Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, related to the human's HIV. Differently from the human disease, FIV does not require the medications and usually FIV-positive cats live a fairly normal life. They can be more susceptible to infections so care must be taken to treat any issues promptly. Sources say that there is little risk to other kitty residents as it will only be spread by blood contact or blood-saliva contact.

Thor is very loving to humans but has not been introduced to the foster home's cat. He has now been neutered and is not spraying.














We have a special needs Savannah currently needing a great home!

LolliLollipop is a spayed F4C Savannah female. She is disabled from a spinal injury, although still mobile she does have incontinence issues. Although customized low-sided litterboxes have improved the situation, when not supervised she does need constant diapering. This is a huge commitment and not to be taken lightly.

Lolli has had urinary tract infections, likely related to her injury. She will need constant monitoring as well as occasional antibiotics. Urinary health supplements have been reported to help her.

Lolli would do better in a home without other cats or maybe one docile neutered male cat, she does well with dogs. She needs to be in a home without small children, she is great with them but may nip if grabbed. The constant diapering can put her in a tetchy mood.

Sadly, Lollipop has now been placed TWICE into homes that said they were up to the challenge, but have thence asked us to place her again. We feel that we are being open about the commitment that Lolli requires, but that maybe people don't fully believe the situation truly is as stated.

Lolli is currently in Lynwood, WA. Please contact referencing Lollipop in the subject line if you could offer Lolli a great home. We need you to convince us that you truly understand the commitment to care that Lolli requires and that you will absolutely be the LAST home for her!

Please don't just email that you want her, we need a description of your home, why it fits Lolli's requirements AND some explanation that shows that you understand her needs in a forever home.


Generally, cats will be adopted out too quickly to end up on this webpage, please join our Yahoogroup to learn first about an available cat.

Savannah Rescue always gives first priority in adopting to the foster home, so consider joining our foster yahoogroup also.

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