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About Us

Welcome to Desert Cat Rescue & Sanctuary of Arizona, where we're dedicated to caring for pets and the people who love them. Join us in our mission to create a world where every pet is valued, every owner is supported, and every bond is cherished. Together, we can make a difference—one pawprint at a time.

Our Mission: Having a deep compassion for animals, we bring awareness through education, support through fostering and life through adoption.


Our Story

Since our humble beginnings in 2016, we've been on a mission to rescue and rehabilitate stray and unwanted cats and kittens from all corners of our state. We open our doors to those in need, whether they come from owners facing difficult circumstances, overcrowded animal control facilities desperately seeking space, or the streets where they roam as strays. No matter where they come from, we believe every feline deserves a chance at a loving home.

Our commitment doesn't end with rescue. We provide comprehensive veterinary care, ensuring each cat receives necessary treatments, vaccinations, and is microchipped for their safety. Through partnerships with PetSmart adoption centers, we strive to find forever homes where these furry companions can thrive and bring joy to their new families.

But our mission extends beyond rescue and rehoming. We understand the profound bond between pets and their owners, and we're dedicated to supporting our community in keeping these bonds strong. Through innovative programs like Happy Pets Meals on Wheels, we ensure that seniors and individuals facing challenges can continue to care for their beloved companions by providing pet food alongside meal deliveries. Our partnership with St. Vincent de Paul brings The Pet Stop, a pet food pantry, directly to those in need, ensuring that no pet goes hungry.

Furthermore, we're proactive in promoting responsible pet ownership through initiatives like discount spay/neuter vouchers in collaboration with Desert Cross Veterinary Hospital. By making essential services accessible, we empower pet owners to provide the best possible care for their furry family members.

At Desert Cat Rescue & Sanctuary of Arizona, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the unconditional love, friendship, and comfort that pets bring into our lives. We champion the idea that pets belong with their families, and we work tirelessly to make this vision a reality.

Join us in our mission as we continue to transform lives, one purr at a time. Together, we can create a community where every cat and kitten is cherished, every pet owner is supported, and every home is filled with love and companionship.

Meet The Team
Board Officers

President & Co-Chairman

Canute Christensen

Cheryl Christensen


Paul David


Doris Kempton

Macie French

Esther Jones-MacDonald


Assistant Director


Our Board Members & Program Directors

Dedication. Expertise. Passion.

The Desert Cat Rescue & Sanctuary of Arizona Team is amazing! Together, this dedicated team embodies the spirit of compassion and commitment, driving Desert Cat Rescue & Sanctuary of Arizona toward our shared vision of a community where every cat and kitten receives the love and care they deserve. Because we know that pets aren't just animals—they're family. They bring us comfort, companionship, and unconditional love. And by caring for them, we're also caring for the people who cherish them.

Accountability & Transparency

See our transparency and financial information on GuideStar's website:

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