Our History, Mission and Values:

Sun Cities 4 Paws was started by several ladies in the Youngtown/Sun City area, who saw the need to protect abandoned cats, so they set up a temporary home in one of their garages. They earned money to care for the cats by having garage sales, but quickly realized that they needed more income to care for the increasing cat population in the garage.

In 1996, the founding members decided it was time to create a non-profit organization and find more space for the cats along with a way to help offset the general care and medical costs. They rented a building in Peoria for the cats. This was the beginning of Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue. At the same time they leased one suite in Youngtown to open a Thrift Store. The Thrift store thrived and continues to operate but now occupies three suites. We received our 501c3 status in mid 1997. Additionally, at that time, one of the founding members donated the money to buy the Peoria Shelter location.
Since it’s beginning over 24 years ago, Sun Cities 4 Paws has continued to grow. Over the years, Sun Cities 4 Paws leased three suites in Youngtown, used to adopt cats and have a medical unit. We recently finished an addition and remodel of the Peoria Shelter, which allowed us to close two of our suites at the Youngtown location. Now all intake and medical care is being done at the Peoria Shelter. We kept one suite, next to the Thrift Store to be utilized as an Adoption Center.  We also have two PetSmart locations we adopt out of, one in Surprise and one in Lake Pleasant.

Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue has saved the lives of many thousands of cats and kittens since we started and we continue to average both intake and adoption rates of about 900 per year. We have a dedicated group of staff and volunteers to help care for the cats and kittens awaiting adoption, along with many foster homes for kittens too young to be safely in the shelter and also for senior and/or permanent medical needs cats.

As a non-profit organization, we rely entirely on charitable contributions, adoption and surrender fees and thrift store sales. Sun Cities 4 Paws does not receive any funding from the government on a federal, state, county or city basis. We write grants to try and offset some of the high costs of getting kittens adoption ready, and others, but those are never guaranteed.

Our Mission

The mission of 4 Paws is to promote the physical and psychological well being of animals by providing a safe haven for cats while finding them adoptive homes or lifelong shelter.

Currently we achieve this mission by

  1. Providing shelter, medical care, evaluation, and treatment to cats who have become homeless
  2. Finding homes for the cats and kittens in our care
  3. Providing people who care for cats with resources, education, and support to help keep human-animal bonds strong and prevent cats from becoming homeless


Our Guiding Values

  1. Compassion for cats: We focus on the individual welfare and future of each cat in need
  2. Expertise: We strive to be experts in cat welfare, health, behavior, sheltering, and related programs
  3. Respect for people: We treat our employees, volunteers, donors, clients, and community with respect
  4. Impact: We have a significant and measurable positive impact on the cats in our community
  5. Collaboration: We work with other individuals and organizations to save more lives
  6. Integrity: We act with integrity and value transparency
  7. Excellence: We strive for excellence in every aspect of our work

Sun Cities 4 Paws has many permanent shelter residents. We have a ‘Sponsor a Shelter Resident’ program to help offset costs. Read more here or donate here and choose Sponsor a Shelter Cat from the drop down menu.

Want to help us get items we need and use all the time?

Have you chosen Sun Cities 4 Paws as your donation charity?

If so, you can shop for items we need once you have logged into your account!
  • 1.On a desktop/laptop, hover over 'your name & Account & Lists'
  • 2.Once the dropdown opens, below "your lists" you should see 'AmazonSmile Charity Lists' and once you click that, it will open up to the items we need.
  • 3.Any items you 'add to cart' go directly into your cart for purchase.
  • 4.Under 'other addresses', you should see Sun Cities 4 Paws, Youngtown AZ. Choose that and any items you ordered will come directly to us
  • 1. On a mobile device/tablet, once logged in, tap the 3 lines on lower right, then click on Gifting & Charity.
  • 2. Scroll down to 'Charity Lists', click it and enter our name in the search box and search. When you see us and click on our name, our list of needed items should come up.
  • 3 & 4 from above is the same.
Even if you do not have us chosen as your charity, you can search our name and place an order for needed items! Any questions, please contact info@4pawsrescue.org