North County Humane Society - Cat Adoption Center


2300 Ramona Rd, Atascadero, CA   Phone: (805) 466-5403   e-mail:



Special Cat Needs a

Caring Home - Dove

We are featuring another Special Needs cat this month. Dove is a sweet, 3 year old long hair tortoiseshell cat who has been at NCHS since she was a kitten.  Dove has tested positive to FeLV (feline leukemia virus) which is contagious to other cats. This means she must live indoors only and cannot have direct contact with other cats (unless they also have FeLV).

Dove was found with 2 littermates abandoned in a van in Cambria, and we weren’t sure that she was going to survive.   She was bottle fed as a kitten, then fostered by Sherry and Jan. We were heartbroken when she tested FeLV positive.  Now she lives in the NCHS ISO room with about 15 other cats.

Dove is friendly and very playful and she is ready for a special new home; she would also love to have a playmate – perhaps another FeLV cat.  There is no charge to adopt her, but we also can’t guarantee her lifetime health.  Are you the caring person to give this special cat a new home and second chance?


Sunset Honda of San Luis Obispo sponsors the NCHS Pet of the Week.  Read more here, and please visit the Sunset Honda Facebook page.


Meet Our New NCHS

Executive Director,

Mary Golden

Mary Golden grew up on a wheat and cattle ranch in Eastern Washington State. She met the love of her life, Bruce, at Washington State University.

She earned a Masters of Fine Arts at Colorado State University, where she taught in the English Department for twelve years.

She turned to nonprofit work serving as assistant Director of Service Learn and Volunteer programs at Colorado State University, then as Executive Director of Hope Lives Breast Cancer Support Center.

After twenty-three years in Colorado, she moved to the Central Coast where she served as the Executive Director of Central Coast State Parks Association for eight years.


Kitten Update

We do not have any kittens currently available for adoption, but there are 2 teenagers looking for new homes.  The next kittens will be available around the middle of February.  Check our Kitten Page for the latest information.



Operating Hours:

NCHS is open Tuesday thru Saturday

Visiting Hours:  10:00 am to 4:30 pm (Wed. to 6:00 pm)

NCHS is closed on Sunday and Monday

Next Volunteer Orientation - Sat. March 5th at 11:30 am


Spay and Neuter Certificates 

Spay and Neuter discount certificates are available for North County residents - read more here


"One Buck a Chip" Microchipping 

$1 Microchips for dogs and cats are being offered during normal business hours - no appointment required.

 Read More Here


Do you have stories or photos of the cats or kittens that you adopted from NCHS?  Tell their tales and show off their pictures on our Facebook Page!!



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Donate your Car for NCHS with CARS

Read about it here -  or call 877-721-7387


Walk your dog for NCHS

Get the WoofTrax app for your smartphone,  and earn donations to NCHS for every mile you walk.  More info at


About the North County Humane Society

The North County Humane Society was founded as Action for Animal's Rights in 1977, and moved to its current location in Atascadero in 1997.  NCHS runs a “no kill” cat shelter, and the organization’s goals are to prevent animal homelessness and over population.  The cat adoption center is open Tuesday through Saturday, and additional programs are available for spay/neuter, feral trapping, microchipping, and homeless kittens.

We are grateful for and depend upon the monetary, time, and in-kind support of donors, members, sponsors, and affiliates for our funding.  We welcome your contributions.  Please stop by and visit with the cats, kittens and friendly staff at our shelter.

Cat's Eye View of the NCHS Shelter

Video by Tom Lott


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Upcoming Events

Help spay and neuter feral cats in the North County area - volunteers needed.
Contact Laura Hughes at Paw Cause - 610-3904 more info


Monthly Orientation for New Volunteers.
Saturday, March 5, 11:30 am at NCHS more info

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