Founded in 2018, Rocket Cat Rescue is located in the Bay Area, California and specializes in care for special needs cats! We also rescue “at-risk” cats (cats with simple medical issues at risk of being put down because of overpopulation in shelters), rehabilitate friendly-ferals from CNR (catch-neuter/spay-release) programs, and occasionally raise bottle-babies! Special needs cat issues we can currently handle include: blindness, chronic eye issues, chronic ear issues, intention tremors, developmentally disabled cats, limb deformities, seniors, cats with CH (cerebellar hypoplasia),  and cats that have been abused/injured permanently that generally just need some extra love and care to get them “back on track.”

Some of the cats that we rescue stay here for permanent sanctuary; others are foster cats that we have available for adoption on a regular basis. We rely on public donations to keep us afloat, and even just one dollar can make a difference for these beautiful kitties! We appreciate every cent and can’t thank the public enough for supporting us in our cause.

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Who are the humans behind Rocket Cat?

Paula “Kitty” Whitney

Professional “Cat-Mom” and special needs cat extraordinaire: Paula has been in this business for a while and has experience working in so-cal at the amazing Milo’s Sanctuary before starting her own venture here in Northern California. Her friends think she must be some kind of cat whisperer because every time a cat comes into her care, no matter how shy, they seem to come around quite quickly to the “friendly” side. She can often be seen with 1-5 cats attached to her in some way whether it be on her shoulder, in her lap, or somewhere else.

Paula is also an avid artist and gamer with a talent for hardcore napping. She does the bulk of the general cat care for Rocket Cat!


Mandy Draeger

Game developer moonlighting as a professional cat snuggler: Mandy is the webmaster behind this site, runs the Rocket Cat twitter, and is the designer of the logo as well as a lot of merchandise for Rocket Cat. She helps out a great deal working at the rescue in her “free time” as well.

Growing up in a town with more pets than humans, Mandy has a lifetime of knowledge of caring for pets in general. Since childhood, animal care has been their passion in life and life focus next to working on video games and artwork. They’re looking forward to the seeing the future success of Rocket Cat!


Chris “RocketFox” Hofmann

Race car driving rocket engineer and professional “Cat-Dad”: Chris is the one pulling all the weight behind setting up the technical/financial end of Rocket Cat! He’s been doing all the paperwork, helping us get organized, making us forms, and keeping us crazy cat people on track. He also takes up the bulk of cat care with Paula at Rocket Cat Rescue; and helps us with any “heavy lifting” we need. He even built a shed with Mandy for our supplies!

Despite the fact that he normally works on rockets during the day and is a race car driver in his “free time”, Chris has just as much passion caring for cats as he does for building rockets and racing cars.

Who is the mascot in the logo?

That is Space Cat! He is mostly based off of our resident special needs cat Space Ghost, but he has become his own character on his own!  He is a cat that is an astronaut and travels through space in his home made rocket. We use him for merchandise in our shop, “Rocket Cat Swag“, and he appears randomly around the website. Sometimes you’ll see some of our other cats in his rocket because he likes to let his friends take rides in it. 😉

Here’s some more art of him: