Who We Are
King Street Cats is proud to be the only cat-exclusive, no-kill rescue facility in Alexandria, Va. We are all volunteer-run and rely solely on private donations. With no paid staff every dollar donated goes to the welfare of our cats. We celebrated our 20th Anniversary in 2023; before 2003, we were known as The Albert Foundation. King Street Cats houses 30 cats on average in our home on Dove Street and because we are free-roaming, you can come and hang out on the weekends with the "cat-friendliest cats" in town.

Our mission is to rescue, provide safe haven, and veterinary care until the cats and kittens in our care find their forever homes, and to educate and assist the community regarding cat welfare. We accomplish the latter through outreach to the local community by providing information on proper cat care, behavioral problems, and other issues involving cats. We also assist local residents in locating and retrieving lost cats and assist individuals through the cat adoption process.

We promote spaying and neutering, and all our cats and kittens are sterilized and fully up-to-date on shots before adoption. We also provide post-adoption support for adopters and anyone else who needs cat care advice. Because we only work in the area of cat welfare…we know cats! We believe that every cat, regardless of age or purrsonality, deserves to have a forever home and our cats stay with us until that home is found. 

In 2023, King Street Cats rescued more than 350 cats and kittens and found forever homes for 329. In 2023, we received a Top-Rated Nonprofit award from Great Nonprofits for the 12th year running!

We are a proud partner with Best Friends Animal Society's No More Homeless Pets Network, which is a network of animal organizations committed to saving the lives of homeless pets through effective adoption and spay-and-neuter programs.

For more information about King Street Cats' finance and governance, please visit our Guidestar page where we are awarded Gold Star status for our commitment to financial transparency.

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King Street Cats
25 Dove Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


A Plea from King Street Cats Board of Directors:  Please do not abandon cats at the front door of the KSC shelter. These cats' lives are put in danger as we are located near a busy traffic area and should they escape from the crate or box, they could easily be hit by a moving vehicle. Moreover, you are putting our current cats at risk as you are over-extending our volunteers and resources with these unplanned drop-offs, especially if the abandoned cats do not have any identification, vet records, and other important information necessary to provide proper care. In three weeks, cats left at our door resulted in emergency vet bills totaling $7,000, which puts a tremendous strain on our limited finances. If you are no longer able to care for your cat or kitten, please do not hesitate to contact KSC so that we can make the necessary preparations to receive them or share other rescue resources with you. KSC is committed to helping as many cats and kittens as we possibly can.  And, working together, we can move toward this goal. Thank you.
ChesterKing Street Cats' first rescue and guardian mascot, Chester, lived for eleven years at the Unique Shop located below the orphanage's first home. He became an Old Town "landmark" and was visited by thousands of friends and fans over the years. Chester passed away from cancer in the spring of 2004 and is deeply missed by his extended community.
ChesterIt was with a heavy heart that King Street Cats said goodbye to our permanent resident, Nala, on November 23, 2010. Nala was 16 years old and came to King Street Cats in March 2006 after running out of time at a local shelter. We tried to adopt her to wonderful homes three different times, but Nala did everything possible to come back. Nala truly loved living at King Street Cats surrounded by her feline friends. Many kittens cuddled with Nala and enjoyed her motherly warmth. She was also firm and would set cats straight who wanted to rumble. Although Nala was frequently called "The Diva of the cat room", she ruled her kingdom with a soft paw and big heart. Nala was diagnosed with breast cancer in mid-2009, though it was other medical complications that took her life. There will never be another Nala, and while she is gone…she will never be forgotten.
In Loving MemoryKing Street Cats wants to honor the life of a dear friend and longtime volunteer, Evy, who sadly passed away in July 2022.

For Evy age was not a barrier to volunteering and she started helping us when already well into her 70s. She was the voice at the end of the KSC phone line always ready to answer questions and give what advice she could to help people and cats in need. She was also a loving foster mom to senior kitties Mittens and most recently Mica.

Evy was a kind, sweet, caring soul who contributed so much not only to KSC but to other groups in her community. She devoted her time volunteering for various groups after retiring from a career working for the U.S. Marine Corps.

Evy will be so very missed by her friends, our volunteers, and the cats she loved so much.

Mica Mittens