Since 2010, our small team has helped find forever homes for over 3,000 cats and kittens.

It all started with Grace…

Grace was a kitty that founder, Amber Holly, fostered in Santa Barbara while she was a college student. Grace had wobbles like she had never seen before and that's when Amber learned about cerebellar hypoplasia. She was shocked to find out these kittens were often euthanized at shelters.

Grace lived with Amber for 17 years and started her journey to special needs rescue. The photos of Grace are from before our cell phones took pictures!

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amber holly, RVT + LVT

Amber Holly has had a passion for animals her whole life and is a Registered Vet Technician (LVT) + Registered Vet Technician (RVT). She has been in vet med for 20 years working in a variety of environments; general, specialty, emergency, zoo and shelter medicine. She started Saving Grace Rescue after fostering Grace and learning how many special needs and neonatal kittens were not leaving the shelters due to lack of resources.


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Bio coming soon


Sarah cook, RVT

Sarah works as Registered Veterinary Technician specializing in Emergency and Critical Care. Her job as a technician allows her to provide medical care to foster kittens in the Bay Area. Fostering those tiny little balls of fur is one of the great joys in her life.

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Joyce + Christian

Joyce and Christian adopted their differently abled kitty Kanga Roo from SGR in June of 2014 and knew that they wanted to give back to the rescue whose main focus was on helping special needs kitties. They have been fostering since April of 2015 and have helped over 40+ kitties so far. Follow their fosters on Instagram.


furrtographer josh norem

Josh Norem is a professional pet photographer and blind cat whisperer who has been photographing and fostering kittens for Saving Grace since 2012. You can check out his photography at his website or on Instagram.

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city cats design

Jess and Tyrell had no idea Saving Grace Rescue was for special needs until they visited foster mom Joyce. They planned on adopting 1 ‘normal’ kitten, they walked out with 2 special babies. They couldn’t bear separating the bonded Moxie + Pug. Recognizing and valuing the work that Saving Grace Rescue does, they offered their creative talent to hand screen print donation t-shirts, branding, and put together this website. Follow them on Instagram.

What greater gift than the love of a cat?
— Charles Dickens, Author