Do you like the “fancier” things in life? They say pets take after their owners, so why not adopt a cat that suits your elegant lifestyle? Fancy Feline Rescue of the South (FFRS) is a non-profit, no-kill rescue organization with a big heart for the “Fancy Feline” breeds, such as Persian, Himalayan, Exotic, Ragdoll, Birman, Maine Coon, Siamese and other CFA (Cat Fanciers’ Association) – and TICA (The International Cat Association) – recognized breeds and mixes.

Fancy Feline Rescue of the South is dedicated to providing individual attention and the best care possible for their cats up for adoption. They evaluate each cat as to temperament, fully vet before adoption, and place them with the best adoptive home to meet the needs of each specific cat.

Dale Thompson opened the rescue in 2005 and has enjoyed overseeing its growth.

Dale volunteered with another organization previously. “That was what sparked me to start FFRS,” says Dale. Over the years, Dale says she has gained an admiration for other people that work in the rescue field, as well as a knowledge of various breeds of cats and the personality traits of cats in general. Through her growth with the organization, Dale has learned a lot, as well. “Over the years, I have found that educating the public about the need for rescue and understanding cats and their quirkiness has been quite a struggle.” Regardless, Dale continues to pursue her mission because of “the unconditional love that the rescued cats give back and witnessing what Dale calls the ‘happily ever after’ pictures and hearing stories about the FFRS Alumni” makes it all worth it.

Dale has two rescue cats of her own, O’Malley, a Seal Point Mitted Ragdoll and Bailey, a red tabby Kurilian Bobtail. “Bailey is not a well-known breed and I was enamored with his personality, smarts and curiosity,” Dale says. While FFRS does focus on purebreds and high mixes, they also accept domestic cats into their organization when the space is available. Dale takes care of each individual cat and makes sure they find their perfect home. “We thoroughly screen our applicants to make sure that we place the appropriate cat in the appropriate home, especially when it comes to the purebreds. Applicants with knowledge and previous experience with a particular breed that they are wanting to adopt is a plus,” Dale says. “We are a very small, all-volunteer organization that works with the best interest of our kitties in mind and wanting to find the most appropriate home possible for any particular cat. We aren’t in it for the income, but are in it for the perfect outcome of our cats.”

Come see the cats available for adoption at the Kennesaw PetSmart, 860 Cobb Place Boulevard, Kennesaw, during the second and third weekend of each month or make an appointment by calling 678-522-2152 or emailing