About us

Who is Miss Dixie

The rescue was ironically named after Dixie, the border collie who loved her kittens. Dixie was adopted in Colorado and moved to South Carolina with our founder, Mary, in 2014. There she spent her glory days hiking, running and befriending every cat she could.

She was the most gentle soul, and so desperately wanted every kitten to be her friend. As she got older and slowed down, she became the favorite napping spot for all the foster kittens.

Because Dixie was her first rescue, Mary named the organization after her girl. Miss Dixie passed in 2021, but her legacy lives on.

Our Mission:

At Miss Dixie’s Kitten Rescue, we rescue, provide for and protect abandoned and orphaned kittens. We provide specialized care and attention to sick, injured and orphaned feline neonates and prepare them for placement into loving, forever homes.

What We Do

Miss Dixie’s Kitten Rescue is a 501©3 nonprofit dedicated to saving the lives of sick, injured and orphaned neonatal kittens in Upstate, South Carolina.

Left to the elements, most orphaned kittens cannot survive on their own, and need specialized care and medical attention in order to thrive. We are a network of foster homes dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of these orphaned kittens. From our state-of-the-art critical care nursery to our loving foster homes, the kittens at Miss Dixie’s receive proper and prompt medical care for all ailments and are well-socialized for adoption.

To date, Miss Dixie’s Kitten Rescue has taken in over 500 kittens and cats, adopted 435 into loving forever homes, and transferred 28 animals to rescue partners north for adoption. We have a 95% survival rate of kittens in care. Meaning, 95% of all kittens and cats that come into our care survive and are adopted into their forever homes.

Our Story:

In 2019 our founder began fostering kittens. She quickly realized the need for more specialized care when it came to sick, injured and orphaned kittens & need for trap neuter return (TNR services), and put a plan into action. She founded Miss Dixie’s Kitten Rescue, named after her dog, Dixie, who loved all the kittens.

Since then, what started as a single person has grown into a sizable organization. In 2022, Miss Dixie’s rescued, fostered and adopted 159 kittens and cats and helped TNR 177 community cats.

Miss Dixie’s is comprised of our board members, fosters and volunteers, all dedicated to bettering the lives of kittens and cats in our community.

Our mission, while complicated (or large), can be boiled down to a single sentence: we are changing the upstate, one kitten at a time.


Kittens taken into the rescue


Adopted into loving forever homes


of survival rate of kittens in care



Our Board Members