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Saving Cats in St. Louis & St. Charles, MO

Our History

Founded in 2021 by Kelly Manno and Samara Mitchell, Smelly Cat Rescue strives to help as many stray, outdoor cats as we can in the St. Louis and St. Charles, Missouri metro area. We work with the local community to rescue, rehabilitate and find loving FUR-ever families for these cats and kittens. We have big goals for our future to help even more animals get off the streets and into warm, safe homes. And if our name sounds familiar, you can thank a certain Phoebe from the 90’s show ‘Friends’ for writing an iconic song that inspired the name of our rescue and complimented our love for all cats, even the smelly ones.
… its not your fault.

our founders

Meet Our Founders

 Samara Mitchell

Samara grew up in the St. Louis metro area with a love for all animals and has always dreamed of being able to help animals who are unable to help themselves. Samara has over 25 years of experience in business, leadership, sales, and project management working for some of the biggest corporations in the country, most recently Build-A-Bear Workshop. Now Samara is pursuing her passion for real estate, dedicated to helping clients and cats find their perfect homes.

Samara deeply supports and loves to give back to community organizations, especially those that service animals. Samara and her husband live with their four kids and an array of rescued pets, including a pot-bellied pig named Iggy Piggy.

Kelly Manno

Born with a bleeding heart for animals, Kelly’s first recollection of a rescue came in second grade. She found a stray cat on the way to school and couldn’t imagine leaving it behind. When the teacher heard meows coming from her backpack she was busted. 

She started volunteering for her local APA when she was 16. She has experience in domestic, feral, barn, and livestock rescue. She has also participated in protests against animal cruelty and animal use in circus performance. 

Kelly, a content creator for TikTok, has 3 kids, who never have any idea how many cats are actually in the house.

What Drives Us

Our Mission

In a world where animals get abandoned and are left with no place to call home, we are ready to make a difference in our community. Our rescue’s mission is to help smelly, outdoor, stray cats and their kittens through rescue, adoption,  spay/neuter services and community programs.

The key principles that we follow to assist us in achieving our goals are:

  • Find homes for sick, injured, abused and abandoned adoptable cats and kittens.

  • Rehabilitate cats through quality veterinary care and shelter within our in-home foster network.

  • Reduce overpopulation of cats through spay and neuter programs and community education.

  • Prevent cruelty to cats by supporting animal protection laws.

  • Foster compassion towards cats through education.

  • Share our knowledge and experience with our community.


Our Board

Samara Mitchell

Co-Founder & President

Kelly Manno

Co-Founder & Director of Media Communications

Stephanie Raumschuh

Vice President

Jennifer Heinzl