The Cat Welfare Association was founded in 1945 by a small group of people who saw the need for an organization designed specifically to help the many stray and abused cats in the Columbus area. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission to promote better care and understanding of cats while providing for the physical welfare of homeless cats and kittens.

The cats taken into our care are strays and frequently have been abused or injured. We give them plenty of tender loving care along with any necessary medical treatment they might need. Our shelter provides a home for these cats and kittens until they are adopted, whether it is for a short time or if they live out the rest of their lives in our shelter.

One thing that makes Cat Welfare so special is that cats that come into our shelter have a home with us until they are adopted. In some cases Cat Welfare, our staff, and volunteers become a kitty's permanent family and home.

Looking Back: Outlining CWA Points of Pride for 2016

2016 was a wonderful year for Cat Welfare.  These successes were made possible by the generosity of our donors, commitment of our members and volunteers, dedication of our staff, and the leadership of our Board of Directors.


  • 1,478 cats/kitten adopted in 2016 – a new record!   This is a 25% increase from last year’s adoptions and 51% increase from just 3 years ago in 2013.
  • 1,631 cats/kittens admitted to the shelter, many with serious injuries
  • 18 FIV positive cats adopted to loving homes
  • 22 cats diagnosed with tritrichomonas in 2015 retested after a yearlong quarantine and released back into the shelter population
  • 339 kittens cared for in foster homes
  • 1,987 altering surgeries subsidized through Cat Welfare’s low cost spay and neuter programs
  • 178 companion cats received emergency medical treatment paid from Joey’s Good Sam fund
  • CWA members approved modifications to Bylaws


  • Presence on Facebook expanded to just over 7,900 follows and 8,100 likes; just over 1,300 followers on Instagram
  • Awareness sessions held for community members to learn about the care of feral colony cats and senior cat care
  • Cat Caper returned to new venue at Griggs Reservoir, with rave reviews, after a one-year hiatus
  • Toby, a kitten adopted by Olympian Gabby Douglas, featured in Episode 3 of Douglas Family Gold
  • The Catique, Cat Welfare’s resale shop, celebrated its 2nd anniversary at the Mediterranean location in the Busch Boulevard Centre.  Proceeds help to fund shelter operations
  • The number of cat visits to care facilities expanded much to the delight of their residents
  • Participation in Pride Parade was well received
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