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: Points of Pride for 2018

The generosity of the donors and friends, the commitment of our members and volunteers, dedication of our staff, and leadership of our Board of Directors contributed to a memorable year for Cat Welfare.


● 1,098 cats and kittens admitted to the shelter, many with life-threatening injuries

● 1,039 felines adopted into loving homes, including 29 FIV-positive and 3 FeLV-positive kitties

● 208 kittens cared for in foster homes

● 2,614 altering surgeries subsidized through Cat Welfare’s low-cost spay and neuter programs through November 2018

● 167 companion cats received medical care, supported by our Good Sam fund, when families could not afford their cats’ emergency medical treatment

● A comprehensive deferred maintenance project to enhance the lives of our shelter residents completed on time and on budget


● Two unique new T-shirt designs received rave reviews.

● More than 10,000 people like and follow us on Facebook @catwelfareassoc.

● Ryan Lukens, a 9-year-old cat, was returned to the shelter in January 2018 after his family lost their home. After seeing his Facebook story posted on February 22, the Ridhibhinyo family adopted Ryan Lukens on February 24.

● We made new friends with our events at Platform Beer and The Classy Glassy Cat Show hosted by Glass Axis.

● The Catique Resale Shop celebrated its four-year anniversary at the Mediterranean location. Net proceeds help to fund shelter operations.

● Our Crime Cats Mystery Club, a program that offers children a way to gain confidence in reading while helping shy cats gain confidence around people, was presented with the OELMA Literacy Leader Award.



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