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 2015

In 2015 Cat Welfare celebrated its 70th anniversary. What a great year it was! 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.

In Keeping with Our Mission and Purpose

  • 1,186 cats/kittens adopted in 2015 - a new record!
  • 1,394 cats/kittens admitted to the shelter
  • More than 400 kittens and special needs cats cared for in foster homes
  • 1,811 altering surgeries subsidized through Cat Welfare’s low cost spay and neuter programs
  • 192 companion cats received emergency medical treatment paid from Joey’s Good Sam Fund
  • Over 10,000 cans of food donated to caretakers of cat colonies and owners in need of food for their companion cats
  • Developed educational material and an adoption process for FIV positive cats
  • Updated Cat Welfare Association’s Bylaws

Enrichment for Feline Residents

  • Reached Cat Condo Campaign’s goal to replace steel cages throughout the shelter
  • Retrofitted seasonal sunroom with insulation and heating/cooling for cats to enjoy this space year long
  • Enriched shy cat room with permanent cubbies
  • Created additional space for FIV- positive and FeLV-positive cats by adding outside fence enclosures with access through kitty doors


  • Expanded presence on Facebook to 6,135 likes; 844 followers on Instagram
  • Improved website - now mobile friendly
  • Set new record for views on PetFinder - over 22,000 views in October 2015
  • Sponsored 70th anniversary celebration at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Attendance exceeded expectations.
  • The Catique continues to grow its reputation as a resale shop, increase its client base and attract new bargain shoppers. Proceeds help to fund shelter operations.
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