Cat Welfare has been the preeminent cat shelter in Central Ohio since 1945!  We are a no-kill shelter and a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization funded solely by donations.  Food, shelter and veterinary care are provided for approximately 250 stray felines each day.  Most of our cats are free roaming throughout the shelter.  Also, you may find them in the cupboards, in the sunroom, playing on cat walks and relaxing in outdoor secure enclosures.


Because of space constraints, Cat Welfare is a limited intake facility.  However, even when the shelter’s population is at full capacity, we always accept pregnant cats, injured cats and cats previously adopted from Cat Welfare.  Cats that are not adopted are welcome to live indefinitely in the care and comfort of our shelter.


Looking Back:  Points of Pride for 2020

2020 was a challenging but encouraging year for Cat Welfare. Because of the pandemic and the shelter's temporary closing, programs were revamped, goals redefined, and staff realigned to navigate uncharted waters. We are grateful for the generosity of our donors and friends, the commitment of our members and volunteers, the dedication of our amazing staff, and the leadership of our Board of Directors.



838 cats and kittens admitted to the shelter, many with life-threatening injuries.

275 felines cared for daily (on average).

711 cats and kittens adopted into loving homes.

2,848 altering surgeries subsidized through Cat Welfare’s low cost spay and neuter programs.

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

Responded to over 30,000 telephone calls from community memebers reaching out for asisstance.

Bylaws were reviewed and proposed changes ready for a membership vote - meeting date to be determined.  


Cat Welfare successfully launched its first mail in ballot initiative to elect Board members to fill vacancies. This approach was so well recieved that it is being considered for future elections. 

The Capital Campaign continued to move forward. 

Cat Welfare received a proclamation from the Ohio Senate celebrating our 75 years of service to the community.

Donations through Facebook and social media reached an all-time high.

The Catique, our resale shop, celebrated its six-year anniversary at the Mediterranean location.  Net proceeds help to fund shelter operations.



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