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 2017

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.


● 1,615 cats and kittens admitted to the shelter, many with life-threatening injuries

● 1,368 felines adopted into loving homes, including 24 FIV-positive and 8 FeLV-positive kitties

● 316 kittens cared for in foster homes

● 2058 altering surgeries subsidized by Cat Welfare’s low-cost spay and neuter programs 

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

● Existing space converted to house additional FIV-positive cats

● Vertical climbing areas created to enrich the lives of feline residents


● Presence on Facebook increased to nearly 9,196 follows and 9,344 likes; just over 1,551 followers on Instagram

● Awareness session for members to learn how Western medicine can be complemented by Eastern practices

● Reading program launched to connect shy shelter cats with children in grades 1 through 8

● Supplemental volunteer training programs implemented for condo cleaning, shelter greeters and socializing FIV-positive and FeLV-positive shelter kitties

● Monthly spay and neuter clinics held on site April through September

● Annual open house hosted to thank the community for 72 years of support

● The Catique, Cat Welfare’s resale shop, celebrated its third anniversary at the Mediterranean location in the Busch Boulevard Centre. Proceeds help to fund shelter operations.


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