Read the success stories about some of our recently adopted cats.
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Adopted by Jenyfer
I adopted Plum in October of 2013. She captivated me immediately and I couldn't have asked for a better companion.
Adopted by Jordan and Erica
We had not intended to adopt another kitty when we went to Cat Welfare that day, but we fell in love with Endy (formerly Chester) the moment we saw him. We were told that he was very lonely as his brother had already been adopted. He was so tiny and so sweet that we knew he was meant for us. We brought him home where he met his new big brother Spartacus. They became fast friends and the best of brothers. Endy is the sweetest and most loving cat ever. He has truly made life better for our family.
Adopted by Aujah
When I first saw Roux, I leaned in to pet her and she sniffed me. I met her approval as she thrust her head into my hand for petting. We still do this today! It took her a while to get comfortable, but now she chirps at me and is always asking for pets and attention. Sometimes when she's feeling sociable, but not in the mood to play, she'll sit in the middle of the room or on my warm game system to observe us, blinking occasionally at me and anyone else in the room.
Adopted by Melanie Cramer
When I brought Ziggy home, she immediately made herself right at home. She even has a new buddy, Pepper.
Adopted by Miller Family
When our beloved family cat passed away at the end of 2011, I told the kids we weren't going to get another cat and donated all of her toys and food to a shelter. It was only two weeks later I found myself parking our car outside of Cat Welfare for Catoberfest. The kids had talked a lot about the legacy of our kitty who passed - she was a stray who found us and spent 15 years showing us that a cat others may turn away from deserves a home. We walked through the doors and announced that we had come to adopt a cat that no one wants! They showed us Fiona, missing a leg and part of her tail. She rules this house she shares with us, 2 other cats and a Mastiff. She's been a true joy for over five years!
Adopted by Bryn Eiden
It's been almost a year since we've adopted Twister and I couldn't imagine my life without her. She's such a sweetheart and her personality is coming out more and more everyday. She went from hiding under the bed and table all the time to now monopolizing our pillows at night. I wasn't given much information about her history but am glad that she has found her forever home with us. Thank you Cat Welfare for taking a chance on Twister so that we were given the chance to find her!
Adopted by Madison Mitchell
We adopted Lilo (aka Charcoal) the day after Christmas in 2015, I believe. Upon entering the shelter, her cage was the first one I was drawn to. She was all scrunched up in the back corner completely terrified looking. I ended up pressing my hand against the cage and within seconds she was purring and kneading. One of the volunteers was actually surprised by how quickly she had taken to me! Well long story short, my boyfriend and I took her home. It took about one month or so to get her to stop hiding in our bathroom... and then another couple of months to get her to stop hiding under the bed... and I'm pleased to say that nowadays we can't seem to get her off of our laps. She's an absolute diva and demands attention now that she is comfortable. She doesn't even remotely shadow the scared cat we brought home a year ago. Lilo is one of the loveliest additions to my fur-baby life I think I will ever encounter. She never knew what home was until we were able to provide her with one and she never would've gotten that chance if it wasn't for this amazing shelter. I can't thank Cat Welfare enough for all that they do!!
Adopted by Kathy Tryon
After I lost my cat earlier this year, I thought I would never find another cat to fill the hole in my heart left by Snickers. Reluctantly, I went with my daughter to "look" at some cats. Little did I know a few days later I would be taking home my buddy. She thinks she runs our house. She gets along just fine with our dog (as long as he does what she wants). She loves to ride around in laundry baskets and on my husband's walker tray. After all the fun she likes to curl up on my chest for "Buddy Time".
Adopted by Denise Blamer
I recently lost my cat to FIP. I went to check out all the beautiful cats at Cat Welfare. Well this guy "picked me"! He was socializing with my older cat within a day! He fits in PURRfectly here! A true sweetheart! Thank you for all that you do!
Adopted by Jess and Aaron
I adopted Lucy on July 5, 2016. She was so scared she lived in my walk-in closet for three weeks. Now six short months later she is part of the family. She loves playing, getting on furniture, and cuddling. She loves my other 4 cats, and we could not be more happy with this sweet baby girl! I know the shelter had her marked as a semi feral, but all she needed was a quite, patient home and ta da all traces of that behavior are gone. Thanks Cat Welfare for all you do!
Sadie aka Squeeker
Adopted by Michael R Gress
My human adopted me in May of 2015 At first I was shy and hid a lot but after a little while I warmed up to him. I love just to lie around the apartment and to sleep in my human's lap. Life has been good since my human adopted me. At the shelter they said that I would never be a lap cat but I proved them wrong for I love to sleep on my human's lap and on his bed when he is asleep.
Adopted by Brittney Pickens and Matt Pietzcker
When we got Lady Liberty she was so small and shy. At just 9 weeks old, back in September of 2016, she didnt want much to do with people but over the course of time she has become the biggest diva and always wants your attention. She was an amazing addition to our little family and has really become the star of our home.
Adopted by Lex and Breigh
We got Eris to help our other cat Veronica adjust better, she has been such a joy to have in the house. The two of them get along so well and we catch them playing and cuddling all the time. They're thick as thieves. Eris also loves to cuddle with us, and she purrs like a motorcycle. We love her a lot and she certainly brought a lot of personality into our home.
Adopted by Cynthia Williams
Hello my name is Nimbus and I had a rough start in life. But that has all changed now. I picked me a new family that love me and let me sleep in a big soft bed. I am still a little bit shy but I am learning to love and trust again thank you all for taking me in til I found my new family.
Adopted by The Foulks family
Abey is such a sweetheart. She is very curious and loves to play with her new BFF our English Bulldog Bubba.
Adopted by Jen
We adopted Ricochet (Jaime) in May of this year. We knew he was the one because he wouldn't stop demanding attention from us whenever we walked by his cage. As you can see, he bonded with our dog rather quickly and they are best friends now. Ricochet turned out to be a fitting name as he has quite a bit of energy and tends to bounce around (and get into everything he possibly can!). But he's family now and we love him :).
Adopted by Michele Donohue
A year ago in November, my cat, Lucky, (also a Cat Welfare cat) died at age 14. I never thought I would fill the void in my heart after losing him. My adult children gave me a gift certificate last Christmas to Cat Welfare. I was reluctant to use it so soon after Lucky’s death. However, my daughter convinced me to at least go and look, so off we went, a few days after Christmas. The first time I looked at Ozzie (formerly Basil), I knew he was the one. He had the most beautiful eyes that just seemed to be saying “please take me home with you”. So we did!! Now, a year later, my heart is not quite as empty. Ozzie made himself at home right away. He even slept in our bed the first night we had him!! He is not a “lap cat” per se, but he will snuggle next to you on the couch or chair, and of course, in the bed. I am so glad we went to Cat Welfare “just to look” that day!!
Adopted by Katie
I adopted my little black kitty almost two months ago (coincidentally right before Halloween!). Tinkerbell is full of personality! Her favorite games are running up and down the stairs (she thinks you can't see her when she crouches down behind them!) and playing with our dog's tail. She prefers being near people than by herself and loves curling up beside her family on the couch. A very happy life for a former stray!
Sam and Panther
Adopted by Cyra and Tanner
Formerly Dos and Dynamite
We visited Cat Welfare looking for a furry friend to fill our new home. I immediately fell in love with Sam (Dos), who had been returned by his previous owners to the shelter. He was a perfect, sweet, good-natured cat to suit us. As I carried Sam to the counter to fill out his paperwork, I spot a wild little black kitten climbing the side of his cage and mewing uncontrollably. Panther (Dynamite) also stole my heart from that moment and we agreed that the good-natured Sam needed a little spice from the tiny black kitten a quarter his size. Fast forward more than a year later, and we have two of the greatest cats imaginable! They love to play and nap in our home and have brought us a joy we didn't know we were missing! I've never seen two more loving and content cats than these two. Even though they weren't actual blood brothers, they became brothers and best friends who can't even be separated by a closed door without becoming distraught! Thank you to the staff and volunteers who helped us find our fur-children and fill our home with happiness! Your organization does wonders for the cats of Columbus!
Grisha (Gregory Belolapin), sometimes Griffin
Adopted by Jon Becker
He was adopted from Cat Welfare in March 2015. We love him. He's very playful and expressive. He loves to carry around his toy fish in his mouth. Grisha has been a problem child on occasion; he likes to pee on our couch. However, I think we've broken him of this habit and he seems happy with us and his fellow cat, Vaska.
Adopted by Jennifer
My daughter fell in love with K.C. at first sight. We still spent time with each cat in there to make sure she was the right one for us, but my little girl kept going back to this kitten. I was hesitant at first since she was blind in one eye, I was worried my little girl would be too much for K.C. to handle. But she has been a great addition to our family and we love her tremendously! We even got K.C. her very own kitten to play with 😊
Adopted by Katie, Hannah and Jasmine
We went to Cat Welfare looking for a new furry member of the family. We were looking at all the cats and couldn't pick out of all them. Until a volunteer told me about "Large Marge" we needed to see why they called her this. As soon as we saw this 20 lbs cat, all three of us instantly fell in love. We brought her home where she now enjoys long naps on the couch and all the love she could ask for. She is currently on a diet and is now down 2 lbs and counting!
Adopted by Todd
They say that you don't adopt cats, they adopt you. Well, Remy was the first cat I saw at Cat Welfare, and as soon as I tried to go visit another cat he pressed himself against the cage and basically began yelling at me. The rest is history. Remy is an amazing friend and companion, an incredible athlete, and a hilarious presence all around. He enthusiastically chatters at me throughout the day, never shy to vocalize when he's getting hungry. Closed doors are a no-go around the apartment these days, as this guy gets absolutely heartbroken with abandonment if you shut the door to go to the bathroom. Plus, he needs the wide open space for his expansive galloping and playing around the house. And once he's tuckered out from all the showing off, there's no better cuddler or nap-buddy. Remy fills my days with laughter, and I can't wait to see what the future has in store for us.
Adopted by Alyssa
I adopted Crosby (formerly Griffin) a few weeks ago and I just love this little guy! He is adjusting very well to his new home. He is very playful, loves to cuddle and take naps on the couch.
Adopted by Anne
I love my new kitty so much! Pantera is the sweetest, most playful, nosiest and most curious cat. She follows me everywhere and wants to know everything that is happening. She loves to play with her toys and to watch water run down the sink drain which was what she was doing when I found her at Cat Welfare. She has shiny, sleek black fur and beautiful green eyes. She has adjusted to her new home so quickly, and is gaining healthy weight and thicker fur. I'm so glad I have her. She is perfect. I recently moved to Columbus and wanted a pet, Cat Welfare was highly recommended by a friend who also had a great adoption experience.
Adopted by Katie Jones
Kosmo is absolutely adored by the family. He's super affectionate and loves cuddling. Out of all the toys he has, toes seem to be the object of choice lol. He always greets me at the door and loves to follow me around the house. I couldn't ask for a better pet! Thanks Cat Welfare!
Adopted by Rabeea and Motaz
I volunteer at Cat Welfare, and while volunteering there I ended up falling in love with Goldie. My husband and I weren't looking at adopting a cat for several years, but I brought him down to the shelter and he fell in love with her too! She was a friendly, but shy cat at the shelter. After adjusting to her new home she is now the princess of the house, and her personality has blossomed! We could not be more happy to have adopted such a sweet and loving cat! She has brought so much joy into our lives. Thanks for bringing us together Cat Welfare!
Adopted by Jessie
I adopted River/Rikki earlier this year. I was looking for a playmate for my cat and had heard good things about Cat Welfare, so I stopped by on a whim. When I visited the shelter, she was hiding out on top of a shelf, one of the ladies working introduced me to her and said she was one of her favorite cats. River started purring as soon as I petted her, and every time I started to walk away her eyes would follow me. I brought her home the next day. It didn't take long for her to come out of her shell, and she and my other cat love to play together. I was super impressed with this shelter, and I'm so happy that I found my purrrrfect kitty.
Adopted by Jordan Melsoner
We saw Jasper in the kitten room, a little older than the rest of the kittens, and he immediately grabbed our attention. He was kneading his blanket and wouldn't stop purring. We picked him up and held him for a long time, he still continued purring! Today, he's still a very purry baby. He loves to be held, greets us at the door when we come home, and follows us around the house. He can be a bit crazy too, chasing any object in sight. Toes and bottle caps are his favorite, even before all his many cat toys! We love him to bits and couldn't imagine living without him. Thank you Cat Welfare for all you do!
Adopted by Erik Cunningham
I found Luna curled up in a blanket under a cat tree at Cat Welfare. She started off pretty shy and stuck to her hiding spot under my bed but over a short time has grown more confident in exploring her new home. Luna loves to curl up in her nest of blankets and roll around while being pet. I'm sure she will be happy for years to come. Thanks Cat Welfare!
Adopted by Rachael Collins
Formerly Mr. Hank
I came to Cat Welfare a few times and just could not seem to make my mind up on which cat to bring home to the family. Then one day I came in and I met Mr. Hank. I immediately knew he was the one, he has such a loving personality. He is our Louie!! His first day home he only hid for about 4 hours and then he decided to come out and explore his new home. He and our dog Kobe hit it off and Louie seems to love his new forever home!:) I just adore Louie and am so glad I got the chance to be his mommy!!:)
Aschera (Ash) and Astra
Adopted by Crys and Rhys
Formerly Chanel and Gracie
After losing my last cat (who was the nearest and dearest to me of any living being I've ever known, feline or otherwise) just over two years ago, getting a new cat to be my emotional support animal was a really big deal for me. I knew going in that I wanted a cat who was a little like me; a bit ragged from our struggles, but with a lot of love to give. I found Chanel's profile on the website and after reading that she'd been a feral and come in with a life-threatening wound, it was love practically at first sight. I went to the shelter to meet her, expecting to meet a cat who was maybe a little skittish and slow to trust- but she blew all my expectations right out of the water by coming right up to me when I knelt down to let her sniff my hand, and being overjoyed to be petted and even picked up! This girl is so affectionate! All she ever wants is to sleep or get loved on! (Both at once is her favorite.) She's everything I need, and even though she has a few medical hang-ups to get through, she's healing me at least as much as I am her. We adopted her "little sister" at the same time, who is just the sweetest baby. She loves to nuzzle your forehead and then lick your nose when she's feeling affectionate, (which is always!) They're both total lap cats, but surprisingly instead of fighting over it, if a lap is already occupied the other kitty will just curl up around them instead! I've never seen two unrelated cats who got along so well and so quickly. They'll groom each other and sleep together in the big bed, whether there's a person in it or not! Thank you Cat Welfare for bringing these two perfect girls into our lives!
Mr. Minx, Stinky Minxy, Janky Tail
Adopted by Zoe and the Kiger family.
Although Mr. Minx was not a Cat Welfare cat, CW did help save his life. For years my family and I fed him as a stray. It took us about a year and a half to get close to him. But before I knew it, he became comfortable with me and would sit on my lap outside. He especially loved climbing up my pant leg so that he could stand on my shoulders. Unfortunately, he has been through quite a lot throughout his life. He can't walk in a straight line, he has one tooth (which is why his tongue is always out), his tail had been broken in several spots (assuming it had been broken several times),and one of his ears is mangled and partially missing due to a bad case of ear mites. One day we decided to rescue him and take him to the vet. Cat Welfare helped us tremendously with the vet fees and guided us in the right direction. Now, a year later, he is thriving and my best friend. I truly believe he saved me. Mr. Minx and I will always be so grateful for CW, CW's staff, and all the love/support/care they give.
Adopted by Aspen Shorr
On Sept 9th, I got up, got ready for work, and realized I had a little bit of time to kill. So I thought, hey, why not go pet some cats! Little did I know that 30 minutes later, I would be scrambling to get this mega furrball to my house and go to work in a timely manner! I was drawn to his sign that said "15.13 lbs" and the words "LOVABLE AND FRIENDLY" circled in pink highlighter... Those words prove true, as he has had everyone who has laid eyes on him fall in love. I was worried that after my cat of 15 years passed, I wouldn't find another to love like that, but here I am... a bit over a month later, spoiling him rotten with tuna and chicken bits and as many tummy rubs as his belly can stand. Every pound on him is another 100 lbs of love he provides to everyone. I'm so lucky to have him in my life. :)
Adopted by Michelle Moskonas/Eric Leppert
When we we walked into your facility we fell in love with Mr. Hope. As soon as we opened the cage door he came out and we knew right away he was the one. Now he is a spoiled baby and very happy in his new home. He knows he rules the house. We love him so much, and we are very happy that we found him. More like he found us!!! Thank You for everything.
Adopted by Deedee & Kevin
Formerly Marky Mark
I had been searching for the perfect kitty for our new home. When I shared that an older cat, with a good lovey disposition is what I was looking for the staff at the shelter took the time to introduce me to a few guys that fit the bill. I think it was Lemme's size, 16.5 lbs, and his big lover personality that won me over. This picture is from his second day with us. His brother, the dog, has never been around cats so we were nervous, but Lemme's giant lovey personality won him over in no time. It's almost like he's been with us forever!! Thank you so much Cat Welfare team, you took time to match us up and gave me tons of advice, all of which has been very useful!
Adopted by Hilary and Nick
We adopted Diggie (short for Dirk Diggler of the acclaimed film Boogie Nights) in July of 2016. He is the most loving and affectionate cat, always wanting pets and snuggles. His fur is very unique and soft, with a combination of stripes and spots on his belly. Diggie loves to play and is a talkative, little ball of energy. He follows us around our apartment making lots of little "chirps" and "meows," which is his form of communication with us. His favorite pastime is chasing a rolled up paper ball. Diggie is an avid cuddler and likes to sleep in bed with us at night, although waking us up at 5 am to play has become his MO. Adopting Diggie was one of the best things we've ever done, and has been an important milestone in our relationship as this is the first cat we have shared together. We love Diggie very much and are so excited for the future of our little family!
Adopted by Maria
I got Ellie as a surprise birthday present this year. I've wanted a cat for years and I teared up upon finding out she was actually mine. Ellie is adored by her new family and by so many friends! She is very social and has the loudest purr! :) She also loves lounging around the house and taking naps with her mama. She is the best cat a girl could ask for! Thank you, Cat Welfare! :)
Adopted by Lex and Breigh
We adopted Veronica the day my cat of 7 years passed. I knew I couldn't live in a house without a cat, and I couldn't let a cat go without a loving home. V, as we nicknamed her, was in the shy cat room and had been there for about a year. She was timid and we were told, and found out for ourselves, she was a biter. However, with a lot of patience and love she is blossoming into a very odd little cat. She loves playing, and is always trying to eat our food. We love her very much and are grateful that Cat Welfare kept her for so long until our paths would cross.
Adopted by Hayward Family
We adopted Frank in May of 2016 after our dear cat Lily, who we also got from Cat Welfare, died. It was important to us to have a cat who was different than Lily. Frank didn't like other cats or dogs, and since he would be our only pet, we figured we would be his perfect family. After some challenges, Frank has settled in. He is happy, healthy, and a great addition to our little family.
Adopted by Amina Ali
I adopted Yasmine on August 26, 2016. She is the dream pet. She has a beautiful character traits as well as beautiful fur. I love her and love it at the Cat Welfare Association.
Adopted by The Hawkins/Douglas Family
We adopted Tobias about a year ago, when he was 3 months old. He is our very first cat and we absolutely adore him! The minute we held him at the shelter, we immediately formed a bond and when we brought him home he quickly became a part of our family. Even my mother who previously was not a fan of cats, loves him! Tobias loves to cuddle, is very smart, gentle, lovable, and is a super playful cat (he especially loves to play with our smallest dog Chandler). We are so happy to have him in our family! Thanks so much Cat Welfare!
Adopted by Caren, Jerry and Sophia
We adopted Irene (or Marla) almost four weeks ago. Since she is blind, we gave her the study to start in, but after just two days she was already exploring the house. We had never expected her to acclimate as well as she did. Now, it is a regular occurrence for her to nap on the couch with us or to play with her catnip toys in the kitchen. She's even braved the staircase. Irene has been a wonderful and affectionate addition to our family.
Meowly VonMewsonn, Admiral Grain P. Fluffy bottoms III, Bo Jangles Luke Skywhisker aka Bo and Luke
Adopted by Jeremiah Shively
Formerly Gweneth, Olaf, Pears, Achilles
Gweneth was the first, orange one, followed by Olaf the larger gray, to hopefully become a playmate. Went in the other day and found Achilles and Pears, our home is now filled with fun and excitement every day.
Rosie, Lucy and Scully
Adopted by Craig Calcaterra and Allison Hagen
Formerly Gwendolyn, Cordelia and Nanette
We lost George, our 17-year-old cat, at the end of June 2015. He was such a good friend and companion that we knew we could not replace him for a long, long time. And when we did, we knew we'd replace him with another calm, older cat. We waited eight days. Then we adopted these three goofy kittens. They were tiny when we got them, however, they have grown into their current collective nickname, "The Fatties." They shed too much and stink fairly often and destroy most everything but they are big, happy healthy girls -- sisters -- who we love to pieces and we couldn't imagine life without them. George would be appalled but, on some level, would probably grudgingly approve.
Jackson and Panther
Adopted by Teresa and Steve Stahl
Formerly Jackson and Panther
It has been 5 months since we adopted brothers Jackson and Panther. They have been a wonderful addition to our home! Both are settling in their new home as you can see from the picture. Their personalities have definitely come out! We call Jackson, King Jackson as he struts around the house. He likes to hang out on the steps "monitoring" the house! Initially Panther was very shy but he has come out of his shell and is the most affectionate cat! We are so thankful we found Jackson and Panther!
Adopted by Debbie and Louis
Formerly Mario 2
We stopped at Cat Welfare in November of 2014 to donate a few items. Our cat Hunter, had recently passed away and we were not yet ready for another pet. While there we saw so many cats that needed homes and after we left, we continued thinking about them. We returned the next week and fell for an adorable little guy named Mario 2. We adopted him and dropped the "2" from his name. He was very timid for the first week, only coming out from a hiding spot to eat or use the litter box. In the past 1.5 years, he has gotten more and more brave. He loves to play and has become a wonderful companion! Thank you Cat Welfare.
Adopted by Alexis and Brandon
Thank you for uniting us with Sarah, we love her. She is happy here and acclimating well in her new home.
Tucker and Annabelle
Adopted by Sarah Spencer
Formerly Tucker and Taylor
I just wanted to give an update in case anyone remembers these two! I came to Cat Welfare about 6 or 7 years ago looking for a cat and fell in love with a handsome, outgoing boy named Tucker. It was love at first sight and I was ready almost immediately to sign the paperwork and take him home. Then I was told that oh, he has a sister and would I like to meet her too? I was told it had been their second time at the shelter as their previous owner had adopted them from there but then sadly had passed away so they were returned to the shelter at 8 years old. I already knew at that point there was no way that I could separate them after all of that so I said yes please I want to meet her too so they went and pulled out this frantic and scared grey ball of fluff hiding in the bottom of a cat tree (she was not taking well to shelter life) and that's how I ended up going home that day with two kitties. All my friends insisted that they were identical, so it was kind of like just having one! When they sat next to each other they looked like a matching pair of slippers but their personalities were very different with Tucker being a kitty Don Juan and Annabelle being mostly shy and reserved with a rare playful streak. They made the big move with me to the west coast two years ago but sadly Tucker crossed over the rainbow bridge shortly after due to tumors in his lungs. Now it's just me and Annabelle hanging out in our little bungalow by the beach. I'm so glad that I got to know and love Tucker and was able to give him a very warm, loving, and spoiled last 5 years of his life. Annabelle is finally opening up to me after all of these years and seems to be pretty content spending most of her day lounging in bed. I know it was fate as I never would have found her if it weren't for her outgoing brother and for Cat Welfare caring for older kitties who still have so much potential for life and love.
Adopted by Kristi and Bob
We adopted Sienna in May of 2016. She has overcome most of her shyness and has become a sweet, gentle, and playful little lady! She's now very confidently roaming around the house and hanging out in a few favorite spots. We've already had many laughs and smiles from her antics during playtime. We are thrilled to have Sienna as part of our family! Many thanks to Cat Welfare.
Adopted by Hayley & Kevin
We adopted Pip in September 2015 during the CWA 70th anniversary event. We had no intentions to adopt a cat but after meeting Pip (and convincing Kevin) I just couldn't leave without her! I was told that she had been at the shelter for quite awhile and that she recently had to have all of her teeth removed. She was also a very shy cat but Jane at CWA had been working with her and told us that she was getting a little better every day. We decided that it was definitely worth a shot and I am so happy that we did! Pip has been a wonderful addition to our family and always keeps us laughing. She was very timid for the first few weeks but she came out of her shell in no time! She quickly became best buds with our other cats, Winnie and Oliver, and she has no problem walking right up to our dogs to say "hello". Pip has become extremely affectionate and she is always the first one to snag a spot in the bed at night. She has so much personality and we love her to pieces! Thank you so much to everyone at Cat Welfare!
Artemis, Art, Artie
Adopted by Savannah and Nicole
We have three dogs in our home two mini schnauzers and a French mastiff so I thought hey why not add a cat? I knew I wanted a senior cat and all I had to do was get my fiance Nicole on board ;) . We came to the shelter and the staff was so helpful and friendly. Nicole wanted to take home a kitten and I reminded her that although they are so cute they are not trained. That's when we saw Artemis and his big bright green eyes. I scooped him up and he started purring right away. He enjoys hanging out in the privacy fenced in back yard with the dogs and ducks. He demands a cat massage every night before we go to bed and he sleeps in between us. He likes to hang out in between the shower curtains and lick the faucet for water. He also likes to open every door and cabinet in the house. Artemis is a character and we love him for it. I love how he gets along with every pet in the house even the fish! Thank you guys so much for a perfect fluff of happiness :)
Adopted by Beatrice and Amalia
We went into Cat Welfare to visit and drop off some donations. When I(Beatrice) took my mom(Amalia) back into the kitten room, she immediately fell for a little tiny black kitty that couldn't leave her alone once she drew him out of the corner. She decided she had to get him. We thought about changing his name, but we decided that it fit him. He's a year old now and he is doing fantastic. He is a very large boy, he's not fat, he just has a ton of muscle. We call him sumo-guard Wilson because he likes to walk the perimeter before he lays down and he runs to the door and growls when someone knocks on it. He is the sweetest cat ever though. He will crawl into the bed next to you and purr his head off. He is also amazingly patient with the rambunctious little kitten we got from you. Thanks Cat Welfare!
Adopted by Michelle
Formerly Anna Maria
I've had her for almost two years now and she's quickly become my best friend. She's such a great cat! Cat Welfare is wonderful and I'll definitely be going back if I ever want more furry friends.
Adopted by Beatrice
I came into Cat Welfare to visit all the cats, but once I found Momo I couldn't put her down. She was a small kitten that was all fluff. She had giant ears with even longer hair. She's grown into her ears now, but she's still small and a fluff ball. She's lovely. I am so happy that I got her. She makes me very happy with her kitten antics.
Adopted by Cassie
Squiddy and I are beyond happy together! She's an adorable, well-mannered kitty who enjoys purring and kneading in my lap at all opportunities :3 Thank you so much, Cat Welfare, for introducing me to Squiddy! I am so grateful to have her in my life!
Daphne and Chloe
Adopted by Susan Smith
Formerly Java and Bean
I adopted these crazy girls almost 4 years ago. I had just lost both of my cats (6 weeks apart) about 4 weeks earlier. I didn't think I'd adopt so quickly but I frequent Cat Welfare often and as soon as I saw them I knew they were for me. Love them to the moon and back!!
Adopted by Sarah
I came to the Cat Welfare Association looking for a companion for my other cat, and everyone I asked had one answer: Dizzy! This little cutie had been there over a year, despite how cute and playful she is with other cats, because she is standoffish about cuddling. When I brought her home, she initially found such a good hiding spot I almost thought I'd lost her! But within two days, she and Mr Kitty were getting along, so I knew she was the right choice. I bought some treats, and a laser pointer that I was told was her favorite toy, and slowly but surely, she stopped hiding and started letting me pet her. It's been two weeks and I am still working on getting her to let me pick her up, but this morning I woke up to her sleeping on my feet! There is still progress to be made, but every day gets better. I adore this goofy cat, and I am so glad I brought her home with me.
Adopted by Jacob & Sarah
We came to Cat Welfare after our cat Oscar, also from Cat Welfare, passed away. We were introduced to the FIV+ cats and instantly fell in love with this big chunk. He is extremely cuddly and loves belly rubs and treats. We were happy to give an FIV+ cat a loving home.
Leo (Leo the Lion)
Adopted by Nikki & Zac
Formerly Chuck Norris
Hello we came to Cat Welfare Association as first time cat owners, searching for therapy cats to help battle the depression and anxiety that comes along in life. We knew we wanted 2 babies to call our own. My husband saw Leo and it was an instant bond, after snuggling his cheeks I knew he was coming home with us. He loves being home, he sleeps on our bed, even with all the toys and jungle gyms a cat could want, and loves to snuggle and purr loudly. He is a huge fan of belly rubs too. My search continued for a couple more days until I found Prince at another local shelter. He laid on my chest and purred, so he came home to meet his brother, and Leo instantly sniffed him and nuzzled his face. They have been inseparable since. Life has been nothing but sunshine, loud purrs and belly rubs since we adopted our children, thank you for being patient and helping us with our decision, such a great shelter!! (:
Adopted by Stacey & Doug
I (Stacey) saw a photo of Ferris on the website and just had to meet him! When we met, Ferris was very timid and didn't have any fur on the underside of his neck from a previously embedded flea collar. Although he was incredibly reclusive and scared at first, with the help of some kitty treats, he warmed to us fairly quickly. We are so pleased to say that Ferris has made a happy home with us! He is very chatty and loves to let us know when he can see the bottom of his food dish. He enjoys staring out the window at the geese near our home and loves to sleep in bed with us. Ferris is an incredibly important part of our family and our home wouldn't be the same without him. Thank you, Cat Welfare Association, for providing us with the opportunity to expand our family!
Adopted by Olivia Hicks
Mustachio has adapted very well to his new home. He has especially made a big impact on my mother. We recently lost our family dog and he has brought my mother out of her sadness. He loves running up and down the stairs (despite the absence of a limb), loves exploring and tries to get the birds from outside his window. Thank you for giving not only me, but Mustachio as well, the opportunity to find a new family!
Adopted by Linda
We adopted GracieGrace in August or September 2015 so shes not quite a year old yet. This is my first torti and I love her to pieces. She definitely has a torti attitude and requires tons of attention but only on her terms. She rarely leaves my side and if she does she checks back constantly. GracieGrace is a total diva and the biggest sweetheart ever. There are 3 other cats in our home, all adopted from Cat Welfare, and she makes sure she keeps them all on their toes. She and our male kitty, Benmont, are best of friends. My little family is complete now that GracieGrace has joined us.
Adopted by David Good
I adopted Boo as a kitten in September of 2014. I named her Boo because of the proximity to Halloween and the orange and black coloring she sports. She has been very happy, playful and well-behaved in my apartment. The fact that she has only one eye has never slowed this tortie down. Boo loves sleeping in my bed (day or night!) and is very affectionate. I couldn't ask for a better fur companion! Thank you, Cat Welfare, for all you do for the community!
Adopted by Colleen Tiefenthal
My family adopted Paddy about 13 years ago from Cat Welfare. My two children were young and our tiger cat of 15 years had passed away. We went "just to look" but fell in love with this little calico who had been brought in with her brother and mother. She crawled into my daughter's lap and the deal was sealed. Paddy loves our beagle, pretty sure due to their coloring she thinks they are related! She is a tiny sweetheart and we think she is just beautiful.
Adopted by Colleen Tiefenthal
My family adopted Paddy about 13 years ago from Cat Welfare. My two children were young and our tiger cat of 15 years had passed away. We went "just to look" but fell in love with this little calico who had been brought in with her brother and mother. She crawled into my daughter's lap and the deal was sealed. Paddy loves our beagle, pretty sure due to their coloring she thinks they are related! She is a tiny sweetheart and we think she is just beautiful.
Adopted by Sarah S
We adopted Jubilee about a week ago. She knew she was home as soon as she got out of the carrier. She made fast friends with her new brothers Thor and EC. She is still making friends with her new sis Amora. Side note, the other 3 kitties were all strays we took in. Thor and Amora are about a year old and EC is about six. Jubilee is super happy, sweet, playful and loving. She is a great addition to our home.
Adopted by Jackie
We brought Nora home January of 2015. I knew we were meant to be when she followed me all around Cat Welfare. She still to this day likes to follow me all around my apartment. She always greets me at the door and ends her day by my side too. She gets along great with our other two cats, and any time she thinks one is distressed, she runs right up to him/her to make sure he/she is OK! I can't imagine life without her!
Adopted by Haley and Adam Van Duzen
We adopted this one eyed beauty from Cat Welfare and we are so glad did. She is the sweetest little kitty and has definitely made herself at home. She loves our kids and gets along great with our other pets. She sleeps in bed with us every night and is a snuggle bunny. I was hesitant to adopt a cat with just one eye but I am so glad I made the decision to bring her home. She is loved and shows love in return. Thank you Cat Welfare for allowing us to bring this precious baby home with us. She has found her forever home!
Adopted by Brian and Rachel Bell
On the first night we had Jovie, we put her on a leash and harness and let her explore our home. She then jumped up on my lap, curled up and purred. Next she jumped over to our loveseat and curled up with a smile on her face. She looked so much like Toothless, the midnight fury dragon, from the movie "How to Train Your Dragon" that we decided to name her Fury. She loves her new name and is very loving and playful. We love her very much and our other cat Rex is trying to get along with her now.
Adopted by Rylan Foster
About 3 weeks ago I adopted Franklin from CWA and he has been the best cat! He is such a sweetheart. He was very shy at first but now he roams the house and everyone in my family loves him! I am so happy that I could give Franklin his forever home!
Adopted by Renee Buchele
I brought Meeko home 2 days after saying good bye to my horse. I knew he was the one for me immediately. At first, Meeko was a little weezy, quiet, and lethargic. Now he plays all the time, purrs,talks, cuddles, and has really been enjoying the life of a cat given a second chance! He was and is the perfect cure for my heartache and I can't imagine not having him. Thank you CWA!
Ricky Bobby Beaumont Jr. III
Adopted by Darby and Rick
Formerly Ricky Bobby Beaumont Jr. III
I can't share enough great things about Cat Welfare and our boy Rick Bobby Beaumont Jr. III! The volunteer that helped us was so helpful and connected with our cat that we kept the unique name that was given to him and we adopted on the spot in June 2015. Ricky Bobby (for short!) is such a polite and loving cat that brings so much happiness to our lives! He loves to curl up in the funniest positions and no matter what he always faithfully shows up to snuggle at bedtime. He has such a big personality and I catch him doing the funniest things...he's hilarious! He is my first pet as an adult with no kids so naturally he has become a major part of our family! Thank you Cat Welfare for everything...we couldn't be happier!
Adopted by Jackie and Norm
We went into the Cat Welfare looking for a sweet kitty that could meet my needs as an Emotional Support Animal. We played with a few cats on the floor, but kept getting drawn back to this affectionate girl in her cage. We took her home and after only a week it felt like she had always been a member of our family. She is an amazing companion for us and may be getting a little spoiled. She spends most of her days in her sunny window seat and seems very pleased with her new home.
Adopted by Ashli & Tom
We came in looking for a companion for our 1 year old cat Sebastian, we looked at everyone and there was something drew us back to a 4 month old kitten named Darlin. We felt sorry for her because she was shy and scared. Even though she still isn't a fan of being held, she loves to play and cuddle with her loving companion and every now and again she will curl up on the couch next to you when she gets jealous of the attention Sebastian is receiving.
Adopted by Miller Family
From the shy little cat in the corner to the diva in training, Roxie has made a great transformation since we adopted her in April 2015! We were first attracted to Roxie because she looked a lot like our beloved Pounce that we lost after 15 years. But as we get to know her, Roxie is her own special girl! She was very shy and timid when we met her at Cat Welfare, it just felt like she needed her own home, our home. She hid under the bed at first only coming out to use the litter box and eat. Even though her favorite spot is still her bed under the bed, she also loves her window perch (she has squirrel friends) and her plush dome bed in the living room. In recent weeks, she has developed into a lap cat and cuddles in bed as well. She plays with her favorite toys, a crinkle ball and catnip mouse. Apparently she had litter box issues in the past, and she did for a brief time with us, but then we discovered she had an ear infection. After that was cleared up, the litter box problems stopped and she blossomed into the lovable girl she is today. Thank you Cat Welfare for the wonderful work that you do and allowing us to help Roxie find her inner diva!
Adopted by Darrel Holiday
Frankie has been a most welcome addition to our house. She's a very quite cat but very playful when it suits her. She has brought it to our attention that the colder weather has brought some mice into our 108 year old house. Although I don't think the mice enjoy her play as much as she might. As seen in the picture she's become accustomed to sleeping in the bed with my wife and me. But she won't scoot over as willingly as my wife. Way back in 1989 I was involved with a young woman afflicted with the demon of addiction. She was never able to rid herself of that demon. She died of an overdose while in my presence. She was named after her father Frank...her name was Frankie. When Frankie was pointed out to me as a possible good fit for my situation I felt it was meant to be. Thank you for all that you do there at Cat Welfare. Darrel
Adopted by Kelsey and Grant
We adopted Silver about a month ago. We were worried about integrating him with our resident cat, who has been an only child for over three years. Thankfully, it wasn't long before they were playing, grooming and snuggling with each other. Sheldon loves his new little brother and so do we!
Lucy and Winnie
Adopted by The Davis Family
Formerly Beth and Sweetheart
I took a very long time deciding to take home Lucy and Winnie, but I couldn't imagine life without them now! They are both lovable weirdos and I discover new quirks everyday. Lucy loves to sit as close to your face as possible, hang out inside paper bags, and attack her own tail, while Winnie likes climbing my kitchen counters, drinking from the water bowl using her paw, and drinking from the bathtub faucet. They are adjusting to each other pretty well, especially considering that Winnie was in an isolation room at the shelter. My advice to others would be to check out the kitties outside of the main room because they can be just as wonderful. Thank you to the staff at Cat Welfare for being so patient with helping me pick out these two sweet girls who have made me so happy!
Adopted by Jodie
A good friend of mine was fostering some kittens and a mother for Cat Welfare. The kittens were sick and so I couldn't adopt them. When she brought me by the shelter just after Thanksgiving I met Oliver. I no longer live in Columbus anymore and the 7 hour car ride back to Northern Virginia was a challenge. Oliver and I are doing great. He loves to play up to three times a day. We play before I go to work when I get home from work and later in the evening. He is a sweet loveable boy.
Adopted by Amber Estock
My boyfriend brought me in to adopt a kitty, and I was introduced to One Eyed Kenny. He was a little rough, and only had one eye, but I fell in love with him. He likes it very much here at home. He is extremely playful and affectionate. He spends most of his days now in his window seat I created for him. He has also gained a few pounds; I'll admit he's a bit spoiled.
Adopted by Taylor Rae Dodge
I came to Cat Welfare looking for a female, but I fell in love with Knightley's handsome little face and just had to adopt him. He is the most cuddly cat I have ever met, often climbing into my lap on the sofa and sleeping so close to me that his whiskers tickle my face. I sometimes call him "silent squeak" because he has the tiniest meow, but most of the time no sound comes out at all. He loves fake mice toys and even plays fetch! He never fails to make me smile and I believe that we're happier together than we ever were apart!
Adopted by Chris and Kim Basmagy
We adopted Samwise from Cat Welfare and he instantly became a member of our family. At first, he kept his distance from the dogs but after a few days they were sharing the couch together and playing like brothers. Samwise is very energetic and gives us a lot of laughs. At night, he we hear him participating in the "cat Olympics"...(dont ask). Thanks again for all the work that you do, our family and Samwise appreciate it.
Voter Colonel Sebastian Doyle
Adopted by Caterina Runyon-Spears
We adopted the Voter Colonel just after Christmas in 2011 (his personality required something grander than just "Sebastian" so I completed his name as a tribute an episode of a favorite TV show). We were looking for an older cat who wouldn't mind sharing space with a much older cat that was occasionally overzealous in some cat-related greetings. The moment we were introduced to him, Sebastian rolled over and showed his tummy. I knew then that he was coming home with us. The blending was fairly smooth, as our older kitty was very laid back. Alas, our much older kitty crossed the rainbow bridge before the two could get really acquainted, but the Voter Colonel doesn't seem to mind being an only cat. He greets us at the door. He likes chasing the white dot cause by the sun shining through the peephole in our front door early in the day. He stalks his water dish and then stares at it for half an hour before finally slapping it a few times and drinking (not even kidding). When I had to go away for three weeks for medical treatment, he had some separation anxiety (licked a racing striped into his back). He's slowly getting used to these creatures our oldest daughter brings over, but still looks horrified when the oldest meows back at him. Honestly, he's a lovable goof, and I wouldn't give him up for anything. Thank you so much.
Adopted by Brittney Jarrell
Pearl (formerly known as Kit-Kat) is adjusting well. She lays in the sun a lot and gets along well with her new roommate kitty Mr. Snuggles. They spend most days chasing each other around the house and enjoying lots of treats 😄 She's puuurfect!
Adopted by Lienne S
Blossom chose us to provide her with her forever home. She is the friendliest cat and always greets you when you come home, snuggles with you on the couch, and sleeps with you at night. She'll always brighten your day with her cute meow, big eyes, and soft cuddles.
Adopted by Lisa Y.
Formerly Sarah Lee
I am so grateful to have Spooky in my life. She is the sweetest cat who just loves to be around me. She follows me around and will just hang out with me no matter what I am doing. I love her companionship. Her tiny meow is the cutest thing I've ever heard and she is cuddly and loves being scritched and petted! She enjoys batting around her toys, sunning herself on her cat tree, and TREATS! I enjoy knowing that after a long day at work she will run to the door to welcome me home. She's just so well behaved and easy going. She is my first pet in my entire life and I knew as soon as I held her in my arms for the first time at Cat Welfare that she was going to be perfect. I love her so much. I am happy I met Melissa Meyer at Cazuelas and learned about Cat Welfare. :) Thank you!
Adopted by Susan, Elianna & Selena
My girls had been wanting a pet for so long so one day I just decided to grant their wish. We came to pick out our baby. We chose Midnight because we wanted a black cat and he was so sweet being passed around from person to person. He has made each day an adventure and he has brought us so much joy!
Ollie and Laurel
Adopted by The Arnetts
Formerly Pucket and Laurel
Hello, and thank you! We adopted Laurel (1-1/2 years) and Pucket now Ollie (5 months) in August. I want to thank everyone there for helping us, especially Aaron, as he was quite patient and helpful. The kitties love their new home and follow us around. Laurel continues to be extremely loving, and Ollie quickly learned his role in the family of kitties. Our other two cats have adjusted to the new family members, and we are so happy to have the addition of such wonderful kitties!
Adopted by Halie
I was at a very low point in my life and needed something to love me no matter what while I deal with depression. None of the cats really felt right to me and I was getting ready to leave. Then a nice lady asked what I was looking for and she said she may have the cat for me. After walking down a long hall, there he was. I fell in love completely. He grabbed my hand and pulled it back in for affection. I knew I couldn't leave without him. Every day my love for him continues to grow. I'm proud to have this toothless cutie. He's so spoiled (pictured on his own blanket with a heating pad) and loved beyond words. I show him off to the world. I'm so grateful Cat Welfare let me adopt such a wonderful cat!
The Princess & The Duchess
Adopted by Ken, Melissa, and Ellie Thien
Formerly Milly & Robin
Princess Little Cat (black) was adopted by our family in 2012 and The Dutchess (siamese) was adopted by our family in 2013. The Princess and The Dutchess are best friends; they love to run, play and wrestle with each other. The Princess loves when her daddy sings to her and The Duchess insists on getting her snacks at 9:30pm every night. Both had to be bottle-fed and doctored when we took them into our home. Needless to say, we met with their approval and they have decided to keep us and have us for their forever home!
Adopted by Kelsey
I adopted Sheldon from Cat Welfare four years ago; it was love at first sight. I couldn't imagine my life without this silly cat. He's a quirky goofball who absolutely loves snuggling. I am so thankful to Cat Welfare for helping me find one of the loves of my life.
Adopted by Sarah and Jacob
When we walked into Cat Welfare we didn't choose Oscar, he chose us. He walked right over to us and made himself at home in our arms. He is such a loving cat and we are incredibly thankful he found us. He is an only cat and he loves all of the cuddles he gets. Oscar can usually be found on someone's lap or a bed, catching some sun and getting affection. His little ear always makes for great conversation and we would not change one thing about him. He has found his forever home and we are happy to give that to him.
Adopted by Erin Sherman
I came to Cat Welfare to adopt my first cat. I originally came to see a different cat but this little sweetie kept meowing at me from her cage. I took her out to play and she stole my heart. I took her home where she became the sassy little Vixen she is today. She loves to play and always wants to look in the refrigerator to see if there's something in there for her.
Chevy and Miko
Adopted by Jane
Formerly Chevy and Miko
I adopted these two cats at the spring. They are very cute and they eat a lot ha ha. I never leave the food bag in some place they can find because they will open it and feed themselves.
Anni and Digi
Adopted by Darryl and Denise Lewis
Formerly Lucinda and Norma
We visited CWA in the hopes of bringing home two kittens after our 19 year old cat left this world six months prior. I had looked at several kittens while my husband played with two energetic kittens. At the last minute he convinced me to take a look at them even though I was pretty set on two others. They were still too young to take into the playroom so I open the cage just to pick one up. Digi (Norma) fell asleep while I was scratching her and Anni (Lucinda) laid against my chest with her head on my arm and just purred. As tears came down my face I told my husband they are ours. I called daily until they were ready to take home. These furballs of love and fun have taken over our hearts and home. I look forward every day to see them after work, laugh at their awkwardness, and relax with one or both in my arms or on my chest. Thank you CWA for allowing us to take them home!
Pandora and Ophelia
Adopted by Kathryn
Formerly Ruby and Anna
I adopted these two sweethearts in July! They have brought so much joy to me! As a bonded pair, I wanted to keep them together and they are very happy. They spend their days lying in the sun, playing with their giant pile of toys and chasing each other while playing hide and go seek. They have mastered the art of getting cat treats from me. Ophelia (formerly Anna) is a cuddle monster. She loves to curl up next to me any chance she gets. Pandora (formerly Ruby) is still a little shy, but loves her belly rubs and occasionally will join in for cuddles. I cannot express how thankful I am to have found my ladies. Thank you so much!!!
Adopted by Jennifer Schleppi
In 2004 I came to Cat Welfare looking to adopt my first cat. This BEAUTIFUL tuxedo cat approached me, and how could I resist. The longer I held him, the more I could feel the attention we were receiving from the staff/volunteers. To make a long story short, Raymond had not let people near him in the three years he lived there. Within six months he overcame all of his fears and is now the most social, vocal love bomb ever. You can't hold him enough. I was so touched by his story that I just knew he was the one for me. He has had numerous health issues, including cancer of the eye, which he has overcome - making full use of those 9 lives! Adopting him was the single best decision I have ever made. He is truly the love of my life and I could not be any more grateful!
Henry Rupert David Pennington
Adopted by Cynthia Greenleaf & James Weaver
While we recently lost our beloved Henry to cancer, we wanted to thank Cat Welfare for bringing him into our lives. In 2006 we met & fell in love with this charismatic guy and he was the very heart of our home for nine happy years. Henry was a giant goofball and prone to enthusiastic head-butting and sprawling out on laps. He was a provider of endless affection and amusement, and simply an extraordinary cat. We are forever grateful to Cat Welfare for rescuing him so he could become part of our family.
Adopted by Alex & Ben
Lucy came home with us as a hospice adoption over one year ago! She is extremely talkative but still shy. She loves sitting in the sunshine, drinking out of the toilet and to eat only the gravy portion of wet food.
Charlotte and Lincoln
Adopted by Clark-Denny family
Formerly Charlotte and Lincoln
Both cats were adopted on July 14th, 2015. They have adjusted quickly to their new permanent home. Charlotte loves the cat condo and enjoys sunning herself when the light comes through the windows/patio doors. Lincoln loves his toys and is on neighborhood watch throughout the day. Both have added joy, love and laughter to our family. After just a couple of weeks they are now like siblings that play all through out the house. The Cat Welfare staff/volunteers were great to work with and we couldn't be happier with our new additions to the family.
Adopted by Heather
Originally my kiddos and I went to CW to check out another kitty, but soon realized he wasn't a good fit for the family. BUT something told me to keep looking and I'm so glad that we did! Punkin has been a wonderful addition to our family! He is patient with the kids and even sneaks into their room to snuggle with them at night after they are already snoozing. It's adorable! We don't know what we'd do without him!
Hattie May & Azzie
Adopted by Craig & Loraine Treneff
Formerly Hattie May & Azzie
After we lost our beloved Zoogie after fifteen years, we decided to find a hard-to-place cat. We ended up with two! Hattie May, a notorious biter who had been at CWA for an amazing 11 years, and Azzie, another long-time resident, were our finds. Hattie May is companionable, energetic and affectionate. Azzie is as sweet as she can be and very intelligent. Both had adjustments to make, but are now relaxed and happy. Here they are, lounging on the screened deck we built for them! (Hattie is on the right.) Thank you, CWA, for giving these wonderful girls a chance at a new life. HM and Azzie are proof that no cat should be overlooked – any of them can flourish in the right place!
Adopted by Leyda F
I adopted Bo back in August 2014. I was alone and sad and new to the adult world. I had a dog growing up and knew nothing about cats and, in fact, I thought they were mostly mean. One day, after being fed up with being lonely in my home, I started browsing Petfinder. I stumbled across Bo's lonely page. He'd been at Cat Welfare for a long time and I fell in love when I saw the small black cat with his tongue out. For two months I prepared my budget and home for him. I visited him once before I adopted him just to make sure I knew it was going to be a good fit. And when I finally got to meet him, I really fell in love. I took him home about two weeks later. Since then, he's become a happy cat in my home. He went from being so shy and quiet to the most talkative and loving cat I've ever met. We'll have conversations, he'll make sure to cuddle with me every night when I go to bed, and he is always by my side. I never knew cats could be this loving or even this healing! Bo has helped me heal and has taught me love for an animal I've never had. With him and therapy, I've successfully been off medication for an illness I've needed meds for since 2008. He's become my Emotional Support Animal and we'll be together until the end of his days. I really love him and with the way he looks at me, I think he loves me too.
Adopted by KINSLEY FAMILY
Jack was found abandoned and alone. Jack was taken to Cat Welfare and placed into foster care to be bottle fed by a volunteer who happened to be my wife’s cousin. We brought Jack home and he has fit in well with our two other cats (well kind of, LOL). Jack has been a joy in our life and is very happy to have a forever home.
Adopted by The Jones family
We adopted Julia on December 20, 2014. When we met her, we immediately fell in love with her. She loves to crawl on our beds to cuddle with us, and she likes to play with yarn and shoelaces. She is different from our last cat, who didn't care if you were there or not. Julia gets along very nicely with everyone she meets and even though she is very shy with new people, she always comes back out to meet them. She has a busy social life with cuddles, playtime and meals, but she always has a way of finding time for a nap in her favorite spot, the rocking chair as seen in the picture. We would like to thank the entire Cat Welfare staff for helping us find her.
Adopted by David Roduner
Devon (formerly Jeremy) has been with us since the summer of 2002. We can't believe it's been that long. He likes his house more than his old apartment, since there are floors to run up and down, and he even finds a mouse once in a while! He loves to rest on laps, knowing his humans won't move as long he lays there, happily purring away. He's still quite active. He loves playing fetch with paper candy wrappers. He drops them at your feet, looking at you expectantly, waiting for you toss them.
Adopted by Lori M
I went to cat welfare in 2005 with plans to pick an orange cat, instead a small scrappy black kitten picked me. She meowed and tried to grab me as I passed her cage so I took her out, held her and I just didn't put her down again. I named her Deja, she named me Meow. Today, nearly 10 years later, we're both grown up and still best friends. She's a silky, stealthy, black beauty of a cat who follows me around, and I couldn't have wished for a better companion. We thank you for bringing us together Cat Welfare!
Adopted by Deidra
May Belle formerly Reva was a really big girl when I brought her home. She lost quite a bit of weight and is much more active now! She runs up and down the stairs and can jump a lot higher. She is a very sweet lady who just purrs and lets me carry her around. She was so slow-moving when I got her that she was no threat at all to my older pets and fit right in. She naps a lot and lets me know when it's time for dinner!
Adopted by Deidra
Moxie, formerly Calypso, totally took over the household and became the boss in spite of being the smallest and youngest! She is now getting along great. She has especially taken to the dogs and this handsome young fellow. She is a dear sweet kitty and she loves to play, play, play. Moxie gets lots of treats and has a window seat where she likes to watch the bird feeder. I am so happy I adopted her- she always puts a smile on my face.
Adopted by Carissa Thrush
Formerly Not sure
In 2009, I cam to Cat Welfare with my Mom, looking for a black kitten. The first thing I saw when I came in was a cage with a black cat and her kittens in it. The nice lady at the desk opened it for us and I started to pick up each cat, one by one. Eventually I came to one little boy who just stared at me and let me hold him as long as I wanted. He also had a slight overbite, which looked very cute. I knew right away he was the one. We took him home and named him Dracula :). My family loves him very much. He likes to sit on the screened-in back porch and watch the birds at the feeder. He loves treats, and rolling around in patches of sun on the floor. We can't imagine our lives without Dracula!
Mr. Lipscomb & Dixie
Adopted by Angie Lipscomb
Formerly Ed or Tripod? Dixie
Mr. Lipscomb and Dixie are two three-legged cats who recently became part of my family. Mr. Lipscomb lost his left front limb, and Dixie her left rear one. Mr. Lipscomb is very agile, playful and affectionate. He goes out of his way to find creative ways to avoid being brushed. He answers to his name, which few cats do! Dixie has struggled with her mobility in a new environment, but is now adapting remarkably well, and progresses each day. She is my little ray of sunshine! Mr. Lipscomb encourages and challenges Dixie, and the two are playmates and great friends. I’m so glad I found these two special animals.
SGT Herbert Von Meowenstein
Adopted by Chris Wallace
When I first met Herbert at CWA, I fell in love with the little guy. He is super lovable, affectionate and listens very well (So far, I've trained him to sit and come when his name is called). I was amazed at how quick he came to trust me and how fast he adapted to his new home. I am very glad that I was able to adopt Herbert!
Adopted by Taylor
Formerly Bob T.
Baron has been with us about four months and is an amazing addition to our family. At the shelter he seemed reserved and introverted, a little nervous around other cats and lots of people, but now he is happy and comfortable. He makes himself at home in lots of our nooks and crannies. He is affectionate and loving, waits in the window for me to come home, and is the only cat I’ve met who loves to have his ears petted! We’re so happy to have given him his forever home, and we look forward to many more years with Baron in our family.
Adopted by Paul
I adopted Hal about 6 months ago and he is such a cuddle bug. He greets me at the door when I get home from a stressful day at work and instantly cheers me up with his cuddling.
Marley and Willow
Adopted by Rebecca C.
Formerly Marley and Karen
I adopted Marley and Willow (formerly Karen) in August 2014. The girls have adjusted well and have become the best of friends. They love chasing each other and their toys around the house. They enjoy having lots of windows for watching birds and squirrels. Marley like to be 'close but not touching' and spends her evenings sleeping on the back of the sofa while Willow is curled up on my lap or right next to me. These two have brought love and laughter back into my life after the loss of my 18 year old cat Ragnell (adopted as a 9 week old kitten from CWA) who passed in November 2013. Thank you for everything you do for these wonderful creatures.
Adopted by Wendi Hayhurst
I adopted Snickers (now Maureen) in December of 2010. She adapted quickly to her new surroundings and is extremely affectionate. She loves to snuggle and play, and always fights with me over my pillow at night. She is very vocal, and sometimes when I spend a little too much time on my Orchids, she gets my attention and reminds me that she is much more important. She has added so much joy to my life and I truly feel I have a wonderful companion. Thank you for introducing me to such a lovely friend.
Marshmellow aka "Marshie"
Adopted by Marianne Neal
I adopted Marshmellow last month, and we are both so happy. She has adapted well to my house, and is an active, playful kitty. She loves to play with "da bird" and likes her new scratching post. The blue chair by the window is her favorite perch. She likes to drop toys on my face in the middle of the night when she thinks it is play time. Thank you Cat Welfare for giving me a wonderful companion.
Daphne and Madeline
Adopted by Kelly Blaine
Formerly Twizzler and Snickers
Daphne and Madeline have been my kitties for about a week now and I can already tell they are going to be the best companions. I had spent almost two hours at Cat Welfare and then I decided to look in the kittens room and these two calico sisters were mewing and pawing at me through the cage bars. I knew they had to go home with me. They love to chase the laser and are quite the snugglers. As I write this, Madeline is asleep next to me on the couch and Daphne is snuggling in my lap. Truly my little princesses!
Adopted by Chris D.
I adopted Trina (then Velma) in October 2014 and we have been best buddies since. She fell ill during the first month I had her, but was able to make a miraculous recovery and is now a happy, healthy, little (well not so little anymore) feline! Cat-Trina's favorite activities include eating, chasing bugs/spiders, chasing the red dot, eating, finding new places to sleep, gazing out the window at the wildlife, eating, sleeping, and then eating again. I could never replace my furry friend and I'm so happy I came into Cat Welfare. She greets me at the door each day I come home and I look forward to many more years of seeing that little face after a long day of work. Thank you Cat Welfare for all you do!
Adopted by Cheryl Hyde
Formerly Jane Austen
Jane was originally adopted by Deb W, but due to difficulties with Deb's cat family the adoption didn't work out. Sadly, I had lost a member of my own cat family the month before, so Deb suggested that I try Jane at my house. Jane had a bad eye, but with the help of Cat Welfare it was removed, and all is well with her now. Jane lives with two other Cat Welfare alumnae, Daisy and Carisa, foster cats Rascal and Smudge, and a dog named Baylee. She likes to talk when she's hungry for either food or attention, and bedtime seems to be a prime time for her conversation!
Adopted by Liz Waters
We adopted Marble or Kitty as we affectionately call her in March 2014. She is such an amazing cat. She is a very vocal cat too, especially when she's asking for her treats. Marble loves to cuddle especially if there is a blanket involved.
Adopted by Laura Hebenstreit
Jasmine and I just celebrated our first year together. She was considered a "special adoption" because she struggled with allergies. I'm happy to report that we have those under control! Jasmine has truly brought life to my home. She loves to play fetch with her favorite toy (and best friend), Earl the mouse. She displays quite an athletic ability in her pursuits and even catches him mid-air! She is very social and although she is not much of a lap cat, she loves to be where people are. She sleeps with me every night, making sure to tuck Earl in with us! She has made my home a happy home! Thank you for taking good care of her for me!
Adopted by Zita Duffy
Mattie has been with us six months now and she is such a sweetie! She thinks she is one of the dogs. The three of them get along great. Mattie loves snuggling and exploring the outdoors. She spends her evenings hiding out and looking for mice. Although I appreciate her hunting skills, I can’t say that I appreciated the still-alive mice I find in the bed! Thanks so much, Rebecca, for picking Mattie out for me. Since she was hiding in a box on one of the top shelves at CWA, I don’t think I would have found her on my own. She truly is a perfect match for us!
Adopted by Paul
I adopted Hal a couple of months ago and almost immediately he became one of the boys. He had a brother Harold with him in his cage in the kitten room and I wanted to adopt both, but Harold was adopted by his forever family. I could not just leave Hal's little poofy self alone. I had to adopt him. He now has two older brothers (Max and Cipro) which clean, play and cuddle with him every day. He also has two older sisters (Moxi and Cleo). Moxie has gotten around to cleaning him and playing but Cleo is still getting used to him. He likes to be the loudest of the bunch and loves to eat. He likes to wake up at 3am and make sure you are alive by licking your face and purring like a chainsaw. But we would NOT have it any other way. He is such a great little guy.
Adopted by Sue
Gabbie has made herself at home and come out of her shell as a solo top cat. She is quite the talker and enjoys her cardboard scratching boards.
Adopted by Shannon Franz
We adopted Lily from CWA four years ago this week. My husband and I had just moved in together and he already had a cat, so OF COURSE I needed one of my own :). Lily was found in a cardboard box in a field near Bellefontaine, OH, which just so happens to be where my husband grew up. I connected with her immediately. Just to be sure, I checked out some cats from other shelters but ultimately decided she was the one. Lily is the first pet I've ever had that's actually mine and she has been the light of my life (along with my hubby of course, ha!). I will forever be thankful to CWA for the work that they do because without them I wouldn't have my best friend!
Delia and Rosie
Adopted by Lindsay Wilson
Formerly Cordelia and Lady Rose
I adopted Delia and Rosie a little over a year ago, and what a great decision it was! I walked into the shelter and asked for the 2 most cuddly female cats and I got exactly what I asked for! Rosie loves to go outside on her leash to chase crickets and Delia will sit on her fleece blanket and make biscuits for hours!
Abbigail Marie Treiber
Adopted by Patticat.
Formerly Sylvia aka Baby C
Abbigail Marie is so loving. She is always by my side,and likes to rub my face with her paw and groom my hair! She makes the cutest noises and is a very happy little girl. Abbigail is Cat Number #10, but I have no regrets in falling in love with her. The other cats took her in and welcomed her right away!
Adopted by Sharon Hsiao
We adopted Nugget last month and we feel that we made a great decision in our life. Nugget is a healthy and playful 3-month-old boy. We were surprised that he knew exactly where to eat and poo the second day. He is such a smart boy. Every day when we come home from work, he welcomes us at the door and wants to be touched. He is so close to people and always melts our heart. All the irritations fly away as soon as we see him. He loves climbing up and down but he never knocks off anything from the table. He brings so much joy to our life and we really appreciate Cat Welfare for giving us this adorable gift.
Adopted by Natalie Spencer
Formerly Dee Dee
We adopted Dee Dee in 2011, when she was just 2 months old, the last picked from her litter. She became Uma soon after, and has become the apple of our eyes. She is loving, but feisty! Her sassy attitude is only matched by her sweet love to cuddle and lie in front of the computer (only when we try to use it, of course!). She is a wonderful member of our family.
Adopted by Jason Defenbaugh and Yulia Gaydutskaya
Formerly Harvey Dale
I began going to Cat Welfare shortly after our beloved Aldo passed. I immediately took notice of a small, quiet, unassuming orange male named Harvey Dale. For 4 days in a row, I spent 2-4 hours at Cat Welfare, letting Harvey Dale out of his cage, to sit on my lap. He would sit there the entire time, completely content with just having a lap to sit in. I knew after the fourth day, that I wanted to give him a new home. He obviously had a rough life, as his hair was a bit ratty still, his ears were malformed, and his face was weathered and scarred. He was listed as being 12 years old, but I didn't care. I knew my wife would love him just as much as I already did! It has been 10 months now, and Leo, as we call him now is the new ruler of our household. He has put weight on, he is very confident now, and he is the most adorably sweet cat you could imagine! He loves to head bump our faces, he loves to sleep on us when we sleep, and he has brought nothing but interesting moments and happiness to our home. We also know now that he is actually much younger than 12 years old, he is very energetic and plays A LOT! He was just in very poor condition when he was saved by the wonderful woman who rescued him and brought him to her work at CWA. I just want to say thank you, and say that Leo is truly not just a cat, but a great friend. We love him so much.
Adopted by Cindy Hahn
My mother-in-law loved taking care kitties that always seemed to find their way to her front porch. After she suffered a stroke she was never able to return to her home. My husband was determined to find homes for two adorable orange kittens who called mom's front porch home. Before he was able to rescue them one ended up getting injured. She had a huge open wound on her back that left her paralyzed. You took her in right away and forever freed her from her pain. We already had two cats and were not looking to adopt another until I saw Murray (Noel). His birth defect pulled on my heart strings after everything we experienced with the little orange kitty and knew then he would have his forever home. Murray gets around like any other cat. He does limp when he walks but doesn't let it slow him down. He loves chasing his older brothers! Thank you CW for my little Murray!
Adopted by Mikel & Misti
Formerly Sammy Bear
We adopted Rocky almost two years ago from Cat Welfare Association. In Rocky's free time, he likes to fetch, play with our nine month old son Jaxon, and eat treats. We are very thankful to have him in our lives.
Adopted by Ron & Jean Cook
When our son Jonathan moved to Ohio in 2004, the first thing he did was adopt Dexter, a skinny little kitten who looked more like a scrawny rat. Dexter was the one in the litter with the most personality. Jon's girlfriend thought he should choose one of the calmer, prettier ones, but Jon insisted on Dexter. Dexter is the embodiment of the story of the Ugly Duckling, as he has matured into a truly majestic and gorgeous creature. Sadly, Jonathan died in a boating accident. Although we lost our son we still have his precious kitty who gives pleasure to us daily. We are so thankful that Jon found Cat Welfare.
Adopted by Taylor Poe
I picked my human out immediately when I saw her and would not allow her to leave without me. When I was adopted I had an eye that was really bothering me, but the nice humans at Cat Welfare helped to get me into surgery. I am much more comfortable now and can spend my days napping and cleaning myself pain free! I love to sleep on the porch, being outside is the best! They have these strange things called "dogs" here. I'm not sure what the purpose of them is yet, I plan to assert my authority and become master of the house soon. My humans have put me on a feeding schedule, and I'm sure to let them know when it's time to eat- food is very important to me. Thanks again Cat Welfare! I love my new family!
Adopted by Janet Looker and Richard Roberts
We thought about it and decided it was time to bring a second cat into our home. We brought Twiggy into our home a month ago and now it is Ryan’s turn. Ryan is getting used to things around the house. We know she will adjust and fit in just fine.
Adopted by Susan Sturgill
She was the first cat I saw when I walked in and even though I interviewed many others, I knew she was The One. She's a mature lady and had been in the shelter awhile. She was wearing a blue collar because she was a biter but she has blossomed into the best kitty ever. She's affectionate and playful, loves to sit on my lap and watch a movie, is prepared to protect us from marauding vermin in case any ever get in. (OMG! A chipmunk! On the windowsill!) Feb. 26 was my luckiest day that year. I'm so glad this grownup lady let me choose her.
Adopted by Lauren
From the second I brought Wobbles (left) into his new home, he changed from the shy kitty he was at the shelter who wouldn't eat, drink or leave the back of his cage to the food motivated, friendly, playful cat he is today. He is full of snuggles and gets along great with his sister! He loves the open windows on spring days and will cry and jump from one window to another until he is tired and ready to cuddle more. Wobbles was so scared when I first saw him but now that he is home he lets his true personality shine! He's even taken over the large doggie bed and makes the dog sleep on the floor! Wobbles is a testament to giving every cat a chance. He was just waiting for someone to take him to his loving, forever home! I couldn't be happier with my choice! He is the perfect addition to my little family!
Rudolph Kieran Shadow Wolfe
Adopted by Lisa Wolfe
Rudy literally hopped into our family. I brought my boys Dugal and Parker to get their photo with Santa Claus and Gail Harbert explained that another cat was in the room that was recovering from having a leg amputated. Since my boys aren't bothered by other cats, I didn't think anything of it. Well...as we were having our photo taken, Rudy hopped into the photo, stopped right in front of me and practically smiled at the camera!! Needless to say, a week later, he was a member of the household. He is rambunctious and loves to bother his brothers and the stray cats in the neighborhood. Other than that he is a joy and I'm so glad he decided to join the annual Christmas photo!!
Adopted by Michelle
We got Skwisgaar a while back when we saw this adorable little teenaged kitty pining for attention in his cage. When we first brought him home his name was Champ but we decided to change it to Skwisgaar which is from one of our favorite television shows! As you can see he is one of the goofiest cats I have ever known. Not only does he have the unending energy of a toddler (and mischievousness too) he is a sweetie and cuddler that loves to be near you whenever possible. With his attentive personality I've even been able to teach him a few tricks, including fetch! I just wanted to thank everyone at Cat Welfare for helping us bring this adorable cat into my life.
Vernon Henry Dodson
Adopted by Becky Dodson
Vern was adopted from Cat Welfare in May of 2007. He was very young and had been brought in with a broken jaw. Cat Welfare repaired it and I adopted him. He's just been a great friend! He's one of the few cats I've had that can go outside, as he sticks around and has a lot of common sense. He loves to sit in the front garden behind a bush and watch things coming and going. He's also quite the mouser! Here he is when the refrigerator was being defrosted. He needed to go in the freezer and snoop around. Who knows? There could've been a mouse in there!
Adopted by Bailey Smithhisler and Amanda Hehl
Dear everyone, My name is Sir Daniel and I picked Bailey as my human. Before long, I got adopted by her and my other mommy, Amanda. A few days into my new forever family, I learned I have a sister who's my age (2 years) and a little brother who isn't even a year yet. He doesn't seem to like me too well yet, but I'm sure he'll warm up to me. My mommies told me I have a super power! Whenever one is hurt or sad, I'm the first one to check if they're okay. I even beat Bailey when my mommy hit her head on the fridge. I like to sing at night outside the bedroom door. I even know how to say 'Hello?' I like to hop in the shower with them! They look so cold without fur so, being the generous man I am, I rub on them and love on them and donate my fur so they aren't as cold. I get told I'm good at doing that. And darn it, if I can't get in the shower, I sit on the toilet until they get out. My favorite part though, is drinking from the tap in the bathtub. Not a lot of water comes out but it still makes my mommies laugh. Aside from my friends, I miss the soft kitty food you guys gave me. But it's okay. It's replaced with toys and lot of kitty nip! I hope all of my friends at Cat Welfare get their forever families. Because when they do, it's one of the most awesome feelings ever :) MEOW~~ Sir Daniel
Adopted by Richard Roberts/Janet Looker
Our daughter's cat passed and we felt lost. We came over to Cat Welfare and looked and looked for the longest time then, with the workers' help, we came across Twiggy and instantly fell in love. She's going to be loved for forever.
Adopted by Dianna McGlone
We adopted Ginger a few weeks ago, and she is doing fantastic in her new home. The animals have all finally acclimated to each other, and the playful squabbling between the two cats has us laughing on a nightly basis. She is sooo curious. Into everything. I was making a DIY softbox, and every time I'd pull out a piece of aluminium foil, Ginger would hop up on the table, and just nose it. After a second, she'd hop back down. This repeated for about 10 strips. She's constantly up on her hind legs, eyes wide, giving us this "Hey, what's going on up there?" look. Honestly, its like having a 2 year old in the house, but without the tantrums. We are going to get a special litter box for Ginger, where urine will drain into a removable container below the main pan. The pan itself is filled with non-absorbent litter, so you just scoop out the nasty bits while everything else drains through. It is called a Smart Cat Box and it was made with cats with high urine outputs and the need for testing (like diabetic cats) in mind. I thought I'd mention it in case you guys hadn't heard of it, and someone else might benefit from it. It is only 47 bucks for the starter kit. Ginger is a part of the family now, and her antics are definitely entertaining. She gives lots of kisses, loves to sleep behind us on the couch, and you can hear her purr from like 6 feet away when she gets going. She loves to romp with us and has enough sense, without being trained, that she doesn't break skin when she's giving us play bites. Though we have had to break out the spray bottle because she's a little sneak who likes to try to take a taste of whatever we're eating!
Adopted by Carol Martin
I adopted Alana in August, 2011. She had been at Cat Welfare for 2½ years. When I saw her picture and story on the Cat Welfare website, I just had to go visit her. She was having upper respiratory issues, so I visited her every week until she got better and I could take her home to my other two adopted cats. She is the sweetest cat and greets me when I come home and sees me off to the door every day when I go to work. Thank you for taking her in and caring for her so long!
Gatsby The Catsby
Adopted by Tad & Lisa Petrie
Hi Cat Welfare friends! When I lived at CW, everyone called me Sly, my new family calls me Gatsby now. I really, really love my new family! I was kinda sad when I lived at the shelter because since I don't have claws, I had to live in a cage most of the time. When Tad and Lisa came to see me that one day, I kinda just knew that they needed someone like me to take care of them! It was a little scary at first, I have an older sister named Annie and a younger sister named Zoey, and I had a brother here named Gryffindor, but he passed away last summer. I miss Gryff a lot, but now I have a younger brother named Kingsley Shacklebolt and he's a good guy! It's really nice living here, there are times when it's a really busy place, but a lot of times too when it's quiet I can take some time to snooze on someone's lap. I like to curl up with Lisa and help her study for her nursing school classes and I also like to snuggle with Tad in his armchair and watch TV shows like Ancient Aliens and Mountain Monsters with him. He can doze off just about as fast as I can, but man! Does he ever snore! I am very grateful to all of you at CW for taking such good care of me and for helping me find my Forever Family! Love, Gatsby the Catsby
Adopted by Allison Hagen
My boyfriend and I adopted Fran (her shelter name was Sister) in Spring 2013. We were looking for a young cat and were about to leave, not having felt a connection with anyone that particular visit. Fran had a red card placed on her cage and I was hesitant to ask about her, but it turned out she was just due to be spayed the next day. She protested me holding her but was very friendly and funny, I fell in love right away. After her surgery we took her home and she has brought us lots of laughs and love ever since. She is now about a year and a half old and lets me carry her around, but only on her terms, and only if she can lay across my arms a certain way! She is extremely smart and loves to tease our elder kitty George, play games on the iPad, and steal bacon from my sandwiches. She runs into the bedroom every morning as soon as we open the door, and greets us with her loud rumbling purr and a quick snuggle. Every day I'm thankful for Cat Welfare and that I met Fran before leaving that day last March! Allison Hagen
Adopted by Danielle Smith
I wanted to take this time to tell the Cat Welfare about my wonderful new cat Ringo. I'm sure most can't forget the 3 legged guy. I fell in love with him after picking him up and promptly came back for him the next day. He's adjusting beautifully. He loves sleeping on the bed and receiving attention. While still skittish at times, he's learning he's in a safe environment. He is very personable with guests, and he's an overall beautiful cat. He's very friendly with my other cat. If I choose to adopt another cat, I will definitely adopt from you guys. Have a wonderful day!
Adopted by Megan Smith
Hello cat welfare, I have already sent you an email with and update on Will Smith and how well he's adjusting but I wanted to say thank you again from the bottom of my heart for keeping him until we found him. He's such a joy and has helped fill the void I felt with the loss of my cat, Tom of 14 years. Thank you for all the work you guys do and thank you for taking such great care of the kitties. From one cat lover to another, Megan Smith
Valya and Amelia
Adopted by Amy and Dan Pearse
Formerly Sugar and Ginger
We adopted Lewis and Clark from Cat Welfare in 2004. They were the last two kittens of a litter and we were thrilled to take both of them. They were best buddies, filling our home and hearts with love and laughter. When we lost Lewis suddenly last March to kidney stones and cancer we were heartbroken. In June we adopted Valya and Amelia (previously Sugar and Ginger) hoping Clark wouldn't be threatened by two tiny kittens, and would eventually enjoy their company. Slowly and very happily, we have become a complete family again. All three cats playfully chase each other around the house, making us laugh with their antics. Clark and Valya even cuddle up next to each other regularly. Thank you for giving the kitties such a good place until they find their forever homes. Blue skies, Amy and Dan Pearse
Gracie & Goosey
Adopted by Kim Rhoads
I adopted Gracie & Goosey as kittens a year ago after after the passing of my beloved 17 year old cat Elvis. I had also adopted Elvis and her sister Aaron (who passed a couple years earlier) as kittens when I purchased my home in 1995. After losing Elvis, I quickly realized my house was incomplete without a feline presence. As fate would have it, thanks to my friend Jill and her coworker (cat welfare board member Peggy), I learned of a litter of kittens ready for adoption. Since the moment they arrived at my house, Gracie & Goosey have brought joy, activity, and destruction (they chew everything), but mostly love. I am forever grateful to Cat Welfare for bringing them into my life.
Adopted by Bill Serena
This is a Happy Homes update from our Schroeder (formerly: Ramone, adopted 12/22/2011) Schroeder has a new canine sister, Keena. The only transition we had was in the first few days... Schroeder would sit in the path Keena wanted to take as a gentle reminder of who was here first, but since then they've figured out that they actually like each other. Schroeder also shares his home with 3 other cats, including Susie (a Sr. 16 yr old girl also adopted from you last year, and she's doing wonderful!). Thanks for all you do and for bringing happy families together!
Adopted by Spencer Jordan
It’s been almost 4 months since I brought Artemus Gordon home to join my other CWA baby, Peppermint Patty. He has been such a wonderful addition to our little family! When I first brought him home, the poor thing was so terrified. It took awhile, but after graduating from his safe room, he became his curious, rambunctious self. Just like at the adoption center, he LOVES being up high and checking out the scene. Give him a big couch or a windowsill and he can sit for hours! He loves playing with string, ball toys and water bottles (go figure!). His big sister Peppermint has gone through a few different surgeries to fix her health issues, and he is very sweet with her. I’ve attached a picture taken after her most recent trip to the vet. She came home for a nap and he didn’t leave her side… I like to think he was “keeping watch” so she could relax :) They’re a great pair!
Milo and Luna
Adopted by Elizabeth
Formerly Ted and Rhoda
We adopted kitten littermates Milo and Luna (then called Ted and Rhoda) in July of 2013. They are such good cats. I wanted to send a picture of them so you can see how they have grown and how well they are loved.
Adopted by Michell and Donald Grish
I just wanted to write to thank the workers for being so wonderful. They literally introduced my boyfriend and I to the perfect cat for us. His name was Flint at the shelter but when we got him home we changed his name to Flynn. He is a little go-getter, loving, cuddly, sweet, well behaved kitty. He was a "special" needs cat because he does have cerebral hypoplasia. He is just a little bundle of joy and I'm forever grateful. When we have a little bigger place we will no doubt come back and get Flynn a little brother or sister. I've adopted a couple cats before but this is the best experience I've ever had. Keep up the amazing work you all do.
Adopted by Bethann Chordas
Hi there! I thought you might be interested in an update on Atticus Finch - previously known as Nolan. I adopted him this past fall. We are so happy to have Atticus as a part of our family. Boo Radley, the dog, loves him and they are definitely becoming friends. Atticus if very feisty. He loves to sit in the windows, chase shadows, flop on the ground for attention, and play fetch. Thank you Cat Welfare for taking great care of him before he found his way home!
Adopted by Janice Fitzpatrick
I am so happy I adopted Kaylee (kept her name) in January this year. She loves to sit on her cat tree and watch the birds in the birdbath. She is very happy and loving, is always on my lap and kissing me. She is so well behaved I couldn't ask for a better cat. I love her a lot - she is a great companion! Thanks. And she loves to play.
Adopted by Caryn
Hi there, Just wanted to drop a line and thank you for all you do for the cats and kittens in Columbus!! We adopted Tres on 5/24 for my Little Marion. She was lonely after her big "brother" D'artanion passed away a couple months ago. We renamed him Lancelot and he is quite the little character! As you can see He has won over the heart of Lady Marion. They have a ball playing hard and passing out together only to wake up and start all over again. Thanks again We LOVE LOVE LOVE our little Lancelot!!!
Adopted by Linda M. Olson
I have meant to send you a few photos of Steve (renamed "Ratso") and let you know how well he is doing, but my life is pretty busy due to my crazy job. We picked him up from you about July 6, 2012, so almost a year ago. I took some pictures today and here they are, along with some older ones. Anyway, he is SUPER as you said that he would be. He is very cool, healthy, happy and flexible. He travels well between our two homes (one's in Indiana, a five-hour drive away). And he LOVES his step-brother, Miles, pictured with him on the kitty condo. They play together all the time, which gives them great exercise. The photo "Rattie" was when we first got him and you can see how skinny he was then and his fur very thin. Look how beautiful he is now! Thanks for a wonderful year and we look forward to many, many more with him. My husband and I can't thank you enough for keeping him for us until we found you.
Adopted by Spencer Jordan
Formerly Peppermint Patty
Greetings, Cat Welfare! Wanted to send my love & give you an update on Peppermint Patty. I’ve kept her name, but my friends and I affectionately refer to her as Pep. When I first saw her online, I fell in love and visited CWA the very next day. I had never owned a cat before and was hesitant about taking her home since she seemed very depressed and irritated. Thanks to the wonderful volunteers at CWA putting up with my multiple (EIGHT!!!) visits, I decided to take a chance. Once we got home, she kept to her “safe room” for a few days. After Pep felt brave enough to explore the rest of the loft, she would sit by me - but wouldn’t touch me. Slowly but surely, she inched closer as the weeks went on. The first day that she napped on my chest was one of the happiest moments of my life! She has turned from sullen & depressed to a very loving cat. She enjoys chasing string, playing with my Friskies iPad app and napping in the bedroom filled with windows (a la “Shy Cat Room” ?). Recently, she has started “spooning” with me when I watch movies on my laptop – it’s pretty adorable! If anything, I want this to be a testament to the fact that cats absolutely come out of their shells once they are home. Peppermint had been in the shelter since 2010 – of course she would be a bit reclusive! Again, I can’t thank you all enough for your patience… Your tolerant attitudes really helped me with this decision & now I can’t imagine my life without her!!
Adopted by The Kremser family
My name is Ricky. You might remember me when I lived at Cat Welfare, but my name was Ricardo. If you don’t remember my name, you will remember my spots. I’m sort of spotted like a cow. I want to thank you for taking good care of me until the Kremser’s came along and adopted me! I was a little nervous at first to go to another place but I really like living with them and we are all very happy now! I had a rough life before I was rescued from a place with too many cats. Now, I have lots of space and big windows to look out at the birds and ducks, and even folks jogging and walking their dogs! I have plenty of fun toys to play with, there’s even a laser that I chase and sometimes catch! I’m also eating much better now and putting on some healthy weight. I have a sister named Lucy and we are getting along okay, and are getting to be better friends as time goes on. The best part of living here is Mary and Dan, my new “mama” and “daddy”. I can tell they really love me – and I love them too! I sit on their laps and they talk to me softly, pet me and tell me, I’m good, and a handsome boy. They give me plenty of hugs and kisses too! Some may think I’m a little spoiled but the Kremser’s believe it’s just my turn to be a pampered kitty and receive lots of attention. We love our new family! Thanks again for being there, taking good care of me, and keeping me safe until my new family came to Cat Welfare to take me “home”.
Adopted by Terry Odlin
Bonjour from Piaf. As my name suggests, I take after the great French singer Edith Piaf. People have complimented me on what I can do with my vocal cords, and of course like all kitties, I really do like to sing. I keep busy in other ways too, such as presiding over meetings of the Boiled Chicken Society and living up to my title as the Dairy Queen: I love yogurt, ice cream, and cheese. I also like to help out a close human friend with editorial advice, as you see in the picture. Wishing all my kitty and human friends at Cat Welfare a very happy day!
Adopted by Nancy Wareham
I adopted a sweet black cat back around Memorial Day, and I just wanted to let you all know that we’re doing well and happy as can be. She was named Mandy when I adopted her (I now call her Ella), but she’s been such a good-natured friend during the past few months. It was very hard when my last cat died after 23 years, and I appreciate the kindness from the volunteers in letting me check out all the kitties and find one who is right for me. I’m sure it’s bittersweet for you folk when someone waltzes out with one of your buddies, so I hope it helps to know that she’s in a good home and well-loved. Here are a couple of pictures of her. Thank you all again. You do fine work.
Adopted by Leigh Ann Burchwell
We adopted Bullwinkle from Cat Welfare in July of 2004, right after moving into our “permanent” home. He has been the best, most loving, beautiful cat ever and we couldn’t love him more. He made himself at home, both in the house and in our hearts. He loved sleeping with each of us and was truly the ultimate lap cat. In one of the photos, you can see him lounging with his brother Rocky, who was adopted at the same time. Unfortunately, we lost Bullwinkle to cancer this week, cutting his life short way too soon. We can’t even imagine that he’s gone and we’re all heartbroken. We can’t imagine our lives or our home without him. Hopefully someday we can return to Cat Welfare and adopt another family member. Thanks for bringing this beautiful creature into our lives, even if for a short 9 years.
Adopted by Cynthia Williams
Hi everyone it’s me Emma Lou! Guess what? I found my forever home this past Sunday. My new family is wonderful. I have a big bed to sleep on and I have five brothers they are ok, but I love my new mommy holding me and brushing me. She even let me sleep in bed with her last night. It feels so good to be home again. I miss you all and wish my other cat buddies find their own happy homes someday. Love, Emma Lou Williams I cannot say how happy I was to find Emma Lou. She has filled an empty hole in my heart when we had to put our Bambi down a few months ago.
Adopted by Shawn K. and Dave M.
Just sending an update in on Sunny! Hard to believe that 10 months ago this little bundle managed to work her way into our hearts. As a volunteer at CWA I had noticed Sunny every time I came in to help out. Those stunning blue eyes just screamed “LOVE ME”! We finally made the decision to take Sunny home and we haven’t looked back since. Within the first hour she had explored the entire house, much to the dismay of her new brothers and sisters, and had made herself right at home. A couple months later we got some bad news at a vet appointment that she had the beginning stages of renal disease in which her kidneys were not operating at normal levels. Needless to say we were devastated but not discouraged. Sunny today is actually doing very well and the vet says that her kidney functions are doing much better! She spends her days either cuddled up with her buddy Ony or stretched out in the sunlight and at night she spends with her people, always cuddling with someone! To see her now you would think she has lived here her whole life! More to come!
Adopted by Kaswan Crossfield
Ozzie, an orange tabby, was just an 8 week old kitten when I adopted him in June of 2012. I fell in love with him immediately and I think he fell in love with me because he was so cuddly with me from the beginning. At first he tried to sleep on my head but eventually he found that a little uncomfortable. Ozzie tries to act tough around my other cat but runs off when I turn on the vacuum cleaner. To get my attention when I’m sitting at my computer, he stretches his arm up at me and makes little squeaking noises. A funny thing he does is drink from the water faucet but he uses his paw to collect the water and then licks it off. Ozzie loves getting his belly rubbed, even more so than his head. I am so happy with this little guy in my life and I think he really likes living in my big rambling house. He doesn't go outside but there is lots of room for him to run around. Thanks Cat Welfare, for having Ozzie there for me to take him to my home!
Lilly and Walter
Adopted by Sue Howson & Dave Fowler
Formerly Lilith and Micah
I just wanted to share some photos of two kitties whom we adopted from Cat Welfare just one month ago. Their names at the shelter were Lilith and Micah. They are now Lilly and Walter. They have adjusted really well to our home and we are so happy to have them. They are both really sweet natured cats. It is a joy to share our lives with these loving creatures. They both love to play and watch the birds. Walter likes to carry a ball of socks around the house. Lilly likes to deliver toys to you, dropping them at your feet as an invitation. We are grateful to Cat Welfare for providing good care to so many cats in need.
Adopted by Jessica Ewing
We adopted Phil, who we now call Frankie, in April 2013. He has made a wonderful addition to our family and a much needed companion to our calico Lynnie. Lynnie took awhile to warm up to him but they have been known to take naps together and chase each other around the house everyday! His favorite toy is an old torn up, well used, string that we gave him on his first day home with us. He carries it around the house and drops it at our feet when he wants to play, which is all the time! We discovered he liked to drink out of the toilet so we now keep the lids down and bought him a water fountain that both he and Lynnie enjoy. He loves to be petted and purrs so loud even when he plays!
Adopted by Amanda Fink
Hello. Not sure if you usually get an old adopter contact you after 3 years but I thought I would share the time I have spent with a tortoiseshell kitten I adopted from you back in 2010. I got Reese at 9 months old from your shelter to help complete my family. She has definitely done that. She has been loving life and we recently rescued another little kitten that has kept Reese feeling young. I want to thank you for the work that you do. You help complete a family every cat you adopt. And I am always recommending your shelter when my friends mention they are looking. You do a great job. Thank you for taking the time to read my email and see some pictures of Reese all grown up.
CeCe and MiMi
Adopted by Cathy & Eric Ottinger
Formerly Cecelia and Elphaba
We adopted Cecelia and Elphaba on 11/3/13. They love each other very much and enjoy their new forever home. Cecelia is now called CeCe and Elphaba is now called MiMi. They are doing great and we can't imagine life without them. Thanks for all you do for the kitties and continue the great work. We will be by to donate some items on your wish list. We are members and enjoy reading your newsletters.
Adopted by The Judd Family
My name is Carolina. I arrived at Cat Welfare in the spring of 2011 and I thought it would be a great idea to check in with my friends there. I was adopted in June of that year by Jeff, Susan, and Christopher and I sure hit the jackpot! They kept my name because North Carolina is their favorite vacation spot. I was sick with a respiratory illness but my new humans nurtured me back to full health over the summer. Now I’m healthier than ever and only need one medication in the morning. When I arrived at my new home, my feline pal, Domino, was waiting for me. We’re close friends now and love to chase each other through the house, watch birds and chipmunks through the window and hang out with Chris in the basement. During the holiday season, I love stretching out under the Christmas tree and playing late at night. I just wanted to say thanks to all the hard-working and dedicated people at Cat Welfare.
Adopted by Pat and Nicole
Greetings from Yoshi! Just wanted to give you all an update on him! We adopted him in September and he adjusted right away! He was previously adopted but was returned the day we arrived at Cat Welfare because the people who adopted him said he didn't get along with their cats. Who couldn't get along with something this cute?! It took them a little while to get used to each other, but they are great together! We kept his name but as we got to know him, we should have renamed him Dennis (the menace) because he's so ornery! Thank you, Cat Welfare, for such a wonderful, playful, crazy, lovable kitty!
Adopted by Julie & Christian Stock
Last December our family adopted Phoenix (aka Turbo #35005) and he has adjusted very nicely to his new home. Attached is a picture of him which I took recently. Adopted by Julie & Christian Stock
Adopted by The Smith Family
On January 5, 2014 the Smith family adopted William. He has adjusted so well in the last couple of days and he is such a sweetheart. He's a major lap cat. He has found his favorite spot in the house to stare out the window and watch all the squirrels outside. He's been a wonderful addition to the family and we love him very much. Thank you to Cat Welfare for taking great care of him until he found his forever home. Adopted by The Smith Family