Cat Welfare Association

Hours: 11am-3:30pm 7 days a week

899 miles away
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Cat Welfare Association is dedicated to the care of and education about cats and kittens. Our pledge is to cherish, nurture and provide veterinary care for homeless, abused, injured and abandoned felines. We strive to find each cat an appropriate and loving home, allowing those not placed to live out their lives in the care and comfort of our shelter.
We have been helping the homeless cats in the central Ohio community since 1945. In the last 18 years we have adopted out over 17,600 cats into loving homes. We are very dedicated to spay and neuter programs that will help reduce the number of homeless cats and our various altering funds and free clinics have allowed us to help over 19,380 cats receive this important surgery in the last 18 years.
As a limited intake facility, we are reliant on adoptions to enable us to take in more homeless cats and give them a second chance at life. We receive no government funding or assistance and rely on fundraising, membership, donations and bequests in order to continue our good work.
We entered this zootoo contest with the hopes of being able to better the lives of the cats in our care through shelter improvements. We would love to be able to expand our shelter in order to have the ability to help more homeless cats in our community. We do not have a separate room for kittens and would like to in order to protect their fragile immune systems while they are in our care. Kitten season is rapidly approaching and Cat Welfare is estimating that we will take in approximately 400 kittens in the upcoming months. We also do not have a "meet and get to know" area for potential adopters to spend some time with a cat that has caught their eye. We would love to be able to offer this special room where friendships for life will be formed. We would also like to improve our spay and neuter facilities so that we can help even more cats receive this important surgery and help reduce the numbers of homeless cats in our communities. Our county estimates that there are over 1 million homeless and feral cats at the moment and without spay and neuter these numbers will quickly double and triple.
For 63 years Cat Welfare Association has been helping the homeless cats. We are passionate about our mission and completely committed to the cats in our care. Please help us win a shelter makeover so that we can continue making a difference for another 63 years!

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Rating: 5

Get Your Kitties At Cat Welfare!!!

posted 7 years ago

Working at Cat Welfare has brought a sense of purpose into my life. I feel like a hero every single day that I can make life better for a cat, one by one. Cat Welfare is the purrfect place to get a cat. Who would know better than I? (3 from CWA at the moment) The cats are super socialized, up-to-date on all their shots, and most of all, deserve a loving home. They have it pretty good at CWA; plenty of warm beds, colorful toys, and people every single day to give them love. But each and every one of them deserve a 'forever home'.
Even if your household can't support another furry baby, you have to admire the other programs CWA is involved with, like our low-cost spay and neuter program that takes in strays and pets alike. Cat Welfare makes animals its number one priority on all levels; not just finding homes for strays, but controlling the feral population, and helping pet owners become more responsible and knowledgeable about pet ownership.
My three CWA cats are the best animals in the world. I wouldn't trade them for anything. A big THANK YOU to Cat Welfare for caring about the strays of the world.

Pros: Staff that love and know cats

Cons: Overcrowded

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Eve S.
Rating: 5

Outstanding volunteership at Cat Welfare

posted 7 years ago

As part of my college scholarship, I had to volunteer 30 hours per semester. Given how much I love animals and appreciate no-kill shelters, Cat Welfare was a natural choice. The time I spent there as a volunteer was humbling and educational, albeit challenging and, at times, heartbreaking.

Caring for hundreds of cats is such a challenge, but those who work and volunteer at Cat Welfare rise to the occasion every day. Not only do they provide a happy, healthy environment for ALL cats, whether babies or seniors, friendly or afraid, cuddly or ailing, they take on emergency cases without batting an eye. One instance I recall in particular was that of a black cat trapped in a bear trap (yes, they are illegal). Cat Welfare got the call and drove into the country outside of Columbus to pick up the injured animal, brought him back to safety, and had to amputate his leg to save his life. All of this done by a cat shelter running off of donations and the meager earnings from adoptions and their very popular garage sales.

Without a shadow of a doubt, it was one of the best life experiences I've ever had and helping the kitties was amazing, too. Most of all, it was seeing the dedication and selflessness of all who work for, volunteer with, and patronize Columbus's beloved Cat Welfare that made me proud to be part of such a fantastic organization. Please help this legacy continue for all of us.

Pros: Amazing staff, no-kill shelter, great volunteers, lots of wonderful kitties to choose from.

Cons: Hours -- check the website before you go to make sure they are open before you head over!

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