The Cat House Feline Sanctuary, Inc., was established in 2003, as a non-kill shelter for a limited amount of cats in a need of a sanctuary until they can be adopted into loving, permanent homes. In 2007, we became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. During 2007, through donated labor and building supplies, The Cat House was re-weatherized to provide a warmer, more energy efficient shelter during the cold and snowy months. In 2008, an increase in the number of homeless cats and kittens in Ashland County resulted in The Cat House being over capacity.
The Cat House was expanded to meet the growing need thanks to grants from the Ashland County Community Foundation and the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust. We were able to expand our main buildings roof and make an exterior chain link fenced in area for our cats to be safely outside for exercise and play. This created more overall comfort and space for our cats to roam.
As the homeless/abandoned population of Ashland County cats continued to grow, we knew we needed do our final expansion. Thanks to the Pepsi RefreshEverything project in 2010 we competed through online voting for a $10,000 grant to double our sanctuary space. With an outpouring of community and online support our sanctuary placed 3rd among hundreds of other shelters across the nation.
An additional $5,000 grant was secured from the Ashland County Community Foundation and our construction began in the Fall of 2010. This was completed in the Spring of 2011. In 2012 through fundraising and donations we were able to build our small 6 cat infirmary. This was the last open space in our main building.
Our capacity can now comfortably house 100 cats. We remain one of the only 501©(3) designated, cat exclusive, no kill sanctuaries in our county of Ashland Ohio. We are always at capacity, and we are only able to take homeless and abandoned cats/kittens from Ashland County. We unfortunately are unable to help every cat that needs our care. However, we remain true to our community cat’s needs which is our utmost goal and help as many as we possibly can.
Through our adoption program, as cats are adopted and our cat numbers come down into reasonable limits, we are able to take more kitties in need of our care into our sanctuary. Our volunteers, foster homes, financial donations, fundraisers, and support of our local community are all vital to our existence. We can't thank all of our volunteers and folks who donate supplies and hold events enough!