Adopting from West Side Cats
Thank you for your decision to adopt the next member of your furrmily. Every time you adopt a cat, you ensure that a space opens up at our shelter for another cat who needs help and make a statement that you will not contribute to the cat overpopulation.
Why adopt from West Side Cats?
The West Side Cats is a non-profit, no-kill shelter for cats of all ages, sizes and physical conditions. We do not euthanize simply because there is “no room.” We believe all cats deserve a forever home where they can be loved and protected. Therefore, we focus on helping as many cats as we can and educating the public about spay/neuter programs (to prevent even more cats from becoming homeless), proper cat care (to reduce behavior issues that can lead to a cat losing their home) and ways to rehome cats without “dumping” (to keep cats OUT of high-kill shelters and empower owners to make sensible choices for their cats).
Unlike most shelters that take in only a select few cats that meet their standards, West Side Cats does not discriminate based on age or physical condition. We are one of the few shelters that will accept elderly and special needs cats. We firmly believe this makes them no less adoptable or loveable.They deserve a forever home just as much as the fluffy kitten next to them.
Because we are a no-kill shelter, every penny of your donations and adoption fees goes toward helping the cats who need help the most. We use funds to pay for spay/neuter costs and medical care for new cats coming into the shelter, medications for any of our cats who have fallen ill, supplies to care for our cats and promoting our programs to reduce the cat overpopulation and assist cat owners. When you donate to a high-kill shelter, much of your money pays for the drugs used to euthanize cats whose only crime was losing their home.
Our adoption fee includes:
- FeLV/FIV testing (all of our cats are negative)
- Rabies vaccination
- Both FVRCP vaccinations
- Flea treatment
- Lifetime return guarantee
- Lifetime behavioral counseling
Our adoption fees are:
$90 Kittens up to 12 months old
$50 Cats over 12 months and up to 6 years old
$40 senior cats and special needs kitties
Remember, we always give a discount when you open your home to more than one of our wonderful cats. Ask about our multiple cat discounts.
What is a special needs cat? Why the lower fee for special needs cats and kittens?
Just like humans, cats can have physical conditions which result in a specialized medical condition. Instead of euthanizing these cats, West Side Cats ensures that they receive proper vet care and places them in homes where they can become happy, loving members of their new families. These conditions may include missing limbs, breathing/heart conditions, physical deformities, seizure conditions, blindness, etc.
We recognize that these cats need a very special, accepting home. Some of these conditions may require ongoing care and/or medication. Others simply need an open mind to look past their physical difficulties to see how wonderful they are. Therefore, we adopt these cats at a reduced adoption fee to help defray those costs in terms of time, effort and money.
All special needs cats go home with a detailed description of their condition and suggestions for future care. If an adoptive parent ever has questions about their condition, we are always available via phone to advise them or refer them to a qualified veterinarian if necessary. Our special needs cats come with the same lifetime return guarantee as all of our other cats.
How can I adopt fromWest Side Cats?
Stop out at the shelter to see all of our great cats. We’re located at 2217 Mahoning Ave in Youngstown. We are conveniently across from the Methodist Church. We are in the old Aey Electric building. Or go to PetSmart in Niles where we have cats and kittens every day as well as Petco in Boardman on Rt. 224.
If you have any questions or are looking for a specific cat, you can call (330) 792-4228.
What are your adoption requirements?
- Ownership of a home, landlord consent if renting or family consent if living with family
- Cats must be kept Indoors only. The only exceptions to this rule are cats in the Indoor/Outdoor category. Those cats are used to an indoor/outdoor arrangement and will best fit your needs. Kittens are never available for indoor/outdoor placement.
- Completed adoption application
- Completed and signed adoption contract
- Adoption interview with one of our adoption counselors