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Check out our new EVENT page for upcoming events (near the top of the screen)!

Please check out our Amazon Wish List at: Go to Wish List in the upper right. Click on Find a Wish List or Registry. Type in West Side Cats

We are always looking for new ways to have the shelter be known and recognized for the GEM that it is in Youngstown. This means volunteers to help with everything it takes to run a shelter and find funding for the shelter.

West Side Cats
2217 Mahoning Ave.
Youngstown, OH 44509

Tues-Fri 3-7pm
Sat 2-6pm
Closed Sun & Mon

(330) 792-4CATS (4228)

5812 Youngstown Warren Rd
Niles, OH 44446
(330) 544-1499

317 Boardman-Poland Rd.
Boardman, OH
(330) 758-0093

Healthcare Pkg
All West Side Cats and kittens have the following:

* Spay/Neuter
* Tested for FeLV/FIV - Negative
* Both FVRCP shots/boosters
* Rabies vaccination
* Dewormed
* Treated for fleas
* Lifetime return guarantee


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OMG , a fundraiser at CHIPOTLES!!!!!! This Friday. Yummy.

ChipotlesOOOOH! This Friday, April 25th between 4pm and 8pm half the proceeds from the diners who mention this fundraiser will go to the shelter.

If you haven’t tried Chipoltles yet, you are in for a treat. Chipolte’s is committed to serving food with integrity, including using sustainably raised, local and organic food whenever available and appropriate. They support and maintain family farmers.

This is being held at the Boardman Chipotles – a stand alone building on 224 next to TJ Maxx, one mile west of I-680.

Their food is SOOOOOOOOOOOO good and reasonably priced with nice big portion sizes. They serve tacos, burritos, burrito bowls (my fave) and salads. Make sure you ask for the onions and peppers to be added if you like them. Their corn salsa is terrific. The guacamole is included if you get a vegetarian item or a little extra for other items.

Most things cost around $7.00. REMINDER: Mention our fundraiser or it doesn’t count.

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE! Don’t let this one pass you by.

Little Eli is not well

EliLittle Eli was adopted two months ago as a normal, healthy kitten. His owners returned him this week after he suddenly went blind. He was circling and vocalizing and completely frantic and seemed to have neurological issues that went beyond the blindness.
The vet isn’t sure if he has a brain/inner ear tumor, a blood clot, cranial inflammation, or was injured. He was given a strong antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory.
He is eating well as long as somebody holds him steady while he is dining. We have had to replace his water bowl with a rabbit bottle because he charges around his cage, running through the bowl and soaking himself and his bedding. Which means he’d be wet and thirsty all night.
We’ve seen some small signs of improvement over the weekend. He’s less frantic than he first was, which might mean that he is adjusting to his sudden loss of sight. Or that the steroids are taking effect and his neuro symptoms are abating.
We were talking about making a decision, but nobody wants to give up on Eli. He is a sweet and affectionate kitten who loves to be held and will fall asleep in your arms.
Keep Eli in your thoughts and prayers.

Have you seen me?

SimonThis kitty is an indoor kitty but when he heard the birds singing he made a break for it when the door was opened. He belongs to a young man with Asperger’s Syndrome and the cat is with him most of the day. He is devastated over the loss of his cat. His mom called us today to see if we had seen him. We hadn’t but thought maybe you had. Let us know if you know of a found kitty like this. He is a 4 year old neutered male. He went missing in the Warren area.

Flower Power Fundraiser – Get your spring bulbs mailed to you

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From now until April 25th you can order bulbs or seeds for beautiful spring flowers, herbs and vegetables. There is a brochure/order forms at the shelter or you can easily order online.  All proceeds will benefit the kitties.

To check this out online, please copy and put this URL into your browser:

All orders are DIRECT SHIPPED to you. Please consider helping with this extremely easy fundraiser!

Smoochie Actively Fundraises at Pet Expo

Smoochie in the newsNaturally, Smoochie made the front page! She did a great job of fundraising at Pet Expo in Niles while asleep. The photographer caught her in one of her rare awake moments. It’s must be really tough being La Princessa! And, it’s why we pay her the Big Bucks.

2nd Annual Monopoly Tournament and Family Game Night Saturday

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Come to our super fun event this Saturday from 6pm on. Your admission fee of $10 or $5 for children 12 or younger gets you:
Entry into the Monopoly Tournament which includes prizes for first, second and third place.
Dinner including drink and dessert
Other games including Yahtzee, Scrabble, Cornhole and card games
A baked goods sale by our wonderful bakers
Chinese Auctions and 50/50 raffle
Come and meet Smoochie, our famous mascot cat, who will be there to greet her public and may pose for photos.

Hope we see you there!

Chevy, a Hard-to-Adopt kitty

ChevyThis is Chevy, a beautiful tortie with awesome green eyes. Chevy has been at the shelter for over a year. Chevy is not friendly unless she wants to be. She will come up to you and rub on your legs hoping you will pet her and the next thing you know, at least for some of us volunteers, she is swiping at you with her claws.

Maybe she is irritated by all the other cats in the shelter and would rather be in a home without other felines. We don’t really know. What we don know it that we would love to find her a home where she is loved and given plenty of attention. Come and meet her at the shelter where you will find her sleeping on the clothes dryer.

West Side Cats at Pet Expo Sat and Sun, 3/15 and 3/16

???????????????????????????????Come join us in Niles at the Eastwood Mall Expo Center from 10am – 7pm Saturday and 10am – 5pm Sunday.

Meet Smoochie, our famous paraplegic mascot who likes to greet her public whenever she can. Meet Stevie the Wonderful Blind Kitty who was adopted from West Side Cats on Saturday between 11am and 1pm. Both cats have their own facebook pages. You can check them out at either or

Find wonderful toys and other cat related items, a baked goodies, t-shirts and other cool stuff.

The entrance fee is $5.00 however, children 12 and under and pets are free. See you there!


Juno Birthday 12/7/2012. The minute you see Juno you are struck with how gorgeous her green eyes are as she comes to meet you. She is very friendly and likes to hang around with the human in the room. Come meet her at PetSmart in Niles.


ChargerCharger is so full of life and mischief you never know where he will be or what he will be up to. He is pure entertainment in a little package. He has such gorgeous green eyes. Come and meet this handsome guy at the shelter.

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