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The Cat House Feline Sanctuary, Inc.


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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 cats 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.


Mailing Address:
1130 E. Main Street #136
Ashland, OH 44805

Call Us: 419-289-3658

Email Us: [email protected]

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1. Feral Cat TNR Program

Many communities are embracing Trap, Neuter, Release programs (TNR) to improve animal welfare, reduce death rates, and meet obligations to public welfare.


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2. High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

Low cost, high volume spay/neuter will quickly lead to fewer animals entering the shelter system, allowing more resources to be allocated toward saving lives.


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3. Rescue Groups

An adoption or transfer to a rescue group frees up scarce cage and kennel space, reduces expenses for feeding, cleaning, killing, and improves a community's rate of lifesaving. In an environment of millions of dogs and cats killed in shelters annually, rare is the circumstance in which a rescue group should be denied an animal.


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4. Foster Care

Volunteer foster care is crucial to No Kill. Without it, saving lives is compromised. It is a low cost, and often no cost, way of increasing a shelter's capacity, improving public relations, increasing a shelter's public image, rehabilitating sick and injured or behaviorally challenged animals, and saving lives.


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5. Comprehensive Adoption Programs

Adoptions are vital to an agency's lifesaving mission. The quantity and quality of shelter adoptions is in shelter management's hands, making lifesaving a direct function of shelter policies and practice. In fact, studies show people get their animals from shelters only 20% of the time. If shelters better promoted their animals and had adoption programs responsive to the needs of the community, including public access hours for working people, offsite adoptions, adoption incentives, and effective marketing, they could increase the number of homes available and replace killing with adoptions. Contrary to conventional wisdom, shelters can adopt their way out of killing.


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6. Pet Retention

While some of the reasons animals are surrendered to shelters are unavoidable, others can be prevented-but only if shelters are willing to work with people to help them solve their problems. Saving animals requires communities to develop innovative strategies for keeping people and their companion animals together. And the more a community sees its shelters as a place to turn for advice and assistance, the easier this job will be.


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7. Medical and Behavior Programs

In order to meet its commitment to a lifesaving guarantee for all savable animals, shelters need to keep animals happy and healthy and keep animals moving through the system. To do this, shelters must put in place comprehensive vaccination, handling, cleaning, socialization, and care policies before animals get sick and rehabilitative efforts for those who come in sick, injured, unweaned, or traumatized.


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8. Public Relations/Community Involvement

Increasing adoptions, maximizing donations, recruiting volunteers and partnering with community agencies comes down to one thing: increasing the shelter's exposure. And that means consistent marketing and public relations. Public relations and marketing are the foundation of all a shelter's activities and their success. To do all these things well, the shelter must be in the public eye.


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9. Volunteers

Volunteers are a dedicated "army of compassion" and the backbone of a successful No Kill effort. There is never enough staff, never enough dollars to hire more staff, and always more needs than paid human resources. That is where volunteers come in and make the difference between success and failure and, for the animals, life and death.


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10. Proactive Redemptions

One of the most overlooked areas for reducing killing in animal control shelters are lost animal reclaims. Sadly, besides having pet owners fill out a lost pet report, very little effort is made in this area of shelter operations. This is unfortunate because doing so-primarily shifting from passive to a more proactive approach-has proven to have a significant impact on lifesaving and allow shelters to return a large percentage of lost animals to their families.


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11. A Compassionate Director

The final element of the No Kill equation is the most important of all, without which all other elements are thwarted-a hard working, compassionate animal control or shelter director not content to regurgitate tired cliches or hide behind the myth of "too many animals, not enough homes." Unfortunately, this one is also oftentimes the hardest one to demand and find.


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