CAT LADIES SOCIETY

Rating: 1.93 stars   30 reviews 433

Issues: Animals

Location: 2616 Mahoning Ave Youngstown OH 44509 USA

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Rating: 1 stars  

Awful Awful Awful. The poor cats are held hostage by a group of losers looking to capitalize over the illnesses of the animals. I have volunteered at three other shelters in this area. They are clean, the animals well cared for, and run by decent people. The cats here are not cared for medically at all. I saw cats peeing pools of blood, cats with terrible ear mites. The ears were scratched raw. When I mentioned this to Kimm and said they need treatment and isolated, she said to mind my business. She said she was a vet tech (big deal, what - 1 year of education) and she knew as much as any veterinarian. This is not a rescue. This
is an awful place where vagrants hang. These animals need rescued from there. If you donate, the cats will NEVER get care from your donations. Feel so sad that society thinks this is ok.

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I posted a comment on West Side Cats website regarding the availability of information about the rescue. The disgusting comments, along with the horrible language and vulgarity prove that the leaders and volunteers in this group are nothing but filth. This is not a rescue for cats. It is a hang out where people go to get their free lunches from donations, while they beg online for cat food. It is a disgusting place, filled with drug addicts and low-lifes. Go onto the West Side Cats Facebook page and read the comments section on the right-hand side. The posting mentions Guidestar and the services they offer to tell about a non-profit.
Those poor cats who are there will surely die at the hands of these vagrants.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Close the place down, arrest them for stealing donations and fraud. My own personal opinion is that it is a place where vagrants go to hang out and get high.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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This place does not deserve to be called a "rescue". It is a horrible death sentence for any cat that goes in there. I volunteered there for a short time and saw nothing but neglect of sick animals. There was no isolation for sick cats, no medication for sick cats. No one seems to know what is going on there. Just a bunch of old drug addicts sitting around not caring at all about those poor cats. I have complained to every authority that would listen. Please do not support this group of drug addicts. Cats are the last things in the world they care about.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

HAVE THE AUTHORITIES CLEAR OUT THE PLACE AND CLOSE IT DOWN.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

None

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Awful Awful Awful. The poor cats are held hostage by a group of losers looking to capitalize over the illnesses of the animals. I have volunteered at three other shelters in this area. They are clean, the animals well cared for, and run by decent people. The cats here are not cared for medically at all. I saw cats peeing pools of blood, cats with terrible ear mites. The ears were scratched raw. When I mentioned this to Kimm and said they need treatment and isolated, she said to mind my business. She said she was a vet tech 9big deal, whay 1 year of education) and she knew as much as any veterinarian. This is not a rescue. this is an awful place where vagrants hang. These animals need rescued from there. If you donate, the cats will NEVER get care from your donations. Feel so sad that society thinks this is ok.

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Rating: 1 stars  

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There should be negative stars available. West Side Cats is an awful place. It is run by drug addicted criminals. The cats get thrown a bowl of food, maybe some fresh water and filthy litterboxes. They do not vaccinate, do not give flea treatments or ear mite medication. All these things are extremely contagious, especially with a room filled with sick animals. They collect donations that the cats never reap any benefits. The big fat, disgusting piece of trash that runs it has frauded everyone with lies after lies about how she saves cats other groups would euthanize. They charge you to take a cat. They took my neighbor's cat who was 12 years old, charged her $500. She was very ill and could not care for the cat. I promised the neighbor I would visit the cat. Kim told my neighbor how wonderfully the cats do there and she knows everything about caring for them. I went to see the cat after being at WSC just two weeks. None of the derelicts even knew who the cat was. When I finally found her, she was nearly dead. When I inquired to Kim about getting her to a veterinarian, her response was "don't have the money to do that. SHE RECEIVED $500 TO TAKE CARE OF THIS CAT!!!One of the volunteers told me this happens all the time. This isn't a rescue, it is a horrible place run by uncaring, disgusting people.

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This "rescue" is any cat's nightmare. The animals are not tested, not vaccinated, not wormed. Kimm Koocher will charge you to bring in a stray cat. They are thrown in a room with 50 to 60 other poor cats. These animals have major health issues that are never addressed. Occasionally, for Facebook donations, one will see a veterinarian. These are the somewhat lucky cats, as they get some care. I have been in animal rescue and have volunteered in both large and small shelters. The animals there get NOTHING!!! They spread diseases such as upper respiratory infections, coccidia, chlimydia, ear mites, worms, fleas and ringworm. Kimm Koocher uses donations for new phones, decor for the shelter and fancy dining for her group of friends, while animals suffer, languish and die. It is truly criminal the neglect these animals suffer.

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

This is an update to my original posting. I still volunteer there. I want everyone to know that those people who post poor reviews and don't leave their names are just people looking for trouble. Please don't waste your time reading their reviews. For some reason they have a revenge problem with Kimm. I can guarantee the claims are false - go see for yourself and then judge! You will see that all these claims are false and these unprofessional losers have nothing better to do with their time then try to ruin someone else's life!

I went and visited the West Side Cats today. I was so impressed with what I discovered! Everyone there loves what they do and are 100% dedicated to the wonderful cats and kittens! They are so wonderful! I am pleased to say that I will be volunteering there from here on in! I showed up unannounced and did NOT see any of the negative things that I have seen in other reviews. Come see for yourself like I did - you will fall in love many times over!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The place is a rip-off run by phonies! They will gladly take a generous surrender fee and then provide minimal care (and no vet care) for cats you turn over to them. I surrendered several sweet, abandoned cats I had rescued and had paid to get spayed or neutered, vaccinated, etc. (but couldn't keep permanently in my residence) to this facility for a good-sized donation. I initially believed the smooth-talking head of the place that these cats would either be adopted into good homes or, if not adopted, live long, happy lives there -- and was told I could even visit them from time to time. When I tried to follow up on them several weeks later, a staff member told me they had been adopted. However, her tone of voice was slightly nervous, and her answers were evasive, and my "gut feeling" was that something was very wrong. Eventually I found out from one of this so-called shelter's former volunteers (who I met by chance a number of months later) that these cats had actually gotten very ill and died there in squalid conditions, and without even an attempt at getting them to a vet (or even giving them antibiotics or pain medication). So, if you want to give money to people who will apparently use it for other things rather than the care of the cats you turn over to them, this is the place to do it!

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Rating: 5 stars  

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This place is amazing. They work so hard and keep it very clean and smelling good. This is not easy to do with so many cats. They take care of a lot of special needs cats and keep them healthy and happy. The tree room upstairs is fantastic. They took me on a tour and showed me their hospital area. I was especially impressed with the separate laundry and sink for the hospital, so no hospital germs get mixed in with the shelter beds and towels. The ladies seem very dedicated and are very polite and informative. I made a small donation and they thanked me and offered me a receipt for my taxes. The cat in the wheelchair is very well taken care of and seems very loved and happy, as do all of the cats.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them a million dollars so they could have more room.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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I have donated food, litter, garage sale items, towels and cleaning supplies on many occasions. The volunteers are always friendly and even if they are in the middle of cleaning they invite me in to visit and play with the cats.
All of the cats seem bright-eyed and healthy. There is always food and water available for them. The volunteers seem to keep the washers and driers running all the time so the cats have clean towels and beds.
Their clinic area is separated from the rest of the shelter. The sick cats are housed in large, clean cages with cat perches to sit on. They are separated according to what ailments they have. Small baskets clipped to the front of each cage contain the medicine for the cat in that cage and there are cards on each cage saying what medication that animal gets and how often.
All of the volunteers seemed very devoted to the cats and knew them by name and personality traits. These people work very hard keeping the place clean and smelling good, even though most of them are elderly or disabled.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I used to volunteer at this place before it changed the name. These people are animal hoarders. The animals are in awful condition, the place is disgusting. The people that run it are a mixture of drug users, scammers and criminals. The cats are not well cared for. The level of unprofessionalism is unparalled. There has never been a group like this in this area. It is not about the welfare of the cats. It is a drug house that invites social gatherings.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

SHUT IT DOWN!!!!!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

None

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 1 stars  

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How could this place be called a rescue? It is a terrible place with people only looking for money. The sad stories never end on their website and facebook. They collect large sums of money while local veterinarians send them to collection agencies to get paid. The cats and kittens in there do not last very long. The cats, as well as the people running it, look drugged up. They sit and brag about their drug and crime-ridden pasts. They are scamming the public with the number of adoptions they say they have. Most of the cats that step foot in there end up dead. There is no care, no treatment for any illnesses. This is the worst place I have ever been in. They need to be shut down.

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Do not ever take a cat or kitten to this rescue. It will die within days. Cats are neither tested nor vaccinated. When they are sick, there thrown in the back room to die. Know people who volunteered there and quit due to terrible conditions of cats. Have adopted from there only to have two cats die within a week. These people are rude, do not care about the animals, only about money. When called to tell about my two dead cats, Kim's only response was that we could not get money back. We did not want money. We wanted to let them be aware that these cats died from distemper (per my vet). There is no care nor concern for any of these cats. the name of this game is money, money, money.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have this place investigated

Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

None

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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