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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: Cats Haven’s Mission: To provide a non-institutional shelter (no cages) for cats and kittens. Cats Haven was founded for special needs cats or kittens with birth defects, visual impairments, neurological problems, or medical issues or injuries that require veterinary care. Cats Haven strives to educate the public about available resources and proper care of companion animals. 

Results: Have the outdoor cat enclosure done. Cats Haven now has vet tech part time, she was hired this past summer. The upstairs big cats' room has been freshly painted. there are now additional cat trees and new hiding spots for the shy cats.

Target demographics: Indianapolis, IN

Direct beneficiaries per year: cats

Geographic areas served: Indianapolis, IN and around the state

Programs: Providing shelter and medical services for elderly and special needs cats in an open (no cage) environment. Veterinarian services, food and litter take most of our resources. Cats haven only accepts cats from other facilities when adoption is doubtful or euthanasia is the only option.

cats haven frequently covers medical expenses for individuals who wish to keep their companion animals, but cannot afford veterinarian expenses or pet supplies.

cats haven provides food and medical services for numerous feral colonies and foster homes.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Adrian K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My twin cats, Moe and Larry, are from Cats Haven. They are 16 years old. Larry died in May 2015. Until that day Moe and Larry eere never separated from each other. Cats Haven never separated them from each other to ease adoption. They look after cats' wellbeing. My son calls Ms. Barbara and staff there "angels". I agree with him. Once you see how genuinely they care for every single cats under their care, you will plainely see it why they are "angels". Thanks to them, I have been blessed with Moe and Larry.

2 Janet127

Donor

Rating: 5

Cats Haven is a God send to these kitties that might have been put down just because they were old or had a chronic illness. The volunteers and staff here love each and every one of the cats that are here. I know this first hand because I use to be one of the volunteers and I still visit from time to time. Thanks to donations they are able to take care of all the cats needs. Barb founder of the shelter spends all her spare time making jewelry and cat toys and sells them to make more money to help the cats. She also is the one that will be up every few hours to feed orphaned kittens that were pulled from the Animal Control and saved them from being put down just because they lost their Mother. When you walk in you can see just how happy all the cats are here.

1 Victoria63

Donor

Rating: 5

The compassion of the staff and volunteers is unparalled. Barb's watchful eye makes sure every dollar donated is spent wisely. We are so blessed to have Cats Haven in our community.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I think that this nonprofit deserves a great deal of credit and attention for its incredible help to the feline (and human) community. The cats that I have had the pleasure to care for are some of the sweetest and most loving cats I've ever come into contact with. I've heard many wonderful stories of these special-needs cats being adopted by caring people. All of my time spent at Cats Haven has been very enjoyable. The effort put in by volunteers is very important to both the cats and to Barb, the woman who oversees the establishment. If you've got time on your hands and affection to give, please consider volunteering for this great place.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I believe in donating money to Cats Haven because they're a no-kill shelter for cats. Dogs get all the glory, so it's really nice that this shelter specializes in caring for cats.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cats Haven is a wonderful resource for all of Indiana. I volunteer once or twice a week after work. Lots of kitties run to greet me when I come in the door making me wish I had more hands to meet all the petting demands. We have lots of disabled and discarded kitties with lots of love to give. I have taken home my three-legged black boy from here and he is the best cat we've every had. Even my husband admits that.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to visit the house that was used to shelter their cats several years ago. I was able to convince the management at a former employer to donate some of the money we had raised to Cat's Haven. Wonderful organization that is doing tremendous work in the Indianapolis area.

1 Becky35

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about what I witness each day that I am at Cats Haven. Barb, the caretaker, works endlessly taking care of the cats and kittens. It is mostly a thankless job and the vast majority of people have no idea that there is a shelter that specializes in special needs cats. From old cats that have outlived their owners to blind cats and cats with 3 legs - you will find them all at Cats Haven. Thank you to Barb and the volunteers and the donors for helping this wonderful shelter continue to serve the community.

1 David122

Board Member

Rating: 5

We have been associated with cats haven for about 15 years. Barb does an amazing job with special needs cats, rehabilitating those who would benefit from their own home and providing a safe, non-institutional home for life should that be required. The shelter is clean and bright and the cats are free to roam the house (unless medically required to be caged). We are Indy's oldest no-kill shelter and the success stories are both heart-warming and inspiring. It's an honor to be involved with such an amazing organization with an amazing group of volunteers.

1 Denise38

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been lucky enough to adopt an animal from Cats Haven. It's a great organization with a dedicated Director and Staff. The cats receive all of the best care possible. I love this group!