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Colony Cats (& Dogs)

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Colony Cats is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose primary mission is to address cat overpopulation in central Ohio through public awareness and spay/neuter efforts.

Results: Since 2002, our organization has facilitated spay/neuter of nearly 9,000 cats and dogs, and placed more than 7,500 pets in homes.

Target demographics: Specialized help for feral, stray and abandoned cats is a core element of our programs.

Geographic areas served: Central Ohio

Programs: We assist compassionate caregivers who are feeding and watching over homeless cats by providing TNR (trap-neuter-return) and other support services including food, shelter, vaccines and additional vet care for injuries/illness, as well as educational resources.

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Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After my mother passed away in 2014, I was looking for some way to help out. I love cats but can't have them at my home due to allergies. I signed up to volunteer in the Adoption Center that summer and couldn't believe the amount of work these people do. They are always in need of help to clean, feed and love on the cats. I have so much respect for these people who do this day in and day out! It truely warmed my heart to help them out! J. Humphrey

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered here for over a year. The volunteers are so friendly and responsible. As has been mentioned before there are no paid staff. Every job here is important from cleaning the facility, trapping strays, medically caring for the animals, fostering or volunteering for events. There is ample time for just loving the animals. While working here you come to know each one. That's how my little guy adopted me. Funny how that works!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love volunteering and fostering for Colony Cats! Everyone I've met is so kind and really cares about helping each cat find their perfect home.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This incredible shelter has introduced me to my three wonderful kitties, countless friends, and experiences that I cherish. It's such a positive environment and it warms my heart to see a new person walk through the door and have their faces light up at the sight of all our beautiful, friendly cats.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This rescue changed my life for the better almost 8yrs ago. Truly a no kill shelter that doesn't single out the easy rescues, one that will without hesitation come to the rescue of any animal in need. Thank you Mona and thank you for allowing me to become a part of such an honorable non profit..

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for about a year and a half. I couldn't be prouder to work with an organization. Colony Cats (& Dogs) cares about all of the cats and dogs as well as the occasional pig. The goal is help one animal at a time and to spay and neuter so that we don't continue to help control over population. adults as needed. I would recommend anyone looking for an organization to volunteer with or adopt from to contact Colony Cats (&Dogs.)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got involved with Colony Cats after I adopted my first cat here, who is an absolute joy to be around. I later returned this summer as a volunteer, and let me just say that it is impossible not to be infected by the positive atmosphere at Colony Cats created by friendly volunteers and staff members and all of the kitties and their fun-filled antics. I really feel like people here value the health of every cat (and dog!) no matter the size or coat or age, and the cage free environment gives the cats a chance to interact and explore in a way that is different from any shelter I have been to.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found out about Colony Cats via social media and decided to look into volunteering. I'm so glad I did because it's a wonderful place! They teach so much about animal welfare awareness and I've learned a ton since starting there. Everyone is super friendly and there is immeasurable love in all that they do. If you love animals - particularly precious kitties - then this is the place to devote your extra time! And if you can donate anything, please do. They do so much for their animals and always need extra help from amazing people like YOU! :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found Colony Cats and started to follow the organization on Facebook and help financially. When a pet supply company permitted Conloy Cats to place adoptable cats at a store on the east side, I was so excited to be able to be hands on and directly help by caring for those cats on a weekly basis. I love that stores allow centers like Colony Cats to showcase cats for adoption and watching these cats get furever homes. Colony Cats is committed to the Columbus community by helping when other centers will not or cannot by taking in cats when others are overloaded, tnr, helping ill or injured cats get well and even coming up with creative adoption ideas for 'hard to adopt' cats by suggesting they be 'critter' cats on farms and places where the cats can roam and 'work.' I am proud to be associated with this non-profit and the work they do and encourage others to check them out!

Donor

Rating: 5

Awesome organization! Animals are well cared for. Animals are given needed medical care. Organizations runs entirely on donations and volunteers. What a great cause! Adoption center has friendly volunteers who help you find the best cat for you!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great adoption center with the most helpful staff and volunteers I've ever seen.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There are cats everywhere! Little cats, big cats, black cats, white cats, every color of cat in between. If this isn't your idea of paradise, you are wrong. Go see them today and find the perfect cat (or cats, you can always get more than one) to give a forever home to. All cats are spayed/neutered and up to date on shots. Adoption fees are reasonable. It's a deal that can't be beat. This is the charity most likely to turn you into the crazy cat lady. (But admit it, you secretly always wanted to be a crazy cat lady, didn't you?)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began with this group by transporting a couple of cats to them from a different rescue organization. After my second transport I realized this was a place that could use another hand. I've adopted from this group (4 times to be exact) and I've fostered more times than I can count. Every single volunteer realizes that every life matters when it comes through the doors, be it a grumpy feral cat or a sickly dog pulled from the local county shelter. Rescue work is the hardest work out there and CC&D runs on volunteers only. Not a single volunteer makes a penny, in fact, most of us often show up to volunteer with supplies in hand because we all understand the importance of being able to care for these animals to the best of our abilities. If you are looking for a place that rescues for the right reasons, or looking for a rescue to adopt from, I highly recommend CC&D.

2 CatsRuleDogsDrool

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an adopter, volunteer and supporter of Colony Cats & Dogs for over 3 years now. Being 100% volunteer run, I have seen the most dedicated people who give so much of their time, energy and love to this organization and the pets in their care. The executive director supports the volunteers in their efforts to help animals they find who are in need of rescue. It is a team effort and everyone puts the animals first not their egos. Colony Cats has many committed volunteers who go out in our community to TNR (trap, neuter, return) which I feel is a critical part of animal rescue - reducing overpopulation and providing support to "community" and feral cats. Their adoption center is cage-free so the cats available for adoption aren't confined to cages. If a cat doesn't thrive in this environment, Colony Cats has 13 off-site locations in partnership with various pet stores in central Ohio where they are provided a lower key environment while they await adoption. I ask each of you to support this wonderful organization.

2 Ronda9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became involved with Colony Cats and dogs through tnr. I was overwhelmed with feral cats in my neighborhood. A friend told me about these amazing people who could help me. All I had to do was set the trap and they would pick up the cat have it fixed, return it to me and I would feed and shelter it for the remainder of its life! Well, I'm telling you its addictive. I decided to volunteer at the adoption center cleaning once a week. Now I'm able to do my own tnr. I still get plenty of rescue help from the other volunteers. I went from feeding about 20 strays, to 2 garage cats. It took a few years, and I had to get my neighbors involved but I couldn't have done it without Mona and the amazing volunteers st Colony Cats and Dogs. I still volunteer every week. I will forever be grateful for their help.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I care for a large feral colony in downtown Columbus. I contacted every rescue in town and Colony Cats was the only rescue to help me. They helped trap over 60 cats! A year later the lives of the cats in the colony are 100 percent better. We no longer have litters being born

4 Alyssa17

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at this organization for over five years. Its a all volunteer no paid staff organization. Colony Cats is one of the only local feline rescues in area that helps the community with TNR. Everyone in the organization does this work for the animals. I am very proud of the work we do in Central Ohio to improve the lives of animals.

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