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Mission: To shelter and find homes for homeless cats and kittens, to reduce pet overpopulation, to educate the public and prevent cruelty to animals, to promote humane education

Results: Since just January 2012, we have adopted out 1360+ cats or kittens, helped spay or neuter 2500 cats or kittens, fostered and helped families, especially no or low income families, with hard to place cats or kittens

Target demographics: rescue, shelter, spay/neuter, and adopt out cats and kittens.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 500+ cats/kittens with rescue, adoption, spay/neuter, TNR.

Geographic areas served: Indiana, Illinois and Michigan

Programs: trap-neuter-return programs; Low or no cost spay and neuter programs; humane education efforts; and rescue and sheltering of homeless cats and kittens.

Community Stories

54 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

6 rj51

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Independent Cat Society is about more than just cats. People and pets in need find help, support, and refuge here. Run totally by volunteers, ICS is a soft place to land when people and their pets hit hard times. They do everything in their power to help their community and the cats and kittens in their shelter.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I bought 2 of my kittens and I just got 2 more! They are such nice and caring people and always know the background story to every cat! They love and spend time with each one of them and the cats are all social! I recommend this place to everyone!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a young friend with very little financial ability to get her cats horribly swollen ear taken care of.
I reached out to. ICS for help and they funded the treatment for her cats ear.
Seems small but for my young friend and her cat it was life saving

1 Suzy S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The people are awesome, friendly and knowledgeable. They truly love animals and working with other people who do. Personally, I have not adopted a cat from their shelter, but they have helped me in getting my cats fixed thru reduced cost programs. I've also sent others there to partake in the programs. My best friend adopted a cat from ICS after months of us going to visit and pet kitties. It was a fun experience. The more you go to visit, the more the cats will get to know you and you will know which one is right for you. Carol seems to know the personality of every cat and knows all their names. She's a great help in playing match maker. I sponsor a buddy, because I have way too many cats at home already, and I go to visit him. The facilty is clean, organized, healthy and full of love. Shelter life is hard, but so many huge hearted people at ICS give each cat the love it deserves.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

ICS TNR program helped me get a colony of cats that showed up at my house (that I now take care of) spayed and neutered. I couldn't find anyone in my area to help with this and they were amazing! These cats are now living much better lives without the worry of having babies, certain health issues, having to be territorial, etc. because of them - we will be forever grateful! I have also been to the shelter a couple times and the people there are so caring and the cats are so happy and well cared for.

1 Charlene R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The ICS community do a fantastic job of taking care of all cat and all their needs no matter what. They are selfless in the way they treat every cat as if it were their own to love.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The staff give the cats so much love and support! And The place is super clean .

1 Jes M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

All the volunteers that we dealt with when adopting our cat were amazing. You can really tell that everyone there loves and cares about each cat.

1 Sandra Kidwell F.

Donor

Rating: 5

I sponsor-a-cat every month! I also adopted two kittens several years ago who have since passed away! The people there do a fantastic job taking care of so many kittens and cats! I would recommend anybody to go there to adopt a cat!

1 Janet Becker S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

independant cat society is westville indiana do an amazing job helping cats and kittens find good homes. they are very compationate about their job and have great consern for their fur baby guests. i adopted from them and will do it again. great staff and volunteers

Shannon B.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted 2 cats from ICS. They helped us by taking in my grandfather's cat after he was placed in a nursing home. She had diabetes and she is doing so well in their care. The workers are so dedicated and caring.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Love this group! They have been around for awhile and the only place I refer anyone to adopt a rescued cat. They are out in the public making people aware and not just sitting back asking for donations.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted 4 cats from the ICS, and I can say, hands down, they are a fantastic organization. They truly care about the animals and want the very best for them. P.S. I couldn't add my last kitty to the photos!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

they really help cats, the community and beyond! They love what they do and so do I.

1 Cassandra K.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We wanted two kitties so bad. ICS had a large interviewing process they took very seriously which made me feel so good about adopting from them! They truly care for the kitties. When I first walked in after getting approved I saw all the kitties in rooms instead of cages! It was amazing! They treated us like family and made me feel so grateful to have chosen them. I will forever get a kitty from them. Also, they told me if anything were to happen and I couldn't keep Ollie and Skye they would always take them back. Now that is love!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love visiting ICS and seeing the cats that are there and I even adopted one of my cats from here. The staff is all friendly and its obvious that they love what they do there. The cats are well taken care of and I really like that the cats have rooms rather than being kept in individual cages. This is by far my favorite shelter.

1 Ruth S.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an outstanding group! The cats are well cared for and the shelter is very clean. They even work with semi-feral cats to make them adoptable. Hats off to all involved.

1 Juanita H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ics is a very good rescue group. They take very good care of the animals in their care. They also run adoption specials. I recommend adopting from this place.

1 Ashley W.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love the Independent Cat Society! We adopted our beautiful tortie from there in 2013. ICS went above and beyond to help this lil kitty and we couldn't have been more excited to bring her home!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have three gorgeous cats all of which I adopted from the independent cat society. I also have been involved in some of their fundraising events. This shelter is full of people who do what they do for the love of the cats, you can tell. It is a great nonprofit

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is incredible what this organization does for the kitties. I've volunteered with the ICS and got to see all of the kitties and the excellent care they receive. The cats are all taken care of so wonderfully and they even offer a voucher for vet service with every kitty adopted. Love it!

1 Kathleen S. L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted 2 wonderful kitties from ICS. They took really great care of my cats before I discovered them and I am very grateful. I like the way they work with the cats to get them ready to be adopted. I also love the support I have received since bringing them home. They call and check in on us all and they accept and seem to actually enjoy all of the photos I like to send them to brag on how wonderful the cats are. Our cats are dear members of our family. Thank you ICS!

1 Sue D.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I recently attended an event at ICS and was so impressed! The shelter was beautifully cared for and the cats were so loved. The staff are great giving people!

2 Sumer G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Independent Cat Society is a great place to adopt a cat or kitten! The shelter does a great job caring for the cats. We just adopted our kitten from them. They also offer spay and neuter assistance!! I also worked there years ago so I know firsthand what excellent they do!!

1 Elizabeth Duncan C.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have known about this shelter for 15 years. The volunteers dedicate so much time and love to the cats. To see cats go from feral to lovers is amazing!

1 Erica H.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love visiting the Cat Society, I love that the cats are kept in rooms as opposed to cages and you can interact with them. The staff clearly love their cats and are all so nice.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This cat shelter is amazing, the staff are all so friendly and you can tell they definitely love their kitties! I love that the cats are kept in rooms as opposed to cages and the cats are able to get outside in an enclosed area from their rooms. My fiance and I go to visit the kitties all the time.

2 Kendra Sue C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The volunteers who run this shelter are so dedicated to helping the cats. I took in a cat named Harley from a foreclosed home and they accepted him into their adoption program and found him a home. I made a small cash donation when I dropped him off and also donated some supplies. They are fortunate to have many long time volunteers who each take on different roles. They do a great job, but there are always more cats in need.... so please support them any way you can.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

ICS-Independent Cat Society in Westville Indiana has been serving the families and cats of this community as well as surrounding communities for over 40 years!
They are the most caring and compassionate group that I have the privilege of knowing. They have helped me in several stray kitty situations, and I have recently become an official volunteer to try and repay their kindness, as well as desiring to contribute to their TNR program.

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Donor

Rating: 5

ICS really cares about the cats that they rescue. The facility is well kept and clean. The organization hosts frequent events and fundraisers that are relevant to the community, and fun to attend. When a stray kitten found its way into my crawl space, ICS loaned me a trap, and I was able to capture the kitten. The kitten is now a cat, named Ace, and he belongs to my son. ICS is very well-known in our community, and they provide a great service and help to our stray and feral cats.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The mission and need this organization fulfills is beyond amazing! The kittens and cats that are given a home at the Independent Cat Society inspire so much love. In addition, its TNR (trap neuter return) program keeps safe, peaceful living for many cats within the community. As a volunteer for the past 16 months, I look forward for weekly visits as a room parent and assisting at education and adoption events within the community. My time with the cats at the Independent Cat Society is relaxing and rejuvenating after long weekdays of working. Plus, many of the free roaming the cats will greet you with enthusiasm and meows of appreciation as soon as you walk inside.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization to adopt a kitty from. Two of my fur babies are ICS alumni. I adopted Paisley Mae, who was a rescue off the streets of Gary, IN. My Rainbow started out as my "God-kitten". Fell in love with her and adopted her as soon as she could be spayed. All the kitties are so happy there. I also have "sponsored" a kitty for many years. I've met some of the most compassionate, caring individuals who volunteer there. II've recommended them several times.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have not adopted a kitty or cat yet, but I have been to the society and am a member. I support this society because it does a brilliant job of taking care of adorable kittens and cats who need a forever home.

1 Stephanie E.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ICS has always been willing to help when they can. We found a cat outside that was declawed and had serious oral problems (I believe they named the cat Zita). They took her in and found her a forever home. We are forever thankful that they were able to help the kitty. They do such a wonderful job advocating for cats and I love the work they do!

2 Janet Scheffer N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had recently lost 18 year old cat and was looking for another kitty to love. I found Taylor at the Independent Cat Society. Because of my crazy schedule, they worked with me and about 2 weeks later I was finely able to bring her home. She is now a much loved member of the family and we would be lost with out her. With the help of ICS, Taylor has found a forever home and we have found a companion and friend to love. It is a perfect fit.

2 Beth H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first discovered the Independent Cat Society about 6 years ago. I was moving into my new home and I wanted to adopt a couple of kitties for companionship. Prior to going to ICS I had dreaded going to shelters because I felt so bad for the animals there. In the last six years I have adopted several wonderful cats, volunteered as a room parent, worked on fundraising and advertising and participated in multiple events. I enjoy the time I spend at ICS and I believe the time we spend with the kitties is positive for them and us. And, amazingly, I don’t feel “bad” for them. Some cats are with us for weeks, some their entire lives. I believe it is important that we realize to us the shelter is a place to go for a few hours a week, but to them, it is home. I believe ICS respects that idea and it makes the cats feel special and loved.

2 Cheryl V.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Independent Cat Society is a wonderful shelter. The volunteers and staff care so much about the cats....I have taken care of outdoor colony cats for years, and for years they have helped me by taking in house cats that get dumped or wander into the colony. I really don't know what I would have done without them. When they have extra donated food they always ask if I need any. When the shelter is full of cats and kittens, they still try to help, because that is just who they are and what they are about. All the cats that enter the shelter are fixed and vetted, and get shots and tested for diseases before they are adopted out, and that is so very important, because many times people who adopt have other cats at home and you want to make sure you know exactly what you are bringing into your home. Not all shelters do this. They love when people come and visit with the kittys that are there, because they need attention, and to be played with, and loved...It is good for the human soul and good for the kitties too. I have come to know a lot of the people who work there and it is a very friendly place. People have a tendency to ask me what shelter is the best (because they know that I deal with cat situations a lot) and I always say "The Independent Cat Society," because they are the best one out there.
Also, this year has been a big year for our TNR program. It is now headed by Jodi Dusek and we have been trapping and fixing more cats than we ever have....I believe we are up to #135 for this year. This will help keep the kitten births down and help control outdoor cat populations.
The photo is of Bubba my ICS permanent foster....He is the love of my life!

1 gamron

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ICS is the best..great volunteers who provide so much care and love for the beautiful purr babies . I adopted from them and he has been a joy. I tell people to check them out ..go play with these babies ...I go as much as I can and donate .

Kelly M.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I went to Independent Cat Society looking for a friend for my dog. We had no certain kitty in mind. The staff was brilliant. They walked is us to each ROOM (not cages) where the kitties were roaming free. They told us back stories on the cats, and we were able to sit in the rooms and have some meet and greets with all of them. I loved it. We did meet a few babies that were kept together looking for a home. There were three that had been kept together; two of which were recommended to stay together. I did not have the heart to separate them so we ended up filling out an application for all three cats. Surprise, doggy! The staff was awesome about it, and to our surprise, only gave us a small fee for taking all three babies. Since the cats are regularly handled, it took a whole maybe 3 days to get snuggles between the cats and dog. We now have a happy home full of purrs, love, and happy tails. Thank you, ICS. You made our home whole.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've supported ICS for over 20 years and have now been an active volunteer for the past 4 years. ICS is run by volunteers and funded solely by donations, but it works because everyone cares about each and every one of the cats and kittens who come in as if they were their own. The organization celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2017. It is a wonderful place to volunteer, and most importantly, it is a great place to find your fur-ever feline friend. Most cats are not in cages but rather in communal rooms where you can go and interact with them, and let a cat choose you.

If you can't adopt, you can always visit and get your "cat fix", or, ICS has a program called Sponsor-A-Cat where you can donate towards the care of one of the shelter cats and receive a picture of the cat, as well as birthday and holiday cards from your sponsored cat. If he or she is adopted, you are notified and sent a picture of a new cat.

ICS also has a Low-cost Spay/Neuter program in conjunction with some local veterinarians that provides a less expensive way for people to get their cats (pets as well as outdoor cats) fixed, helping to reduce the number of kittens that are born each year.

All in all, ICS is a wonderful place!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've supported ICS for over 20 years and have now been an active volunteer for the past 4 years. ICS is run by volunteers and funded solely by donations, but it works because everyone cares about each and every one of the cats and kittens who come in as if they were their own. The organization celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2017. It is a wonderful place to volunteer, and most importantly, it is a great place to find your fur-ever feline friend. Most cats are not in cages but rather in communal rooms where you can go and interact with them, and let a cat choose you.

If you can't adopt, you can always visit and get your "cat fix", or, ICS has a program called Sponsor-A-Cat where you can donate towards the care of one of the shelter cats and receive a picture of the cat, as well as birthday and holiday cards from your sponsored cat. If he or she is adopted, you are notified and sent a picture of a new cat.

ICS also has a Low-cost Spay/Neuter program in conjunction with some local veterinarians that provides a less expensive way for people to get their cats (pets as well as outdoor cats) fixed, helping to reduce the number of kittens that are born each year.

All in all, ICS is a wonderful place!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family and I went to Independent Cat Shelter to find a kitten for my kids.
The staff was absolutely amazing, very nice and they was all so helpful.
We would recommend this facility to anyone!
Our application was approved and we will be picking our new baby tomorrow! ❤

1 Nancy J. Znavor G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The people at ICS are kind, dedicated, caring people. They work tirelessly to find homes for cats of all ages. The cats are well cared for, the shelter is no kill, and every effort is made to find forever homes for every cat.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my two cats from ICS and it was a great experience. I have friends that have gotten vouchers to get their cats fixed. They take in as many animals as they can. Always willing to help. I think it's a great place if you want to adopt a cat/kitten. D J Daniel

1 Nikki G.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my cat from ICS when they were kittens. ICS went above and beyond to make sure the kittens were going to a good home and even let us borrow a carrier to take our baby home. Everyone who volunteers there is always beyond friendly. I go to ICS occasionally just to visit with the kittens/cats. I attend events at every chance I can to help ICS. I recommend every person I know who is looking to rescue to go to ICS.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with ICS for a few years now and recently an adopter. The staff and other volunteers at the shelter are wonderful people. They really care for the cats and give them the best quality of life possible. Along with the care that takes place inside the shelter, they also do amazing things to help within the community by offering help for spaying and neutering and also TNR services. They also work hard on their fundraising efforts to help support the shelter. A great organization all around!

1 Alyssa K.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my 2 cats from there in 2008. Very kind women that work there. You can tell they really care for the animals very well. They work so hard. Bless these ladies

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Meet Peanut! In 2013, this beautiful boy was brought to the Independent Cat Society in Westville, IN. He had been hanging around as a stray when the woman who had been feeding him noticed he had a terrible eye infection. He had a lot of strikes against him, horrible eye infection, FIV+, older guy. In a lot of shelters, Peanut would not be given a chance. Fortunately, ICS is truly committed to the welfare of all cats.

I met Peanut when I was volunteering as a cat transporter. I took him to have the surgery to have his eye removed. Even on the way to the vet, and he must have been in pain, he purred loudly. I followed his care for a couple of months and when nobody adopted him, I chose to. He is the sweetest, funniest guy I know. I'm grateful to ICS for giving this special needs guy a chance.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with the Independent Cat Society for over 25 years and I never ceased to be amazed by the conviction, dedication and care exhibited by the volunteers in this organization. Their shared motivation to assist animals in need is what keeps this shelter going. People give their funds, time, talents and expertise in order to care for needy animals and ultimately get them homes.
Marti R

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Independent Cat Society, a no-kill shelter is run by a diverse and dedicated team of volunteers provides shelter and loving care to the most needy cats. The cats are housed in rooms rather than cages which provides potential adopters with an opportunity to interact with many cats at one time. Cats are never euthanized for space or any reason other than to alleviate end of life suffering under a veterinarian's advice. Many programs support life-saving efforts including adoption, foster, spay/neuter, TNR, fundraising events, etc. all run by volunteers, proud to give their time & energy to this most noble cause. I am honored to be among them.

3 Clint-Jamie H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

ICS with little paid employees and many volunteers manages to save lives and assist the community. They advocate for low cost spay and neuters, as well as have a great TNR program. Those are two of many needs they fulfill. I love supporting this primarily cage free facility and love provided to the residents. I have adopted two wonderful brothers from ICS. Thank you for all that you do for cats and the community!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This shelter works hard at saving all of their 9 lives! Once adopted they will never turn their back on a cat that was adopted from them whether it is returned because it is sick, unloved, abused or old. They give them much needed love, food, health care and dignity. I have adopted a returned cat who was unloved and had to be fed thru a tube to regain his strength. He is so handsome, playful and loved! ICS does so much for people to help them financially to spay and neuter their pets thru grants. They are always there to lend a helping hand however they can!

5 Staci T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ICS is a wonderful, supportive environment where everyone is interested in the same thing - helping the animals. The people all have wonderful stories and backgrounds to share and I've made some of my best friends through volunteering there. They care deeply about the cause and are a diverse, amazing group. It's very rewarding to work with them and with the kitties to help them lead better lives, and find good homes.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Awesome Rescue. The volunteers spend limitless amount of hours and dollars to help all the cats and kittens they can. There is no end to the kindness of the volunteers that work at this organization. The animals are very well cared for, socialized and loved. Anyone adopting from this shelter is sure to get the most awesome pet of their life.