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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: Over 3000 cats spayed or neutered since 2013 Over 500 cats adopted to great families since 2014

Target demographics: people, their families, and our communities rescue and protect all companion animals, but especially homeless cats and kittens

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 600 families and animals

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

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Erica H.3

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.

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 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.

1 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!

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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.

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! ❤

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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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.