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Nonprofit Overview

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

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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! ❤


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


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.