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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

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



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.



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 Becky35


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.



Rating: 5

I've been a Cats Haven volunteer for over ten years, providing a foster home for countless kitties and helping with off-site events. I give the founder Barb and the shelter Five Stars because I can guarantee every cent that comes into the shelter goes directly to the kitties. I've worked with other small nonprofits run by people who weren't as ethical as the good folks at Cats Haven, so knowing donated funds go to the cats is very important to me. Cats Haven takes in special-needs kitties as well as seniors and vet referrals, and it makes no difference if they find homes or not . . . they are protected, cared for, and loved for the rest of their lives. Cats Haven also has a small pet food pantry for dog and cat owners both, and the shelter works closely with other local groups to help ensure that animals get what they need.