Rescue & Adoption, No-Kill Cat Shelter

Our Story

West Side Cats first opened its doors in 2008. We are a non-profit, no-kill rescue and adoption facility in Youngstown, Ohio, founded by individuals who didn't want to volunteer for kill shelters any longer. We take in injured and disabled kitties, kittens that are blind, missing limbs or have been born with Cerebellar Hypoplasia (a birth defect that affects balance), but we will also take in kitties living in dangerous circumstances. We outgrew our first location and moved to our current facility in 2010. With the exception of those being cared for in our clinic, all kitties await adoption in colorful, open rooms with plenty of beds and toys. Our shelter has several climbing trees, including a huge wood tree upstairs where there are also climbing walkways. Although we primarily serve Mahoning County and surrounding areas, people have come from other states to adopt our kitties. Every year we place between 300–900 cats and kittens up for adoption.

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All of our cats and kittens are microchipped and receive a leather collar with their name and a West Side Cats ID number assigned just to them.  This great perk is part of the adoption fee you pay when you take your new family member home.  We advocate that your new family pet be an inside only kitty only.  There are too many perils cats and kittens face on the outside.

Visit more of our adoptable cats and kittens at PetSmart in Boardman.



We are in need of volunteers.  Most shifts are 2 hours, most volunteers need to commit to a schedule of same day and time each week to help us provide 7 day a week coverage.  We ask that no one under the age of 16 volunteer without a parent or guardian accompanying  them during their shift.  Over 16 must have their volunteer app signed by parent or guardian.  Our volunteers usually start around 12 and work to get the shelter ready by 2, our opening time.  If you are interested in helping us out  stop in for a volunteer app and your tour.   Helping our kittens and cats adjust to a new life so they can find their furever home is one of the most rewarding experiences we can be a part of.  Come meet some new furbabies and our volunteers, you won't be disappointed...


West Side Cats is located at 4305 Market Street, Youngstown, Ohio.  Please stop by and visit our kitties, or give us a call. We're open to the public Monday through Friday 2PM–6PM. You can also visit some of our adoptable cats and kittens at PetSmart in Boardman during regular store hours.