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.

News & Events

Ask us if the kitty you're adopting has been microchipped! All new kitties will be microchipped.

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

    Latest News

  • West Side Cats Adoption Special

    Beginning August 24th, 2019, all West Side Cats & Kittens adoption fees will be $75.00. Special Need Kitties are $70.00. All cats and kittens have been tested for feline aids and leukemia, spayed or neutered, wormed and flea treated, FVRCP vaccine, rabies vaccine and microchipped.  You will need to bring a valid driver's license and if you rent, a copy of your lease stating you can have a cat.  Our adoption hours are weekdays 2 to 6.  We prefer check or cash, but we do accept plastic.  Please stop by either our shelter or Boardman Petsmart and meet your next furbaby,  you will not regret giving any of them a second chance for a furever home.

  • West Side Cats 8th Annual Poker Run

    Don't miss West Side Cats 8th Annual Poker Run!!  This year it will be held at Masters Bar & Grill  1675 Trumbull Ave. in Girard!
    Registration begins at 11:00 am

    First bike out at noon.

    Buffet opens at 1:00pm.

    Basket raffle and 50/50 drawings commence at 5:00pm

    Our usual HUGE basket auction with the best baskets on the planet!!!

    $15/bike  $5/passenger  $10/nonrider buffet


    This event is always terrific!  Come on out for a gorgeous day in Boardman Park and meet all of your favorite animal rescue groups, including West Side Cats!!!!  Pose for a selfie with Marvelous Marvin, peruse our awesome selection of swag, and shoot the breeze with your favorite cat ladies!!!!


Please stop by and visit our kitties, or give us a call. We're open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 2PM–6PM. You can also visit some of our adoptable cats and kittens at both Petco and PetSmart in Boardman.