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, moved to a larger facility in 2010, and most recently transitioned into our current location in 2018. 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 wooden tree custom made for us. 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.