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 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 and Trumbull Counties, people have come from other states to adopt our kitties. Every year we place between 300–600 cats and kittens up for adoption.

Some of our kitties are shy and/or not comfortable with young children.  We therefore do not permit kids under the age of 10 in our areas where the cats and kittens are located.  We do not want them to be stressed.  We are sorry for the inconvenience.  

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    Latest News


    β—οΈπŸ©·πŸΎπŸ± Due to the large amount of shy kitties that West Side Cats located at 4305 Market St. in Youngstown, OH 44512 currently has, who are waiting, and who have been waiting for awhile for their FOREVER HOMES….”THE SHY KITTY KREW” is a new program offered by one of our volunteers named Sheri starting next week! β—οΈπŸ©·πŸΎπŸ±

    πŸ₯ΉπŸ’The shy and bashful kitties tend to feel more comfortable and less timid after the shelter closes and it’s not so noisy and busy….so they come out more and interact and play, however because the shelter is closed, they are not getting the exposure that they need in order for people to see their true personalities, so they can get adopted! πŸ₯ΉπŸ’

    ⭐️🐈 How it works: A list of shy kitties will be posted weekly and you are truly interested in adopting one of our shy kitties that is on the list….you can CALL OR TEXT SHERI AT 330-881-6672 to make an appointment for a Tuesday between 6-7pm…❗️PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SHELTER TO MAKE THE APPOINTMENT!❗️

    Another post will follow listing the pictures of the shy kitties and you can also visit our website at: to view their profile 🐈‍⬛

    πŸ“£β­οΈ ONLY APPLICATIONS FOR SHY KITTIES WILL BE TAKEN DURING THIS AFTER HOURS SHY KITTY KREW EVENING! πŸ“£β­οΈ We need to give these babies the spotlight and chance to find their forever homes!


    • Bonita and Pattie - Bonded Best Friends
    • Peep and Beep - Bonded Brothers
    • Lolly
    • Pepper Mill
    • Perkins
    • Myla
    • Mako (would love to be adopted with a friend like J. Booky)
    • Cody and Conner - Bonded Brothers
    • Sour
    • Cindy and Jessica - Bonded Sisters
    • Carrot Cake
    • J. Booky (loves to snuggle with his shy friend Mako)

    πŸ™πŸ»πŸˆ‍β¬›πŸΎ PLEASE SHARE! Kitten season is already upon us and these kitties will continue to get overlooked! πŸ™πŸ»πŸˆ‍β¬›πŸΎ

    The Shy Kitty Crew members at West Side Cats located at 4305 Market St. in Youngstown, OH 44512 🐱πŸ₯Ή These kitties are available to meet during any open shelter hours, and by appointment on Tuesdays after the shelter closes between 6PM - 7 PM (you must call or text Sheri at 330-881-6672 to make an appointment for Tuesday after hours 6pm-7pm time ) If interested in adopting a shy kitty… they are waiting for you!


Please stop by and visit our kitties, or give us a call. We're open to the public Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 4pm-6pm and Wednesday and Friday from 2pm-6pm.