5 Shelters Where You Can Adopt Cats in Columbus, Ohio


The bond between people and their pets is an incredible thing. While pets rely on humans for the majority of their needs, humans rely on pets for companionship and never-ending affection. Sadly, some pets are left without homes, and many of these pets end up in shelters. Animal shelters house all sorts of pets, but cats often occupy the majority of the space in these shelters. If you live in Columbus, Ohio, and you'd like to welcome a new feline friend into your life, why don't you check out the following five shelters? Some of them also house dogs and other pets, while others only have cats. Either way, a visit to one of these places is sure to result in you finding a new friend for life.

Pets Without Parents
Open seven days a week from 12-8 p.m., Pets Without Parents has dogs and cats up for adoption. Those wanting to adopt a pet can come to the shelter or foster home in order to meet their potential friend. Other than that, all you have to do is fill out the application and be ready to commit to taking care of your new pet for the rest of its life. Pets Without Parents is also a no-kill shelter, with a mission "to place every pet that enters [their] shelter into a loving, permanent home." If you stop by, you may just find a feline friend that you'll want to give a permanent spot in your own household.

Colony Cats & Dogs
The majority of Colony Cats & Dogs' adoptable animals live in foster homes, however they do have a cage-free adoption center where the cats can play and roam freely. If you're interested in adopting from Colony Cats & Dogs, you can fill out and submit an application online before stopping by the adoption center. The adoption center is open Tuesday-Friday from 4-7 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 12-4 p.m. Colony Cats & Dogs is a non-profit organization which is primarily focused on tackling the cat overpopulation problem in central Ohio. As a result, the organization has become specialized in finding homes for feral, stray, and abandoned cats.

Capital Area Humane Society
As the temporary home to dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, and other pets, there's no way you can walk into the Capital Area Humane Society without leaving with a new furry friend. The adoption center is open Monday-Friday from 2-7 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 12-5 p.m.. When you arrive at the adoption center, you get to see the animals up for adoption and then once you find one you're in love with you meet with an adoption counselor. The counselor will help you make sure you're the perfect match for the pet you want to adopt. You know when you're visiting Capital Area Humane Society that they have the animals' best interests at heart, and that they'll end up helping you find a new forever friend.

Cat Welfare Association
The Cat Welfare Association specializes in caring for homeless, abused, injured, and abandoned cats. If they are unable to find a home for one of their feline residents, then it will have a forever home in the shelter. The Cat Welfare Association is open Monday and Thursday-Sunday from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and on Tuesday-Wednesday from 11 a.m. 7 p.m. The adoption process takes only 30 minutes, so you'll end up leaving with your new kitty companion in no time at all.

Cozy Cat Cottage Adoption Center
Since its opening day in 1998, the Cozy Cat Cottage Adoption Center has helped rescue and adopt out 8,200 cats. A no-kill shelter, the Cozy Cat Cottage is "committed to the keep and care for these unwanted animals of all ages while attempting to find permanent, responsible and loving homes for each and every one of them." The adoption center is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday from 1:30-5 p.m. All you have to do to prepare to adopt your new friend is bring in a cat carrier so you can safely transport it home. After your newly-adopted cat is spayed or neutered and you pay the adoption fee, you're all set to enjoy the start of your friendship.

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Miranda Roehler grew up in Northwest Ohio. She studied Creative Writing and History at The University of Findlay and has been published in multiple international journals.