Last week my husband, Paul, and I had the chance to spend some time at Cat Welfare Association. If you live anywhere in Central Ohio and love cats, you really need to do this.
The 5,600-square-foot building is dominated by a large play room full of cat trees, comfy beds, hiding places, cubby holes, and sleeping perches for the cats to enjoy. There are dedicated intake, exam, isolation and recovery rooms with separate ventilation systems. There is also an outdoor patio for cats to enjoy the sunshine and watch the birds.
Most of the cats walk freely around the facility, but some are caged. These are cats receiving medical treatment or those who don’t get along well with others. A collar system shows which cats anyone can handle (green), which may bite or scratch (yellow), which have special needs (blue), and which have become permanent residents (red).
Cats that come into Cat Welfare Association stay there until they are adopted, or until they are determined to be permanent residents because they are not suitable for adoption. Cat Welfare adopted out 879 cats in 2012, and has found homes for 21,861 cats since 1990.
As you can imagine, it takes a lot of money to house, feed, medicate, and clean up after 250 to 300 cats. Cat Welfare is supported by membership dues, donations, bequests, and fund-raising projects like mine. It also holds a weekly sale on Saturdays through its thrift shop, Catique.
Cat Welfare Association is always looking for volunteers to play and cuddle with the cats as well as staff the weekly garage sale, help with fundraising and marketing, and work special events. If you are interested, email Gail Harbert at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also foster cats and kittens by contacting Karen Lee at email@example.com.
To learn more about the current news, events and activities at Cat Welfare Association, check out back issues of their newsletters available online.
You can visit Cat Welfare Association at 741 Wetmore Road in Columbus. They are open Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. They are closed the first Thursday of each month.
I hope you enjoy your visit as much as I did mine. Check out these photos taken by my husband, Paul. More to come soon!
Day 9 Swim Report
Number of laps: 45
Time: 70 minutes
Pace: Pretty fast
Due to a medical emergency with one of my own cats, Amy, I missed yesterday’s swim. Amy will be okay – she has a urinary tract infection and is getting antibiotics and pain medication. But the veterinary tests took a lot of time, and cleaning up after her urination outside the box is taking even longer! So today when I got to the pool, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Turned out the day off was good, and I swam one of my fastest times in months. Let’s hope that keeps up!