ICS is one of northwest Indiana's oldest no-kill animal shelters - we seek to find forever homes for all of our beautiful cats and kittens!

About Us

The Independent Cat Society is a no-kill cat shelter in Westville, Indiana. We're conveniently located about one hour east of Chicago, 2.5 hours north of Indianapolis, and only 45-minutes west of South Bend, Indiana.

Since we were founded in 1977, our goal has been to find homes for homeless cats in our community. Once each cat is spayed or neutered, we focus on adopting the cat into a safe, loving and lasting home.

As a not-for-profit 501(c)(3), the Independent Cat Society is funded almost entirely through membership, adoption fees, fundraising events, and the generous tax-deductible donations of caring individuals, like you. Although we have a small cleaning and medicating staff, we operate our shelter mainly with volunteers. We do not receive any government funding.

Every cat admitted to our shelter is examined by a vet, is spayed or neutered, and is up-to-date on vaccines and necessary medical treatment. Our no-kill policy means we do not euthanize cats unless a veterinarian advises it to relieve suffering.

Our Mission

Our mission is to promote the welfare of all animals by working to:

  • reduce pet overpopulation
  • educate the public
  • prevent cruelties to animals
  • promote responsible pet ownership, and
  • promote more humane legislation.

Visit Us!

Many people think animal shelters are a sad place to visit. Not true! The Independent Cat Society is a happy place,where the animals are well taken care of and healthy. We always feel good visiting the shelter,and we're sure you will, too.

If you would like to be a part of our life-saving mission, as a donor, volunteer, or adopter, please contact us, tour the shelter and meet our "family."

The Independent Cat Society is at Rt. 6 and the La Porte/Porter County Line Road, in Westville, Indiana. The shelter is open Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., or by appointment by calling (219) 785-4936.

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