About us

Our Mission and Principles

To save lives by providing shelter, food, affection, and veterinary care for homeless cats while securing forever homes.

Get to know us

Paws and Whiskers is Toledo's only all feline no-kill shelter. We are a not for profit Ohio Corporation chartered in October of 1996. The shelter, governed by a Board of Directors, is dedicated to providing a safe haven for our unwanted feline friends. While providing shelter, food, love, and veterinary care for the area's homeless, unwanted, and orphaned felines, we work to find them safe, loving homes. We have found furever homes for over 11,000 cats and kittens. 


Each feline resident receives a veterinary exam. Upon arriving at the shelter, each cat is weighed, checked for any obvious injuries, treated for intestinal parasites, checked for fleas and given a flea treatment. They are then given food, water, and a safe warm place to sleep. All cats are blood tested for Feline Leukemia and Immunodeficiency Virus. Residents receive a physical exam and are vaccinated for calicivirus, panleukopenia, and feline viral rhinotracheitis.


All cats are sprayed or neutered before they leave the shelter. Any serious dental problems or other serious conditions are surgically corrected. The average smount spent on each resident during their stay is over $225.00.


We also offer a cat-back guarantee. A cat adopted from us need never be homeless again because we will take it back at any time, for any reason.


We receive no government funding and no United Way financial support - all our money to help the cats comes from private donations.


We are committed to rescuing kittens and cats and finding them loving forever homes. Join us in our mission to provide loving care to each cat as they find their lasting homes.


Our Team

Paws and Whiskers Cat Shelter Management Team

Annie Danko, Paws and Whiskers Shelter Manager

Monica Webb, Business Manager

Jen Pollard, Development Coordinator

Our History

1996

Paws and Whiskers Started

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August 2016

Helping over 18.000 Homeless

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Septmber 2012

Building our 10th Shelter

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