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Run or walk in the Black Cat Strut!

The Black Cat Strut 5k Trail Run and Non-Competitive 5k Walk, "Race for Buddy," is in honor of a special ICS cat, Buddy, who brought great joy to the Stofko family for nearly 20 years. The Black Cat Strut is a great way to honor Buddy and all of our special ICS cats, so join us and help contribute to our cause of helping all cats find their forever homes, just like Buddy. Click here or the image above to sign up at the Crazy Legs Race Series website.

Calendar deadline is almost up!

Click the image to download our form and get your pet's picture in our special 2017 calendar. The new deadline is October 16!

Fall in Love Adoption Event

Fall in love with a special kitty this season - adopt from us! Note that Friday October 28, due tot he Black Cat Boogie, we will not have our normal adoption hours.

Black Cat Boogie Fundraising Dinner

Black Cat Boogie Friday October 28 Friday October 28, 6pm-9:30pm - 39th Annual Black Cat Strut Fundraising Dinner!
Join us at the Old Town Banquet Center (711 Calumet, Valparaiso) for our wonderful annual gala! Great food, music, and of course, spectacular silent auction and raffles!
Tickets: $35/person
Contact: shelter@catsociety.org

Black Cat Boogie - $35/each
Use Buy Now button below to pay via Paypal. You may also send checks to PO Box 735 Westville, IN 46391

About ICS

The Independent Cat Society (ICS) is a no-kill cat shelter in Westville, Indiana. Established in 1977, ICS has continuously maintained its goal 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 fees, adoption fees, fundraising events, and the generous tax-deductible gifts 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. Click here to review our 2015 year-end report

Our Cats

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, nor do we supply cats to any facility for research purposes.

Scroll to see just some of our beautiful cats below. Visit us at our Petango Online website for more details!

Find out more about adoption policies, fees, and fill out an online application

Can't come out to visit but still want to see some of our cats in action? Why not try our new iPet Companion, a live Web camera that lets you take control of the favorite toys in our "Freckles" room and play online with our cats? It really is a fun new advance in technology - you'll love it! You can play almost anytime, 24/7 (even at night in night-vision). Just click the link below and hook up live to our iPet Companion camera!

iPet Companion link

Our Mission

The Independent Cat Society is a non-profit, no-kill feline shelter serving Northwest Indiana since 1977, whose mission is to rescue, shelter, adopt, and promote spaying and neutering of cats.


The activities of ICS are based on its mission, to reduce pet overpopulation and educate the public while preventing animal cruelty and promoting responsible pet ownership and legislation. We work toward this mission through our efforts in Sheltering, Adoption, and Spay/Neuter in the Community.


The vision of ICS is to serve as many cats, pet owners, and community members in the Northwest Indiana and neighboring Chicago area and Southwest Michigan area as possible. To accomplish this, ICS:

  • Provides a sanctuary for homeless felines in their transition to adoption
  • Strives to provide for the healthcare needs of the shelter population.
  • Promotes responsible feline ownership through educating the public.
  • Addresses feline overpopulation through our various programs.

The Independent Cat Society does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, religion, veteran status, or age (minimum volunteer age is listed) in its programs, employment, or activities.

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 Friday, 5:30pm - 7:30pm, 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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Giving to ICS

Giving to ICS

Find out more about how to make a donation or order a Rainbow Bridge Garden commemorative brick

Volunteer with Us

Volunteer With Us!

We could always use more volunteers - all talents welcome!

Board of Directors

Our Board

Learn more about our Board of Directors and review meeting minutes

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Join us in our many fundraising and educational events each year!



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The quarterly publication from ICS.


Our Cats

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