2217 Mahoning Ave, Youngstown, OH 44509
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The first thing that hits you when you walk into this rescue is the smell. It is enough to knock you out. Then you meet the man/woman who runs it - Kim. This individual does not move off a chair, is rude, disgusting, foul mouthed. Your first thought is - how can someone like this, so dirty looking, shaved head, lowest class you could imagine. How can they take care of cats if they cannot even care for their own body. My guess is that this is a money making scam for this creature. The cats are in very poor condition. It is clear very little attention is paid to their health. Some were very thin, emaciated looking. This is not a rescue. It appears to be a hobby for an obese, disgusting, foul mouthed pig looking to make an extra dollar. My heart breaks for any animal subjected to this garbage.
My experience is endless and ongoing. I spend six days a week here working as hard as I can within my physical limits. So do all of the other dedicated volunteers.
We take in the cats and kittens that every other shelter rejects, we rehabilitate them, spay/neuter them, love them, and find them homes. Our volunteers kill themselves making sure the shelter is clean, the cats are fed & watered and receive proper vet care.
Adopted a kitty this past Saturday. Chose him Friday and paid. Went to pick him up Saturday he had abrasions by his mouth that weren't there before, his one toenail was clipped too far.
We took him home, he explored a little and then went to sleep and stayed like that onto Sunday evening. He was lethargic, wouldn't move, when he did, he limped. His toe that was clipped too far oozed and appeared infected. He would not eat, drink or go to the bathroom. We contacted the shelter but they took too long to respond, as they do not have a phone currently operating. We took him to the ER.
He had a fever, given fluids and was treated for an infection, and an anti inflammatory/pain pill for home.
We brought him home and every two hours I carried him to the bathroom and food. He would not walk otherwise. We wrapped his foot and the meds in his system, he started to perk up and began acting as a kitty should. However, we noticed his ears were very dirty, huge scabs inside.
He was itching and grooming, which then opened up his mouth wounds, his ear scabs and scabs that we hadn't noticed on his hind legs. He was bleeding from all.
We took him to the vet who stated he still had a fever and further treated him for multiple infections and confirmed the ear mites. He was given a treatment and the vets soaked his severely infected toe. They placed him in a cone to prevent him from opening his multiple wounds. He is now on three medicines and a toe soak. We also had to treat our resident cat for mites.
We contacted the shelter and informed them of these things, and because we spent $400 on vet care we were asking for our adoption fee back. However they told us we overreacted, then blamed our resident cat and are now blaming us, calling us animal abusers for our new kitty's injuries. Kimm Koocher literally called us "monsters." She was rude and unprofessional.
WSC doesn't have enough money or workers to be taking care and keeping eye on the amount of cats that they have.
This is not an animal rescue. Any cat that comes in gets a bowl of food and maybe a filthy bed and litterbox. These poor animals are so sick, yet will never see a vet. West side cats claims they test and vaccinate, yet many have feline leukemia, distemper and calicivirus. You are charged for the tests and vaccinations, yet they never get them. Three yesrs after adopting my two cats from there, they are still requiring medical care as a result. I will do whatever they need. Three local veterinarians have told me they see many very ill cats come out of West side cats. They are a group of first class crooks. The animals get nond of your donations. That money is for Kimm and her 300 lb. Friends to go out to eat with. Please do not donate to these crooks!!!
The poor cats get no real medical care. Healthy cats go in there and come out near death. We adopted a cat who was so sweet, but very ill. We could not leave him there, as we were sure he would die quickly. He needed nearly $800 of veterinary care. He had pneumonia, calicivirus, three types of worms, an ear infection, ear mites, three open abcesses, fleas and ringworm. The poor cats suffer horribly in that place. There is no care, they are just thrown in a room to die. It is the equivalent of a puppy mill for cats. Awful, awful place.
My neighbor had a beautiful and loving starving kitten dropped off on her front door. She can't keep this cat, because she can't afford to feed it. She has been layed off from her job and has 3 children. My daughter sends through PayPal money for Westside cats. She said she would gladly send 10$a month at least to help take care of this baby. The neighbor does not want this kitten to get hit by a car or for something bad to happen to it. I myself already have 2 female cats and he's a male unneutered. Can you please help? My phone # is 330719-7937.please this kitten is probably 3 months and very loving. I can't keep helping her. Thankyou for reading this Sincerely Lisa Wolgang
I've adopted two beautiful cats from West Side Cats. I've been in there many times to donate. I have NEVER seen the things the people below are saying. OMG, this place is AWSOME! It's clean, there were two ladies on their hands and knees scrubbing floors by hand! The cats are very well fed and cared for. The vet that they use is MY vet as well...and I love them dearly. Stop by and visit this shelter and see for yourself how wonderful West Side Cats is! I would ALWAYS recommend!
West Side Cats is a terrible shelter. My boyfriend and I adopted two cats there, I adopted an older one he adopted a kitten. They left aggressive animals in the room with disabled, blind, or deaf cats and let it bite, scratch and terrorize them. Kimm is very rude, she called me and my boyfriend dumb and animal abusers, and that we were killing our cats feeding them certain foods. Throughout the visit she insulted me, cussed, insulted my knowledge on animals, claimed that she knew more than my vet when they recommended putting my cats on certain food or certain surgical producers. The cats are also in HORRID conditions. She lies and makes us spend money on pointless things, and neglects the cats. She left a disabled cat who was bitten by dogs in with other aggressive cats who was bullying it. I'm never adopting from them again, she is so rude and has no idea what she's talking about.
The cats in this facility suffer from serious neglect. There is unassailable evidence of the total lack of even nominal health care provided to the cats there. The only thing that matters to Kimm Koocher is taking people's money. The animals get no medical care. If they are sick, they are simply left to die. Kimm makes no apologies for allowing these animals to suffer horribly. She is sadly lacking in empathy for any suffering other than her own. People who want to "dump" their cats can be sure Kimm will take them for $100+. People want to believe that this this is the right thing to do. Watch the horrible suffering these animals endure with no medical care. MONEY is all Kimm Koocher cares about. Animals are just a means to an end.