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Carolines Kids Pet Rescue and Feline Shelter in northeast Ohio

Caroline's Kids Pet Rescue

Office Hours Monday-Friday 10am-5:30pm
P.O. Box 24068, Mayfield Heights, Ohio 44124
Email Us or call 440-449-3496
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Save a cat with your donation
Our no-kill cat shelter needs your help  

It costs $25,000 per month to run our facility!

It's easy to help: Order from our wish list

Logan is one of our resident cats that your donations have helped:

Logan went

Meet Logan. He's had vet visits… lots of them. He came to our shelter with 4 frostbitten and infected paws.

Currently we are at capacity and cannot accept any cats. We are a limited admission facility on an available space basis.

Tours are by appointment at 11am or 1pm Tuesday thru Friday. The cost is a donation of $20.00 for a tour of the downstairs which will last 20 minutes at 7394 Morley Road in Concord Township, Ohio, 44077.

Visits to the Park Room are between 12pm and 2pm Tuesday thru Friday and a donation of $20.00 is required. Feeding time is at 2pm, so all visitors must leave by 2pm. This room is open to the public to sit a bit and enjoy the company of the cats. We request you limit your time visiting to 45 minutes as staff is busy caring for the cats.

If you unable to have a kitty in your home, you can help our kitties in their home by being a sponsor of one of our furkids for $20.00 per month. Email Us or call for details.

Meet Caroline!

Caroline of Caroline's Kids

Hello, my name is Caroline and even though I've gone to the Rainbow Bridge, my spirit lives on in Caroline's Kids Pet Rescue.

Caroline's Kids helps, old and sick cats, like myself, to live out their lives with care and compassion. Caroline's Kids Pet Rescue has a no-kill philosophy that allows these furkids, who have nowhere else to go, to live with dignity. Thanks to generous donors, Caroline's Kids is making a difference in the lives of cats. The kitties of Caroline's Kids send purrs of thanks.

Purring too,

Caroline's Kids Pet Sanctuary Press and News Releases Caroline's Kids Pet Sanctuary Press and News Releases Caroline's Kids Pet Sanctuary Press and News Releases


Executive Director/Founder:
Judie Brown

Sanctuary Manager:
Ellen Distler

... and some of our residents!

Johnny, a resident at Caroline's Kids Pet Rescue needs your support
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Samson, one of the many residents at Caroline's Kids Pet Rescue
Seth, one of the many residents at Caroline's Kids Pet Rescue

This is our Newest Live Kitty Cam from the Oldies Room.

This is our New Live Kitty Cam from the Sunshine Room.

This is our Live Kitty Cam from the Kitchen.

This is our Live Kitty Cam from the Park.

Chico, a resident at Caroline's Kids Pet Rescue We are a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to the care and humane treatment of aged, chronically ill and abused cats.

The kitties at Caroline's Kids Pet Rescue and we, Tom and Judie Brown, and the staff and volunteers at our no-kill cat sanctuary, Julius' House, in Concord Township, Ohio, need your help to provide for the cats in our care.

We want to provide an alternative to euthanasia for cats that are not suffering, but yet have been abandoned or surrendered by their owners.

Caroline's Kids is a sanctuary for life for old and special needs felines. Although we do adoptions on an appointment basis based on our availability, we remain a sanctuary with the needs of the resident cats coming first.

Our free roam facility provides a last chance for the "furkids" whose lives would otherwise come to a premature end. Our inspiration, Caroline, was one such creature who found sanctuary with compassion.

Caroline's Kids Pet Sanctuary Press and News Releases


Cat lover from Northern Ireland visits Concord Township pet sanctuary
By The News-Herald's Jean Bonchak, on 10-17-13.

Jenny Wren visits from Ireland Jennifer Reilly is a special breed of cat lover. The gal from Northern Ireland is so enamored with fluffy felines that she traveled to Concord Township to visit a cat sanctuary she discovered via the Internet.

In May, Reilly, 39, who lives in Lurgan, near Belfast, was casually checking out cat sanctuaries online when she spotted the Friends of Felines Rescue Center in Defiance. That website led her to Caroline's Kids Pet Rescue, which offers streaming video of the facility and its plentiful array of purring residents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The free roam, no-kill cat sanctuary, founded by Executive Director Judie Brown of Mayfield Heights, has been operating on the corner of Hoose and Morley roads since 2007.

Soon after connecting with Caroline's Kids, communication between Reilly and Brown commenced.

As the petite woman explains in her thick Irish brogue, "I just got chattin' and emailin' with Judie and I always wanted to help out. I just thought this is a really special place I would just love to go visit. I didn't think it would happen." Fortunately for Reilly and the cat sanctuary, it did.

After arranging time off from her work at a daycare for people with learning disabilities and purchasing a round-trip ticket to the United States, she set out for the more than 3,000-mile trek.

After arriving at the shelter she said she realized, "I was on one side of the camera and now I'm on the other side." "I just got drawn here," she added. "I could have visited others, but I was drawn to Caroline's Kids because there were so many cats there. I had to see it for myself."

The number of resident cats currently stands at about 290. But visiting and kitty cuddling weren't the only planned activities on Reilly's agenda. Since her arrival on Oct. 10, she's helped with cleaning out litter pans, washing floors and other tasks. Her impression of the feline-friendly staff with whom she's become acquainted is favorable. "I just take my hat off to them," she said. "I have the biggest, biggest respect for them and how they take care of the cats."

Along with staffers, she's also met some special some four-legged friends. Bella, a Siamese cat, took an immediate liking to Reilly, "hopping up toward me with that look of love," she said. Seth, a black feral cat, also struck the woman's fancy by approaching her in a gentle manner. However, a few other ferals weren't quite as accommodating. "I got a few spits (from them) but it was OK," she said. "I just laughed."

After witnessing firsthand the cat sanctuary's many needs, Reilly said she wishes for a big lottery win to help with funds. In the meantime, she's hoping her visit will spark an interest in getting more people to donate toward the cats' health care, food and other items.

Brown noted that she was grateful for Reilly's efforts. "We were very humbled and honored that she would take her time and money to come visit the cats at Caroline's Kids," she said.

Reflecting on her visit, Reilly said, "Caroline's Kids will always be in my heart. It's something I'll never forget. It's a lifetime experience for me."

Despite the cats she's leaving behind, there are four in Ireland looking forward to her return. Rainbow, Romi, Lilly and Henry, cared for by a friend during her absence, live with Reilly. "I know they're in good hands," she said. "But I can't wait to go home and give them a big hug."

Our new 60 second commercial produced by Elysha A. Spector, Digital Media Artist.

Caroline's Kids Pet Sanctuary Press and News Releases Caroline's Kids collects aluminum cans and ink cartridges to recycle.

This extra money helps in so many ways. These items can be dropped off at the sanctuary at 7394 Morley Road in Concord Township every day from 7-4. If after hours, please leave by front door. If more convenient, you can drop off at the home office at 1142 Jackie Lane in Mayfield Heights and please leave to the left side of the garage.

Thank you for helping us to help them by participating in our recycle program.

Documentary: Caroline's Kids - A Forever Home by Jessica East

With the deepest gratitude to Tom and Gerri Slavkovsky of Willoughby, Ohio who are the winners of the $1500.00 raffle and generously donated the entire amount back to Caroline's Kids cats.

This donation was made in memory of their 11 year old cat BEAU who crossed the Rainbow Bridge on February 25, 2009.

Thank you Tom and Gerri for the difference you have made for the care of our sanctuary cats.

Judie and all the cats of Caroline's

Founder, Judie Brown being nominated for Cat Hero of the Year

Founder, Judie Brown being nominated for Cat Hero of the Year

[News Herald article written by Jenny May on 9/26/08]

To the more than 200 rescued felines housed at Caroline's Kids Pet Rescue in Concord Township, founder Judie Brown is viewed as nothing short of a hero.

With a little help from the community, Brown, who operates the sanctuary for abandoned, sick and abused cats, could receive that recognition nationally. Brown has been selected as one of 10 finalists in the Animal Planet "Cat Hero "contest. [read more...]

Caroline's Kids Pet Sanctuary Press and News Releases Press and News Releases:

As seen on Channel 3 News 9/19/12

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Caroline's Kids Pet Sanctuary Press and News Releases 1 House 280 Thanksgiving Guests
By WEWS Channel 5's Ted Kortan Newscast broadcasted 11/25/2010.

CONCORD TOWNSHIP, Ohio - Turkey for 280. That was the task at Caroline's Kids Pet Rescue in Concord Township.

Fortunately, the cats who reside in the sanctuary are well fed -- so three 20-pound turkeys were plenty as a holiday treat.

Still, distributing the food to the six rooms filled with furry felines was something of an adventure. Volunteers quickly divided the shredded meat onto individual serving dishes and made sure each cat had one.

A NewChannel5 camera captured the special moment and meal.

Caroline's is a former single-family residence which is now home to the mainly senior and special needs cats. Founder and Director Judie Brown said the facility is legally located in an agriculturally zoned area of Lake County.

The sanctuary has been at its current location for about seven years. This is the third year for the Thanksgiving cat treat.

Brown told NewsChannel5 it costs between $15,000 and $17,000 per month to operate the facility.

Brown said monetary donations and volunteers are always needed.

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