About Us

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Since 1998

Providing a safe no-kill shelter and adoption facility for cats in the Lincoln, Nebraska area.

Our History

The Cat House was formed in 1998 by a group of cat lovers who saw the tremendous need for additional feline rescue and adoption resources in Lincoln, Nebraska. Cats of all ages, temperaments, and health conditions have a safe home at The Cat House until the right person comes along, no matter how long that is.

From our beginning as a network of foster homes, through various rented shelter facilities, to the purchase of our own home, The Cat House continues to be staffed and managed by volunteers. These hard-working, dedicated volunteers are committed to improving the lives of cats in Lincoln and the surrounding area. We care for an average of 150 cats and kittens on any given day between our shelter and adoption facility, and foster homes. As much as possible, cats are housed in cozy rooms, not confined in cages, giving visitors the opportunity to comfortably interact with the cats.

The Cat House also offers a trap-neuter-return program to humanely control the population of feral cats. This program improves the quality of life for stray and feral cats and for their human neighbors, as well as reducing the number of unwanted kittens.

What Drives Us

Our Mission

From the beginning, Cat House volunteers have pledged that no cat in their care will be euthanized, unless a terminal health condition has decreased a cat’s quality of life to the point where euthanasia is the kindest alternative.

Save a Life

Why Adopt?

We come from many places, from many situations.

Some of us were abandoned outdoors, some were surrendered by people who could no longer care for us. Some of us lived with one family forever, until our person passed away. Some of us have never had a human family of our own. We all share something special; we have touched the hearts of all who knew, know, and will come to know and love us. And we all want forever homes with humans who will love and cherish us.

Our adoption fees
  • Adult cats, age eight months through six years: $80
  • Mature cats, age seven years or older: $60
  • Kittens, under eight months: $100
  • The adoption fee is reduced to $60 for cats or kittens of any age if you are age 60 or older. If you adopt a second cat or kitten within three months, the fee is half of the usual amount. We limit adoptions to within a 200-mile radius of Lincoln in most cases.

Each Cat House cat or kitten has been spayed or neutered, tested for feline leukemia virus and feline immunodeficiency virus, microchipped, and vaccinated against rabies and distemper/upper respiratory viruses.

Ready to adopt? Here's how.

The first step towards bringing your new best friend home is to complete an adoption application.  A volunteer will call to interview you.  Before or after you complete an application, you’re also welcome to meet cats and kittens at our adoption facility at 3633 “O” St, open Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 – 8 pm and Sunday afternoons from 1:30 – 4 pm.

Adoption-related question?

If you have an adoption-related question, please call 402-441-9593 or email adoptions@thecathouse.org.

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