Looking for a new furry friend? The Joanie Bernard Home for Cats, recently opened in Madisonville, providing a $1.6 million expansion to Ohio Alleycat Resource &Spay/Neuter Clinic (OAR), a non-profit, no-kill shelter.

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I wore my cat skirt for the occasion.

With an additional 4,800 square feet of space, the new building doubles the amount of feline housing provided by the old spay/neuter clinic. The sleek, modern facility features separate rooms for kittens, elderly cats, and cats with medical conditions. Each room contains screened-in porches, complete with a pet-sized doors for cats to access fresh air on their own. Added amenities aim to make the meet-and-greet experience more comfortable and interactive for both humans and felines.

OAR'S old facility, which houses 75 cats.

Joanie Bernard Home for Cats
A cat uses the pet door to access the enclosed porch.

Each communal room contains detailed stories about the cats, including age, breed, name, and picture. Experiences tug at the heartstrings from tales of lost kittens to Sparky, an 11-year-old cat that was displaced when his elderly owner passed away.

Sparky stole our hearts. Will someone take him home?
Sample of the descriptions outside each cat's room.

OAR currently spays/neuters 8,000 cats a year, and expects that number to reach 16,000 with the new location. The Joanie Bernard Home for Cats is expected to increase pet adoptions by 25%, pairing 375 cats with their new forever home.

Unable to adopt? You can sponsor an OAR cat or kitten for as little as $10.00 a month. Each sponsor receives regular email updates about your cat, and you can visit him/her in person at the shelter! Check out the catalogue of kitties currently residing in the shelter.

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OAR and Joanie Bernard Home for Cats is open weekdays 8:00am -4:00pm and weekends 1:00pm-4:00pm. Follow their Facebook page for your daily dose of fur therapy!