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January/February adoption special

Meet the ICS 2016 Sweetheart Contest Candidates!

Azura for Sweetheart 2016


Named for her azure blue eyes, this stunning young lady loves catnip, treats and long naps in the sun. Azura is anxious to win your hearts and your votes to become the 2016 ICS Sweetheart!
Bobby for Sweetheart 2016


It’s the story . . . of a cat named Bobby! This handsome, 2-year old bachelor loves treats, feather toys, and long runs in the hall. Join “The Bobby Bunch” and give him your vote!
Candy for Sweetheart 2016


Just as sweet as her name, this gorgeous 3-year old calico loves attention, playtime, and napping. Candy really hopes you’ll vote for her so she can wear the Sweetheart crown!
Cleo for Sweetheart 2016


This lovely 14-year old lady is young at heart and loves people, chin scratches, and treats. Cleo has her heart set on becoming the 2016 ICS Sweetheart. Can she count on your votes?
Doc for Sweetheart 2016


This handsome young fellow loves playing, treats, and meeting admirers at ICS events. He would proudly wear the 2016 ICS Sweetheart crown – will you cast your votes for Doc?
Mouse for Sweetheart 2016


A charming 2 ½ -year old beauty, Mouse might seem a bit timid and is hesitant to ask, but if you cast your vote for her, we know she’ll melt your heart!
Mr. Mellow Yellow for Sweetheart 2016

Mr. Mellow Yellow

This attractive bachelor loves laser pointers, naps, and reaching out to get the attention of those who pass by his condo. He’s confident he can win your vote!
Opie for Sweetheart 2016


He may not be from Mayberry, but he’ll have many “Happy Days” ahead if you’ll give Opie your votes to become the 2016 ICS Sweeheart!
Shadows for Sweetheart 2016


This gorgeous Russian Blue fellow loves being held and petted, and napping in the laundry baskets. Can Shadows count on your vote? He’ll head-butt his way into your heart!

How to Vote

Vote with your generous support dollars - you can vote in the following ways:

  • at our shelter,
  • at events, including our ICS Sweetheart Event on February 27 at the Valparaiso Moose Lodge,
  • by mail at PO Box 735, Westville, IN 46391,
  • or here online by clicking on the PayPal Donate button. Just be sure to note your candidate choice in the message!
  • Our candidates thank you very much for your support. Wish them luck as they compete for a new toy, a new bed, and the crown of Sweetheart 2016!

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    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 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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