First responders turned nonprofit

We love tracking our progress and finding solutions and don't shy away from hard work. That's why — with the generous help of our friends, donors and a grant from IFAW — we were able to accomplish a number of things:
● provide shelter and good care for a large number of cats, many of which have already found new families (see the current number on the right or down below);● implement infection control and prevention measures at the shelter from scratch (isolation units, vaccinations, basic renovation, regular cleaning);● set up automated kanban boards that keep data about our cats and expenses public and accessible in real-time;● finally, become registered as a nonprofit.
The war is not over, nor is the ongoing effort to end animal suffering. Despite this, we are looking forward to the after-war reconstruction of Ukraine and the establishment of new practices that take into account the life and health of animals that belong with us.

cats taken in
kitties have found homes

All of this is made possible thanks to:

Individual donors

Thanks to their generosity, we saved many cat lives, restored their health, and finally got them adopted out. These people backed our efforts and supported us when we asked for help.

Convent and its sisters

The shelter is located in the city centre on a beautiful dog-free secluded area of Saint Michael Monastery and is supported by the abbess and the hard labour of the sisters.


When the war broke out, many volunteers rushed to help the convent with lots of abandoned cats. Feline Foundation was created by one of them who stayed to tackle long-term problems.

Nonprofits and businesses

Grants and donations from larger nonprofits and companies allow us to provide our cats with food, sterilisations and primary vet care. We also use product donations to better organise and automate our work.

Pet parents

We are grateful to those who, despite the war and instability, decided to make one of the shelter cats a part of their family, sometimes going as far as adopting a special needs cat or coming for the second adoption.

You are always in our hearts 🤍

Ongoing work

Temporary or permanent shelter

The cat shelter — located on a beautiful secluded convent territory — provides a home until the cat is adopted or till the end of its life. The number of places is limited, but we seek opportunities to house more cats.

Vet nurse level care

The care provided in the shelter includes daily care, anti-parasite treatment, FVRCP and rabies vaccinations and any treatments prescribed by the veterinarian, including pills, subcutaneous fluid administration, injections etc.


We have incoming cats (purebreds including) sterilized quickly to preserve their health and help control the cat population. All kittens that we house have been born outside of the shelter.


The end goal for any cat's journey with us is to find a permanent and loving home. We carefully screen potential owners and keep in touch with them after the adoption. 

The story

Our response to the war

In March 2022, as the war was unfolding, people started fleeing the city, some leaving their pets behind. One of the places that became known for taking cats in is the convent in the centre of Odesa. The number of cats at a small cat shelter was so high that volunteers joined in to help sisters care for, treat and adopt the cats out, fundraise and help with other managerial tasks. One of the volunteers opened a bank account for the shelter needs, and we got down to work. Thanks to the generous support of the public and hard work, more than 200 cats found their homes over the course of six months. 

A grant from International Fund for Animal Welfare and renovations

Cats are prone to many contagious illnesses that can quickly spread within a group of cats. Some cats at the shelter have pre-existing health issues that can make them more vulnerable to infections.

With the support of individual patrons, a grant from IFAW and covenant administration, we set out to implement appropriate measures to keep our cats happy and healthy, such as:
● regular vaccinations with core vaccines (FVRCP and rabies)
● installation of isolation units (min 7 — max 13 spots)
● isolation and quarantine for cats
● small-scale renovation that keeps rooms cleaner
● thorough daily cleaning and care

These measures have limited infectious disease to mild cases, and all cats recovered quickly. The grant has also covered expensive surgeries and treatment. All these measures have preserved the lives and health of many cats and sped up the adoption process.

Kitten season

Many cats abandoned or brought to the shelter are mothers with their litter, especially during the kitten season. It is a difficult time for any shelter because kittens are vulnerable to infections and require a lot of attention. An overwhelming majority of all kittens brought into our care remained healthy and were adopted — all thanks to timely vaccination provided via the grant from IFAW and our sponsors. In 2023 we need more isolation units and vaccines to make sure we cope well with the challenge.

Stamps, blackouts and our registration

We kept having kittens brought to us by late fall. Thanks to the vaccinations and the isolation units, the infectious disease rate was much easier to keep in check, and many kittens and younger cats quickly found their new homes. To commemorate our effort and raise funds for the ongoing needs, we issued two sheets of Ukranian postal services stamps featuring nine portraits of our cats each — to be given as gifts to our supporters. At the same time, more challenges were coming our way — rescued cats from then-liberated Kherson, repeated missile strikes on civilian infrastructure and subsequent blackouts. Fortunately, unlike humans, whose daily activities were severely disrupted, the cats weren't seriously affected. Despite this, we obtained registration as a nonprofit and started a new chapter in our journey to a better world.