In 2005, the idea for the organization began when we adopted and hand raised a litter of 12 day old kittens. This experience motivated me to return to school to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. We started fostering cats in our home in 2006. I started working at a local Veterinary office in 2006 and as stray animals came into the office, I began actively placing cat in homes. I have implemented a formal adoption processes at the 3 veterinary offices that I have worked in order to screen potential homes for strays in the office. 

In 2008, I expanded my stray activities and began trapping inner city feral cats. In 2009, I setup a physical shelter location, website and filed for incorporation.

In March of 2010 we officially became a federally recognized 501(c)3 not for profit organization!

The mission of The Schneider Cataquarium is to advocate for homeless cats in our community by actively seeking permanent, loving homes for the cats in our care while reducing the stray/feral population with spay/neutering.

The Schneider Cataquarium cat shelter is an incorporated organization that provides a no-kill haven for cats awaiting adoption. The Cataquarium is a small cat shelter that is run by a Licensed Veterinary Technician that aids in the fostering and care of local strays, as well as a “trap, spay/neuter, release” program with local feral colonies.

We pride ourselves on screening every potential home via our adoption application. Each applicant must adhere to specific standards such as no declawing, indoor only, and understand the monetary responsibility of own a pet. They also have to provide a good veterinary reference.

All of the cats in our care receive full veterinary care which includes: veterinary exams, vaccinations, FIV/FeLV testing, blood panels, fecal screening, dewormer, spay/neutering and any other care necessary for any ailments they may have.


  1. Improve the public perception of stray cats and increase adoption activity
  2. Reduce the population of stray and homeless cats through spay/neuter
  3. Promote the benefits of companion animals
  4. Counsel and educate the public in providing a healthy and safe environment for cats 

Ask anybody who has adopted a cat or kitten, and they’ll swear their bond with their rescued pal is as deep as they come. When you open your heart and your home to a cat who needs help, they really do show their appreciation for the rest of their life!

Cats who have been uprooted from their homes, or have had difficult beginnings are likely to bond completely and deeply with their new human caretakers, whom they regard as heroes. Kitties who find themselves in our care because

of a death or other tragedy in their former human family usually go through a mourning period. Once they are adopted, however, they usually want nothing more than to please their new hero.

No matter what circumstances brought them to us, most cats & kittens for adoption are exceptionally affectionate and attentive, and make wonderful companions, but first you have to adopt one!

Whether you adopt a cat or a kitten, you’re saving lives. That’s right: lives, as in more than one. Adoption saves more than just the life of the pet you adopt. If you adopt a stray cat, you’re making room for a cat that we might not otherwise have room for.