Happy Cats Haven

A nonprofit organization

Our Mission

Happy Cats Haven began with a dream in 2011. When only one in three animal shelter cats made it out alive, we dreamed of replacing fear with hope to give homeless Colorado Springs cats another chance at love. 

We speak fluent cat and delight in learning what each one has to teach us. Abandoned shelter cats need feline friendly handling to become their best selves. Our comfy Haven is a safe and welcoming place in the Colorado Springs area for scared cats to land, exceeding the definitions of both no-kill and socially conscious shelters.

From the moment cats and kittens are rescued, we treat them with respect and positive handling to make their stay as fear free as possible. That care includes the precious gift of time: time to regain trust, time to relax and show their true personalities and all the time everyone needs to make the best match possible. 

 We support their full life cycles–as many of their nine lives as they need–with classes, online behavior advice and referrals through our Ask Ms Kitty Helpline. When a problem is solved, a cat can be saved.


I am very, very impressed with Happy Cats Haven. Have taken 3 awesome classes there and highly recommend them. So far one of my friends has adopted there and another attended Kitten Kindergarten. Just imagine getting a cat who is already well trained and your perfect match! - Kitty Morel

I am so glad we found Happy Cats Haven. Your approach to adoption is so much better than what I have experienced in the past. Since you have such a great environment and get to know the cats in your care, you were able to provide us with the insight needed to help us select the right kitten for our family. I believe that his low-stress start to life helped make Kipling the awesome cat he's growing into. - Rebecca Marshall

Dedicated, knowledgeable staff and volunteers. Welcoming environment when you visit the shelter. Cats that are healthy and socialized greet you at the second door going inside because they can free roam under the watchful eyes of the volunteers and staff. Your questions are treated with respect and you are never talked down to. Everyone is very gracious. Cats are very well cared for here. - Linda Compton

2022 Accomplishments

  • 12% of all adopted shelter cats in the Pikes Peak Region found their homes through us
  • 638 cats & kittens found their forever homes, including 52% adults & seniors
  • 785 total cats & kittens found safe haven at HCH in 2022, with 15% of those cats receiving extra behavioral care from our volunteer Onsite Behavior Team
  • 291 of cats & kittens were surrendered due to financial or housing hardships, up 45% of all our intakes
  • 610 cats & kittens were fostered by our loving foster families
  • 314 bonded cat friends & siblings were adopted together, 49% of all our adoptions
  • 492 adopted cats & kittens and 385 community cats were fixed in 2022, for a total of 877 spays and neuters… preventing thousands of needless cat & kitten deaths
  • 1,800+ follow-up emails and phone calls were made to help keep cats home


At Happy Cats Haven, we rescue homeless Colorado cats and kittens and find them loving new homes. Our vision is to make life better for all cats through adoptions and education. We believe that cats are valuable, lovable and trainable, not disposable.

At Happy Cats Haven, no healthy or treatable cat is euthanized. Our Live Release Rate is 98%, which means we meet both the definition of a No-Kill organization that of a Socially Conscious Shelter.

Background Statement

Cats in shelters are traumatized cats. Research shows that even cat experts can't tell the difference between feral and domestic cats in their first few days at a shelter. This makes cats especially vulnerable in shelters. Happy Cats Haven was started to address this trauma, which can make even the friendliest cat unadoptable.

Since 2011, we have been committed to creating a safe place where homeless cats and kittens can recover from that trauma to become adoptable again. Our comfortable shelter is based on the Five Freedoms, which guarantee an animal the ability to express normal behavior in a safe, low-stress environment.

With that goal, we are as cage-free as possible, housing our cats in home-like group rooms called colonies, where we can take the time to learn their personalities, petting, play and scratching preferences.

Cats often make good friends with other cats here, so we nurture those friendships and try to find homes where they can be adopted together. At Happy Cats, the cats' true personalities shine through, making for a better lifetime match with their adopters.

Organization Data


Organization name

Happy Cats Haven

other names


Year Established





327 Manitou Avenue
Manitou Springs, CO 80829

Service areas

El Paso County, CO, US



Social Media