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10/15/20 - One of our employees has been exposed to Covid. For the safety of the public we are taking precautions by not being open for the next 14 days. The cats will still be properly cared for, and we are going to make sure everything is sanitized before reopening. We will post our reopen date closer to that time.

We will be limiting the number of people in the shelter at one time to 12 people, and groups no larger than 3 people. Face masks will also be required.

If you are coughing or sneezing, please, for the safety of staff and other customers, stay home and get better before coming to the shelter.

The staff at Fried's want to thank everyone for their support and understanding during these trying times.



Fried's Cat Shelter was founded by Hans and Lucille Fried in 1977.  The Frieds came to the United States in 1939 from Nazi Germany.  In the late 1970's they sold their home in Beverly Shores, Indiana to buy an old roadside motel in Michigan City, Indiana.  They turned the motel into a no-kill, cageless shelter for homeless and abandoned felines.

The Frieds did not believe in euthanization as a solution to the cat overpopulation problem.  Hans became known by his favorite saying: "To save a life is more in conformity with God's law than to kill"

Hans and Lucille felt that spaying and neutering would correct the problem and be a much more humane solution.  It was their dream to create a safe haven for all felines who needed it.

The Frieds passed away in the early 1990's, but their legacy is still being carried out today by our Board of Directors.  Fried's Cat Shelter is still a no-kill, cageless sanctuary that thoroughly believes in spaying and neutering as the most effective method to control the feline population.

Today our shelter consists of two buildings and houses over five hundred cats. The main building is home to the largest population of cats and also houses the offices and our gift shop.  The second smaller building is home to our cats with special medical needs, such as those with FIV,  feline Leukemia and FIP. 

All of the cats here at Fried's Cat Shelter are guaranteed a home for life and are cared for by our professional staff and wonderful volunteers. 





September 18th and 19th, 2020

12 pm to 4 pm


First 30 cats/kittens* $10.00 adoption fee!**


Fried’s Cat Shelter

509 S. Indiana Highway 212

Michigan City, IN 46360



Sponsored in part by

DeVries Firestone


*Some cats/kittens may be excluded

**After 30 adoptions then regular adoption fee of $125.00 applies


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