Student Organizations

Cat Partners


Kelly Lessard

Cat Partners Advisor

Kelly Lessard

Cat Partners Advisor

Pumpkin is the newest cat at Southwestern. Like most first year students he lives at Mabee Reside...Pumpkin is the newest cat at Southwestern. Like most first year students he lives at Mabee Residence Hall.

Cat Partners of Southwestern University (CPSU) manages the Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program for cats at Southwestern University. Cat Partners cares for all free-roaming cats on campus—both stray and feral. We feed*, spay/neuter, vaccinate, and provide for veterinary care as needed for the feral cats. We help stray cats by reuniting them with their owners or finding them new homes. Any kittens born on campus are fostered and adopted out. We are an all-volunteer group which includes faculty, staff, students, and neighbors.

The three feeding stations located on campus serve as bases for the colonies and help us to keep track of the cats’ activity. Cats are fed daily year round, with students handling most of the feeding during the school year and faculty, staff, and friends of Cat Partners feeding during summer break and over University holidays.

Cat Partners was started by a student, Alex Brown, in 2010, in an effort to protect and improve the lives of the feral cat population on campus.

Cat Partners does not function as a rescue or sanctuary for cats and we do not accept additional cats from outside Southwestern into our colonies. We are, however, happy to provide instruction in how to trap and information about managing cats in colonies off campus.

Contact Us

Have a question? Send us an email. 

Advisor: Kelly Lessard

President: currently vacant

Vice President: Rebecca Frazier

Marketing and Social Media: currently vacant

Secretary: Audrey Kirkman

Treasurer: Kristie Cheng

*If you have any interest in helping to feed the campus cats, please email the advisor and/or vice president.