A Better Life for Cats in St. Louis



All Cats, All the Time

While we love all animals, Animal House is one of just a few shelters in the St. Louis City area that focuses exclusively on cats. With more than 200 happy, healthy cats and kittens in our building waiting to be adopted, we’re almost certain to have the perfect feline companion (or two) for you. 

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Making Cats at Home

Our building is large, airy, inviting and – to the delight of our residents – exclusive to felines. We take pride in providing the right space for each cat, community rooms for social butterflies and single living for those who prefer alone time. Volunteers make them all feel right at home.

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Important Work

It’s not all fun and games. We take what we do seriously. As a nonprofit cat-focused organization, we’re dedicated to rescue programs, recovery from hardship, and careful placement in forever homes. It means real help for homeless cats and kittens living in the St. Louis City area.

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Dedicated to providing a safe home, until a forever home finds each cat.

Our Story

Animal House opened in August of 2010, with the arrival of dozens of cats and kittens from the city’s overcrowded animal control facility that was in the process of closing. Had Animal House not opened its doors, those cats and kittens would have had nowhere to go.

For Us, It’s A Lifetime Commitment

Animal House is not just an adoption center but also a rescue center. We are committed to being a refuge for cats that have lived through difficult circumstances, with nowhere else to go. Next, we help these cats prepare for adoption by families. And we take adoption seriously. We make a lifetime commitment to every cat that comes through our doors. We want to have real impact on cats’ lives.

2018 Director and Board Members


Gillian Kuplent, Acting President

Gillian has been involved in animal welfare for over thirty years. Her passion for animal care began when she volunteered for a local shelter as a high school student in Oakland, New Jersey and she has been volunteering at various shelters ever since. Gillian spent a majority of her professional career in the not-for-profit sector, including serving as Director of Donor Relations for the Rutgers University Foundation.

Gillian and her husband, Florian, relocated to St Louis in 2004 and they currently live in University City with their two children, Katie and Lukas, and their five cats and one dog. They are co-owners of Urban Chestnut Brewing Company.

Jim Timmerberg, Secretary 

Jim is a long-time animal advocate and a dedicated Animal House board member – he’s the head of our Development Committee. Jim is also currently the Major Gifts Officer at Doorways, an interfaith AIDS residency program, and a member of the Compton Heights Neighborhood Association. Additionally, Jim is a former Food Outreach, Inc. delivery volunteer and Water Tower and Park Preservation Society board member.

Shawna Culp Cunningham, Treasurer 

Shawna first realized her true drive to help stray and feral animals, and therefore the rescues that aid them, around 2011. It was then that she discovered Animal House. What drew her to volunteer with AH specifically is its conscious effort to take in cats and kittens with special cases that would not have a chance to live out their lives fully at any other shelter in St. Louis. It was through her volunteer experience that she adopted two AH cats of her own, Gemmy and Quimby. Shawna loves to volunteer whenever she can and also plays an active role at Race Horse Rescue and in fundraising for Children’s Miracle Network.

Brandyn Jones, Founder & Executive Director

Brandyn, Co-Founder of Animal House, has served as Executive Director since the organization’s inception. Brandyn is devoted to animal welfare and to supporting the bond between people and their pets. Her pets are her two beloved rescued cats, Sugar and Chervil.

For many years Brandyn’s career focused on community building, including positions as Director of the Central West End Neighborhood Association and Aide to President of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen at that time, James Shrewsbury. It was during her time at the BOA that her civic focus turned in earnest to the plight of stray animals in the St. Louis region, leading her to co-found Animal House.

Brandyn was raised in St. Louis’ Central West End neighborhood, attended John Burroughs School, and received her BA in Art History from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.


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Network Partnership with Best Friends Animal Society

We are proud to be a network partner with Best Friends. The Best Friends Network, made up of hundreds of shelters, rescue groups and other animal welfare organizations in all corners of the country, is committed to saving the lives of homeless pets through collaboration and implementation of effective adoption, spay/neuter and intake prevention programs. We are leading the way by implementing proven methods and inspiring communities to end the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. Together, we will Save Them All.





St. Louis Petlover Coalition


Animal House is a proud member of the St. Louis Petlover Coalition. Formed in the spring of 2009 by Nestlé Purina PetCare, the St. Louis Petlover Coalition is made up of animal rescue groups, shelters, veterinary organizations, and city and county health departments. Patterned after similar programs in Denver, Austin and New York, the coalition aims to improve animal welfare through shared goals and plans. Corporations, foundations, civic leaders, educational institutions, students, health care and social welfare groups are helping to provide support.

Setting a benchmark

The St. Louis Petlover Coalition is setting a benchmark as it develops a comprehensive plan for addressing animal welfare in the greater St. Louis area.

Among the goals are:

  • Increasing pet adoptions into nurturing, loving homes
  • Developing educational programs to promote responsible pet ownership
  • Increasing funding and availability for spay and neuter programs
  • Increasing adoptions of senior pets
  • Identifying volunteer opportunities
  • Developing community outreach programs
  • Increasing awareness of issues and opportunities in the St. Louis region that will help to improve animal welfare
  • Saving pets – putting more companion animals into loving homes – benefits everyone. With a shared focus on increasing the save rate of companion animals in the St. Louis community, the St. Louis Petlover Coalition is leading the way for amazing things to happen. In St. Louis, we love our pets, and it shows.

To learn more about the coalition, click here, or visit its Facebook page by clicking here. To view all members of the coalition, click here.


The Hill Business Association


The Hill Business Association was organized in 1996 “to promote and maintain a prosperous business community on the Hill; to develop and provide an attractive commercial component to compliment the residential character of the area; and to establish and encourage a fraternal spirit for the membership.” We have been HBA members ever since we moved into the neighborhood in 2012. We are so proud to be part of this vibrant, historic community!



Adoption Hours

By appointment, just email us.

Our Location

2151 59th Street
St. Louis, MO 63110

(314) 531-4626

We’re in The Hill neighborhood, located just a block Southeast of Hampton Avenue and I-44.

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Photography donated by Jacque Weber.

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