Cat Adoption Team

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Year in review: 2009

​CAT weathered the economic storm pretty well thanks to the dedication and hard work of volunteers and staff. And a huge thank you to CAT’s donors for their continued support. Lifesaving:

  • 3,324 cats came into our care
  • 3,298 cats went to loving homes*
  • Live Release Rate**: 98%

*A small percentage of cats were transferred to other shelters for adoption or were lost cats returned to their owners.
**A shelter’s “Live Release Rate” is the number of live outcomes divided by the number of total outcomes. CAT gives every cat in our care the time and support they need to find a loving home. However, because we take in some very vulnerable and sick cats and kittens—including newborn orphaned kittens—some of the cats in our care do pass away or are humanely euthanized to end suffering due to incurable disease. Click here for more detail.


  • 3,285 cats and kittens
  • 21,878 total adoptions since founding in 1998 (through December 31, 2009)


  • 3,324 cats/kittens from other shelters and the public
  • 1,206 kittens were fostered
  • 165 adult cats were fostered, including pregnant or lactating cats with kittens


  • 3,263 total surgeries
  • 11% increase over 2008 spay/neuter surgeries
  • 952 were low cost/subsidized surgeries for owned cats

Cat Food Bank:

  • 20,777.60 pounds of cat food distributed
  • 24,522.35 total distributed since opening in June 2008 (through December 31, 2009)
  • 2,949 cats fed
  • 931 cat-owning families helped
  • First organized pet food bank in the Portland-area
  • Started cat food delivery partnership with Washington County Loaves & Fishes in September and delivered 630 pounds of cat food to feed pet cats of home-bound seniors


  • 434 active volunteers touching all aspects of CATs operations
  • 11 offsite adoption centers staffed and run by volunteers
  • Over 59,000 hours of service donated, which is equivalent to 29 full time employees

New Donation Programs:

  • 80 new Meow Team Members - monthly automated giving program
  • 83 virtual fundraisers brought in $10,540 through CAT’s new peer-to-peer fundraising program
  • 1st annual CATnip Friday 5k on August 14, 2009 had 462 registrations and the fastest 5k time (15:14.4 minutes) of any Portland-area 5k

Online Networking:

  • CAT’s Facebook Group and Fan Page were launched and by the end the year had 832 group members and 288 fans
  • CAT’s new Twitter page caught on and CAT had 484 followers by year end
  • CAT’s website had 65,577 visitors

Click here for CAT’s 2009 Asilomar report