Cat Adoption Team

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Year in review: 2012

CAT experienced some dips during the recession. As we began to emerge on the other side, we had some great successes. A huge thank you to CAT’s donors, volunteers, and adopters for their continued support.


  • 2,485 cats came into our care
  • 2,473 cats went to loving homes*
  • Live Release Rate**: 99%

*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.


  • 2,414 cats/kittens
  • 23% of adoptions took place at our offsite adoption centers
  • 52% of adoptions were kittens
  • 61% of the cats/kittens adopted were black or mostly black
  • 29,591 total adoptions since founding in 1998 (through December 31, 2012)


  • 2,485 cats/kittens from other shelters and the public
  • 77% of these cats came from other shelters and 23% came from the public
  • 680 kittens and 78 moms were fostered
  • 100 families opened their homes to foster


  • 3,296 total surgeries
  • 2,048 were low cost/subsidized surgeries for owned cats
  • 8% increase in number of surgeries done for owned cats over 2011

Cat Food Bank:

  • 33,331.92 pounds of cat food distributed (closed for 2 months due to flood)
  • 3,984 cats fed
  • 1,274 families assisted
  • 130,364.7 total pounds distributed since opening in June 2008 (through December 31, 2012)
  • First organized pet food bank in the Portland-area
  • 5,110.3 pounds of cat food provided to home-bound seniors through partnership with two Meals on Wheels centers and one senior center


  • 601 active volunteers touching all aspects of CAT’s operations
  • 8 offsite adoption centers staffed and run by volunteers
  • Over 52,519 hours of service donated, which is equivalent to 35 full time employees
  • 27,969 donated hours were spent fostering cats and kittens
  • 6,743 donated hours were spent caring for the cats in the shelter
  • 9,083 donated hours were spent finding homes for cats and kittens through our offsite adoption centers
  • 5,181 donated hours were spent helping cat lovers find the right kitty (adoption counseling)
  • 1,062 hours were spent taking cute photos of our cats for adoption and posting them on the web

Donation Programs:

  • 512 donors supported CAT through the Willamette Week Give!Guide year-end program (9% increase)
  • 359 runners/walkers registered for the 4th Annual CATnip 5k & Mouse Miler
  • Significant grants received in 2012: $166,000+

CAT’s Asilomar statistics for 2012