Cat Adoption Team

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Sat-Sun 12 - 6 pm
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Year in Review: 2015

Lifesaving:

  • 2,902 cats came into our care
  • 2,895 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.

Adoption:

  • 2,852 total cat/kitten adoptions
  • 55% of adoptions were kittens (< 1 year old)
  • 45% of adoptions were adult cats (age 1 year and above)
  • 37,208 total adoptions since founding in 1998 (through December 31, 2015)

Intake/Nine Lives Transfer Program:

  • 2,902 cats/kittens from other shelters and the public
  • 22% of these felines were transferred into CAT from public shelters in Multnomah and Washington counties
  • 56% of cats and kittens came from shelters and rescue groups other than Multnomah/Washington counties
  • 22% of incoming felines came from local individuals and veterinary clinics

Foster Program:

  • 24 adult cats received foster care (special needs: medical or behavioral)
  • 748 kittens and 37 mama cats were fostered
  • 90 volunteers opened their homes to foster

Spay/Neuter Clinic:

  • 2,688 total surgeries
  • 40% were CAT cats and kittens preparing for adoption
  • 38% were low-cost/subsidized Spay & Save surgeries
  • 22% were low-cost surgeries through the use of the Oregon Spay/Neuter Fund coupon

Volunteers:

  • 417 active volunteers (including 90 fosters) assisting with all aspects of CAT’s operations
  • Close to 40,000 hours of service donated—the equivalent of 19 full-time employees!

Offsite Adoption Centers:

  • 5 offsite adoption centers, staffed and run by volunteers
  • Purringtons Cat Lounge, managed by Purringtons owners and staff—more than 100 adoptions in their first year!
  • Offsite adoption space at the Thrift Store Benefitting the Cat Adoption Team, run by CAT staff
  • 2 veterinary clinics house CAT cats for adoption, managed by clinic staff

Cat Food Bank:

  • Approximately 3,500 lbs. of dry cat food and 7,500 cans of cat food donated
  • Close to 30 senior and otherwise homebound individuals received monthly delivery of food for their cats
  • Nearly 50 pet cats fed each month through this program

Donation Programs and Fundraising Events:

  • 152 Meow Team members made monthly donations
  • 535 donors raised $57,994 for CAT through the Willamette Week Give!Guide
  • 272 supporters attended the Whisker Wonderland fundraising auction and gala, which raised just over $100,000

CAT’s Asilomar Statistics for 2015

Year in Review: 2014

Lifesaving:

  • 2,446 cats came into our care
  • 2,440 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.

Adoption:

  • 2,405 total cat/kitten adoptions
  • 58% of adoptions were kittens (< 1 year old)
  • 42% of adoptions were adult cats (age 1 year and above)
  • 34,346 total adoptions since founding in 1998 (through December 31, 2014)

Intake:

  • 2,446 cats/kittens from other shelters and the public
  • 48% of these felines came public shelters in Multnomah and Washington counties
  • 33% of cats and kittens came from shelters and rescue groups other than Multnomah/Washington counties
  • 19% of incoming felines came from the public

Foster:

  • 14 adult cats received foster care (special needs: medical or behavioral)
  • 761 kittens and 62 mama cats were fostered
  • 100 families opened their homes to foster

Spay/Neuter:

  • 2,853 total surgeries
  • 50% were CAT cats and kittens preparing for adoption
  • 33% were low-cost/subsidized Spay & Save surgeries
  • 17% were low-cost surgeries through the use of the Oregon Spay/Neuter Fund coupon

Volunteers:

  • 484 total active volunteers touching all aspects of CAT’s operations
  • Over 40,000 hours of service donated, the equivalent of 19 full-time employees
  • 100 active foster families

Offsite Adoption Centers:

  • 6 offsite adoption centers staffed and run by volunteers
  • New offsite adoption center, Purringtons Cat Lounge, opened in January 2014, managed by Purringtons owners and staff
  • One offsite adoption space at the Thrift Store Benefitting the Cat Adoption Team, run by CAT staff

Cat Food Bank:

  • Approximately 4,400 lbs. and 8,000 cans of cat food donated
  • On average, 24 senior and other homebound individuals received cat food for their pet cats each month
  • A total of approximately 50 pet cats fed each month through this program

Donation Programs:

  • 147 Meow Team members made monthly donations
  • 501 donors supported CAT through the Willamette Week Give!Guide year-end program
  • 253 supporters attended the Whisker Wonderland fundraising auction and gala, raising nearly $100,000

CAT’s Asilomar Accords statistics for 2014

 

Year in review: 2013

Lifesaving:

  • 2,306 cats came into our care
  • 2,290 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.

Adoption:

  • 2,262 total cat/kitten adoptions
  • 16% of adoptions took place at our offsite adoption centers
  • 56% of adoptions were kittens (< 1 year old)
  • 44% of adoptions were adult cats (age 1 year and above)
  • 31,897 total adoptions since founding in 1998 (through December 31, 2013)

Intake:

  • 2,306 cats/kittens from other shelters and the public
  • 84% of these felines came from other shelters, of which 56% transferred from public shelters in Multnomah County and Washington County
  • 16% of incoming felines came from the public

Kitten Foster:

  • 804 kittens and mama cats fostered
  • 734 kittens and 70 mama cats were fostered
  • 90 families opened their homes to foster

Spay/Neuter:

  • 3,074 total surgeries
  • 41% were low-cost/subsidized Spay & Save surgeries
  • 14% were low-cost surgeries through the use of the Oregon Spay/Neuter Fund coupon

Volunteers:

  • 429 total active volunteers touching all aspects of CAT’s operations
  • Over 44,500 hours of service donated, the equivalent of 22 full-time employees
  • 6 offsite adoption centers staffed and run by 115 volunteers
  • 90 active foster families

Donation Programs:

  • 512 donors supported CAT through the Willamette Week Give!Guide year-end program
  • 214 supporters attended Whisker Wonderland, CAT’s premiere fundraising auction and gala

CAT’s Asilomar statistics for 2013

 

Current job openings


Bring your skills to work for an organization recently ranked among the 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon. We are looking for people with the right talents and passion to help further our mission of adopting healthy, happy cats and kittens into new homes!

Certified Veterinary Technician

CAT is looking for a part-time CVT to join our hospital team. We are a full-service veterinary hospital that offers quality, compassionate care to our feline friends. Duties include providing medical treatment to cats in our care; creating and maintaining computerized medical records; anesthetic induction, intubation, and assisting with high-volume surgeries and recovery; providing client education; performing physical exams; venipuncture; IV catheter placement; cleaning of surgical instruments, equipment, and kennels; and other duties as assigned.

Applicants must have current Oregon veterinary technician certification. Previous shelter or veterinary clinic experience is strongly preferred. This is a fast-paced environment, so good time management skills are essential!

Please review the full job description (PDF) before applying. Send a resume and cover letter with three professional references to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with “CVT Position” in the subject line. Resumes without cover letters will not be reviewed. No phone calls, please.

Development Assistant

Do you enjoy nonprofit work and making a difference in the lives of people and cats? Are you looking for an administrative role that is rewarding and fulfilling? We just might be the right fit!

We are currently seeking a Development Assistant to join our team. This full-time (30-35 hours/week) position plays an important role by providing administrative support to the communications and development office. Duties and responsibilities include daily data entry, gift processing and receipting, and maintaining and updating the donor database. You will support the Communications and Development Manager with a variety of tasks related to donor stewardship and cultivation, which includes communicating with supporters via phone and email. Excellent customer service, data entry, and technology skills are a must. Previous administrative experience preferred.

Please review the full job description (PDF) before applying. Send a resume and cover letter with three professional references to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with “Development Assistant Position” in the subject line. Resumes without cover letters will not be reviewed. No phone calls, please.

Shelter Associate - Part-time

Are you great with people and cats? Do you have excellent customer service skills? This might be the job for you!

The Shelter Associate is both an animal care and retail position. This position is responsible for caring for our cats and interacting professionally with the public. Depending on the assigned shift, the shelter associate may work as a cat caregiver/adoption counselor or staff the reception/retail desk. Tasks include maintaining cleanliness of animal cages and free roam rooms, feeding cats and kittens, assisting the public, answering phones, scheduling hospital appointments, and working the register. The person in this position also will perform janitorial duties and maintain general shelter cleanliness. This position works with all staff members and volunteers to help CAT succeed in its mission of adopting out healthy cats and kittens to loving homes.

Please review the full job description (PDF) before applying. Send a resume and cover letter with three professional references to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with “Shelter Associate” in the subject line. Resumes without cover letters will not be reviewed. No phone calls, please.

If you are interested in joining CAT as a volunteer, please visit our Volunteer page.

Mission and Values

Mission and Values

Our Mission
Our mission is to save the lives of homeless, unwanted, sick, and injured cats and to work with our community to provide feline expertise and quality programs and services for people and cats.

Currently we achieve this mission by
•  Providing shelter, medical care, evaluation, and treatment to cats who have become homeless
•  Finding homes for the cats and kittens in our care
•  Providing people who care for cats with resources, education, and support to help keep human-animal bonds strong and prevent cats from becoming homeless
•  Offering low-cost spay/ neuter services to cat owners in need to prevent the births of unwanted litters
•  Working closely with other animal organizations to implement projects and programs that positively impact cats at a community and regional level

Our Guiding Values
•  Compassion for cats: We focus on the individual welfare and future of each cat in need
•  Expertise: We strive to be experts in cat welfare, health, behavior, sheltering, and related programs
•  Respect for people: We treat our employees, volunteers, donors, clients, and community with respect
•  Impact: We have a significant and measurable positive impact on the cats in our community
•  Collaboration: We work with other individuals and organizations to save more lives
•  Integrity: We act with integrity and value transparency
•  Excellence: We strive for excellence in every aspect of our work

CAT’s Financial Reports

CAT’s Annual Reports:

CAT’s Reviewed Financial Statements: 

CAT’s Organizational 990 Forms:

 

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.

Lifesaving:

  • 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.

Adoption:

  • 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)

Intake:

  • 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

Spay/Neuter:

  • 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

Volunteers:

  • 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

Do you take used cat scratch posts, litter boxes, etc?

To ensure optimal health of the cats in the shelter, CAT cannot accept any used cat items. Our Thrift Store does not accept those items either.