Cat Adoption Team

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


  • 2,894 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:

  • 2,903 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


  • 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


2. Adoption Event at Petco
3. PetSmart Nat’l Adoption Weekend
4. A Spay Odyssey: FREE Spay/Neuter Day
5. Find “The One”

The One adoption special

The love of a lifetime is waiting for you at the Cat Adoption Team! Stop in to find “The One” from February 1-14—select cat adoption fees are just $14.

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6. “The One” Adoption Event
7. Cat who has lived in shelters for five years—still waiting for a family of her own

**UPDATE 1/11/2015**

After years living in animal shelters, tabby cat Lacey was adopted on January 10, 2016!

Every year, thousands of cats and kittens are adopted from animal shelters in the Pacific Northwest. Yet sometimes a cat has a harder time than usual meeting the right family and going into a new home. Such is the case for Lacey, a six-year-old female tabby cat who has spent most of her life in animal shelters.

LaceyNo one knows if Lacey has ever had a family. In May 2010, she was found at a landfill and taken to the Florence Area Humane Society (FAHS). At that time, FAHS staff determined that Lacey was about 1 year old, covered in fleas, full of ear mites, and pregnant. She had no collar, tag, or microchip, so the shelter took her in as a stray.

In FAHS’ care, Lacey received treatment for parasites and had her litter of kittens. After the kittens were all adopted, Lacey was spayed and became available for adoption herself.  Though she is friendly and curious, she was repeatedly overlooked—for four years. When FAHS had an opportunity to transfer Lacey to another shelter—the Cat Adoption Team (CAT)—they took it with the hopes that the change would be just what Lacey needed to find a new home.

Almost 4 years to the day after entering FASH, Lacey moved to CAT. Like her friends at FAHS, the staff and volunteers at CAT have rallied to help Lacey find a loving home. She’s been introduced to many potential adopters, but she just can’t seem to meet the right match. And no one quite knows why.

Lacey is sweet, inquisitive, and friendly. She is low-key but enjoys a good play session with one of her favorite feather toys. She’s been known to settle in for a good brushing or petting session. CAT’s volunteers and staff have taken a shine to Lacey, who gets frequent cuddle visits. She enjoys attention and being around people, but the stress of life in a shelter has taken a toll. Lacey can become overstimulated quickly and has had some stress-related health issues. CAT has done everything possible to make her comfortable, but what Lacey really needs is a home of her own. 
Recently, Lacey moved into one of CAT’s foster homes. Her health and overall comfort have greatly improved there. Dan Oberst, who is fostering Lacey and is one of her biggest advocates, says, “She’s a super dedicated cat—once she’s decided you’re ‘her’ person, she’s very chatty, affectionate, and becomes attached.” He shares that she would likely be most comfortable as an only cat in a quiet, stable home.

Though the foster home has been a good change for Lacey, a permanent home is CAT’s ultimate wish for her.

“We will continue to do everything we can to make Lacey comfortable and happy, but I truly hope 2015 was the last year that Lacey had to spend in shelter care,” says Karen Green, CAT’s executive director. “She’s been waiting five years, and no shelter can compare to a loving family and a home of her own.”


LaceyBrittany Chandler saw a post about Lacey in her Facebook feed, and hoped she would be able to give Lacey a home. She met Lacey on Sunday, Jan. 10, fell in love, completed the adoption process, and took Lacey home the same day. Brittany told the Portland Tribune that Lacey is doing very well in her new home. She said Lacey is “so sweet” and shared that “she head-butts me and nestles up to me.”

Everyone at CAT is thrilled that Lacey now has a loving, permanent home. A few other longtime residents at CAT are still in need of a homes, including Allegory, a loving companion who has been adopted and returned to the shelter more than once. Allegory has a similar personality to Lacey, and is looking for her own, special one-cat family.

If you or someone you know would like to add a new cat to your family, check out the cats available for adoption right now.

8. 12 Cats of CATmas
9. Auld Lang Syne Adoption Special
10. Pet Photos with Santa
11. FREE Spay/Neuter Day
12. CAT Calendar

CAT Calendar

Now on sale for 50% off! The 2016 CAT Calendar features different beautiful, full-color images each month. Sale price is just $5 each and all proceeds support CAT!

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13. PetSmart Super Pet Adoption Event
14. CFA Cat Show
15. Man rescues kitten while driving home from cat shelter event

**A Sad Update**
Nugget was scheduled to come into the hospital tomorrow morning, and has been staying safely with Alfredo and Justina until then. I’m very sorry to share that this sweet little kitten has passed away. We may not know his whole story, but we know he found love and kindness during his last days. We are incredibly grateful to Alfredo and Justina for caring for this little guy and doing all they could for him.

They shared: “Unfortunately Nugget passed away this evening. He went quietly in his sleep. Nugget had just recently eaten, slept in a comfy bed and spent his last two days inside a warm house, away from the cold and rain.He is buried by our pear tree, next to our house so he can still be with us. We want to thank you for all you do.”

Our gratitude and sympathy go out to Alfredo and Justina, who made sure that this lost little kitten knew love.

An injured 10-week-old kitten was in the right place at the right time on Saturday night when he was spotted running alongside the road.

Alfredo Chiquito was driving on Highway 26 near Sandy when he caught a glimpse of orange fluff trying to cross the road and decided to stop and help.

Chiquito, who works as an audio/video technician, had spent the day working for the Cat Adoption Team (CAT) at the local shelter’s annual Whisker Wonderland fundraising event. Afterwards, he met up with his girlfriend, Justina Price, who was with him as he drove home from the event.


“We pulled over and noticed [the kitten] was hurt—running slower and sideways,” Chiquito says. “We couldn’t leave him out in the rain and so close to the highway.”

Chiquito said he followed the kitten’s meows while Price parked the car. He found the kitten in a nearby cemetery, hiding inside a gravestone with a small break in it.

“We used a t-shirt to safely grab him and pull him out. He did try to escape, but as soon as he was bundled up, he knew that we were trying to help him.”

The couple took the kitten, who they started calling Nugget, to a veterinary clinic where it was discovered that he has a fracture in his left rear leg. They also checked the kitten for a microchip, but did not find one. The couple reached out to their county shelter about what to do next. They discovered that there’s no shelter in Clackamas County responsible for taking in stray cats, and were referred to private shelters for help.

“They listed Cat Adoption Team as the place to contact, and I thought ‘Perfect! I just met a few people from there today, they’ll know how to help!’” said Chiquito.

He contacted CAT, and the shelter offered to take in the kitten.

Nugget will be treated at CAT’s on-site veterinary clinic. Since he is not microchipped and was found without other ID, he’ll be available for adoption once his leg is healed.

“It’s pretty amazing that we met Alfredo for the first time on Saturday, and then he met Nugget later that night,” said Heather Svoboda, CAT’s communications and development manager. “Working with others to save lives is exactly what we were celebrating at our Whisker Wonderland event!”

Nugget will be available for adoption through CAT following treatment. Anyone interested in adopting Nugget will be able to meet him at that time. All adoptions are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

CAT is located at 14175 S.W. Galbreath Drive in Sherwood, Ore., and is open Tuesday-Friday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. For information about CAT’s adoption policies and fees, visit

16. Black Friday Weekend Special
17. Community Art Project at Lane Gallery
18. Fall in Love

Dee Dee

This October, Fall in Love with a new best friend! It’s always a great time to add a new feline to your family. But adopting right now means your new cat or kitten will be ready to enjoy the holidays with you this winter. Some of our staff favorites have special adoption fees as part of the Fall in Love adoption event. Don’t miss your chance to meet one of these sweeties and add them to your family today!

Fall in Love with ....

Adoption fees for these specially marked adults are $0 through October 31
Jeremy - I’m adopted!
Joe - I’m adopted!
Madrone - I’m adopted!
Nicole - I’m adopted!
Persephone - I’m adopted!
Pewter - I’m adopted!
Wilbur - I’m adopted!

Adoption fees for these special kittens are 50% off through October 31
Dee Dee - I’m adopted!
Gouda - I’m adopted!
Johnny - I’m adopted!
Lamar - I’m Adopted!

“Fall in Love” is part of a national adoption event from Best Friends Animal Society in collaboration with their network partners, including the Cat Adoption Team.

19. PetSmart Nat’l Adoption Weekend
20. Purr-fect-ly Howl-a-Ween Concert
21. Kittens at Helium Comedy Club
22. Petco 50th Anniversary Adoption Event
23. FREE Spay/Neuter Day
24. Kitten Roadshow at MudBay
25. PetSmart Nat’l Adoption Weekend
26. Detour Routes to CAT August 21-23

If you are coming to the Cat Adoption Team (CAT) this August 21 through August 23, please be aware that traffic is being re-routed to accommodate a road closure. The detour signs by the city may not correctly route you to CAT, and GPS may be impacted as well. Please see our alternate route suggestions below.

About the closure
The railroad crossing on Tualatin-Sherwood Road between SW Oregon Street and SW Gerda Lane is in need of replacement to ensure the safety of road and railroad users. In order to replace this section of rail, Tualatin-Sherwood Road will be closed to all traffic at the railroad crossing west of Oregon Street for up to 72 hours starting at 7 p.m. Friday, August 21.

The road will be closed to all motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. Signs will identify detour routes (please follow CAT’s suggested routes). The road will reopen as soon as work is completed.

Alternate Routes


Westbound on Tualatin-Sherwood Road
Follow Tualatin-Sherwood Road west to SW 124th Avenue. Turn right onto 124th and follow to SW Herman Road and turn left onto Herman. Follow Herman to a three-way stop. Take a slight right onto SW Cipole Road, then take a slight left onto Galbreath Drive. CAT is located at 14175 SW Galbreath Drive, Sherwood, OR.

From OR-99 (SW Pacific Hwy) Southbound
Take OR-99W to SW Cipole Road/Fishbuck Road, and then turn left onto SW Cipole Road. Follow Cipole to SW Galbreath Drive and turn right onto Galbreath. CAT is located at 14175 SW Galbreath Drive, Sherwood, OR.

Eastbound on Tualatin-Sherwood Rd
Stay on Tualatin-Sherwood Road traveling east. DO NOT follow the detour signs onto Langer Farms Parkway. Continue straight on Tualatin-Sherwood Road to the stoplight at SW Gerda Lane. Turn left onto Gerda Lane, then take your first right onto SW Galbreath Drive. CAT is located at 14175 SW Galbreath Drive, Sherwood, OR.

27. Cat Day at The Filling Station
28. CAT receives $5,000 grant from Best Friends Animal Society

Grant funds help cover costs of adoption events and reduced adoption fees

Juneau photo by Lamm PhotographyThe Cat Adoption Team (CAT) recently was awarded a $5,000 grant from Best Friend Animal Society. A portion of the grant helped offset adoption event costs, while the remainder will cover adoption fees for senior, long-term, and special needs cats.

“Some cats take longer to find the right home, whether because of age, medical needs, or just because they are having a hard time adjusting to shelter life and their true personalities aren’t shining through,” says Karen Green, CAT’s executive director. “Waiving adoption fees for these cats gives them a little edge—helping them find a great home more quickly.”

CAT is one of the few shelters in the area that can provide the extra care required by cats with on-going medical needs and age-related diseases. However, it costs more to care for these cats and often takes more time and effort to find the right homes for them.

For most cats a shelter is a completely new experience—full of different smells, sounds, sights, and routines that can lead to increased stress. Cats who are especially uncomfortable in a shelter behave differently than they would at home. This is a particular problem for cats who are naturally more timid or more excitable and for cats who don’t like other felines. As a result, shelter visitors might not see a cat’s true personality or potential, which results in these cats taking a little longer than usual to find homes.

The Best Friends grant will allow CAT to offer fee-waived adoptions for cats who have been in the shelter longer than average as well as others who may take longer to find homes, including seniors and cats who require special medical care.

Juneau (pictured) is one of the cats who has her adoption fee waived, thanks to the Best Friends grant funding. This lovely lady is five years old, and has been in CAT’s care for more than 150 days (most CAT cats are adopted within a couple of weeks). Juneau has a playful side, is a great conversationalist, and seeks affection from people. She would prefer to be the only cat so her wonderful personality can shine. Anyone interested in Juneau can meet her at CAT’s main shelter location in Sherwood.

Cats in the shelter who have a waived adoption fee are marked with a special card; there is also a note in the cat’s online adoption profile if the adoption fee is waived.

CAT is located at 14175 S.W. Galbreath Dr., Sherwood, Ore. The shelter is open Tuesday-Friday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Adoptions end 30 minutes prior to close.

29. End of Summer Special
30. Kitten Roadshow at Pure Barre