Cat Adoption Team

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Sat-Sun 12 - 6 pm
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1. Auld Lang Syne Adoption Special
2. 12 Cats of CATmas
3. CAT to celebrate #GivingTuesday

The Cat Adoption Team (CAT) is participating in #GivingTuesday, a worldwide effort to celebrate and encourage generosity. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, and individuals around the globe will join together to show their support of charitable organizations.

According to #GivingTuesday’s website, this daylong celebration was founded in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. Today, the celebration has grown into a global movement that has engaged over 10,000 organizations worldwide.Gino UNselfie

CAT encourages our supporters to join us in this unique opportunity to celebrate programs and services that have a positive impact in our community.

Aside from making a donation, one of the most popular ways to get involved in #GivingTuesday is to share a photograph and text about why you give. Participants can join the fun by uploading a “selfless selfie” to social media sites using the hashtags #UNselfie and #GivingTuesday. CAT is offering a free template (pdf) to use when you and/or your feline shares an #UNselfie online.

To give back to CAT on December 2, make a donation securely online at or through CAT’s donation site.

Share your #GivingTuesday and #UNselfie photos with us! Post to CAT’s Facebook page or tag @CatAdopt on Twitter and @CATAdoptPDX on Instagram.

4. Jolly St. Snip Spay Day
7. Black CAT Friday
8. PetSmart National Adoption Weekend
9. Give!Guide 2014


CAT is delighted to be part of Willamette Week’s Give!Guide 2014. This annual program supports local nonprofits by encouraging giving to Portland-area charities. Thanks for your support!

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10. “Santa Claws & Kitty Paws” Cat Show
11. “Fall Clearance” Adoption Event
12. 2015 CAT Calendar Slider
13. Volunteer Orientation
14. Whisker Wonderland

Whisker Wonderland 2014

CAT’s 11th annual benefit auction and gala will be held on Saturday, November 8, at The Benson Hotel in downtown Portland. Event is sold out!
Presented by Petco Foundation.

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15. Cats R Cool 4 Back 2 School Adoption Promotion
16. A fitness program for cats at Tualatin Petco

More than 50% of pet cats in the United States are overweight, according to the latest research. To change that, the volunteer team at CAT’s adoption center inside the Petco Tualatin (8775 Tualatin-Sherwood Rd.) has developed a “kitty spa” to help some full-figured CAT cats become their healthiest selves.

Spa Day

Cats of all shapes and sizes come to the Cat Adoption Team looking for new families. After a thorough veterinary exam by our knowledgeable hospital staff, some cats receive a recommendation for a special diet and/or weight loss regimen. Our hospital staff helps create a plan for each cat to lose weight at a slow, steady, and healthy pace. If possible, these cats move offsite to be housed at CAT’s adoption center inside at the Tualatin Petco. There, CAT volunteers work specifically with overweight kitties to give them extra playtime and manage the cats’ diets so that each kitty can become his/her healthiest self.

In May, CAT and Petco hosted an open house at the Living Room & Kitty Spa which featured refreshments, games, raffles, vendor booths, and informative demos about how to keep your cat healthy and happy. The volunteer team there continues to work with cats on weight loss and health programs. All of the cats housed at the Petco Tualatin are available for adoption through CAT. Our trained adoption counselors work with adopters to share all the information about how to continue each cat’s training and diet plan after they go home. After all, playtime is a great opportunity to interact and bond with a new kitty!

Stop by to meet the available cats any time during Petco’s open hours. CAT’s volunteer adoption counselors are onsite to assist with adoptions from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends; during the week adoptions are completed at CAT’s main shelter in Sherwood (14175 SW Galbreath Dr.). For more information about CAT’s offsite adoption locations, please visit

Tualatin Petco
8775 Tualatin Sherwood Road
Tualatin, OR 97062
(503) 885-9224

Store Hours:
Monday - Friday 9AM - 9PM
Saturday 9AM - 9PM
Sunday 9AM - 8PM

17. Betsy’s Pet Parade & Woofstock
18. Black Tie Adoption Special
19. Kitten Adoptions at Cedar Hills Crossing
20. CAT at The Standard’s 2014 Volunteer Expo
21. CAT at Alberta Street Fair
22. Walk for CAT

Support CAT just by taking a walk or run! Resqwalk is an iPhone app that lets you to raise money for homeless animals and earn prizes every time you go for a walk. Simply link your app to us and you’ll earn donations for CAT every time you walk.


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23. Kitten rescued from car engine in southwest Portland

An eight-week old kitten has become quite the little traveler after being found in a car engine compartment in southwest Portland last week.

Lil Motor with CaptionThe kitten, named Lil’ Motor, was taken to DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital at just before midnight on June 12 after being found in a car engine compartment. Though his gray and white fur was dirty with motor oil, a veterinary examination revealed no wounds or other issues, and he was eating and drinking on his own. Although Lil’ Motor was a bit timid, the final diagnosis on his record reads: “healthy kitten”.

Because Lil’ Motor had no microchip or collar for identification, he was transferred to Multnomah County Animal Services (MCAS) on June 13 for the opportunity to be reclaimed or adopted. At MCAS, this two-pound ball of fur received preventative veterinary care, including a deworming and flea treatment, as well as his first vaccine.

The spring and summer months are some of the busiest for animal shelters as kitten season begins. Already very full with cats and kittens looking for homes, MCAS reached out to the Cat Adoption Team (CAT) for help. On June 18, Lil’ Motor took one more trip from MCAS to CAT where he was made available for adoption and found a new family within hours. Lil Motor

“He’s a very sweet little boy,” says Kristi Brooks, CAT Operations Manager, “I’m not surprised someone scooped him up so quickly.”

Many other kittens and cats are available through CAT’s adoption program. CAT will host it’s largest kitten adoption event of the year, Kitten Palooza on June 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. CAT’s regular shelter hours are Tuesday-Friday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Adoptions are completed on a first come, first served basis.

24. Internet Cat Video Festival
25. Spaycation FREE Spay/Neuter Day
26. Year in review: 2013


  • 2,291 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)


  • 2,312 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


  • 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


  • 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


27. Shelter housing improvements encourage happier, healthier cats

Thanks to the incredible support of our donors and generous grant funding, the Cat Adoption Team (CAT) continues to make housing improvements at its Sherwood shelter. The purpose of these changes is to enhance the health and welfare of all cats and kittens in the shelter’s care, ensuring that both physical and emotional needs are being met. Such adjustments are not only good for cats while they are in the shelter, but encourage behavior that helps cats appeal to the right homes and find loving families faster.

Renovations began in 2012 with the help of grant funding from the Petco Foundation to renovate and remodel our free-roam rooms. The updates provide cats with more light, exposure, and opportunities to choose how and where to spend their time within the rooms.

Wenona portalIn March, thanks in part to grant funding from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA®), CAT began another multi-phase project. The first step was the addition of portals in the adult adoption area. The cat-sized doorways are built into existing kennels, and have been shown to improve feline health and emotional well-being. Nearly 30 newly added portals in the adult cat adoption area have doubled—and in some instances tripled—the individual housing for each cat, allowing him or her to move freely between multiple kennel spaces.

“Extra space and more choice of where to relax or play reduce the level of stress that cats can experience in the shelter environment, which results in cats that not only feel better and stay healthier, but are more attractive to potential adopters,” says Karen Green, executive director. “The portals will improve living conditions and reduce the amount of time between when cats enter the shelter and when they find new homes.”

Jill portalThe ASPCA® grant and donor support will fund additional portal renovations and other housing improvements throughout the shelter. Besides portals, CAT plans to provide new bedding, perching, and privacy options in the kennels, as well as other items shown to improve cat health and wellness.

We invite you to stop by any time during open hours to see how much the cats are enjoying all the improvements! CAT is open Tuesday through Friday, noon to 7 p.m., and Saturday/Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

29. Feline Independence Adopt-a-Thon
30. Scratcher Sale - 25% off