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The Portland-area shelter alliance has been so successful in saving lives that it was recognized a $1 million grant from Maddie’s Fund, a California nonprofit focused on ending euthanasia of healthy and treatable pets. Read more....
CAT and the other organizations that make up the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland (ASAP) are doing a lot of things right when it comes to the cats and dogs in local animal shelters. Since founding ASAP in 2006, these organizations have worked diligently to save cats and dogs in our local shelters.
•Starting with a live release, or save rate, of 62 percent in 2006, ASAP implemented several programs that decreased shelter intake and increased the transfers of animals between shelters. By 2012, when over 33,700 cats and dogs entered the six shelters, the community’s live release rate reached an astounding 85 percent (compared to the national average rate of around 50 percent). Nine out of ten dogs and eight out of ten cats left animal shelters alive.
•ASAP’s successful “Spay & Save” program has altered over 30,000 cats owned by people needing financial assistance, resulting in a 25 percent decrease in shelter intake of cats within just two years.
•For metro areas with a human population of over two million people, Portland is in the top three safest communities for homeless animals, joining New York City and the Denver Metropolitan Area (source: Maddie’s Fund® National Community Statistics Database).
•Portland shelters have not euthanized a healthy, social pet in over two years, making it what Maddie’s Fund calls an “Adoption Guarantee Community”.
Acknowledging ASAP shelters’ achievement, on May 21, Maddie’s Fund® awarded its prestigious Community Lifesaving Award of $1 million to the six animal welfare organizations that make up ASAP.
This monetary award was divided between the six shelters based on their adoption and transfer numbers. Each ASAP shelter will be putting 35 percent of their individual awards into a pooled fund for ASAP to assist in coalition-wide activities.
The Cat Adoption Team, is already working on increasing the save rate for cats from 85 percent to closer to 100 percent in the coming years.
“CAT is honored to receive this award from Maddie’s Fund®. This grant is an investment in our ability to increase efforts to help felines who come to us from throughout our community,” remarks Karen Green, CAT’s Executive Director.
Karen goes on to say that “CAT is excited about further increasing the numbers of cats saved. To take our community to the next level, we need to be able to help even more cats who need foster care or veterinary treatment before adoption. We also want to find homes for more kitties who have manageable health or behavioral problems, like those who require a special diet or who are a little on the independent and cranky side.
Some of the things CAT is doing to save more lives include:
•Ramping up the foster program to provide care for underage kittens this kitten season.
•Working to increase capacity for cats with treatable medical conditions like upper respiratory infections and ringworm
•Promoting our special needs cat for adoption in local media from the Oregonian to the Greenlight classified
•Continuing and increasing adoption promotions like the June’s Kitten Palooza event
•Establishing a “CAT-vocate” program for volunteers, supporters, and online fans to easily promote their favorite CAT cat
Karen encourages community members to get involved. “This award can help our community become even safer for at-risk pets, however we need more volunteers, foster families, donors, and adopters to step forward. Please join us in making the Portland metro area a leader in lifesaving!”
About the Lifesaving Awards:
Maddie’s Fund® has established special Lifesaving Awards to recognize communities that are leading the way in saving animal lives.
These awards are designed to acknowledge the outstanding contributions being made by coalitions consisting of Traditional Shelters, Adoption Guarantee organizations, and Animal Control agencies in which all groups have already implemented:
•an adoption guarantee for healthy pets in their target community and are likely to sustain it in the future (Adoption Guarantee Community); or
•an adoption guarantee for all healthy and treatable shelter pets in their target community and are likely to sustain it in the future (No-Kill Community).
About Maddie’s Fund
Maddie’s Fund® is a family foundation endowed by the founder of Workday® and PeopleSoft, Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl. Maddie’s Fund is helping to achieve and sustain a no-kill nation by providing solutions to the most challenging issues facing the animal welfare community through Maddie’s® Grant Giving and Maddie’s InstituteSM. Maddie’s Fund is named after the family’s beloved Miniature Schnauzer who passed away in 1997.
In 2012, Alice, with her feline sister Missy (both adopted from CAT), accompanied Judy and George on a cross-country trip with a not so happy ending. Alice got lost in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. George did not give up on finding Alice.
On May 9, Alice was found. She arrived home (via a plane trip) on May 15. Thanks to the microchip, Alice was reunited with the family who loved and missed her terribly. Read more. CAT microchips all our shelter cats prior to adoption. (Photo: Judy picking up Alice at Portland International Airport)
CAT is celebrating it’s 15th anniversary and the over 30,000 adoptions we’ve been privileged to be part of.
Adopters send us photos and notes all the time. Check out our 15th Anniversary Alumni Album.
Here are some resources for those in need of pet food:
petfoodstamps.org: qualified pet owners may receive free food delivered directly to their homes (this is a new program).
fido-clackamas.org/dog-food-bank: Friends Involved in Dog Outreach (FIDO) - Dog Food Bank in Oregon City. The food bank will supply one month’s supply of dog food to those in need every third Saturday of the month. Some cat food also available.
oregonhumane.org: Oregon Humane Society in Portland offers an emergency pet food bank.
thepongofund.org: Pongo Fund in Portland. Open 2nd and 4th Sunday each month from 12 until 2:30 pm, first come first-served basis as available (3632 SE 20th Avenue, Portland).
oregonfoodbank.org/Get-Help: Find a local food pantry; sometimes they will have pet food to offer.
We’ve got the cat or kitten for you.
You are invited to our first Kitten Baby Shower on Saturday, April 20, at the shelter from 1 - 3 pm.
Bring a gift for the kitten foster department and learn how you can help us save more lives.
Fun, games, and refreshments. No RSVP
If you love dogs or cats or even rats, there is an animal shelter in the Portland metro area that would appreciate having you as a volunteer. Where else will you be paid in head butts, purrs, and licks!
Cat Adoption Team
Washington County Animal Services
Humane Society of SW Washington
Oregon Humane Society
Multnomah County Animal Services
Clackamas County Dog Services
Hands on Portland
Oregon Dog Rescue
Pet owners have a responsibility to keep their pets from biting.
Did you know that cat bites may appear trivial, however, up to 80 percent of cat bites may become infected if proper care is not taken.
According to the American Humane Association, an estimated 4.7 million dog bites occur in the U.S. each year and of those, nearly 800,000 require medical care.
Resources for pet owners and those who encounter a dog or cat:
Left to die in an 18 gallon Rubbermaid container in a dumpster with trash piling up around them, two young female cats are lucky to be alive today. Saturday morning (March 23), an employee of the Washington Square PetSmart discovered the cats discarded like trash behind the store.
They were both inside the nearly new, sealed blue plastic tub inside the dumpster with trash already starting to pile up on top of them. We don’t know exactly how long the cats were in the tub inside the dumpster - could have been for two to more than five hours. From the store manager, Cat Adoption Team learned that the employee who found the young cats was “taught by his mother to always look in a closed container, if he found one.” Apparently this employee grew up in New York and years ago a news story about a baby abandoned in a similar way struck a cord with his mother.
The cats were checked out by the veterinarians at the Banfield Pet Hospital at the PetSmart and then rested for the day inside the CAT adoption center at the store.
By Saturday evening, the two young female cats were safe at the Cat Adoption Team’s shelter in Sherwood.
Hazel is a brown tabby, and about one year old; the other, Grace, is two-year old orange tabby; it is uncertain if the cats are spayed or not right now. Hazel is the more outgoing of the two. Grace is still unsure of things right now and it taking her time to warm up to staff.
Right now the cats are not available for public viewing or adoption.
CAT urges anyone who knows something about these cats or the person who left them to die to contact authorities. Animal abandonment is against the law in Oregon and is a Class B Misdemeanor (punishable by 6 months in jail and/or a $2,500 penalty). (ORS 167.340)
If you have a cat you can no longer keep, CAT has resources to help at http://catadoptionteam.org/surrender/. “Please don’t wait until the last minute to try to find a new home for your cats,” advises Karen Green, Cat Adoption Team Executive Director. Because local animal shelters do have an intake process and a waiting list, it is better to get on the list early.
Everyone at the Cat Adoption Team wishes to thank the Washington Square PetSmart and Banfield Pet Hospital for helping to save these two young cats.
Hazel – the brown tabby – was not pregnant and is now spayed.
Grace – the orange tabby – was already spayed.
Both of these cats will be available for adoption today, Friday, March 29. CAT would like for them to go to the same home.
Barely on the adoption floor for one day, Hazel and Grace went home just before 7 pm on Friday. Adopted by Brett and Melissa of Portland.
The Cat Adoption Team is pleased to announce that Chomper, a 3-year-old, FIV+, adult black cat, is the our 30,000th adoption.
Chomper was adopted Friday evening (March 15, 2013) by Theresa Brown of Beaverton (pictured), Ore. He will be Theresa’s only pet.
For the past week, Theresa visited CAT’s shelter to get to know a few of the cats she was interested in. It was Chomper who nuzzled his way into her heart. “He’s a real sweet heart but loves on his own terms,” said Theresa. She likes a cat with attitude and is drawn to helping those with special needs. Chomper does have FIV, feline immunodeficiency virus. Only cats can contract FIV and transmission is through deep bite wounds and scratches where the infected cat’s saliva enters the other cat’s bloodstream.
He was surrendered to CAT in August 2012 with the name “Chomper”. Theresa is unsure if she will keep that name since it really doesn’t fit his gentle, shy nature. (Update: Chomper is now known as Hubert).
Now everyone at CAT is wondering who will be number 30,001.
Video of the pair.
(Photos by Denise C - volunteer)