Cat Adoption Team

Sherwood Shelter Hours
Tues-Fri 12 - 7 pm
Sat-Sun 12 - 6 pm
Closed Monday
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1. Volunteer Orientation
2. Whisker Wonderland

Whisker Wonderland 2014

You’re invited to Whisker Wonderland! CAT’s 11th annual benefit auction and gala will be held on Saturday, November 8, at The Benson Hotel in downtown Portland. Presented by Petco Foundation.

Learn more and register for this event »

3. 2015 CAT Calendar

2015 CAT Calendar

Get your 2015 CAT Calendar today! Enjoy a beautiful, full-color image each month, featuring shelter cats from CAT. Order online or purchase in person from locations throughout the area.

Order the 2015 CAT Calendar online »


4. Cats R Cool 4 Back 2 School Adoption Promotion
5. 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

6. Betsy’s Pet Parade & Woofstock
7. Black Tie Adoption Special
8. Kitten Adoptions at Cedar Hills Crossing
9. CAT at The Standard’s 2014 Volunteer Expo
10. CAT at Alberta Street Fair
11. 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.


See how the app works and sign up »

12. 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.

13. Internet Cat Video Festival
14. Spaycation FREE Spay/Neuter Day
15. 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


16. 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.

18. Feline Independence Adopt-a-Thon
19. Scratcher Sale - 25% off
21. Mandated community service

If you wish to volunteer at CAT to fulfill court mandated community service, you may do so through your probation officer. CAT receives referrals directly from the county office or from individuals who must perform community service. If you are not referred directly from the county, you will need to provide, in writing:

  • Court documentation of offense
  • Number of hours to be completed
  • Deadline for completion
  • Court contact information if possible

All court mandated community service volunteers must bring photo identification to their volunteer sessions.

Court mandated community service volunteers may or may not have contact with shelter animals or the public. Community service volunteers may assist with:

  • Laundry (washing, folding, sorting)
  • Washing dishes
  • Washing/disinfecting animal crates and litter boxes
  • Cleaning/disinfecting animal kennels
  • Sweeping, mopping, and other janitorial duties
  • Special projects as assigned

Please be aware that CAT does not accept those convicted of the following crimes. All other charges will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

  • Animal neglect/abuse
  • Violent crimes
  • Weapons charges
  • Crimes of a sexual nature
  • Drug charges

To apply for Court Mandated Community Service, please contact our Shelter Supervisor at (503) 925-8903.

22. Current volunteers


Because of you, the lives of thousands of cats and kittens are saved. Your contributions of time, skill, and talent are very much appreciated. If you have questions or feedback about your volunteer experience, please contact CAT’s Volunteer Manager by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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23. Kitten Foster Program

Each year, close to 100 foster families give more than 1,000 cats and kittens a safe, caring temporary home. In foster, there’s socialization for young kittens, space for mother cats to raise their young, and time for sick or injured cats to heal. Without these foster homes, many of these cats and kittens would not survive. Foster homes also free up space within the shelter, which means more lives are saved!

Specific goals of the Foster Program include:

  • Providing a safe, nurturing environment for mother cats to raise their kittens
  • Allowing sick or injured cats/kittens to heal in a relaxing environment
  • Giving long-term feline residents time away from the shelter in a home setting
  • Correcting behavioral issues

Foster requirements:

  1. A warm, dry, safe place in a separate room, in the home, away from other animals
  2. The ability to keep accurate, up-to-date medical records
  3. Commitment through the duration of the foster process: 10 days to 3 months for kittens (depending on the age of the kittens at the time kittens go into foster care), 30 days or fewer for most adult cats
  4. Spend a minimum two hours per day with foster kittens (and mama if she’s with them), for socialization and basic care
  5. Attend a Volunteer Orientation at the shelter (see event calendar for specific dates and times)
  6. Attend a Foster Training Session at the shelter (this will be scheduled after you complete Volunteer Orientation)
  7. Ability to travel occasionally to and from Sherwood shelter
  8. Foster families with children are welcome, but parents must assume responsibility for the foster cat/kittens

If you are interested in becoming a foster volunteer, you must first attend a Volunteer Orientation. Please check our event calendar for Volunteer Orientation dates and times.

24. Other resources

CAT offers low-cost spay/neuter to cat owners in Oregon and surrounding areas, with prices starting at just $10 for qualified cat owners. If you need additional assistance, or cannot make it to our location, please see the additional spay/neuter resources below:

Low-cost vaccinations clinics:
Luv My Pet
Good Neighbor Vet

If veterinary costs are difficult for you to manage, please see our information about paying for vet care for resources that may assist you.

These resources are to assist pet owners and animal caregivers. The contents of external websites are beyond CAT’s control. CAT accepts listings to these web pages complementary to its mission statement and reserves the right to refuse or remove any listings that are not in line with CAT’s mission.

25. Services at CAT

CAT offers two spay/neuter programs to assist cat owners. You may elect to include additional services, such as microchipping and vaccinations, at the time of the appointment. Please see below for pricing and other information.

Appointments are available Tuesday-Friday. The clinic is closed on weekends, Mondays, and major holidays.

To schedule an appointment, please call: (503) 925-8903.

Spay & Save Program: $10 spay/neuter

$10 spay/neuter - For cat-owners on public assistance in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, or Clark County. Take advantage of this Portland Metro area-wide initiative that will save you money and save thousands of cats by preventing overpopulation! Please contact CAT at (503) 925-8903 to verify eligibility for this program and schedule your appointment.

Spay & Save is a project of the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland (ASAP), of which CAT is a founding member. Visit the ASAP website for more information about the Spay & Save program.

Oregon Spay/Neuter Fund: $33 neuter (male) / $49 spay (female)

$33 neuter (male) / $49 spay (female) - Available to any Oregon resident. Please print an Oregon Spay/Neuter Fund coupon directly from OSNF and bring it with you to your appointment. There are a limited number of appointments available during the week, so we appreciate your flexibility. Please contact CAT at (503) 925-8903 to schedule your appointment.

Additional services at CAT

The following packages are available ONLY at the time of spay/neuter surgery. No substitutions are allowed, and there are no additional discounts off the package prices below. The pricing listed is current for any client, regardless of the spay/neuter program for which you qualify.

Bronze Package: $10           Silver Package: $25Gold Package: $40
  FVRCP vaccination
  Nail trim
  Flea treatment
Includes all Bronze items, plus:
  Microchip w/ registration
  Ear cleaning and ear mite
   treatment (if needed)
Includes all Bronze & Silver items, plus:
  FeLV vaccination
  Rabies vaccination

A la carte items may be purchased individually or in addition to a package:
  Rabies vaccination - $10
  Microchip with registration - $10
  FeLV/FIV test - $25
  Post-operative pain medication - $Cost varies (based on cat’s weight; cannot be estimated prior to exam)

All spay/neuter surgeries are performed by qualified, licensed veterinarians. All animals receive a brief physical exam prior to surgery and are attended to by veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants during surgery. All surgical patients receive pain medications before surgery, and you may elect to purchase post-operative pain medication at an additional cost (costs are based on weight and cannot be estimated prior to the exam).

26. Lost a cat

Don’t panic. There are steps you can take right away to help you find your missing cat. Start right now and we’ll help you as much as we possibly can. CAT does not typically take in stray or lost cats within Washington and Multnomah counties — contact your local county shelter if you lost a cat in either of those areas.

Take Action to Find Your Cat

  • Ask family, friends, and neighbors to help search for your pet as soon as you realize your pet is missing. Be sure to check around your yard and under your deck.
  • For a lost indoor-only or timid cat, think like a cat and look at every hiding spot possible in your yard and your close neighbors’ yards. Lost cats will remain hidden and quiet. And, perhaps, are inside the house.
  • Dial into the power of your social network. Post information on your Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc. pages to let your friend know.
  • Check this website for information on lost cat behavior, search tips, tools you can use, and ways you can find your cat. This site offers practical information that has proven effective for finding lost cats all over the world..
  • Visit your local county shelter or the Oregon Humane Society’s cattery to see if your cat was brought there. Those are the first places a stray will go. Bring a color photograph and description of your lost cat in case the shelter accepts lost pet flyers.
  • Check the “found pet” ads posted on Craig’s List,, and your local paper.
  • Place a “lost pet” ad in your local paper. Oftentimes, newspapers offer these free of charge.
  • Walk, bike, drive, or jog through your neighborhood every day and more than once to find your missing pet.
  • Place clothing, toys, litter box, and other items familiar to your pet outside in your yard where she/he might sense it.
  • Put signs around the neighborhood or area where your pet was last seen. Include a photo and description of your pet, your phone number, and when your pet disappeared. Make sure you have voice mail to answer those calls. Tip: leave out one identifying feature in your pet’s description, such as a splotch of color on the nose or extra toes. This protects you from pet-recovery scams and is a sure-proof way of verifying that someone definitely found your beloved pet.
  • If permitted, post your flyers at these businesses in your area (remember to take them down when your cat is found): gas stations, restaurants/fast food places/taverns, convenience and grocery stores (add an extra poster in their pet food aisles), veterinary clinics/pet groomers/pet supply stores, emergency veterinary clinics, laundromats, churches, and community centers
  • In your fliers and ads, offer a reward, if possible.
  • Check with road crews - since they work outside all day, they may see a missing pet as well
  • Remember, when your cat is found, make sure he/she starts wearing visible identification and talk to your veterinarian about a microchip.

Check out these online resources for more information.

These resources are to assist pet owners and animal caregivers. The contents of external websites are beyond CAT’s control. CAT accepts listings to these web pages complementary to its mission statement and reserves the right to refuse or remove any listings that are not in line with CAT’s mission.

27. Spay/Neuter Clinic

CAT’s Spay/Neuter Clinic offers low-cost spay/neuter services to help reduce the number of homeless and unwanted animals in our community. Our clinic is open by appointment only and additional services, such as michrochipping and vaccinations, are available at the time of surgery only.

Low-cost spay/neuter services & fees »

Why spay/neuter?
• Stop your cat from going into heat and getting pregnant
• No more litters of kittens to feed and find homes for
• Stop your male cat from roaming
• No more spraying

Did you know cats can get pregnant when they’re only 5 months old? Even if your cat recently had kittens, she can get pregnant again while she is still nursing! Healthy kittens as young as 8 weeks old and weighing at least 2 lbs. are eligible for spay/neuter surgery. Call today to make your appointment!

28. Other organizations

CAT partners with many animal shelters and organization to maximize the lives saved in the Pacific Northwest. Below are links and contact information for many of the local animal organizations in the area.

These resources are to assist cat owners. The contents of external websites are beyond CAT’s control. CAT accepts listings to this web page that are complementary to its mission statement and reserves the right to refuse or remove any listings that are not in line with CAT’s mission.

29. Pet sitters

It is important to plan ahead when you will be away from home for any length of time. There are several options available to pet owners to ensure their companion animals will be well taken care of in the owner’s absence - in-home pet sitting, leaving your pet with a friend or professional pet sitter at their house, or a professional boarding facility. Read these things to look for in a boarding facility.

Since cats in particular are creatures of habit and don’t necessarily appreciate change, in-home pet sitting will most likely be the preferred choice.

Learn what to ask and how to find the best pet sitter for your cat:

Pet Sitters International
National Association of Professional Pet Sitters

Local pet sitting businesses:

Beaverton Cat Sitting
(503) 626-2019
The purr-fect solution when you can’t be there - serving Beaverton, Raleigh Hills, West Slope, and Garden Home.

Cat-illac Pet Services
Tigard (503) 598-9715 or (503) 330-4290
Loving in-home care for your pets. Sherwood, Tualatin, Beaverton, Tigard, Metzger, Durham, King City and Summersfield, OR.

The Catnap Inn - Feline Bed and Breakfast
(503) 682-6700
Providing premium care for your cat; located in Wilsonville, OR.

Cats in the City
Sellwood (503) 764-2322
Luxurious boarding, cat sitting, grooming.

Cozy Critters Pet Sitters
(503) 650-6449
Pet sitters offering full-service sitting, pet taxi, and more. 10 percent off CAT supporters. Serving West Linn, Lake Oswego, and Portland. (Run by a former CAT staff member.)

Highland Hills Pet Sitting
(503) 484-4540
Offering a multitude of services for a variety of pets. Insured and bonded, American Red Cross Pet First Aid certified, and member of NAPPS.

The Kitty Sitter
Beaverton (503) 590-6002.
In-home cat boarding features no cages, lots of TLC, and private room.

Kristina Weis cat sitter
(360) 931-6506 or (971) 266-3CAT(3228)
A real cat person to take are of your kitties (Portland/Beaverton).

Portland (503) 281-0222
Overnight hotel and day spa catering exclusively to cats.

Pets First - Diane’s Priority Pet Care
(503) 635-7387
Dogs, cats, small mammals, and birds. Special attention to the physical and emotional needs of your pet. Bonded, insured, licensed, and registered.

Portland Mutt Strut, LLC
(503) 335-9889
Cat sitting and professional dog walking and animal care serving animal lovers from Portland Metro, Beaverton, Vancouver. Everything from daily visits to longer-term vacation care. Fully licensed, bonded, and insured.

Portland Pet Sitters
Portland Pet Sitters is a group of independent professional pet sitters dedicated to providing pet care with the highest standards in the industry. Oregon and SW Washington.

Sellwood Pet Sitting
(503) 231-7257
Bonded and insured; service area is inner SE Portland, Sellwood, Westmoreland, and Eastmoreland.

Tricia’s Loving Care
(503) 567-9690
Pet and home care services including pet sitting, dog walking, and housesitting. SW Portland area, including Tigard, King City, Tualatin, Sherwood, Lake Oswego, Sherwood,  Beaverton and Hillsboro.

Trixie Pet Care
(503) 349-8616
Compassionate pet care for your peace of mind. Licensed, bonded and insured. Serving West Linn and Lake Oswego, as well as surrounding areas.

Wendy Works
(503) 245-2647
Providing loving care for kitties in the comfort of their own home through visits and overnight care. Licensed, insured, and references available.

When You’re Not There Pet Care
(503) 970-3086
Reliable pet sitting serving Tigard, Tualatin, Lake Oswego and Beaverton.

Whisker Watch
(503) 659-8467
Providing loving care for your kitties in the comfort of their own home since 1993. Licensed, insured, and bonded.

These resources are to assist cat owners. The contents of external websites are beyond CAT’s control. CAT accepts listings to this web page that are complementary to its mission statement and reserves the right to refuse or remove any listings that are not in line with CAT’s mission.

30. Renting with pets

Finding a home for you and your pet(s) can be challenging, so we’ve compiled a few ideas to make it easier to look for pet-friendly housing for you and your furry friend(s).

Be a good pet-owning renter

  • Give yourself enough time to find the right pet-friendly rental (see list below)
  • Offer to pay a higher security deposit and reassure the landlord that your pet has not been destructive in the past, or if s/he has, explain how you handled it
  • Show that you are a responsible pet owner: provide a letter of reference from your current landlord or a letter from your veterinarian
  • Get it in writing that your landlord agreed to allow you to keep a pet in your new apartment
  • Do not try to sneak your pet into your new apartment; this could result in breaking your rental agreement and losing the apartment or being forced to give up your pet(s)

Click here for some great tips to help you convince your landlord you and your cat will be great tenants.

Resources to find pet-friendly housing (rental reviews written by tenants)

These resources are to assist cat owners. The contents of external websites are beyond CAT’s control. CAT accepts listings to this web page that are complementary to its mission statement and reserves the right to refuse or remove any listings that are not in line with CAT’s mission.