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Meet CAT’s 35,000th adoption

The Cat Adoption Team (CAT) is pleased to announce that a five-year-old cat called Mildred became the organization’s milestone 35,000th adoption when she went home with her new family on Saturday, May 16.

Jenn Stephens and her daughter Lily weren’t thinking about adopting a cat when they first visited Purringtons Cat Lounge in late April. At the time, Stephens wasn’t even aware that cats at Purringtons are part of CAT’s outreach program; in addition to the 100 or so cats available for adoption at CAT’s main shelter in Sherwood, dozens of cats are housed at locations throughout the Portland metro area.

Mildred with adoptersAfter spending about an hour with the cats at the café, the mother-daughter duo started falling for a full-figured orange-and-white cat named Mildred. However, Stephens explained, she rents her home and didn’t have her landlord’s permission to have a cat… yet.

Stephens decided to ask her landlord to reconsider the no-pets agreement. “I offered to pay any pet deposit and cover the costs of any damage,” she said.

A few weeks later, with her landlord’s approval, Stephens returned to Purringtons to adopt Mildred (who the family has renamed Queso). She had no idea just how special this adoption would be!

In an unexpected turn of events, Mildred is not only the 35,000th cat adopted through CAT, she also has the honor of being the 35th cat adopted from Purringtons Cat Lounge since it opened earlier this year.

Mildred at CATBefore joining the Stephens family, Mildred had moved through several homes. She was surrendered to a shelter in eastern Oregon when her original owner passed away, and then transferred to CAT in March as part of the Nine Lives Transfer Program. Mildred had moved in with other CAT cats at Purringtons just a few days before the Stephens’ first visit.

As life-saving rates for shelter animals continue to improve in the Portland metro area, CAT has been able to expand its transfer program to help cats like Mildred. Last year, about 80 percent of the felines CAT took in came from shelters and rescue groups, especially from organizations faced with overcrowding or low adoption rates.

“Collaboration saves lives,” said Karen Green, executive director of CAT. “Taking in cats from other shelters gives them another chance for adoption, and partnering with offsite adoption locations provides even more opportunities for cats and kittens to meet the right families.”

CAT has helped 35,011 cats and kittens find loving homes as of May 18, 2015.

As for Mildred? “I think she’s doing fantastic,” said Stephens. “We love her.”

Mildred at homeA Brief History of CAT

In May 1998, 35 homeless cats were the start of the Cat Adoption Team, which occupied just 2,900 square feet of its current building. Now 17 years later, thousands of cats and kittens have found homes through the organization.

In an effort to expand adoption opportunities beyond its shelter in Sherwood, CAT partners with its first offsite adoption locations, including Pet Loft and local PetSmart stores in 2000.

In 2002, CAT becomes the first animal shelter in Oregon to open an in-shelter veterinary clinic.

CAT receives 501(c)(3) nonprofit status in late 2004.

In the spring of 2005, CAT hires its first foster coordinator to lead CAT’s kitten foster program; the program continues today as a national model for fostering to save more lives.

The 10,000th cat is adopted from CAT in early 2006, the same year that CAT becomes a co-founder of the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland. 

In June 2008, CAT opens the first Portland-area pet food bank, distributing free cat food to financially struggling cat owners. Today, the program serves homebound individuals and seniors in Washington County.

The Thrift Store Benefitting the Cat Adoption Team opens at its currently location at 4838 S.W. Scholls Ferry Road in Portland. All proceeds from the store benefit the felines at CAT.

In April of 2012, a pipe bursts causing a flood that damaged more than 60 percent of the shelter. A number of building upgrades are completed as a result of the flood.

Housing and program changes in 2014 give shelter cats more space and better access to behavior modification and enrichment, reducing the average shelter stay by more than half.

2014 at CAT:

  • 2,440 cats and kittens were adopted
  • CAT took in 2,446 cats and kittens
  • Volunteers provide 40,183 hours of service
  • More than 2,850 cats/kittens have spay and neuter surgeries
  • 102 foster volunteers help care for 823 kittens and mama cats



Portland metro area #1 in saving lives


Portland animal shelters save an unprecedented 93.1% of homeless cats and dogs in 2014

Beyond brunch spots, breweries and bookstores, Portland has likely just achieved another #1 ranking—this one celebrated with a lot of wagging tails and purrs. In 2014, 93.1% of all cats and dogs entering the Portland metro area’s six largest animal shelters were saved. The region, with a human population of over 2.2 million, is possibly the safest place for homeless dogs and cats in America for a metro area of its size.

ASAP Shelter MapThis astounding number is nearly double the national average, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Even more amazing, it reflects an 87% drop in euthanasia rates reported by participating area shelters since 2006. More key statistics are on the accompanying one page statistics summary. That’s a major turnaround in less than 10 years. How did Portland do it?

“It takes a village,” notes Stacey Graham, president of the Humane Society for SW Washington, “and the people of the Portland/Vancouver area have truly stepped up to help animal shelters save as many homeless cats and dogs as possible.”

At the heart of this community effort is an incredibly effective, but little-known coalition—the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland (ASAP)—which brings key animal organizations to the table to collaborate on life-saving initiatives for homeless metro pets. Meeting regularly since 2006, ASAP has been working diligently toward achieving its goal of saving as many cats and dogs as possible.

Specifically, ASAP has focused on decreasing shelter intake, providing medical and behavioral services to shelter pets, increasing transfers of pets between shelters, and encouraging adoptions.

One of ASAP’s most successful programs has been Spay & Save, a low-cost spay/neuter program that serves cat owners in need of financial assistance, as well as people who feed stray or feral cats. The program has altered more than 52,000 cats in five years since its launch in February 2010, and according to Karen Green, executive director of the Cat Adoption Team, has decreased the number of cats entering Portland Metro area shelters from the public by 38% since 2010.

A 93.1% live release rate is an incredible achievement, one which ASAP is committed to sustaining and building upon. With this in mind, the coalition is exploring innovative ways to save more lives, including programs to find homes for difficult-to-adopt animals, many of whom have manageable medical and behavior issues.

Review a summary of ASAP’s 2014 results.

Bob Anderson wins $5,000 for CAT in Purina Volunteer of the Year Contest

The Cat Adoption Team is thrilled to announce that long-time volunteer Bob Anderson was recognized as one of four runners-up in the Purina Cat Chow Shelter Volunteer of the Year contest. As a result, Bob won a $5,000 donation to CAT.

Purina Cat Chow asked its 50 shelter partners – one in every state – to nominate a volunteer who spends countless hours providing additional support to lessen the stress on the cats and kittens in the shelters’ care while they await forever homes. CAT nominated Bob in honor of his tremendous sense of humor, big heart for people and cats, and for his years of service volunteering at CAT—he began volunteering just after CAT’s founding in 1998.

“Bob will do any job that benefits the cats, and do so with a smile on his face,” said Nancy Puro, volunteer manager at CAT.
Bob Anderson
From Feb. 23 to March 15, Purina Cat Chow invited consumers nationwide to vote for their favorite volunteer story daily. Consumer votes and a judging panel determined the top shelter volunteer and four runners-up volunteers. More than 272,000 votes were cast in support of the 50 nominees.

“It [was] nice to be nominated in the first place,” Bob said upon learning of his win. “It gives me a good feeling inside to know that I’ve helped the kitties after all these years.”

The contest recognized and thanked shelter volunteers who tirelessly care for cats as they await their forever homes and work to make their temporary shelter homes gentler, less stressful places. CAT will use the $5,000 toward shelter renovations already underway.

CAT wishes to thank all those who voted for Bob and CAT during the contest.

2015 Purina Cat Chow Shelter Volunteer of the Year Winners
Top prize won a $25,000 shelter makeover; runners-up each won $5,000 for their shelter

Top Prize: Liz Taranda, Clifton Animal Shelter, (Clifton, N.J.)
  Bob Anderson, Cat Adoption Team (Sherwood, Ore.)
  Lauren Godail, Animal Rescue New Orleans (New Orleans)
  Barrett Henderson, Atlanta Humane Society (Atlanta)
  Desiree Muench, Hillside S.P.C.A. (Pottsville, Pa.)

Kitten Palooza: June 27, 2015


It’s almost time for CAT’s annual KITTEN PALOOZA - the kitten adoption event of the year!

On Saturday, June 27, the Cat Adoption Team (CAT) will open early at 10 a.m. for our annual Kitten Palooza Adoption Event. This special event will feature 100 or more adorable fuzzballs waiting to meet you, plus lots of fabulous adult cats for adoption too.

Kitten Palooza is busy and fun, with kittens kittens everywhere! Last year we “sold out” of kittens with a record-breaking 87 adoptions in one day. If you’re even thinking about adding a kitten or cat to your family, you won’t want to miss this adoption event! In fact, you can event “supersize” your kitten adoption by also taking home an adult cat (12+ months) and the adult cat adoption fee is waived! Come early to find the kitty of your dreams.

Kitten PaloozaWhat: Kitten Palooza

When: Saturday, June 27, 2015

Where: CAT’s Sherwood Shelter - 14175 SW Galbreath Dr - Sherwood, OR 97140 map »

Adoption Fees:

  • Kitten (under 7 months): $125
  • Teenage Cat (7 - 12 months): $100
  • Adult Cat: $85
  • Adopt two kittens and receive $20 off total adoption fee!
  • “Supersize” adoptions (kitten and adult cat together): $125

CAT’s shelter closes at 6 p.m., and adoptions end at 5:30 p.m. Because this is a special event, CAT does not offerholds the day before or during Kitten Palooza. Unaltered cats and kittens who are available for adoption will not be ready to go home same-day (they must be at least 8 weeks old and spayed/neutered in order to go home). Pre-adoptions will be available for these cats and kittens. More details about CAT’s adoption policies and fees, please see:

Presenting Sponsor:

Petco Foundation
Media sponsor:

Be My Valentine Adoption Weekend


Find a furry valentine during Be My Valentine Adoption Weekend, Feb. 13-15.

CAT volunteers and adoption counselors will be on-site at our local adoption locations to help you find the purrfect match. All cats are spayed/neutered, up-to-date on vaccines, microchipped, and ready to go home with you for a lifetime of love!

$25 special adoption fee during the event for all adult cats (age 1 year and above).

Be Mine

Event Details

Date: Friday, February 13, 2015 – Sunday, February 15, 2015

PetSmart National Adoption Weekend - sponsored by PetSmart, Purina ProPlan, and Purina Tidy Cats

CAT’s Other Offsite Adoption Locations

If you don’t find the love of a lifetime at one of these locations, stop by our Sherwood shelter to meet many more cats for adoption. Adoption fees for all adult cats just $25 from Feb. 13-15 (cats age 1 year & over; excludes cats at Purringtons Cat Lounge).

Portland’s first “cat cafe” will house cats for adoption from Cat Adoption Team

The first cat café in the Pacific Northwest, Purringtons Cat Lounge opens Saturday, January 24, 2015

Portland-area cat lovers can get a taste of the cat café trend sweeping the nation when Purringtons Cat Lounge opens its doors on Saturday, January 24. The first of its kind in Portland and the sixth “cat café” to open in the United States, Purringtons Cat Lounge will house cats for adoption from CAT.

The two organizations have been working together to make sure this unique coffee shop/adoption center is appropriate for cats and fun for customers.

Begonia at Purringtons

“From the minute I heard about cat cafés, I knew it was something that Portland would love,” says Purringtons Cat Lounge president, Kristen Castillo. “Working with CAT ensures that Purringtons is good for cats and cats lovers alike.”

So far, eight cats have moved into Purringtons Cat Lounge, built to house six to 10 felines at once. Similar to CAT’s partnerships with other offsite adoption centers, adoptions from Purringtons will follow CAT’s adoption policies, procedures, and fees. 

“Having some of the Cat Adoption Team’s cats at Purringtons is a fantastic opportunity for people to meet and adopt these cats,” says Karen Green, CAT’s executive director. “Purringtons has made the cats’ comfort and safety big priorities, and we are excited for the café to open.”

In addition to housing adoptable cats, Purringtons Cat Lounge will serve a variety of beverages, pastries, and other light fare.

The grand opening celebration for Purringtons Cat Lounge will take place Saturday, January 24 from noon until 6 p.m. at Purringtons NE Porltand location (3529 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.). A limited menu will be available in the café, and guests can go into the cat lounge for free
30-minute visits on a first-come, first-served basis.

The café will open with full menu, reservation system, and regular hours beginning Sunday, January 25. For additional details, visit


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.

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