Not much is scarier for a pet owner than the realization that a beloved pet is missing. But what happens when a new pet gets lost before even having the chance to become part of the family? One Portland couple experienced this nightmare when their newly adopted cat got loose and went missing before she even made it through the door of their home.
Steve and Cynthia Kostove met and fell in love with Lily, a 3-year-old Persian mix cat, on June 25. They adopted her from the Cat Adoption Team (CAT) in Sherwood, Ore., that same day, and the couple was excited to take her home.
The Kostoves were planning a nice night getting to know their new cat. They couldn’t have imagined what happened instead.
While Lily was being moved from the car to their house, the latch on her carrier door came loose. Anxious from the car ride, Lily jumped out of the carrier and ran off into the neighborhood.
After spending some time searching for Lily, Cynthia called CAT for advice. Having only had Lily for a few hours, the couple didn’t even have a photo of her to create “lost pet” posters. The shelter staff helped to ensure that Lily’s microchip information was up-to-date with Steve and Cynthia’s information. They also shared additional tips—such as contacting local animal control agencies, posting lost cat ads online, and putting out tasty food in a humane trap in the hopes that Lily would be found.
Using a photo of Lily that a shelter staff member had taken, the Kostoves put up flyers in their neighborhood. “We’re very lucky to live in a neighborhood of animal lovers who were all very supportive while Lily was lost,” said Cynthia. Despite these efforts, nearly a month went by with no sign of the missing cat.
Then, at around 10:30 p.m. on July 23, a Facebook post went up that read: “This cat is wondering around my neighborhood. Very sweet. Clearly belongs to someone. Female, white and orange Persian. Very petite. Hungry and thirsty! She is spending the night with me because even though I know she must have a home I cannot bear to leave her outside. Neighbor saw her yesterday and asked if she was ours. Will get her scanned for a [micro]chip tomorrow.”
The cat in the photos that accompanied the post looked familiar to a few people. Several CAT staff members messaged the author, Dawn Rossiter, a former CAT employee and current volunteer, to tell her it might be Lily. In the meantime, Dawn saw a lost pet report on the Multnomah County Animal Services website that matched the cat she had found—this was definitely Lily!
Using the contact information from the lost pet report, Dawn reached out to the Kostoves. The couple was shocked, surprised, and grateful.
“Dawn deserves major thanks since she was the one who found Lily and got in touch with us,” said Cynthia. “Lily’s homecoming is like a miracle that I never thought would happen.”
Lily is one of the lucky ones. Each year, thousands of pets go missing across the country. Sadly, only a small percent ever get back home. However, there are ways to help protect your pet from becoming a statistic.
Be Prepared If Your Pet Goes Missing
You can reduce panic and hopefully avoid heartache if you are prepared in the event that your pet becomes lost. Here are four things you can do right now to help protect your pet:
1. Microchip your pet. If you aren’t sure if your pet has been microchipped, take him/her to a local animal shelter or veterinary clinic for a quick microchip scan. If your pet isn’t microchipped, make an appointment to have this done. CAT offers microchipping for owned cats at the time of spay/neuter surgery, and most local veterinary clinics and other shelters offer microchipping options as well.
2. Update the contact information on your pet’s microchip. A microchip is only as good as the contact information listed with it. Connect with your microchip registry to ensure that your contact information is current. If you move or if you take your pet with you to a winter/summer home, be sure to update your contact information with the microchip registry.
3. Identify your pet with a collar and tag. A visible ID tag is your first defense. Without proper ID, someone may think your pet is a stray and take him/her in as their own without first checking to see if he/she has a current owner. An ID tag with your contact information provides a quick and easy way for a finder to reach out to you.
4. Take photo of your pet. In the event that your pet does go missing, a recent photo that shows your pet’s face and body will be useful for creating printed lost pet flyers and posting online lost pet reports.
CAT’s website offers additional advice for tracking down a lost/found pet. For more information, visit: catadoptionteam.org/resources/lost-found-help.
On Saturday, June 25, the Cat Adoption Team (CAT) will open early at 10 a.m. for our annual Kitten Palooza adoption event. This special event will feature more than 100 kittens waiting to meet you! Plus, lots of great adult cats too.
Kitten Palooza is busy and fun, and you won’t want to miss this chance to find the kitty of your dreams! Be sure to get here early — all adoptions are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Last year we “sold out” of kittens with a record-breaking 101 adoptions in one day.
When: Saturday, June 25, 2016
Where: CAT’s Sherwood Shelter - 14175 SW Galbreath Dr - Sherwood, OR 97140 map »
Beat the Heat:
With temperatures likely to be very warm, CAT wants to make sure you stay comfortable and have fun at Kitten Palooza. Here are some event details to help you plan:
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 offer “holds” 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.
“Kitten Season” is coming and much like a mother-to-be, CAT is in need of supplies to care for the many kittens who will come into the shelter during this busy time of year. With your support, the foster program cares for close to 1,000 mama cats and kittens each year—and the summer months are especially busy. You can give these kittens get a great start to life!
The following items are some of our highest need supplies. Your gift is deeply appreciated!
Kitten Baby Shower: It’s Raining Kittens
Who: Open to cat lovers of all ages! No RSVP needed
What: Enjoy games and refreshments with CAT staff, volunteers, and other guests
When: Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 1 pm - 2:30 pm
Where: Cat Adoption Team, 14175 SW Galbreath Dr, Sherwood, OR 97140
Why: Your contribution provides much-needed supplies to the kitten foster program
How much: Free to attend; suggested donation of cash or supplies
Can’t Attend? From April 1 to April 30, you can drop off supplies at CAT"s Sherwood shelter, the CAT Thrift Store, and Purringtons Cat Lounge during open hours.
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.
No 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.”
Brittany 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.
**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 catadoptionteam.org
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!
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.
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.
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.
Grant funds help cover costs of adoption events and reduced adoption fees
The 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.