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.
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.
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.
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 catadoptionteam.org/adopt/locations.
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An eight-week old kitten has become quite the little traveler after being found in a car engine compartment in southwest Portland last week.
The 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.
“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.
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.
In 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.”
The 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.
Mother Abigail is a reserved older cat who seeks an extraordinary family who understands her special needs related to arthritis and kidney disease.
CAT is delighted to announce that we received a $2,500 grant from Lil BUB’s BIG Fund for the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®). The grant, made possible through a joint effort by the ASPCA® and Internet cat sensation Lil BUB, will be used to help special cats in need.
CAT is one of the few shelters in the Portland metro area that can provide the extra care required by cats with special on-going medical needs, including FIV, urinary disease, kidney disease, thyroid disease, food allergies, diabetes, and other age-related diseases.
“We work hard to be able to take in and find homes for as many cats as we can who have these types of health problems,” says CAT’s lead veterinarian Dr. Kimberly Dauphin, DVM. “However, cost is a constant obstacle: not only do these cats require care that can often be quite expensive; it takes much longer to find them homes.”
Grant funds will help cover the cost of providing medical attention to senior and special needs cats. While this grant fund lasts, CAT also will offer fee-waived adoptions for cats who are age 8 years and older, FIV-positive, and/or require other special medical care.
CAT is committed to providing excellent care to every cat who comes through its doors. In 2002, CAT was the first animal shelter in the greater Portland metro area to build an on-site hospital. Today, CAT’s hospital provides veterinary care to approximately 2,500 cats and kittens who come through CAT each year for adoption. In addition, the hospital performs around 1,700 low-cost spay/neuter surgeries for cats in the community.
Sure, it seems like the words “kitten season” are a match made in heaven, but the reality is that kitten season is a tough time of year for animal shelters. Kitten season brings with it a large shelter population spike, and vulnerable kittens require extra attention. These adorable little fuzzballs are a big drain on resources—requiring additional staff and volunteer time and attention, as well as specialized veterinary and foster care.
CAT is gearing up for another busy kitten season. Thanks to our wonderful volunteer foster families and the support of all our donors and volunteers, CAT’s Kitten Foster Program will save the lives of hundreds of kittens and mama cats again this year.
To help start the season off right, CAT invites you to join us for the second annual Kitten Baby Shower. Play shower games, enjoy delicious treats donated by Nothing Bundt Cakes bakery in Tualatin, and give a gift in support of CAT’s kitten foster program.
Here’s what you need to know:
When: Saturday, April 12, 2014, 1 – 2:30 pm
Where: Cat Adoption Team – 14175 SW Galbreath Dr., Sherwood, OR 97140
What: Baby shower for the kittens in support of CAT’s Kitten Foster Program. To include:
- Fun and games
- Info about fostering
- A chance to meet adoptable cats and maybe even some kittens!
Gifts: Surprise the kittens with a gift from the Wish List
RSVP: Not necessary, but you may RSVP on CAT’s Facebook event page
Learn more about the foster program at catadoptionteam.org/foster.
Special thanks to our Sweet Treats Sponsor:
Thanks in part to a generous $13,000 grant from The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA®), the Cat Adoption Team (CAT) will begin a housing renovation project at its Sherwood shelter. The project will result in improvements to enhance the health and welfare of all cats and kittens in the shelter’s care.
Special Adoption Promotion
Because cats will need to move out of the adult cat adoption area, CAT hopes to adopt out as many cats as possible before construction begins on March 16. Although cats will move to other areas of the shelter temporarily, it is best if they can go directly to a new home.
To encourage adoptions prior to construction, adult cat adoption fees at CAT’s main shelter location will be just $25 on Friday and Saturday, March 14 and 15.
“Adoptions from CAT are always exciting, but we can especially use your help right now,” says Karen Green, CAT’s Executive Director. “If you’ve been considering adopting a feline friend, it’s a great time to stop by our shelter to meet the wonderful cats who are looking for loving homes.”
CAT will be open regular business hours during construction, and operations in the shelter’s onsite hospital will not be affected. People can still adopt animals from the shelter and are highly encouraged to do so before construction begins on March 16.
CAT will begin the multi-phase project with renovations in the adult cat adoption area. Cat kennels in this area will be retrofitted with portals (cat-sized doorways), a proven option for improving existing cat shelter housing. The portals will double the size of housing for each cat, allowing him or her to move freely between two living 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,” Green says. “The portals will improve living conditions and reduce the amount of time between when cats enter the shelter and when they find new homes.”
The ASPCA® grant will fund portal renovations and other housing improvements in the adoption areas of the shelter—including at least 28 portals in the adult adoption area. Besides portals, the grant will help provide new beds and perching options, as well as other items shown to improve cat health and wellness.
In addition to constructing portals in the adoption areas, CAT hopes to add portals to other housing areas throughout the shelter, including in the onsite hospital and illness isolation wards. Monetary donations can be mailed directly to the shelter at 14175 SW Galbreath Dr., Sherwood, OR 97140 or made using CAT’s secure online donation form.
Phase I construction in the adult adoption area is expected to be completed by March 19. CAT is open Tuesday through Friday, noon to 7 p.m., and Saturday/Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Adoptions end 30 minutes prior to closing. The shelter is located at 14175 SW Galbreath Dr., Sherwood, OR. For information about CAT’s adoption procedures and to see which cats are available for adoption, visit catadoptionteam.org/adopt.
The winter storms that blew through the Portland metro area this past weekend interrupted business-as-usual for the Cat Adoption Team (CAT) in Sherwood, Ore. Following a four-day weather closure, CAT is reaching out to the community to encourage adoptions.
“A dedicated group of staff and volunteers who could safely reach the shelter came in to care for the cats during the snowstorm,” said Karen Green, CAT’s executive director. “But just like people who get antsy after a few snow days, we have over 100 cats and kittens who are anxious to get out of the shelter and into loving homes.”
When a cat is adopted from CAT, the shelter is able to take in another cat in need from a county shelter or from the public. “It’s a cycle of adoption and rescue that saves cats in our community, and the storm interfered with that cycle. We’re asking the community to help us catch up by coming in and adopting a new family member this week.”
Adoption fees for all adult cats will be reduced to just $25 from Feb. 14-16 during the “Find The One” Adoption Special & Scratcher Sale. Regular adoption fees are $85 for adult cats (age 1 year and older), $100 for teenage kittens (age 7 months to a year), and $125 for kittens under 7 months old. All adoption fees include a veterinary exam, age-appropriate vaccinations, microchip and registration, and spay or neuter.
CAT is located at 14175 SW Galbreath Dr., Sherwood, Ore. Regular hours are: Tuesday-Friday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information about CAT’s adoption procedures, please visit catadoptionteam.org/adopt/process/.