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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

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.

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.

Mother Abigail is a reserved older cat who seeks an extraordinary family who understands her special needs related to arthritis and kidney disease.

Cats with special needs get some extra attention

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.

Second Annual Kitten Baby Shower will support the foster program at CAT

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.
Orange Kitten

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:
  - Refreshments
  - 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

Kitten Baby Shower

Learn more about the foster program at

Special thanks to our Sweet Treats Sponsor:

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