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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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Cat Adoption Team reduces adoption fees to empty the shelter for construction

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. Colin

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.

Project Details
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

Snow days mean fewer adoptions, more cats looking for homes

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.” Flora

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

2014 CAT Benefit Calendar


The 2014 Calendar is SOLD OUT at the Cat Adoption Team Shelter, but it’s still available at many of our offsite sales locations (listed below).

Imagine planning your year while viewing 12 stunning images of adorable cats…this fantasy can be yours for just $10! The Cat Adoption Team’s benefit calendar is full of stunning portraits of cats who’ve come through our shelter. Each month you’ll enjoy a new, beautiful photograph. What’s more, 100% of your purchase supports CAT’s shelter, thanks to a generous printing donation from Morel Ink.

CAT calendar 2014 cover

Special “THANK YOU” to our photographers (who donated their time and talents):
Whimsy Kitten Photography
Lamm Photography
Joni Photo

You can also purchase a calendar in person at the following locations:

All About Cats Clinic
129 NE 43rd Ave.
Hillsboro, OR 97124
Barclay Hills Animal Clinic
865 Mollala Ave.
Oregon City, OR 97045
Bethany Family Pet Clinic
4744 NW Bethany Blvd., #B5
Portland,OR 97229
Cats Exclusive Medical Center
811 North Main Ave.
Gresham, OR 97030
Clackamas County Veterinary Clinic
1678 S. Beavercreek Rd.
Oregon City, OR 97045
Companion Pet Clinic of McMinnville
250 SW Hill Rd.
McMinnville, OR 97128
Dignified Pet Services
8976 SW Tualatin-Sherwood Rd.
Tualatin, OR 97062
Forest Heights Veterinary Clinic
7365 SW Barnes Rd., Suite H
Portland, OR 97225
Gabriel Park Veterinary Clinic
4421 Southwest Vermont Street
Portland, OR 97217
Hart Road Animal Hospital
16400 SW Hart Rd., Suite D
Beaverton OR 97007
Healthy Pets Northwest (Alberta Arts District)
2224 NE Alberta St.
Portland, OR 97211
Healthy Pets Northwest (Hawthorne District)
1736 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR 97214
Healthy Pets Northwest (Multnomah Village)
7642 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland OR 97219
Healthy Pet West Linn
19137 Willamette Dr.
West Linn, OR 97068
Murrayhill Veterinary Hospital
14831 SW Teal Blvd.
Beaverton, OR 97007
Newberg Veterinary Hospital
3716 E Portland Rd.
Newberg, OR 97132
Pearl Animal Hospital
1250 NW 10th Ave.
Portland, OR 97209
Personal Beast
8119 SE Stark St.
Portland, OR 97215
Rose City Veterinary Hospital
809 SE Powell Blvd.
Portland, OR 97202
Salty’s Dog & Cat Shop
4039 N Mississippi Ave., #104
Portland, OR 97227
Thrift Store Benefitting the Cat Adoption Team
4838 SW Scholls Ferry Rd.
Porltand, OR 97225
Tigard Animal Hospital
13599 SW Pacific Hwy., Suite C
Portland, OR 97223
Two Rivers Veterinary Clinic
3808 N Williams Ave., Suite 129
Portland, OR 97227
VCA North Portland Veterinary Hospital
3000 N Lombard St.
Portland, OR 97217
VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists
16756 SE 82nd Dr.
Clackamas, OR 97015
VCA Woodstock Animal Hospital
4835 SE Woodstock Blvd.
Portland, OR 97206

It’s “La Vida Buena” for Uno and Tres

Although they are now in their loving forever home, Uno and Tres had a bumpy beginning. These darling litter mates originally came to CAT as kittens and were quickly adopted together. But after about 5 months in a home, they came back to CAT because they weren’t socializing well with the people who had adopted them. After that experience, it was clear that these two kittens would need some extra time to get comfortable around people. Uno and Tres

CAT’s volunteer crew at the Tualatin Petco Adoption Center was up for the challenge! For the next 8 to 9 months, a number of volunteers spent time helping Uno and Tres feel safe with people. They were shown love and kindness from a group of people who took extra care to encourage the kittens to not just trust people, but to seek human attention too. Thanks to this special effort, both cats gained more confidence around people. When adopter Kerri decided to give these two their second chance in a home, volunteers came in to say a fond farewell to two cats who had won their hearts.

Uno and Tres have come a long way since their adoption by Kerri last year. She says, “They purr all the time and love to run through the house at warp speed… They both have silly habits that make me laugh.” And the best news? “I love them dearly.”

Stories like this are made possible through the hard work and loving care of CAT’s staff, volunteers, and the families who adopt from us.

We love to hear updates about CAT alumni. If you’d like to share a photo and update about your own CAT cat, send along an email to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

CAT Receives Community Lifesaving Award

CAT Receives Community Lifesaving Award

Maddie’s Fund recognizes the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland

CAT and the other organizations that make up the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland (ASAP) are doing a lot of things right when it comes to the cats and dogs in local animal shelters.  Since founding ASAP in 2006, these organizations have worked diligently to save cats and dogs in our local shelters.

ASAP award Karen Green et al•Starting with a live release, or save rate, of 62 percent in 2006, ASAP implemented several programs that decreased shelter intake and increased the transfers of animals between shelters.  By 2012, when over 33,700 cats and dogs entered the six shelters, the community’s live release rate reached an astounding 85 percent (compared to the national average rate of around 50 percent). Nine out of ten dogs and eight out of ten cats left animal shelters alive.

•ASAP’s successful “Spay & Save” program has altered over 30,000 cats owned by people needing financial assistance, resulting in a 25 percent decrease in shelter intake of cats within just two years.

•For metro areas with a human population of over two million people, Portland is in the top three safest communities for homeless animals, joining New York City and the Denver Metropolitan Area (source: Maddie’s Fund® National Community Statistics Database).

•Portland shelters have not euthanized a healthy, social pet in over two years, making it what Maddie’s Fund calls an “Adoption Guarantee Community”.

CAT staff at ASAP award eventAcknowledging ASAP shelters’ achievement, on May 21, Maddie’s Fund® awarded its prestigious Community Lifesaving Award of $1 million to the six animal welfare organizations that make up ASAP.

This monetary award was divided between the six shelters based on their adoption and transfer numbers. Each ASAP shelter will be putting 35 percent of their individual awards into a pooled fund for ASAP to assist in coalition-wide activities.

The Cat Adoption Team, is already working on increasing the save rate for cats from 85 percent to closer to 100 percent in the coming years.

“CAT is honored to receive this award from Maddie’s Fund®. This grant is an investment in our ability to increase efforts to help felines who come to us from throughout our community,” remarks Karen Green, CAT’s Executive Director.

ASAP award big check from Maddies' FundKaren goes on to say that “CAT is excited about further increasing the numbers of cats saved. To take our community to the next level, we need to be able to help even more cats who need foster care or veterinary treatment before adoption. We also want to find homes for more kitties who have manageable health or behavioral problems, like those who require a special diet or who are a little on the independent and cranky side.

Some of the things CAT is doing to save more lives include:

•Ramping up the foster program to provide care for underage kittens this kitten season.
•Working to increase capacity for cats with treatable medical conditions like upper respiratory infections and ringworm
•Promoting our special needs cat for adoption in local media from the Oregonian to the Greenlight classified
•Continuing and increasing adoption promotions like the June’s Kitten Palooza event
•Establishing a “CAT-vocate” program for volunteers, supporters, and online fans to easily promote their favorite CAT cat

Karen encourages community members to get involved. “This award can help our community become even safer for at-risk pets, however we need more volunteers, foster families, donors, and adopters to step forward. Please join us in making the Portland metro area a leader in lifesaving!”

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Maddie's Fund logoAbout the Lifesaving Awards:

Maddie’s Fund® has established special Lifesaving Awards to recognize communities that are leading the way in saving animal lives.

These awards are designed to acknowledge the outstanding contributions being made by coalitions consisting of Traditional Shelters, Adoption Guarantee organizations, and Animal Control agencies in which all groups have already implemented:

•an adoption guarantee for healthy pets in their target community and are likely to sustain it in the future (Adoption Guarantee Community); or
•an adoption guarantee for all healthy and treatable shelter pets in their target community and are likely to sustain it in the future (No-Kill Community).

About Maddie’s Fund

Maddie’s Fund® is a family foundation endowed by the founder of Workday® and PeopleSoft, Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl. Maddie’s Fund is helping to achieve and sustain a no-kill nation by providing solutions to the most challenging issues facing the animal welfare community through Maddie’s® Grant Giving and Maddie’s InstituteSM. Maddie’s Fund is named after the family’s beloved Miniature Schnauzer who passed away in 1997.


Two lives saved

Left to die in an 18 gallon Rubbermaid container in a dumpster with trash piling up around them, two young female cats are lucky to be alive today. Saturday morning (March 23), an employee of the Washington Square PetSmart discovered the cats discarded like trash behind the store.

They were both inside the nearly new, sealed blue plastic tub inside the dumpster with trash already starting to pile up on top of them. We don’t know exactly how long the cats were in the tub inside the dumpster - could have been for two to more than five hours. From the store manager, Cat Adoption Team learned that the employee who found the young cats was “taught by his mother to always look in a closed container, if he found one.” Apparently this employee grew up in New York and years ago a news story about a baby abandoned in a similar way struck a cord with his mother.

hazel-cat-abandoned-in-dumpster-march-2013The cats were checked out by the veterinarians at the Banfield Pet Hospital at the PetSmart and then rested for the day inside the CAT adoption center at the store.

By Saturday evening, the two young female cats were safe at the Cat Adoption Team’s shelter in Sherwood.

Hazel is a brown tabby, and about one year old; the other, Grace, is two-year old orange tabby; it is uncertain if the cats are spayed or not right now. Hazel is the more outgoing of the two. Grace is still unsure of things right now and it taking her time to warm up to staff.

Right now the cats are not available for public viewing or adoption.

CAT urges anyone who knows something about these cats or the person who left them to die to contact authorities. Animal abandonment is against the law in Oregon and is a Class B Misdemeanor (punishable by 6 months in jail and/or a $2,500 penalty). (ORS 167.340)

grace-cat-abandoned-in-dumpster-march-2013If you have a cat you can no longer keep, CAT has resources to help at “Please don’t wait until the last minute to try to find a new home for your cats,” advises Karen Green, Cat Adoption Team Executive Director. Because local animal shelters do have an intake process and a waiting list, it is better to get on the list early.

Everyone at the Cat Adoption Team wishes to thank the Washington Square PetSmart and Banfield Pet Hospital for helping to save these two young cats.

Update March 29

Hazel – the brown tabby – was not pregnant and is now spayed.
Grace – the orange tabby – was already spayed.

haze and grace available for adoption after rescued from dumpsterBoth of these cats will be available for adoption today, Friday, March 29. CAT would like for them to go to the same home.

Final update

Barely on the adoption floor for one day, Hazel and Grace went home just before 7 pm on Friday. Adopted by Brett and Melissa of Portland.


CAT’s 30,000 cat adoption

30000th cat adoption ChomperThe Cat Adoption Team is pleased to announce that Chomper, a 3-year-old, FIV+, adult black cat, is the our 30,000th adoption.

Chomper was adopted Friday evening (March 15, 2013) by Theresa Brown of Beaverton (pictured), Ore. He will be Theresa’s only pet.

For the past week, Theresa visited CAT’s shelter to get to know a few of the cats she was interested in.  It was Chomper who nuzzled his way into her heart. “He’s a real sweet heart but loves on his own terms,” said Theresa.  She likes a cat with attitude and is drawn to helping those with special needs. Chomper does have FIV, feline immunodeficiency virus. Only cats can contract FIV and transmission is through deep bite wounds and scratches where the infected cat’s saliva enters the other cat’s bloodstream.

He was surrendered to CAT in August 2012 with the name “Chomper”. Theresa is unsure if she will keep that name since it really doesn’t fit his gentle, shy nature. (Update: Chomper is now known as Hubert).

30000th adoption with executive directorNow everyone at CAT is wondering who will be number 30,001.

Video of the pair.

(Photos by Denise C - volunteer)