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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.
Nearly 100 cats require assistance finding new homes after being rescued by Klamath County Animal Control from a neglect situation in Chiloquin. One of the largest pet rescues in Oregon history, this huge influx of animals is a stretch for any shelter, especially during this busy time of year. The Oregon Humane Society (OHS) is managing intake of cats from the case, and reached out to the Cat Adoption Team (CAT) for help placing some of the animals in new homes.
The cats arrived at the Oregon Humane Society in Portland today. Of these, about 20 to 30 are expected to go into foster homes of OHS volunteers and another 20 to 30 will be transferred to CAT in Sherwood for adoption. CAT and OHS will provide any needed medical care to the cats and plan to offer them for adoption beginning this Thursday.
Shelters at capacity; adoption special offered
With CAT’s Kitten Palooza adoption event already schedule for this Saturday, June 27, the shelter is also offering a special adoption fee of 95 cents for the rescued adult cats who will transfer to CAT from OHS.
“CAT is working on a construction project right now that has tied up some of our kennels, so space is tight,” said Karen Green, executive director of CAT. “[But] we recognize that this is a critical situation and are pleased to work with OHS to help these cats get out of a difficult situation and into loving homes as quickly as possible.”
OHS also is operating at capacity and will reduce the adoption fees of all adult cats to 95 cents from June 25–June 28. “We’re hoping to find homes for these cats as soon as possible,” said Sharon Harmon, OHS executive director.
Felony Charges Sought Against Owner
Klamath law enforcement officers are seeking to charge the owner with 98 counts of felony animal neglect related to the unsanitary and unhealthy conditions in which the cats were living. Before Klamath County Animal Control officers entered the residence on June 15, they reported being met with an overwhelming odor of cat urine, and after going inside were confronted with a horrific presence of cat urine and feces that were found in overfilled cat boxes. The floor off the residence was stained with fresh and dried feces, diarrhea, vomit, and urine.
Officers and support staff from Klamath County Animal Control used three trucks and a large trailer to transport the cats to the East Ridge Veterinary Hospital for medical checks by Dr. Marcie Keener and Dr. Doug McInnis.
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CAT is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that relies on generous individual donations to fund our programs and services. To ensure that CAT can continue to help more cats in need, please consider making a donation today.
(Sherwood, OR - JUNE 5, 2015) — Gary DeCarrico was not expecting to be in the hospital for months. He had a severe headache and went to see the doctor. As it turned out, he would spend the next few weeks in intensive care before his health took an even graver turn.
DeCarrico contracted hospital-acquired pneumonia, an infection of the lungs. With his immune system already weakened by adult cystic fibrosis, the infection spread fiercely and quickly. DeCarrico was fast-tracked for an emergency double lung transplant.
All the while, one of his biggest concerns was who would care for his seven-year-old tabby cat, Wilhelmina.
“She’s the sweetest cat, and she’s so happy being in a home,” DeCarrico explains. He worked with several friends who were willing to house-sit and care for Wilhelmina.
DeCarrico went to UCSF Medical Center, where he waited 8 months for an appropriate donor. It was during this time that the plans for Wilhelmina began to fall apart.
The latest friend caring for Wilhelmina was moving out of the country and there wasn’t anyone else who could step in. DeCarrico brainstormed for alternative options, but ultimately gave the friend permission to take his cat to a shelter.
“I felt awful,” recalls DeCarrico, “but I could not find anything—anything—for Wilhelmina. All I could do was try not to be sad and focus on what is the best for the wellbeing of this cat.”
At the end of last year, his friend took Wilhelmina to Multnomah County Animal Services (MCAS) with the hopes she would find a new, permanent home.
On January 18, 2015, DeCarrico had the emergency double lung transplant that would save his life. By the end of March, he was released from the hospital but had to remain in the area for about 12 weeks for post-operative observation.
During this time, DeCarrico would check the MCAS website to keep an eye on Wilhelmina. When her online adoption profile was removed, he assumed she had been adopted. He says at that time he felt, “If she’s happy; I’m happy.”
In May, DeCarrico was finally able to return to his Portland home. As he was settling in, he found Wilhelmina’s food dish.
“I thought, this has left such a hole in my heart, I’m just going to call and see what I can find out,” he says.
When DeCarrico contacted MCAS, he was told that the cat had transferred to another local shelter, the Cat Adoption Team (CAT) in February.
DeCarrico checked CAT’s website to view the cats available for adoption. To his surprise, Wilhelmina’s picture popped up on his computer screen (though the shelter had named her “Wilma”). He saw that she was being housed at CAT’s Thrift Store in Raleigh Hills, and he immediately went to see her.
“It was great – she was just sitting there looking happy. I started talking to her like I used to and she looked up at me real slowly, took a good look, and it was like: ‘I know you,’” DeCarrico explains.
Because of his transplant, DeCarrico needs special filtration systems installed in his home, which means several weeks of construction. Still without a way to keep Wilhelmina at his home, DeCarrico wondered what he could possibly do.
After talking with several members of CAT’s Thrift Store and shelter staff, a plan emerged.
A friend who hadn’t been able to take Wilhelmina in when DeCarrico first went into the hospital, now could. She agreed to pet sit Wilhelmina in until construction at DeCarrico’s house is complete.
“Everyone at CAT is thrilled that Wilhelmina will get to go back home,” said Karen Green, CAT’s executive director. “Figuring out how to reunite her with her family was an honor.”
DeCarrico says he could not be happier, “I get a second chance to have my cat back in a happy home.”