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.
Our mission is to save the lives of homeless, unwanted, sick, and injured cats and to work with our community to provide feline expertise and quality programs and services for people and cats.
Currently we achieve this mission by
• Providing shelter, medical care, evaluation, and treatment to cats who have become homeless
• Finding homes for the cats and kittens in our care
• Providing people who care for cats with resources, education, and support to help keep human-animal bonds strong and prevent cats from becoming homeless
• Offering low-cost spay/ neuter services to cat owners in need to prevent the births of unwanted litters
• Working closely with other animal organizations to implement projects and programs that positively impact cats at a community and regional level
Our Guiding Values
• Compassion for cats: We focus on the individual welfare and future of each cat in need
• Expertise: We strive to be experts in cat welfare, health, behavior, sheltering, and related programs
• Respect for people: We treat our employees, volunteers, donors, clients, and community with respect
• Impact: We have a significant and measurable positive impact on the cats in our community
• Collaboration: We work with other individuals and organizations to save more lives
• Integrity: We act with integrity and value transparency
• Excellence: We strive for excellence in every aspect of our work
CAT accept cats from the public by appointment only on a limited basis. This is to better help the animals in our care stay healthy and free from stress by not overloading the shelter. As cats are adopted, space is then available to bring in new cats to find homes.
All cats are accepted by appointment only. To surrender or return a cat to CAT:
Due to the high number of intake requests, CAT can only guarantee appointments for cats adopted from us less than 60 days ago. All other intake appointments (returns after 60 days, strays, or owner surrenders) are made only when intake is open and space allows.
Surrendering a stray cat? If you are in Washington, Multnomah, Marion, or Clark Counties, please contact your local animal control agency or try to find the cat’s owners by using tips found on our lost/found web page. If you found a stray or abandoned cat in Yamhill or Clackamas County, CAT may be able to assist—please complete CAT’s Intake Consultation Form.
At your scheduled intake appointment, CAT’s hospital staff will perform an initial exam. A $50 exam fee is required for all cats being considered for intake.
Exam fees are nonrefundable and due at the time of the intake exam. Intake appointments and exam fees do not guarantee placement in our adoption program—if the staff have medical or behavioral concerns, CAT may not be able to take in your cat.
All cats must be tested for FIV and FeLV prior to being accepted into our adoption program. Our onsite hospital staff can perform FIV/FeLV tests during the intake appointment (included in your intake exam fee). You may elect to have your cat tested elsewhere and fax the results to CAT prior to your appointment; however, once cats are tested, they must be kept indoors to prevent future exposure to these diseases.
If your cat will be surrendered to our shelter, we request a $35+ intake donation to help us care for your cat. Please see below for information about intake fees and donations.
Why CAT requests exam fees and intake donations
CAT charges an exam fee of $50 and requests an additional donation of at least $35 for cat(s) coming to us for adoption. These funds help cover medical and general costs of caring for the cat while in our care. In addition to vaccinations and other medical treatments, CAT provides socialization and enrichment, housing, bedding, food, water, litter and other supplies. Our average cost to provide this care is $250 per cat.
CAT is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, and we do not receive any government funding or tax revenue. Your intake donation (not exam fee) is tax-deductible as allowed by law.
We understand that intake fees and donations may be a hardship for some individuals. Please complete the Intake Consultation Form; you can discuss fee options with the intake counselor.
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/.
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