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.
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/.
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.
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.
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.
•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”.
Acknowledging 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.
Karen 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!”
About 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.
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.
The 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)
If you have a cat you can no longer keep, CAT has resources to help at http://catadoptionteam.org/surrender/. “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.
Hazel – the brown tabby – was not pregnant and is now spayed.
Grace – the orange tabby – was already spayed.
Both of these cats will be available for adoption today, Friday, March 29. CAT would like for them to go to the same home.
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.
The 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).
Now everyone at CAT is wondering who will be number 30,001.
Video of the pair.
(Photos by Denise C - volunteer)
CAT just put the finishing touches on an improvement project over 18 months in the making.
In November 2011, Petco Foundation awarded CAT a $15,000 grant to update and remodel the free-roam/colony rooms at the Sherwood shelter.
CAT staff began designing with an eye on improving the environment and enriching the lives of the cats in our care. Using recommendations from the Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters, Petco Foundation’s grant would be use to totally re-do all five free roam room with the focus on providing ways for the cats to be more cat-like: climbing, stretching, and hiding—all with the goal of them healthier, physically and emotionally.
The first step was to create two smaller rooms out of CAT’s largest free-roam room. With the muscle and know-how of the Oregon Trade Women (pdf) and a portion of the Petco Foundation grant, the large space was made into two more manageable rooms. This was complete in March 2012.
Why make two small rooms out of one perfectly good larger room? Glad you asked. Previous, this large room (named the Garden Room after its green decor) housed up to 16 cats all vying for the high perches, protecting the litter box, and arguing over the food bowls. Now, these smaller rooms house six or less cats, which offers the cats a better opportunity to have privacy and being more amiable to their feline friends.
A small team of staff members researched what other shelters’ colony rooms looked like. Our rooms needed total make overs from paint to furniture. More subtle paint colors and designs were chosen. Durable furniture, shelves, and scratch posts were sought. It was all coming together, paint was going up, new items were selected for the rooms, and then a pipe burst upstairs causing water damage to over 60 percent of the shelter.
Completion of phase 2 was put on hold for almost four months. The entire floor upstairs, where these rooms are, was replaced due to the damage.
After everything dried out, the walls were touched up and the design team was back in business gussying up the rooms for the cats.
The grant from the Petco Foundation enabled us to purchase top quality paint and items for the room that not only looked good but were functional and able to be thoroughly cleaned without damage.
Now, more than one year after the project started, we are finally able to get it all complete.
The free-roam rooms are beautiful. The cats are enjoying the new perches and cubbies. Staff and volunteers appreciate the ease with which the rooms can be cleaned.
The only thing missing is more light. Cats love to bask in the sun and, unfortunately, the design of the building does not allow for all rooms to have outside windows.
Large windows were installed into two of the rooms and windowed doors were put into all the free roam rooms. While these do not face the outside, they allow more light into the rooms and better viewing by adopters of the kitties. Yes, we expect a lot of finger and nose prints. We are more than happy to add window washing to the daily routine because the cats are happier!