Cat Adoption Team

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Sat-Sun 12 - 6 pm
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CAT’s intake process

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.

Intake Consultation Form

All cats are accepted by appointment only. To surrender or return a cat to CAT:

  • Complete CAT’s Intake Consultation Form. Please take time to thoughtfully complete the form as the information you provide helps us understand your cat’s needs and determine how we can best assist him/her. Completing the form does not guarantee that CAT will be able to accept your cat.
  • An intake counselor will contact you within 72 hours of receiving your form. The intake counselor may provide resources to assist you in keeping your cat or suggest other options for re-homing. If CAT is able to take in your cat, the intake counselor will schedule your appointment.

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.

Intake exam and appointment

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.


CAT’s intake consultation form


Find a new home for your pet


We recognize that sometimes circumstances make it difficult for you to keep your pets. Perhaps medical bills are overwhelming, you are moving, or your cat’s behavior has changed.  Before you begin the steps to surrender your cat, please take some time to look through our advice, including other methods of re-homing your cat(s).

Solve behavior issues »
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Help a stray or feral cat »
Other rescue groups and shelters »

CAT primarily takes in cats from other animal shelters, rescue groups, and veterinary clinics. During periods when our intake is open, we can accept cats from the public on a limited, appointment-only basis. Please see CAT’s intake process for more information on surrendering or returning a cat(s) to CAT.

CAT intake by appointment only – we are unable to accommodate walk-ins.

Advice on re-homing your cat

Chances are good that you can find a new home for your cat without ever going through a shelter. Studies show that most cat owners actually get a cat from sources other than a shelter. Here are some tips to re-homing your cat without going through a shelter:

  • Word of mouth. Ask friends and relatives if they know anyone interested in adopting a cat or if they are looking for a kitty themselves.
  • Social media. Post information and photos on your Facebook, Twitter, etc. pages to let your friends know.
  • Great marketing. Create a compelling flyer with photos of your cat. Be sure to show and describe all your cat’s great personality traits, as well as any challenges he/she may have. Post this flyer on community boards and at pet supply stores or veterinarian offices.

Advice on advertising your cat
Place an advertisement for your cat through your local paper, on adoption pet-friendly message boards, and on online pet classified sites such as Craigslist. Be smart when you place your ad: request a vet reference, charge a small re-homing fee, and meet potential adopters in person.

Asking a fee will not deter good families from inquiring about your cat; it may stop unscrupulous folks from answering your advertisement. Don’t be shy about asking questions when you meet potential adopters. You want to make sure your cat goes to the best possible home. Ask if they have children (does your cat do well with kids?); do they have other cats or dogs; have they ever had a cat before; are they able to provide for your cat’s medical needs; can they provide a veterinarian reference; will they allow you to visit their home prior to placing your cat with them, etc. Ask for a valid form of identification and record the driver’s license number for your records.

Make your cat desirable to adopters: spay/neuter your cat; groom and trim your cat’s nails; have your cat current on vaccinations; get your cat tested for FeLV and FIV; make sure your kitten is older than 10 weeks. A cat that is already altered and vaccinated has a greater chance for adoption!

Surrendering to a shelter
Before you surrender your cat to a rescue or shelter, find out as much as you can about the organization. You should make sure the current animal residents appear well cared for, learn about the adoption process, and discuss the holding period or other restrictions. Some county shelters will agree to contact you if they have difficulty finding a new home for your cat. Thanks to collaborative efforts among Portland-area shelters, most area shelters have not had to euthanize healthy or rehabilitatable cats due to space constraints or other holding restrictions.

It’s important to note that many municipal and county shelters primarily cater to lost and stray animals, rather than owner-surrendered pets.

Remember that many animal organizations, including CAT, may have a waiting list or appointment-only process for bringing cats into the shelter and cannot accept walk-ins.

Do not abandon your cat at any shelter or veterinary clinic. Animal abandonment is a misdemeanor offense in Oregon. Shelters can fine and prosecute those who dump animals at their doorstep.

Please check this list for shelters or rescue groups in your area.



Spay & neuter resources

Spay & neuter resources


Cost should not deter you from getting your cat spayed/neutered. There are many resources to help reduce the cost of doing the right thing.

$10 Spay/Neuter at CAT »
Discounted Spay/Neuter Pricing »
Resources »

You may qualify to have your cat spayed or neutered for just $10.

For cat-owners on public assistance, click here for more information about Spay & Save services. Take advantage of this Portland Metro area-wide initiative that will save you money and save thousands of cats by preventing overpopulation!

Call CAT today to see if you qualify to have your cat fixed for just $10:  (503) 925-8903

Spay & Save is a project of the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland (ASAP), of which CAT is a founding member.

Print and share the Spay & Save flyer.

Support CAT’s low-cost spay/neuter efforts with your donation. Help us continue to provide this valuable program.

Discounted Spay/Neuter via Oregon Spay/Neuter Fund Coupon

To help eliminate further pet overpopulation and animal suffering the Oregon Spay/Neuter Fund offers discounted neuters for $33 (male cat) and spays for $49 (female cat). To have your cat or kitten spayed or neutered at Cat Adoption Team, print an Oregon Spay/Neuter Fund coupon directly from OSNF and then call (503) 925-8903 to schedule your appointment. There are a limited number of appointments available during the week, so we appreciate your flexibility.

Call the Cat Adoption Team (503-925-8903) to discuss other low-cost and subsidized spay/neuter options if you are in need of financial assistance.

Other resources include:

These resources are to assist pet owners and animal caregivers. The contents of external websites are beyond CAT’s control. CAT accepts listings to these web pages complementary to its mission statement and reserves the right to refuse or remove any listings that are not in line with CAT’s mission.

Where to find help

Online Resources to Help you Find Your Cat or Locate the Owner of a Lost Cat:

These resources are to assist pet owners and animal caregivers. The contents of external websites are beyond CAT’s control. CAT accepts listings to these web pages complementary to its mission statement and reserves the right to refuse or remove any listings that are not in line with CAT’s mission.

What do I do

If you find a cat / kitten, there are several things you can do to help find the cat’s owner or provide the cat with the opportunity for a new home.

Is that cat or kitten a stray or feral cat?

We all see free roaming cats around the neighborhood. Is that cat owned or a stray? The only way to know for sure is to walk around your neighborhood and talk to your neighbors.

When you come across outdoor kittens, you may feel the need to immediately pick them up and bring them home with you, but that might not be the best thing for the kittens–or for you. Here are some guidelines on how to decide if kittens in a colony should be removed and socialized for adoption, and how to care for them should you choose to remove them and raise or socialize them yourself.  Please read and consider this information from Alley Cat Allies.

If you choose to “foster” until an owner is found:

  • Take the kitty to your veterinarian to have him/her scanned for a microchip. Also, have your veterinarian estimate an age for the cat.
  • File a found pet report with your local county control agency.
  • Place a “found pet” ad in newspapers and on Craig’s List.
  • Put up “found pet” signs – if you live near apartment complexes, make sure to leave a flyer with the manager.
  • Check “lost pet” newspaper ads.
  • Walk around your neighborhood and talk to neighbors
  • Dial into the power of your social network. Post information on your Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc. pages to let your friend know.
  • Check out missing pet reports at veterinary clinics, animal shelters and humane organizations, and your local police department.
  • Post a “found pet” report on Internet sites.


If you cannot keep the cat/kitten until an owner is found:

  • Stray cats should be taken to your local county animal control agency, as that is where owners will look first. Find the animal control agency closest to you by either looking in the phone book or checking our online list of shelter agencies.
  • The Cat Adoption Team does not accept incoming stray cats without an intake appointment. Please fill out our online intake form. You will receive a call back within 72 hours from an intake counselor. At that time you may also receive information about other shelters that may be able to assist as well. We will do our best to accommodate your schedule and the urgency in getting the lost/stray kitty to a shelter to be reunited with his/her owner.


If you’ve found a pregnant female cat, a momma cat with small kittens, or orphaned kittens:

  • Be sure to keep the mom or kittens together.
  • Please continue to feed the momma cat.
  • Please do not confine a lactating female cat to a cage or trap as her kittens need to feed every few hours. It is best not separate the kittens from their mother at this point.
  • See tips on finding the owner (above)
  • Contact CAT as soon as you have located the kittens or mom cat for more information on what you can do and what services CAT can offer you in this instance.
  • Please fill our our online intake form and an intake coordinator will contact you.

These online resources are to assist pet owners and animal caregivers. The contents of external websites are beyond CAT’s control. CAT accepts listings to these web pages complementary to its mission statement and reserves the right to refuse or remove any listings that are not in line with CAT’s mission.

My cat is missing


Don’t panic. There are steps you can take right away to find your missing cat. Start right now and we’ll help you as much as we possibly can.

Take Action to Find Your Cat

  • Ask family, friends, and neighbors to help search for your pet as soon as you realize your pet is missing. Be sure to check around your yard and under your deck.
  • For a lost indoor-only or timid cat, think like a cat and look at every hiding spot possible in your yard and your close neighbors’ yards. Lost cats will remain hidden and quiet. And, perhaps, are inside the house.
  • Dial into the power of your social network. Post information on your Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc. pages to let your friend know.
  • Check this website for information on lost cat behavior, search tips, tools you can use, and ways you can find your cat. This site offers practical information that has proven effective for finding lost cats all over the world..
  • Visit your local county shelter or the Oregon Humane Society’s cattery to see if your cat was brought there. Those are the first places a stray will go. Bring a color photograph and description of your lost cat in case the shelter accepts lost pet flyers.
  • Check the “found pet” ads posted on Craig’s List,, and your local paper.
  • Place a “lost pet” ad in your local paper. Oftentimes, newspapers offer these free of charge.
  • Walk, bike, drive, or jog through your neighborhood every day and more than once to find your missing pet.
  • Place clothing, toys, litter box, and other items familiar to your pet outside in your yard where she/he might sense it.
  • Put signs around the neighborhood or area where your pet was last seen. Include a photo and description of your pet, your phone number, and when your pet disappeared. Make sure you have voice mail to answer those calls. Tip: leave out one identifying feature in your pet’s description, such as a splotch of color on the nose or extra toes. This protects you from pet-recovery scams and is a sure-proof way of verifying that someone definitely found your beloved pet.
  • If permitted, post your flyers at these businesses in your area (remember to take them down when your cat is found): gas stations, restaurants/fast food places/taverns, convenience and grocery stores (add an extra poster in their pet food aisles), veterinary clinics/pet groomers/pet supply stores, emergency veterinary clinics, laundromats, churches, and community centers
  • In your fliers and ads, offer a reward, if possible.
  • Check with road crews - since they work outside all day, they may see a missing pet as well
  • Remember, when your cat is found, make sure he/she starts wearing visible identification and talk to your veterinarian about a microchip.


Check out these online resources for more information.

These resources are to assist pet owners and animal caregivers. The contents of external websites are beyond CAT’s control. CAT accepts listings to these web pages complementary to its mission statement and reserves the right to refuse or remove any listings that are not in line with CAT’s mission.

How you can help

If you love cats and are a “people person”, you’ll want to volunteer at a place where you will be rewarded with purrs. Become a volunteer at CAT.

“Volunteering at CAT is my way of helping everyone have an opportunity to experience the joys of a happy, healthy pet companion.” Tia K., Volunteer

Adoption Counselor »
Caregiver »
Photography/writing »
Playhouse Assistant »
Vet Assistant »
Event Ambassador »
Foster Care »
Cat Food Bank »
Group volunteering »

Matchmaker (Adoption Counselor): Perfect for the volunteer who likes working with both people and cats. Matchmakers help adopters find a cat who is a good fit for them. (Also available at offsite locations.)

Caregiver: Get fuzzy! Work directly with cats at the shelter, in the Hospital, or at an offsite location, by providing clean cages, food, water, love, and attention.

“After a morning of cleaning when the cats are curled up, happy and content, and fed, I know what I’ve contributed is worthwhile.” Bruce M., Volunteer

Digital Photography and Writing: Help promote adoptable cats and kittens online with photos and cat biographies. (Uploading done from home.)

Playhouse (Kitten) Assistant: Provide customer service to potential kitten adopters by answering basic questions about the adoption process and the kittens they are meeting. Help potential adopters meet the kittens in the main floor Playhouse cat room. There will also be light caregiving duties and evening feeding.

Veterinary Assistant: Help provide preventive care to cats at CAT’s onsite veterinary Hospital.

“I do it [volunteer] for the kittens!” Rich C., Volunteer

Cat Adoption Event Ambassador: Promote CAT and responsible cat ownership at public outreach events such as community fairs, adoption events, open houses, etc.

Foster care: Provide a temporary home for a cat and/or kittens. Click here for more details about this opportunity.

Cat Food Bank: Help organize donated food and distributed to struggling cat owners on the second Sunday of the month; organize/coordinate food drives.

Group Volunteering: CAT welcomes group volunteers, typically for one-time projects such as weeding, painting, cleaning, and event support. The minimum age requirement for group volunteers is 16 years old. Groups of volunteers between 12 and 16 are encouraged to help CAT by hosting a food or supply drive, a fundraising event, or distributing CAT information.

Tours are available on a limited basis to groups of no more than 12 individuals, including chaperone if applicable. School or youth groups must have one adult chaperone per three children and children must be 12 years or older. Please contact the CAT Volunteer Department for more details. Call (503) 925-8903, ext. 226, or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Please note that available openings for each position vary. Training is provided. Other volunteer opportunities include data entry, fundraising, and special projects. Experienced volunteers also often assume leadership roles. Volunteer positions are at the Sherwood shelter unless otherwise noted.

“My heart is big enough to love them all.” Dixie C., Volunteer

Apply to be a CAT Volunteer today. Please note that CAT staff will get back to you as soon as possible, but this may take as long as a week. Applicants whose interests and schedule match current openings are invited to attend a Volunteer Orientation, typically held on three weekend days per month (occasionally weekday evening orientations are offered).

For information about group volunteering, or for other questions about volunteering, please contact the Volunteer Services Manager at (503) 925-8903, ext 226.