Cat Adoption Team

Sherwood Shelter Hours
Tues-Fri 12 - 7 pm
Sat-Sun 12 - 6 pm
Closed Monday
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CAT’s intake process

CAT accepts owned cats from the public by appointment only on a limited basis. As cats are adopted, space is then available to bring in new cats to find homes. We are dedicated to helping those cats who are most at-risk by assisting our shelter partners during times of need.

Re-homing your own cat or kitten

We are currently scheduling intake appointments for owned adult cats and kittens, as well as returning cats/kittens adopted from CAT less than 60 days ago.

  • Complete CAT’s Intake Consultation Form.
  • An intake counselor will contact you within 72 hours of receiving your form to discuss options and, if appropriate, schedule an intake appointment. Please note that intake appointments are limited, so there may be a wait period before we can take your cat into the shelter (typically about two weeks).

Surrendering a stray / help with a lost and found 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 our lost and found help page. If you found a cat or kitten in a different county, please review our lost and found help page.

Intake exam and appointment

The first step toward surrendering your cat to our shelter is to complete CAT’s Intake Consultation Form. A member of CAT’s Helpline team will review your form and work with you to determine whether our shelter will be a good fit for your cat; at that time, we may schedule an intake appointment for your cat.

  • At your scheduled intake appointment, CAT’s staff will perform an initial exam.
  • A $50 exam fee is required for all cats being considered for intake. Intake appointments and exam fees do not guarantee placement in our adoption program—if our staff have medical or behavioral concerns about a cat, CAT may not be able to take in your cat.
  • All cats must be tested for FeLV and FIV prior to being accepted into our adoption program. We can perform FeLV/FIV testing during the intake appointment (cost is included with your exam fee) or you may elect to have your cat tested elsewhere and fax the results to CAT prior to your appointment. Once cats are tested, they must be kept indoors to prevent future exposure to these diseases.
  • If your cat is accepted into our adoption program, we request an intake donation to assist with the costs associated with caring for and finding homes for the cats in our shelter.

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.

Why CAT requests exam fees and intake donations
CAT charges an exam fee and requests an additional donation to help cover medical and general costs of caring for the cat while in our shelter. In addition to vaccinations and other medical treatments, CAT provides socialization and enrichment, housing, bedding, food, water, litter, and other supplies while working to find new homes for the cats in our care. The 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. Your intake donation (not exam fee) m,ay be 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.