[Portland, OR – October 17, 2018] — The Cat Adoption Team (CAT), a feline-only shelter located just outside Portland, Ore., is taking in 25 cats displaced by Hurricane Michael. CAT is working directly with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) on these rescue efforts.
A transport of nearly 200 animals, both cats and dogs, will arrive in the Pacific Northwest on Friday, October 19. CAT will take in 10 adult cats and 15 kittens. The remaining animals will go to shelters throughout the area.
Working together with HSUS, CAT will take in cats who were already in Florida shelters prior to Hurricane Michael or who were surrendered by their owners in the time since. Transferring these animals to Oregon and Washington shelters frees up space and resources at the Florida shelters for pets who are now homeless or who became lost during the storm and whose families may still be looking for them.
“CAT is grateful to be part of a nationwide relief effort to help homeless animals impacted by Hurricane Michael,” says Karen Green, CAT’s executive director. “It takes us all working together to give animal shelters in Florida the ability to help pets who have lost their homes and to assist those shelters that have been destroyed.”
CAT’s medical team will provide physical exams and health evaluations for the new arrivals. Veterinary care for these cats may include vaccinations, treatment for parasites, microchipping, and spay or neuter surgery if needed. To ensure the cats and kittens from Florida are in the best health possible, they will undergo an observation period of about seven days before becoming available for adoption from CAT.
“As we always do, CAT will provide whatever medical treatment is necessary to ensure each of the cats and kittens is as healthy as possible before going to new homes,” says Green.
In addition to considering adopting one of the cats or kittens from Florida, CAT reminds potential adopters that every cat who finds a loving home helps make space at the shelter for another cat in need.
If you are not able to adopt a cat at this time, consider making a donation to help defray the cost of rescue efforts like these and to provide care for all of the cats and kittens at CAT. You can send your donation by mail to: Cat Adoption Team, 14175 SW Galbreath Dr, Sherwood, OR 97140. To make a gift and to see cats available for adoption, visit catadoptionteam.org.
ABOUT THE CAT ADOPTION TEAM
The Cat Adoption Team (CAT) is the Pacific Northwest’s largest nonprofit, feline-only shelter committed to finding a home for every cat it takes in. CAT’s mission is to save the lives of homeless cats and to work with our community to provide feline expertise and quality programs and services for people and cats. CAT has found homes for more than 45,000 cats and kittens since opening in May 1998. As a 501(c)(3) publicly supported charity, CAT relies on the generous support of individuals and organizations. For more information, visit catadoptionteam.org.