PetSmart Charities awards $50,500 to local animal shelter

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[November 21, 2017 – Portland, OR] —The Cat Adoption Team (CAT), located in Sherwood, Ore., has received two generous grants from PetSmart Charities® that will help the cat shelter improve medical care and save more feline lives.

A generous $35,000 grant from PetSmart Charities will help CAT purchase its first animal transport vehicle for the Nine Lives Transfer Program. CAT is increasingly able to bring in cats from shelters outside the Portland metro area. The addition of an animal transport vehicle will help ensure that at-risk cats from distant shelter partners can be transferred safely to CAT for adoption.

PetSmart Charities also donated $15,500 for upgrades to equipment in CAT’s onsite hospital. A portion of this grant funded a new digital dental x-ray machine—a significant improvement over CAT’s film x-ray process.

“Our hospital currently performs more than 100 feline dental surgeries each year,” said Karen Green, executive director of CAT, “This new equipment funded by PetSmart Charities has cut 20 minutes off each procedure while improving quality.

The remaining funds from this grant covered the cost of new commercial washer and dryer units for CAT’s hospital. These machines, designed specifically for use in a veterinary hospital setting, will improve efficiency, capacity, and disease control in the hospital.

Since 1998, CAT has helped more than 42,000 cats and kittens make their way to loving new homes. By investing in long-lasting equipment, PetSmart Charities’ support will help save many thousand more lives at CAT over the coming years.

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 42,000 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

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization with a mission to find lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. In addition to finding homes for almost 500,000 shelter pets each year through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities provides funding to non-profits aligned with its mission through four key areas of grant support: Preventing Pet Homelessness; Helping Shelter Pets Thrive; Supporting the Bond Between People and Pets; and Emergency Relief and Disaster Support. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the pin pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses 90 cents of every dollar donated and has become the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, donating about $300 million to date. PetSmart Charities, a 501(c)(3) organization, has received the Four Star Rating from Charity Navigator, an independent organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 14 years in a row—placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization. To learn more visit

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About Cat Adoption Team

Cat Adoption Team (CAT) is the largest cat shelter in the Pacific Northwest. We offer adoption, foster care, and veterinary services to homeless cats and kittens.

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