Mission: 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.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,500-3,000 felines who come into our shelter from other organizations and individuals; 2,600-3,000 cats and kittens who are adopted from CAT; 1,500-2,000 felines are spayed/neutered through our public spay/neuter clinic.
Geographic areas served: the Portland metro area
Programs: Adoption: We provide shelter, medical care, evaluation, and treatment to cats who have become homeless. As an adoption guarantee facility, we are committed to finding responsible, loving homes for all the cats and kittens in our care. In addition to our Sherwood shelter location, cats for adoption from CAT are also available at several offsite locations, including pet supply stores, veterinary clinics, and Portland's first "cat cafe" Purringtons Cat Lounge.
Spay/Neuter Clinic: CAT's on-site hospital provides low-cost spay/neuter options for cat owners through a low-cost coupon, Spay & Save program for low-income individuals, and quarterly free spay/neuter days. The clinic offers additional services, such as microchipping and vaccinations, at the time of surgery to clients who request them.
Kitten Foster: CAT specializes in providing pregnant cats, nursing moms with a young litter, or an orphaned litter of kittens with a loving start to a long life as someone's favorite pet. CAT's foster program is national recognized and modeled after by many shelters across the country.
9 Lives Transfer and CAT Helpline: About 80 percent of the cats and kittens at CAT come in from partner shelters who are facing capacity or have limited resources. This program helps save the lives of felines who might otherwise be at risk of euthanasia. We prioritize helping local organizations, and expand our reach to other communities as we're able. Our Helpline offers support to individuals who must re-home their own cat (either through CAT's shelter or other means) or who have questions about lost/found animals or cat behavior issues.
Volunteer Opportunities: Cat lovers find tons of opportunities for volunteering with CAT. Our community of more than 400 active volunteers is essential to our success. Volunteers come to the shelter or offsite locations to assist with care-giving and cleaning, and to provide shelter animals with socialization and attention. Volunteers also assist with special events, data entry, adoption counseling, and in our hospital.
I volunteered for the Cat Adoption Team from 2001-2009 (photography, writing cat bios for adoption, cleaning cages and fostering). I am very impressed with the organization of this truly No Kill shelter. Everyone there is a true animal lover. Their on-site veterinary hospital nurses ailing cats back to health and even helps the local wild animal shelter with their big cats. I fostered kittens until I adopted some of my fosters and realized I would truly become a crazy cat lady if I fostered more. I now just enjoy the wonderful cats that became my family members. Over the years they have helped rescue several strays that I or my friends came across. They are a truly worthwhile charity that I will continue to support and promote. Sorry I'm too busy and a bit too far away to volunteer anymore.
We adopted a big, flame point cat named Dude from C.A.T. almost five years ago. Every person we dealt with truly had the welfare of every individual kitty at heart. I would definitely adopt from them again and give donations whenever I can.
I have been volunteering at Cat adoption team since 2001. I cannot express the immense personal satisfaction I have gained over the years. I donate to the food bank every month to help keep people with their pets. This is a great program. Cat needs help in all capacities to continue the wonderful work of placing abandoned cats. Cat's partnership with the county shelters over the years has decreased the euthanasia rate in the Portland metro area. If you are considering volunteering, give CAT a try!
Instead of birthday presents, we ask for cat food to donate to the foodbank. We also send a monetary donation from time to time. We love the idea that this is a no kill shelter, but that it also helps with those who are struggling with a cat food pantry so that their pets do not need to be given up or go without. They take care of animals, try to match the cat with the right family. Only a small percentage of donations is used for administration, the majority is put back into the shelter.