BENEFITING: CAT TOWN
ORGANIZER: CAT TOWN
Hello everyone! My name is Benjamin and I work with Cat Town. During this month we are out seeking donations and fundraising for us to meet our goal for the Savings Pet Challenge! We are a non profit organization in Oakland, CA. Our mission at Cat Town is to give cats that may not have a chance in a shelter environment to thrive in our cage free adoption center! We assist Oakland Animal Services by taking cats that appear to be shut down in the shelter enviroment, or taking cats down on their luck and getting them the care they need to become healthy and adoptable!
Working with the wonderful team at Cat Town since 2016, I have seen some amazing turn around stories, from cats who came into the shelter severely injured or sick, to a cat so shut down you would never assume they were such a sweetheart in the right environment. I've been blown away by the fantastic progress cats have made though our program that i've been able to witness. A great example is a cat named Sunday.
When I met Sunday she was incredibly shut down, hiding in the back of her carrier in our old Cat Zone 2, where our more shut down or sick cats lived. When people were around, she was incredibly defensive of her space, hissing at swatting, but with time, and plenty of patience, she finally grew to tolerate people around her.and her confidence soared once we moved her to our Cat Zone 1. In the new space she was taught by the more confident cats around her, that there was no need to hide, and no need to fear people. and with more time and patience. she started to love people's attention! I'll never forget the first time Sunday let me pet her, it was the cumulative effort of the staff, and countless volunteers that had got her to this point. Sunday soon was adopted to her new forever home, and she is a glowing reminder on what we do here at Cat Town, and what we push to continue doing every day. You're donations will help further our effort, help cover vet visits for our cats, providing them with food, new clean beds and toys to keep them entertained, and of course expanding the scope of which we are able to provide support and care for all of our cats, present and future!
In the six years we have been operating, we’ve helped over 1,600 cats and helped reduce the euthanasia rate at the Oakland shelter to 14%. With your support, we can give every shelter cat a chance!
Through innovative programs, like opening the first (and only non-profit) cat café in the United States, our In It for Life Program (for senior cats), and Forgotten Kitten Project (for older kittens who had no human contact during the time they are easy to socialize), we have proven that many cats who seem unadoptable in a shelter just need to be in an environment where they feel safe.
We are weeks away from opening a new cage-free adoption center for cats who need an engaging but quiet space to feel safe. It’s the first of its kind, and one more step toward saving every adoptable cat from our local shelter. At the same time, we are creating a replicable model for others to do the same in their communities.
With over 100 cats in our care on any given day, your contribution will give needed medical care to sick and injured cats, provide lifesaving medication to cats with pre-existing conditions, and give all of Oakland’s adoptable cats a chance to get out of a cage and on with their lives.
Please help Cat Town save more at-risk shelter cats.
If you’d like more information about our organization, please visit www.cattownoakland.org. Thank you for your support of our mission!