BENEFITING: CAT TOWN
ORGANIZER: CAT TOWN
Cat Town is a non-profit that needs your help!
About our involvement:
We started volunteering at Cat Town last year after hearing about their mission to help cats that are normally given up on in a normal shelter environment. By chance, Chris got the opportunity to work their full-time as a Facilities Manager.
For those of you who may not know, we have had first hand experience with the types of cats Cat Town helps. Piper was a cat Chris found in New Mexico while on vacation (see photo). She was so stressed and untrusting of humans that we couldn't touch her without leather work gloves. We couldn't take her to a shelter as we knew she would be euthanized. We took her home and now she is a sweetheart (see photo), but that wasn't without hours, days, weeks and years worth of trust building. She would fall into the category of cats Cat Town helps called Forgotten Kittens.
Since volunteering /working at Cat Town we have also adopted 15 year old Jamie (see photo), who is getting a second chance to be in a home where she is comfortable and loved. We are asking for your donation (big or small) to help Cat Town continue to save more lives and give cats a second chance.
About Cat Town:
Cat Town started as a foster-based program in 2011, when the euthanasia rate for cats at the Oakland shelter was 42%, they focused solely on cats who had no other chance: cats who hid in the back of their cage or tried to bite anyone who came near; seniors who were devastated to find themselves in a tiny cage after their caretaker died; shy cats who were plenty lovable, but too scared to show it when surrounded by the sound of barking dogs.
In the six years they have been operating, they'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, their 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), they have proven that many cats who seem unadoptable in a shelter just need to be in an environment where they feel safe.
Cat Tow is 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 ending the needless killing of cats in our local shelter. At the same time, they are creating a replicable model for others to do the same in their communities.
With over 100 cats in their 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!