BENEFITING: CAT TOWN
ORGANIZER: CAT TOWN
You don’t have to look hard to find incredible statistics about what Cat Town has done for Oakland’s cats (1,600+ “unadpotable” kitties are currently lounging in comfy homes and the euthanasia rate for cats at Oakland Animal Services decreased from 42% to 14%, just to name a few).
But this year I want to focus on the human impact of Cat Town. As an adoption counselor, I get to interact with visitors on a regular basis. While Cat Town’s main goal is to get cats adopted, that’s often not what brings people in. I’ve seen exhasuted nurses from the hospital up the street come in after difficult 15-hour shifts to shake off the stress of the day before going home. I’ve seen hoity-toity business men come in furiously typing on their phone, only to quickly leave it on a chair and almost forget to take it with them on their way out. I’ve encountered countless people grieving the loss of a long-time cat who are in desparate need of a “cat fix” and not yet ready to adopt another. I’ve seen more than one divorced couple come in together with young children, using Cat Town as a neutral place to try to provide some sense of normalcy for the kids.
I could go on and on about the different ways I see people using Cat Town, but my point in all this is simple: people need Cat Town just as much as cats do. Your donation will esnure that this valuable community space can continue to grow. Speaking of growth, next month Cat Town will unveil new space next door to the current location—it’s part kitty-rehab, part adoption center, part I-don’t-even-know-what-to-call-it-cuz-it’s-so-innovative. This new space will exponentially increase the good that Cat Town does. With the current state of the world, it’s so important to support new ways of operating and thinking. If you don’t want to/can’t support Cat Town, consider finding an organization in your community that’s tackling a long-standing problem by changing up the usual protocol.