BENEFITING: CAT TOWN
ORGANIZER: CAT TOWN
Here's my story and history with Cat Town -
As everyone in my life probably knows and realizes, I love animals, but especially cats. I grew up with 4-6 cats my entire childhood but haven't had a pet since moving to Berkeley because of my apartment restrictions. I've always tried to find ways to volunteer with animals locally and when Cat Town came on my radar, I was so excited to be a part of it. After a couple months of just volunteering at the cafe, it came to my attention that the Cat Town staff were working on relaunching the website and I asked to see if they needed my help. Now I'm webmaster for this awesome organization and still have all the time I want to spend with the sweet cats at the cafe!
The cats I see come through the cafe are oftentimes more shy, scared, elderly or at-risk than those easily adoptable cute kittens. Through the weeks I interact with these cats, they come out of their shells and show their personalities and seeing them be more playful and -HAPPY- to be around people is such a joy. I have read so many success stories from adopters from Cat Town who can easily recognize the amount of love and care that was given to the cats before they found they forever home. That is what Cat Town is all about. And on top of the cafe, they run an entire foster program which saves so many more lives!
But Cat Town is entirely a non profit, which many patrons fail to recognize or understand. Without assistance in the forms of monetary donations or in-kind goods, Cat Town could not continue. This amazing model for cat adoption has become a craze around the nation but Cat Town started it all and is ready to keep it going strong! To get an overall sense of this amazing organization, please read more below!
CAT TOWN wrote -
Starting as a foster-based program in 2011, when the euthanasia rate for cats at the Oakland shelter was 42%, we 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 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 ending the needless killing of cats in 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!