Cat Town was started in 2011 by volunteers at Oakland Animal Services (OAS, the city shelter of Oakland, CA) who knew that adoptable cats were being euthanized at a very high rate and had an innovative idea to help fix the problem. We set out to change the paradigm of how shelter cats could be saved from unnecessary death by placing them in loving foster homes. This way cats had an opportunity to relax, blossom, and show their true selves. We are proud to say that in just over five years Cat Town has helped over 1,300 cats find fantastic homes and been instrumental in decreasing the feline euthanasia rate at OAS from 42% to 7%.
Today, Cat Town has a small, hard-working staff and over 250 committed volunteers. While we are a wholly independent organization, we retain close ties with OAS. It is through the close collaboration between staff, volunteers, and the community that Cat Town continues to expand and improve our ability to help rescue cats in most urgent need from OAS and other shelters. We help them blossom in foster homes and at the Cat Town Café & Adoption Center, where prospective adopters can meet them as their authentic selves.
Cat Town’s mission is to increase the live release of cats from OAS by focusing on cats who would otherwise be euthanized—the hardest-to-place cats who wouldn’t be made available for adoption at the shelter, nor helped by OAS’s other rescue partners. We primarily serve adult or senior cats who are shy, under socialized, extremely stressed (from shut down to aggressive), and have medical conditions.
The Cat Town foster program that was created in 2011 to support our mission is now a network of over 50 foster homes that are absolutely vital to the success of our mission and the survival of our cats.
We opened the Cat Town Café—our cage-free Adoption Center and the first Cat Cafe in the United States—in October 2014. In just one year, our adoption rate has doubled!
Saving Pets Challenge
Cat Town is participating in the Saving Pets Challenge, a nationwide fundraising campaign from July 5 to August 4. The organization that raises the most money will be awarded an extra $50,000. This would be a game changer for Cat Town, but the only way we could ever get there is with your help!
Every donation, regardless of size, contributes to our life-saving mission. Please give what you can to help deserving, adoptable cats find relief from shelter stress and put their best selves forward to potential adopters in the natural setting of a foster home, or in our uplifting environment of the Cat Town Café & Adoption Center.
The cost of caring for vulnerable cats
The significant increase in the number of cats who Cat Town helps means that our expenses have increased dramatically.
For each non-senior cat we rescue, our costs average $285.
Caring for a senior cat can easily cost $1,000 or more. Senior cats often arrive at municipal shelters with untreated medical conditions. To support adopters of older cats, Cat Town would like to cover medical expenses for the life of cats age 10 and older.
Since Cat Town is the only resource to the Oakland shelter for cats who are injured, we also need an emergency medical fund to cover unexpected costs.
No donation is too small!
Whatever amount you can give will be joined by the donations of others to make a powerful and positive change for cats who would otherwise be euthanized. Together, we truly can save the lives of adoptable cats and bring joy to the people who will love them for the rest of their days. Thank you!!