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Cat Town

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August 02, 2016

Thank you ALL so so much for your kind and generous donations! it's because of people like you that Cat Town is able to do what we do.. like  See more

BENEFITING: CAT TOWN

ORGANIZER: CAT TOWN

EVENT: Saving Pets Challenge 2016

Laura Isaacs

THE STORY:

I first joined Cat Town as a volunteer in the cafe starting in November of 2014. As an avid animal lover, I was looking for a way to give back to the community as well as help some kitties in need.

Cat Town has given me the ability to make an impact in various ways - through volunteering at the cafe, helping brainstorm for events, bringing awareness at community projects, and fundraising for them.

As an Oakland resident since 2015, it gives me such pride to be able to volunteer at an organization that is helping to reduce the euthanasia rate in Oakland, which currently stands at 7%, as well as educate the community about the work Cat Town is doing (all while usually getting to pet some cats).

Please help me help Cat Town even more - no amount is too small. Even 5.00 can help feed some of Cat Town's kitties, go toward medicine for a cat in need, or helping to spring a kitty in need from the shelter.

CAT TOWN wrote -

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 ignored repeated discouragement from those who said there was nothing we could do for the cats at OAS; instead, we set out to change the paradigm of how shelter cats could be saved from unnecessary death and matched with loving adopters. We are proud 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 less than 10%.

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 bloom at Cat Town Café & Adoption Center, where prospective adopters can meet them as their authentic selves.

Our Mission

Cat Town’s mission is to increase the live release of cats from OAS by focusing on cats who would otherwise be killed—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 that 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 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 paws forward to potential adopters in the uplifting environment of Cat Town Café & Adoption Center.

Kitten Town

Every summer the Oakland shelter fills with kittens, which creates a real crisis for them because they are so vulnerable to illness. When the shelter is full, shy, sick, and senior cats who are the heart of our mission are the highest risk for euthanasia. By creating a special kitten adoption area, we can help all of the cats—from the very young babies to the seniors—in a big way.

The cost of caring for vulnerable cats

The significant increase in the number of cats that 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 covers medical expenses for the life of cats age 10 and older.

Since Cat Town is the only resource to the Oakland shelter for cats that 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 that would otherwise be euthanized. Together, we truly can save the lives of adoptable cats and bring joy to the people that will love them for the rest of their days. Thank you.

 

$700

MONEY RAISED
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  • Binxer & Other Cat (OC)

    $50

  • Dad

    $50

  • Sheila Krueger

     

  • Lori Matthews

    $25

  • Ezra Denney

    $50

  • Lucy & Ethel

    $100

  • Mom

    $50

  • Carrie "I'm Allergic" Del Boccio

    $25

  • Jessie & Jackie

    $10

  • Noel, Lyla and Ashy

    $15

  • Amy Jewell

    $25

  • Jan Hanford

    $100

  • Jenny Gore

    $25

  • Laura Isaacs

    $150

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140% Raised of $500 Goal

The Team: $58,205 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

CAT TOWN

Amount Raised

$16,707

 

14% Raised of $120,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Corinne Lamata

Amount Raised

$3,880

 

111% Raised of $3,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Ann Dunn

Amount Raised

$3,851

 

77% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Steve Berley

Amount Raised

$2,425

 

49% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Dawn Pieper

Amount Raised

$2,310

 

231% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Hali Burbige

Amount Raised

$2,225

 

111% Raised of $2,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Maureen Forys

Amount Raised

$2,177

 

87% Raised of $2,500 Goal

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Stefanie Kraus

Amount Raised

$2,125

 

106% Raised of $2,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Laura Isaacs

Laura Isaacs

DONATION: $150

For Mork, Phoosy, Spooky, Vincent, & all our cousins at BBT who are at the bridge.. love Rosie & Jax 1 year ago

Jenny Gore

Jenny Gore

DONATION: $25

For Tink & Weezy! 1 year ago

Jan Hanford

Jan Hanford

DONATION: $100

1 year ago

Amy Jewell

Amy Jewell

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Noel, Lyla and Ashy

Noel, Lyla and Ashy

DONATION: $15

1 year ago

Jessie & Jackie

Jessie & Jackie

DONATION: $10

1 year ago

Carrie

Carrie "I'm Allergic" Del Boccio

DONATION: $25

Great work Laura! Keep it up! 1 year ago

Mom

Mom

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Lucy & Ethel

Lucy & Ethel

DONATION: $100

1 year ago

Ezra Denney

Ezra Denney

DONATION: $50

1 year ago