Last Chance to donate in the final week of Saving Pets Challenge!
July 28, 2016
In 2007, my partner and I adopted an adorable, but under socialized kitten who we named Scylla. We asked the adoption counselor what this meant and she explained that this little kitten was not so used to humans and would need a little more time to blossom, but if we were up for working with her that she would make a great cat.
Scylla was not an obvious first choice for adoption because she was so fearful of humans. However, I am so grateful that we took a chance on her, because she not only grew up to be that promised great cat, but she is surely the sweetest creature that Cody and I have ever had the pleasure of sharing our home with.
Scylla was the first time I had rescued an under socialized cat, and my continuing relationship with her over the years made me realize what a joy that can be. So, when I first heard about the a non-profit cat rescue called Cat Town, who had been partnering with Oakland Animal Services to find homes for Oakland's most vulnerable cats (including under socialized kitties), I wanted to know more. Cat Town was in the process of raising money to open the first cat café in the United States, that would not only serve great coffee and pastries, but act as an adoption center with the goal of getting even more cats adopted than they had been doing via a foster program for the previous 3 years.
I donated to the fundraising effort and learned even more about what the organization was up to: Cat Town’s primary mission is to increase the live release of cats from the Oakland Animal Services (the city’s municipal shelter) 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 other rescue partners. They focus on adult or senior cats that are shy, under socialized, extremely stressed, and may have medical conditions.
I had been looking for a way to give back to Oakland and thought that volunteering with Cat Town would be a great way to do so. What a joy it has been. While I contribute in many ways for Cat Town, my primary role is as an adoption counselor at the café. It gives me such satisfaction to be able to facilitate the adoption of kitties who would not have had a chance otherwise, and then to hear about who these cats become when they are settled and secure with their new families.
As of the start of this fundraiser, Cat Town has helped over 1,300 cats find fantastic homes and been instrumental in decreasing the feline euthanasia rate at Oakland Animal Services from 42% to less than 7%. To be part of a mission that not only helps the cats but also supports my city is a wonderful, sometimes hard, but important part of my life.
Cat Town has a small, hard-working staff and over 250 committed volunteer and is a non-profit organization. Cat Town takes incredible care of these cats and as you might imagine it is not an inexpensive task. This is why I am asking you to help during the next month while Cat Town participates in 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 they can 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.
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.