CAT TOWN wrote -
Cat Town was started five years ago, in 2011, by volunteers at Oakland Animal Services (OAS), our city shelter, when the euthanasia rate for cats was 42%. Where that was a daunting place to start, and we were told in different ways by different people that this wasn’t a problem we could solve, we knew we owed it to the cats to try. Today, a little over five years later, we have helped over 1,300 cats and the euthanasia rate for cats at OAS is less than 10%.
While we are wholly independent of OAS, and are now an organization made up of a small staff and over 250 volunteers, we retain close ties to OAS. It is through this relationship that we maintain a sense of urgency to solve this problem, and know which cats most need our help.
Cat Town’s primary mission is increasing the live release of cats from Oakland Animal Services (OAS), Oakland’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 OAS’s other rescue partners. Because there was no rescue group who helped these cats, the core population we serve is adult cats who are shy, under socialized, extremely stressed (from shut down to aggressive), senior cats and cats with medical conditions.
Cat Town began operating a foster program in 2011, focusing only on cats who would otherwise be euthanized. We now have a network of over 50 foster homes at any given time.
We opened the Cat Town Cafe, our cage-free adoption center, and the first cat cafe in the U.S. in October, 2014. Since opening Cat Town Café, our adoption rate doubled in a single year!
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 summer the Oakland shelter fills with kittens. It sounds cute, but creates a real crisis for the kittens who are so vulnerable to illness and need to get out asap. When the shelter is full, it means the shy, sick and senior cats who are the heart of our mission are the highest risk for euthanasia. Creating a special adoption area just for kittens, we can help them in a big way.
The cost of caring for vulnerable cats
The significant increase in the number of cats Cat Town helps means that our expenses have increased dramatically. For each non-senior cat we rescue, our support costs average $285.
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. Caring for a senior cat can easily cost $1,000 or more.
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!
Thank you for your support!