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Cat Town

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WOW! THANK YOU!! Over halfway there!
July 19, 2016

Wow, over 50% of the way to my goal! Though I'm not being quite as ambitious as some other team members fundraising for Cat Town, I'm still so  See more

BENEFITING: CAT TOWN

ORGANIZER: CAT TOWN

EVENT: Saving Pets Challenge 2016

Tina Yokoyama

THE STORY:

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 -

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.

 

$570

MONEY RAISED
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  • Nate Ming

    $25

  • Scott & Annabelle Call

    $25

  • Sherry and Tommy

    $100

  • Miren

     

  • Christine U'Ren

     

  • Anna Maria Galdieri

    $100

  • Cassiopeia's adoptive mom

    $100

  • Karin Moore

    $25

  • Claire Trinh

    $25

  • Adam Michaels

    $65

  • Claire Trinh

    $50

  • Melinh

    $20

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114% 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

Melinh

Melinh

DONATION: $20

Love that you volunteer for the kitties Tina <3 1 year ago

Claire Trinh

Claire Trinh

DONATION: $50

For my new adopted cat, Luna :) 1 year ago

Adam Michaels

Adam Michaels

DONATION: $65

1 year ago

Claire Trinh

Claire Trinh

DONATION: $25

In memory of my favorite cat who adopted my family, Kitty Mew Mew :) 1 year ago

Karin Moore

Karin Moore

DONATION: $25

For all those gorgeous, sweet, fierce Oakland kitties =^..^= 1 year ago

Cassiopeia's adoptive mom

Cassiopeia's adoptive mom

DONATION: $100

1 year ago

Anna Maria Galdieri

Anna Maria Galdieri

DONATION: $100

In memory of Spats, Meow, Scamper, Gorgeous George, Maximilian the Great, Beauregard, Peanuts, Merle The Earle and to my current longtime companions, Gus and Missy Lulu 1 year ago

Christine U'Ren

Christine U'Ren

1 year ago

Miren

Miren

KITTEHS. 1 year ago

Sherry and Tommy

Sherry and Tommy

DONATION: $100

1 year ago