Five Things You May Not Know About Cat Adoption Team

by Gayle Gilham on May 4, 2020

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With over 20 years of experience and more than 50,000 adoptions, this organization knows cats! Did you know:

  1. In the late ‘90s, county shelters in the Portland area were overrun with lost, stray, and surrendered cats. Euthanasia rates were high. Adoption numbers were low. Homeless cats didn’t have many options. On May 1, 1998, with 35 cats for adoption and a dream to save more lives, a small private shelter opened its doors. That shelter was Cat Adoption Team (CAT).
  2. By the end of its first year of operation, CAT had found homes for 219 cats. The adoption numbers and shelter population more than doubled in 1999, and during the following year, CAT celebrated its 1,000th adoption. In 2002, CAT became the first animal shelter in the Pacific Northwest to open an onsite veterinary hospital.
  3. In the mid-2000s, CAT upgraded to stainless steel kennels. Later, in 2014, they further updated this housing to give twice as much space to each cat. In 2019, a full kennel upgrade project was completed, increasing safety, improving disease control and appearance, and reducing noise in the shelter.
  4. Today, CAT is a nationally recognized, professional nonprofit. Their multiple adoption rooms, onsite hospital, private intake area, and offices fill about 16,000 square feet — all in the same building where they got their start!
  5. Working collaboratively with other animal shelters, rescue groups, and veterinarians — and with the support of cat lovers, adopters, volunteers, and donors — CAT has helped transform the Portland metro area into one of the safest in the nation for homeless cats.

Cascade is proud to feature Cat Adoption Team, now helping over 3,000 homeless cats and kittens find loving new families each year.

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