Animal related

CAT ADOPTION TEAM

aka CAT   |   Sherwood, OR   |  catadoptionteam.org

Mission

Our mission is to save the lives of homeless cats and to work with our community to provide feline expertise and quality programs and services for people and cats.

Ruling year info

2004

Executive Director

Karen Green CAWA

Main address

14175 SW Galbreath Drive

Sherwood, OR 97140 USA

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EIN

20-0773189

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

Veterinary Services (D40)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Approximately 6.5 million companion animals entered U.S. shelters in 2016, and 2017 estimates of the number of companion animals euthanized in U.S. shelters annually range from 1.5 to 2 million. Cats are widely considered the “underdog" in animal shelters, with cat figures for shelter intake and euthanasia generally much higher than those for dogs. We believe these numbers can be greatly improved and that more feline lives can be saved. The Cat Adoption Team works to connect homeless cats with loving new families and to support those relationships over time.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Adoption Program

CAT is a limited-admission, adoption guarantee shelter finding homes for more than 3,00 cats and kittens annually. We are committed to giving every cat we take in all the time and care they need to prepare for a successful adoption. We offer enrichment, behavior modification, excellent veterinary care, and a variety of housing options to meet the individual needs of the cats and kittens in our charge. In order to provide quality care and optimal chances at adoption, CAT has a limit to the number of cats and kittens our organization can care for at any one time. We do not want to bring in more felines than we can manage in a healthy, respectful, loving way. We never euthanize for space or time constraints, and we are able to provide medical care for cats other animal shelters may not have the resources to care for. This does not mean that CAT never euthanizes. When a medically fragile (terminal) cat can no longer be kept pain-free and the quality of life is severely diminished, CAT’s medical team may elect for humanely euthanasia. Our goal is to meet the individual needs of each cat in our care while providing them the best possible chance of finding a new loving home.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

CAT’s nationally recognized kitten foster program provides care for kittens too young for adoption and too vulnerable to be safely housed in the shelter. Each year, close to 100 volunteer foster families give hundreds of kittens a safe, caring place to start their lives. Without these temporary homes, many of these kittens and mother cats would not survive. In addition, foster placement frees up space at the Sherwood shelter, allowing CAT to save more lives. Trained foster volunteers provide in-home care for days to months, with the support of an experienced foster mentor. Foster families socialize kittens, monitor their health, ensure that the kittens receive vaccines, take photos for online profiles, and once the kittens are old enough, schedule their spay/neuter surgeries and introduce them to potential adopters. Foster homes are also used for short-term care and treatment of adult cats who need medical or behavioral support. In 2019, CAT’s volunteer foster homes cared for 1,242 kittens and 135 adult cats (including 79 mother cats).

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

One of CAT's core values is to provide excellent medical care to the cats and kittens we serve. Our shelter includes an on-site veterinary hospital. The hospital includes a surgical suite, x-ray and laboratory services, private exam room, and isolation wards to care for cats with infectious diseases. CAT's medical team, consisting of veterinarians, certified vet technicians, and other trained personnel, performs surgeries and procedures beyond routine medical care, including fracture repairs, urinary blockage corrections, and eye surgeries. The team routinely treats cats for upper respiratory infections and ringworm, two conditions that can lead to euthanasia at overcrowded public shelters. To help reduce the number of homeless animals in our community, we ensure that all shelter cats and kittens are spayed or neutered prior to adoption. CAT also provides low-cost spay and neuter services for cats whose owners are struggling financially. Our clinic performs between 800-1,000 low-cost surgeries for owned cats each year.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Unemployed, underemployed, and dislocated people

Cat Adoption Team seeks out and cultivates partnerships with other shelters and organizations to transfer at-risk cats and kittens into our shelter. Our transfer partners include organizations in the Portland metro area, as well as others throughout Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. As our local and regional communities increase their lifesaving, we’re able to assist communities from outside these areas to have a positive impact for cats nationwide. The Nine Lives Transfer program reduces feline euthanasia rates by transferring at-risk cats and kittens to CAT’s shelter for adoption. About 80-85 percent of the cats and kitten for adoption from CAT came from other shelters, rescue organizations, and veterinary clinics, including local county animal control services. When possible, CAT also takes in kittens and cats who are relinquished by their owner or are found in Clackamas County as a stray.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

More than 600 volunteers are part of a CAT community that works every day to help homeless cats and kittens. CAT volunteers come from diverse backgrounds and contribute their time, skills, and talents in areas as varied as socializing cats one-on-one to raising awareness at outreach events. They are adolescents, senior citizens, and all ages in between. They make new friends, learn new skills, and are an essential component to CAT’s ability to save lives. CAT also operates several offsite adoption centers, including those in pet supply stores and veterinary clinics. We are also the shelter partner for Portland's first "cat cafe" - Purrington's Cat Lounge. Many of these locations rely completely on volunteers to provide daily cat care, transport cats to and from the shelter, and serve as adoption counselors.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

Cat Adoption Team operates a thrift store in the Raleigh Hills neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. The CAT Thrift Store (catthriftstore.org) collects and sells new and gently used items donated by individuals and businesses. The proceeds from all sales go to support Cat Adoption Team. The Thrift Store also raises awareness about CAT, houses special-needs cats for adoption, and hosts and participates in community events to engage the public with our organization.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

The CAT Helpline offers resources and advice to help cat owners and others who are struggling with a feline behavior or health problem or trying to rehome a cat. By connecting with these individuals by phone and email, the CAT Helpline staff and volunteers offer support and information with the goal of keeping cats in their homes and out of shelters whenever possible. In circumstances where it remains necessary for the cat or kitten to be rehomed, Helpline counselors can also guide individuals in finding a new home for their cat or assist them with our intake process.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

Cat Adoption Team is honored to help local cat owners feed their beloved feline companions. Currently, we partner with Washington County Meals on Wheels to provide free cat food to home-bound clients and senior citizens on fixed income. The Cat Food Bank relies heavily on donations of new, unopened cat food that is distributed on a monthly basis.

Population(s) Served
Aging, elderly, senior citizens
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

American Humane Association 2007

Society of Animal Welfare Administrators 2008

Chamber of Commerce 2005

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animal adoptions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Adoption Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In line with our commitment to individualized care, CAT does not bring in more felines than we can manage in a healthy, respectful way. We take cats in as we have space and resources available.

Number of sheltered animals

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

CAT is a limited admission shelter with a maximum number of cats we can responsibly house. We do not euthanize for time/space and are dedicated to finding an appropriate home for every cat we take in.

Number of animals spayed and neutered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

These totals include spay/neuter surgeries for cats in our care prior to adoption, as well surgeries for owned cats who came through our low-cost clinic.

Number of kittens fostered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our extensive kitten foster program provides care for kittens too young for adoption, or who need specialized in-home care prior to adoption. Adoption-ready kittens are housed in our shelter.

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

CAT's guiding vision is to ensure that people who care for cats have access to resources and support to either provide or find appropriate, quality, lifetime care, thus preventing unnecessary feline euthanasia locally, regionally, and across the nation. We are also committed to providing high quality care to meet the individual needs of each cat in our charge.<br/><br/>Through these efforts, we strive to reduce euthanasia of shelter cats in our community and beyond, to help keep human-feline bonds strong, and to be a leader in the field of feline shelter welfare.

Impact is one of the primary values guiding the Cat Adoption Team (CAT). To ensure that our organization continues to have a measurable, positive impact on the lives of cats and those who care for them, CAT's staff and board work together to develop and implement three-year strategic plans that align with our mission. The strategic plan then guides our annual goals and objectives. <br/><br/>CAT has a formal, board-approved Three-Year Strategic Plan and related Annual Implementation Plan that guide our work and influence our decision-making.<br/><br/>Currently we achieve our mission by<br/>• Providing shelter, medical care, evaluation, and treatment to cats who have become homeless<br/>• Finding homes for the cats and kittens in our care<br/>• Providing people who care for cats with resources, education, and support to help keep human-animal bonds strong and prevent cats from becoming homeless<br/>• Offering low-cost spay/ neuter services to cat owners in need to prevent the births of unwanted litters<br/>• Working closely with other animal organizations to implement projects and programs that positively impact cats at a community and regional level

As the largest private nonprofit, feline-only shelter in the Pacific Northwest, provides a unique array of programs and services that directly benefit cats and those who care for them. A leader in feline adoption, shelter, and medicine, CAT provides cats in our care with a variety of shelter housing options, enrichment activities that improve cats' physical and mental well-being, and behavior modification to help prepare cats for successful placement. Through our adoption and foster programs, we take in and find homes for more than 3,000 cats and kittens each year—including close to 1,000 kittens who require foster care prior to adoption. With a full-service veterinary hospital onsite and a dedicated team of professionals, CAT is able to provide high-quality medicine to the cats in our care CAT collaborates with other organizations to improve lifesaving in our local community and beyond. We partner with other organizations in our area on programs and services that reduce relinquishment of cats to shelters and increase adoptions. What's more, we teach our foster program to organizations nationwide to increase kitten lifesaving in shelters.

Our management team reviews progress toward our goals and evaluation of our efforts once per month, and shares these results with staff and volunteers formally at least once per year. Additionally, each board meeting includes updates on progress toward our annual/strategic goals and provides opportunities to evaluate and, if necessary, adjust our efforts.<br/><br/>For us, progress means continuing to improve the lives of cats and kittens by developing, implementing, and offering quality programs and services that meet the most pressing needs and save the most lives in a loving, respectful, and responsible way.

Since our founding in 1998, CAT has helped more than 50,000 cats and kittens find new homes. As a founding member of the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland (ASAP), CAT has collaborated with other organizations in our area on programs and services that reduce relinquishment of cats to shelters and increase adoptions. These efforts have drastically improved outcomes for shelter animals throughout the Portland metro area, with lifesaving rates of more than 95 percent among the six ASAP partner shelters. As an adoption guarantee organization, CAT is committed to finding a home for every cat we take in—our individual save rate is over 99 percent. Over the past six years, we've deeply reduced our length-of-stay, increased our annual adoptions, and improved our animal care through innovative, progressive updates to our shelter housing, adoption, and animal care programs. While our community has made tremendous strides in saving the lives of homeless pets, many other communities are overrun with cats and have too few adopters. We are now in a position to extend our services to help those communities. Over the past few years, CAT has increased our partnerships with organizations outside our local community to take in cats who might otherwise be euthanized. We now work with close to 60-65 transfer partners, both locally and throughout our region. About 80-85 percent of the cats for adoption at CAT come to us through transfer partnerships. In addition our commitment to save lives, we also work to provide excellent care to all cats in our charge. CAT continually reviews and updates our shelter operating procedures to ensure the highest quality care for cats who come to us. In 2019, our organization completed a shelter housing upgrade project and also completed all 254 "musts" in the Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV) Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters—making us one of just a few shelters nationwide to meet this standard. Beginning in 2020, CAT will work toward ensuring that we meet all of the "shoulds" listed in the guidelines, some of which we've already accomplished. Most importantly, CAT will continue to help strengthen the bond between cats and people by providing loving care to homeless felines and helping them to meet new families.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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CAT ADOPTION TEAM

Board of directors
as of 3/30/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sandi Martin

Self-Employed

Marla McGeorge, JD, DVM

Retired

Vicki Thayer, DVM

Winn Feline Foundation, Retired

Jill Tichenor, CPA

Delap LLP

Meredith Florine

Viewpoint

Tom Freeman

Retired

Tia Kauffman

Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research

Natalie Pascale

SalesForce

Max Woods

Oregon Department of Energy, Energy Facility Siting Division

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Keywords

CAT, C.A.T.,Sherwood, Oregon, cat shelter, no-kill, cat adoption, rescue cats, kittens, animals, foster program, spay/neuter, adoption