Animal related

CAT ADOPTION TEAM

aka CAT

Sherwood, OR

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

2004

Executive Director

Karen Green CAWA

Main Address

14175 SW Galbreath Drive

Sherwood, OR 97140 USA

Keywords

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

EIN

20-0773189

 Number

0178397952

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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

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

Veterinary Services (D40)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

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

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Adoption Program

Foster Program

Veterinary Hospital & Spay/Neuter Clinic

Nine Lives Transfer Program

Volunteer Program

Thrift Store

CAT Helpline

Cat Food Bank

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of animal adoptions

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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

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

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

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.

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.

CAT has a formal, board-approved Three-Year Strategic Plan and related Annual Implementation Plan that guide our work and influence our decision-making.

Currently we achieve our mission by
• Providing shelter, medical care, evaluation, and treatment to cats who have become homeless
• Finding homes for the cats and kittens in our care
• Providing people who care for cats with resources, education, and support to help keep human-animal bonds strong and prevent cats from becoming homeless
• Offering low-cost spay/ neuter services to cat owners in need to prevent the births of unwanted litters
• 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.

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.

External Reviews

Affiliations & Memberships

American Humane Association 2007

Society of Animal Welfare Administrators 2008

Chamber of Commerce 2005

Financials

CAT ADOPTION TEAM

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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

Organizational Demographics

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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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