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Town Cats of Morgan Hill

Every. Cat. Matters.

Morgan Hill, CA   |  http://www.towncats.org

Mission

Our Mission is to alleviate the suffering of stray, abandoned, unwanted and feral cats in Santa Clara County and serve as advocates for all cats. We accomplish our mission by: Sponsoring innovative programs to help cats in traditional shelters in our county, as well as community cats who live outdoors Educating the public through community outreach Providing our community with the tools to become part of the solution Providing cat food and support to low income cat guardians, fosters, or owners Finding permanent, safe, and loving homes for the homeless cats and kittens in our care

Ruling year info

1998

Development & Communications Manager

Ms. Megan Hasenauer

Shelter Operations Manager

Katie Van Tassel

Main address

PO Box 1828

Morgan Hill, CA 95038 USA

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EIN

31-1580952

NTEE code info

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

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Town Cats is working to address the issue of cat and kitten homelessness throughout Santa Clara County. This includes working to reduce overpopulation at city shelters, working directly with cat owners to keep cats in homes, and working with community and feral cats.

Our programs

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

Cat Adoption

Our most immediate concern is to place all cats and kittens in safe, loving, responsible, and permanent homes. Too often, wonderful animals end up in shelters because they weren’t a good match for their families from the beginning. We ask that potential adopters complete an application, go through a one-on-one interview with a Town Cats representative, agree to stay in touch with us, and pay the adoption fee which helps offset the costs of maintenance and medical care provided to all the cats we serve.



We look for people who intend to provide a home for the ENTIRE life of the cat and understand what that requires. We try to match your needs with the type and temperament of animal that will best fit your lifestyle. Our cats are available for adoption by appointment from our foster homes, and you can also meet some of our cats in person at a local Petco, Petsmart or Pet Food Express. We have 8 offsite adoption locations, one of them is probably in your neighborhood.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Town Cats is aiming to alleviate the suffering of stray, abandoned, unwanted and feral cats in Santa Clara County and serve as advocates for all cats. We strive to be cat experts in the community with the ability to offer resources, advice and education as well as fostering and adoption services.

Our strategies include:
Sponsoring innovative programs to help cats in traditional shelters in our county, as well as community cats who live outdoors
Educating the public through community outreach
Providing our community with the tools to become part of the solution
Providing cat food and support to low income cat guardians, fosters, or owners
Finding permanent, safe, and loving homes for the homeless cats and kittens in our care

Currently we operate in several adoption locations throughout Morgan Hill and San Jose increasing our visibility and increasing overall adoptions. By operating in our shelter in Morgan Hill, plus offsite locations, we adopt more, therefore we can save more lives.

We operate a food pantry for those in need, as well as offer many resources for TNR, low cost spay neuter, and cat behavior advice. We work with each person who contacts us one-on-one to find the best possible solution that works for their particular situation.

We work closely with the municipal shelters in our area to partner on foster projects, feral freedom, and to rescue cats and kittens in need all working toward the common good of saving as many lives as possible.

We also work closely with the community through various outreach and education events that address topics such as declawing, trap-neuter-release, cat behavior, and more. We feel it is important to make these resources available to the general public through events, community forums, and through our own website and communication channels.

Over the past 20 years Town Cats has become a necessary fixture in the South Bay. We are one of the only rescues with a physical shelter facility that operates with a no kill status. We have established partnerships with 5 large organizations in the South Bay area and have founded the WeCARE coalition, a coalition of like minded organizations all working toward the goal of no more homeless pets. We have partnered with a municipal shelter to lead their Feral Freedom program and as a result have seen thousands of cats trapped, altered, and then placed back in their familiar colonies and homes. We have expanded to 6 offsite adoption locations, with two more on the horizon. We have placed thousands of cats and kittens into forever homes, and worked closely with countless families on solving issues that keep families together. The community knows Town Cats as a place where cats are safe and cared for, and where they can turn to for help and advice.

Next on the horizon is the continued expansion into more offsite adoption locations. We are also developing new partnerships with shelters and rescues throughout the San Francisco bay area. We are expanding our community outreach to include youth advocacy through camps and volunteer opportunities, and the senior citizen community as well. We will continue to evaluate what the greatest needs in our area may be and work to provide that much needed resource.

Financials

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Operations

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Town Cats of Morgan Hill

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ann Wondolowski

Heather Dotto

Ann Wondolowski

John Nickel

Laura Reederson

Eugenia Gutman

Lauren Wickman

Brooke Bueno

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/22/2023

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Leadership

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The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/30/2022

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  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.