Help decrease cat euthanasia and help them get adopted!
When Cat Town started operating in 2011, 42% of the cats that came into Oakland's municipal animal shelter were euthanized. It's a small minority of cats who do well in a shelter; many can appear to be un-adoptable because of their reaction to being in a cage and in a stressful or unfamiliar environment. As an under-resourced, open-admission shelter, required to take in every animal that comes through its doors, the shelter relies on adopters and rescue organizations to keep the shelter from becoming full. Many adopters avoid the shelter because they think it will be depressing, and the cats who most need the intervention are often the least like to get it.
Cat Town has helped reduce the euthanasia rate for cats at the Oakland shelter from 42% in 2011 to less than 10% today by focusing their efforts on the cats at greatest risk - adult cats who are shy, under socialized or extremely stressed, senior cats and cats with medical conditions. Through their Forgotten Kitten Project, Cat Town also helps older kittens who enter the shelter after the ideal window for socializing them has closed.
Recognizing that cats don't always show well in a traditional shelter environment, Cat Town's overarching goal is to get cats in need of intervention out of the shelter and into a more relaxing environment where they thrive, and let potential adopters meet them there.
You can help! Just $10 helps build a thriving enrichment for homeless cats to help better their chances of getting adopted.
Cat Town is a 501(c)3 organization who's mission is to help cats from Oakland Animal Services, Oakland's municipal shelter, who most need the intervention - cats who are under socialized, scared, stressed, older, sick, have special needs and/or have had an extended shelter stay or other obstacle to adoption and to create a replicable model for housing cats in a fun and stimulating cage-free environment until they are adopted.
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