Cat Named Andy Shares “Deep Thoughts” in Portland, Oregon

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Adopted cat Andy is the star of punny window paintings

(Sherwood, OR)—When Portland, Ore., resident Hayley Cassatt adopted her cat Andy from the Cat Adoption Team (CAT) in 2011, she had no plans to make Andy a star. In fact, she hadn’t anticipated adopting Andy at all.

“I was looking around for a male orange kitty, and Andy didn’t quite fit my match,” says Hayley, “But when I saw her I fell in love.”

Although Andy was “a little scared and a little weird,” the two made an instant connection. It felt like love at first sight, but Hayley wanted a second opinion before committing to Andy. She called her dad.

“I said, ‘Dad, I can’t leave without this cat; she’s my baby,’” Hayley recalls. “He said to go for it, so I took her home.”

It wasn’t the first time Hayley had looked to her father for support. The two were quite close, sharing a love of puns, cartoons, and—of course—cats. An award-winning photographer, designer, and cartoonist, Hayley’s father also considered himself a “cat butler” to the Cassatt family cats. When he passed away from cancer in 2013, Hayley wanted to do something unique in his honor.

“Andy always sits in this window and I thought it would be so great if I put up some puns as an homage to my father,” Hayley shares.

An art teacher and professional artist herself, Hayley put up Andy’s first “deep thought” in the window of her home in Southeast Portland. Since then, she’s continued to create window art with Andy as the centerpiece. When she noticed passers-by taking photos, she started an Instagram account (instagram.com/deepthoughtsbyandy) so that people could see more of Andy and tag her in their posts.

Hayley says she usually picks puns or topical sayings for the window. Things like holidays, current events, and pop culture inspire the artwork, which changes every couple of weeks.

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Hayley doesn’t publicize her address, but enjoys when people happen upon her window, smile, and take photographs of Andy. Some people even seek out the special window just to see what Andy’s been thinking.

“My dad would have really loved how excited people are,” she says. “It really makes me happy to pay him tribute.”

In addition to honoring her father, Hayley likes the chance to be playful with her cat too. Her advice to others seeking a feline companion is to “do something fun with them.” She adds that it’s important to adopt. “There’s a lot of cats out there that don’t have homes. I don’t feel like a home is a home without a cat.”

As for how Andy feels about all the attention? Well, you’ll just have to find her window and see for yourself!

CAT Celebrates 20 Years, 44,000 Adoptions

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It was May 1, 1998, when a few hearty souls opened Cat Adoption Team in Sherwood, OR. The fledgling nonprofit had 35 adoptable cats and a vision to save lives.

The vision became reality: this summer, on its 20th anniversary, CAT celebrates 44,000 cats’ lives saved, and a community far different from the one that existed in 1998.

For years, Portland-area communities were overburdened with lost, stray, and feral cats. Shelter euthanasia rates were high.

Today, Portland is a beacon for the nation, with high adoption and sterilization rates, thanks in large part to the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland. Since CAT and other member organizations formed ASAP in 2006, the community’s shelter euthanasia rates have dropped 90%.

In its 21st year, CAT plans to home another 3,300 cats, with an emphasis on helping elderly or under-socialized cats find forever homes. The shelter highlights its first two decades in a photo album at catadoptionteam.org/20years, and executive director Karen Green says, “We can’t wait to see what the next 20 years will bring!”

Cat Adoption Team celebrates 20 years of saving lives

May 1 marks 20th anniversary for local animal shelter

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[April 26, 2018 – Sherwood, Ore.] — This May, the Cat Adoption Team (CAT) will celebrate its 20th year of saving the lives of homeless cats and kittens.

With 35 cats for adoption and a dream to save more lives, CAT opened its doors in Sherwood, Ore., on May 1, 1998. Today, CAT is the largest feline-only nonprofit animal shelter in the Pacific Northwest and has found homes for more than 44,000 cats and kittens.

When CAT first came on the scene in the late 1990s, Portland and its surrounding communities were overrun with lost, stray, and abandoned cats. Euthanasia rates were high. Adoption numbers were low. Homeless cats had limited options.

Working collaboratively with other animal shelters, rescue groups, and veterinarians—and with the support the local community—CAT has helped transform the Portland metro area into one of the safest communities in the nation for homeless cats.

By the end of its first year, CAT had found homes for 219 cats. The adoption numbers and shelter population more than doubled in 1999. In 2002, CAT became the first animal shelter in the Pacific Northwest to open an onsite veterinary hospital. And the organization has continued to advance each year.

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Though the shelter location hasn’t changed, the facility has undergone countless improvements. CAT upgraded from particle board and Plexiglas to stainless steel cat kennels in the mid-2000s. Later, in 2014, additional housing improvement gave twice as much space to each cat. The organization continues to make changes in response to advances in veterinary medicine and animal sheltering.

Over the past 20 years, cats’ lives have been saved and human lives have been enriched by the 44,319 adoptions from CAT.

“All of this has been made possible by the generosity and caring of adopters, volunteers, donors, and other partners in our community,” says Karen Green, CAT’s executive director. “We can’t wait to see what the next 20 years will bring!”

Helping cats in need remains at the core of all that CAT does. This year, the organization plans to increase its support for senior cats, under-socialized kittens, and cats with other health or behavior concerns. What’s more, CAT hopes to help another 3,300 cats and kittens find loving new homes by the end of 2018.
CAT invites you to celebrate the memories by viewing our 20th Anniversary Photo Album online at catadoptionteam.org/20years.

A Brief History of CAT

1998 – CAT opens on May 1 with 35 cats for adoption

2000 – 1,000th cat is adopted

2002 – CAT opens onsite veterinary hospital, making it the first shelter in Oregon to open such a clinic

2004 – Organization receives official 501(c)(3) nonprofit designation

2005 – Kitten foster program is formalized with the hire of first foster coordinator

2006 – CAT and other local animal organizations form the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland (ASAP)

2008 – ASAP’s Spay & Save low-cost public spay/neuter program become available at CAT

2009 – CAT reaches 20,000th adoption

2011 – Thrift Store Benefitting the Cat Adoption Team opens

2012 – A burst pipe floods the shelter and CAT undertakes an extensive remodel

2014 – CAT adds portals to its kennels, doubling—and in some cases tripling—each cat’s space

2016 – 40,000th adoption takes place

2017 – With grant funding, CAT purchases its first transport vehicle

2018 – CAT celebrates 20th anniversary

ABOUT CAT ADOPTION TEAM
The Cat Adoption Team (CAT) is the Pacific Northwest’s largest nonprofit, feline-only shelter committed to finding a home for every cat it takes in. CAT’s 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. CAT has found homes for more than 44,000 cats and kittens since opening in May 1998. As a 501(c)(3) publicly supported charity, CAT relies on the generous support of individuals and organizations. For more information, visit catadoptionteam.org.

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Gabrielle

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This independent 6 year old longs to be your only kitty so she can have all the love to herself. She’s a lovely gal with a great heart who enjoys pets and rubs! She's independent, so she can also be self-entertained when she needs a break or a nap in the sunshine, warming her soft bunny fur. Gabrielle may need a little time to adjust to her new home, but once she settles, she's all you could hope and more! This easy-going gal will fill your heart and home with love and joy. Meet her and fall in love at Cat Adoption Team’s Sherwood shelter, 14175 SW Galbreath Drive | 503-925- 8903 | catadoptionteam.org.

Tulip

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This active, attention-seeking 4 year old has a one-of-a-kind personality! Arriving at CAT via Utah, she has spent time in the shelter recovering from a URI and finding her true colors. She’s curious and opinionated, and may occasionally try to test your limits to get her own way. She’s affectionate when she wants to be, vocal about attention, and loves playing with wand toys and catnip! Tulip will probably need some space and time to come out of her shell in her new home, but with her sassy personality and confidence, she’ll be a wonderful addition to the family. Meet her today at Cat Adoption Team’s Sherwood shelter, 14175 SW Galbreath Drive | 503-925- 8903 |catadoptionteam.org.

Katie

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This beautiful 2-year-old dilute calico needs to be an only kitty. An independent soul with a heart of gold, Katie loves boxes and lounging around. Katie is can very active and seeks attention, but also does great on her own or finding a new box to explore. Ping pong and bouncy balls are personal favs, and as cats will do, she sometimes prefers quiet “me time.” Katie currently lives in an office at CAT, to which she adjusted really well. She’ll blossom even more with a family and home of her own! Could that be with you? Meet Katie at Cat Adoption Team’s Sherwood shelter at 14175 SW Galbreath Drive503-925-8903 | catadoptionteam.org.

Petco Foundation awards $30,000 to Cat Adoption Team

Lifesaving grant will extend efforts to provide quality care to shelter cats

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[December 21, 2017 – Portland, OR] —The Cat Adoption Team (CAT), located in Sherwood, Ore., announced today that it has been awarded a $30,000 grant from Petco Foundation to support veterinary care for shelter cats and save more feline lives.

CAT is the largest feline-only nonprofit animal shelter in the Pacific Northwest. Since its founding in 1998, the organization has helped more than 43,000 homeless cats and kittens find loving new families.

The Petco Foundation investment will help CAT to provide critical veterinary and behavior care to cats in need by funding expenses such as medical supplies, lab fees, behavior counseling, and staff support.

“The cats who most critically need our help often have special medical and behavioral needs,” shares Karen Green, executive director of CAT. “This generous grant from Petco Foundation will help us save the lives of cats who need surgery, hospitalization for illness, or other treatment prior to adoption. And it will support staff expenses for our CAT Helpline, which provides advice and resources to keep cats in their homes.”

Funds from this grant will also help offset the costs of CAT’s signature events, Kitten Palooza and Whisker Wonderland.

For more information about Cat Adoption Team or the Petco Foundation, visit catadoptionteam.org or www.petcofoundation.org. Join the conversation on FacebookTwitter and Instagram or by using the hashtag #PetcoFoundation.

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ABOUT CAT ADOPTION TEAM
The Cat Adoption Team (CAT) is the Pacific Northwest’s largest nonprofit, feline-only shelter committed to finding a home for every cat it takes in. CAT’s 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. CAT has found homes for more than 43,000 cats and kittens since opening in May 1998. As a 501(c)(3) publicly supported charity, CAT relies on the generous support of individuals and organizations. For more information, visitcatadoptionteam.org.

Jackson

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Hey there!  I’m Jackson, a laid-back 5-year-old looking for love. I get lots of compliments on my long coat and sweet face, and get this! They say I’m as sweet as I am handsome! I am FIV-positive, but get along with and could live with other respectful FIV-negative cats. While independent, I love petting sessions, catnip toys, and lounging. Whether as your one-and-only or a new member of your pack, I will add lots of purrs and play to the family! Please come meet me at Cat Adoption Team’s Sherwood shelter at 14175 SW Galbreath Drive. 503-925-8903 | catadoptionteam.org

Fatima

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Well, hello!  I’m a 6-year-old independent lady who enjoys bird watching, nap time, and TV time with you! While I usually prefer to be an only kitty, I do okay with other respectful cats. I’ve been in the shelter awhile now, and my shelter friends say they can’t imagine why. They say my flirty eyes, beautiful Tabby markings, and relaxed, humble nature should earn me a wonderful family! I hope that’s with you! Please come meet me at Cat Adoption Team’s Sherwood shelter at 4175 SW Galbreath Drive. 503-925-8903 | catadoptionteam.org.

Homeless Cats Displaced by Hurricane Harvey Arrive in Oregon

The Cat Adoption Team takes in cats from two Texas shelters to help support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

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Glitter recently arrived at CAT from a shelter in Houston

[Portland, OR – October 16, 2017] — The Cat Adoption Team (CAT), a feline-only shelter located outside Portland, Ore., is taking in close to 30 cats displaced by Hurricane Harvey.

The first 22 cats and kittens arrived on Sunday, October 16. A second group of 4 cats is scheduled to arrive on Tuesday, October 17. The cats come from two shelters in Houston that are making room to assist animals and people in Texas who have been devastated by the hurricane’s impact.

Working together with these Houston shelters, CAT is taking in cats who were in foster care prior to Hurricane Harvey, and are now ready for adoption. Transferring the cats to CAT will free up space and resources at the Houston shelters for cats who are now homeless or who became lost during the storm and whose families may still be looking for them.

“As soon as the hurricane hit, we knew that shelters in Texas would need support and we offered our help,” says Kristi Brooks, director of operations at CAT. “Now that these cats are ready for transport, we’re grateful to be able to bring them here for adoption.”

CAT’s medical team and shelter staff will provide full physical exams and health evaluations for the new arrivals. The cats will then go through the usual intake process, which includes vaccinations, treatment for parasites, microchipping, and spay or neuter surgery if needed.

“Cat Adoption Team regularly takes in cats and kittens from other shelters and rescue groups in our region,” says Karen Green, CAT’s executive director. “Animal shelters throughout Texas have been working hard to provide care for the hundreds of animals affected by Hurricane Harvey, and we’re honored to be a part of these lifesaving efforts.”

The Houston cats will be available for adoption later this week. If you are not able to adopt a cat at this time, consider making a donation to help defray the cost of rescue efforts like these and to provide care for all of the cats and kittens at CAT. Later this month, CAT plans to take in cats from California who have been displaced by the wildfires there. You can also send your donation by mail to: Cat Adoption Team, 14175 SW Galbreath Dr, Sherwood, OR 97140. To make a gift and to see cats available for adoption, visit catadoptionteam.org.

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ABOUT THE CAT ADOPTION TEAM
The Cat Adoption Team (CAT) is the Pacific Northwest’s largest nonprofit, feline-only shelter committed to finding a home for every cat it takes in. CAT’s 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. CAT has found homes for more than 42,000 cats and kittens since opening in May 1998. As a 501(c)(3) publicly supported charity, CAT relies on the generous support of individuals and organizations. For more information, visit catadoptionteam.org.