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Cat Town


A non-profit rescue helping Oakland's most vulnerable shelter cats since 2011 and operating the Cat Town Cafe since 2014.

Cat Town’s goal is to give every cat a chance to find a loving home. Through innovative programs and partnerships, we have helped nearly 1,400 cats, redefining what’s possible for shy, senior, and other at-risk cats who need a second chance outside of a shelter cage. Through a unique partnership with Oakland Animal Services, Cat Town has helped reduce the euthanasia rate for cats at the Oakland shelter from 42% in 2011 to less than 10% today.

CATS ADOPTED IN 2016: 291
CATS READY FOR ADOPTION: 63

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Cat Town


A non-profit rescue helping Oakland's most vulnerable shelter cats since 2011 and operating the Cat Town Cafe since 2014.

Cat Town’s goal is to give every cat a chance to find a loving home. Through innovative programs and partnerships, we have helped nearly 1,400 cats, redefining what’s possible for shy, senior, and other at-risk cats who need a second chance outside of a shelter cage. Through a unique partnership with Oakland Animal Services, Cat Town has helped reduce the euthanasia rate for cats at the Oakland shelter from 42% in 2011 to less than 10% today.

CATS ADOPTED IN 2016: 291
CATS READY FOR ADOPTION: 63


Foster Program

Cat Town’s foster program focuses primarily on cats who would otherwise be euthanized. Our amazing foster volunteers provide cats the TLC they need in a home setting. Fostered cats blossom and can show their true selves to potential new families. We have around 50 cats in local foster-care, and are always looking for wonderful permanent (and foster) homes.

Foster a Cat Town Cat

Cat Town Cafe

As the first cat cafe in the U.S., our non-profit Cafe & Adoption Center invites visitors to mingle with up to 20 free-roaming adoptable cats in a relaxed setting – a win-win for cats and the potential adopters who can see the cats as they are. The Cafe has attracted national attention and enabled us to more than double our adoption rate in a single year.

Visit the Cat Town Cafe

Cat Town Shop

Visit our online store where you can buy Cat Town and Cat Town Cafe merchandise.

All sales support our lifesaving work!

Visit the Cat Town on-line store

Shelter Me is an inspiring PBS series that celebrates the human-animal bond with uplifting stories about shelter pets. Episode 6, "Shelter Me: Hearts & Paws," is hosted by Kristen Bell and features award-winning artist Patrick McDonnell, creator of the popular MUTTS comic strip. With a pen and sketch pad, Patrick gets a close look inside Animal Care Centers of New York City (ACC) to find inspiring stories to share with his readers. We also see a story about a dog that finds a new life after being given up at a shelter. And we visit the first cat café in the country which has partnered with Oakland Animal Services to provide a fun and innovative way to meet and adopt shelter cats. Shelter Me is presented by the Petco Foundation. Facebook.com/ShelterMeTV www.ShelterMe.tv