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About Us


Since launching in 2011, Cat Town has rescued nearly 1,400 cats, and helped reduce the shelter's euthanasia rate from 42% in 2011 to less than 10% today.

Starting with a foster-based program in 2011, we now have a network of approximately 50 foster homes in and around Oakland.  We reserve the foster homes for the cats who most need a calm, quiet environment to thrive. Generally these are cats who are more sensitive to change, such as older cats, cats who don’t do well with other cats and/or cats with special needs. Potential adopters meet these cats in their foster home, where they are most relaxed and able to show their true personalities.

In 2014, we opened the Cat Town Cafe and Adoption Center. The Cafe allowed us to expand our mission to include cats who might make into adoption at the shelter, but may have to wait weeks or months for that opportunity. The primary goal of the Cafe is to empty as many shelter cages as possible.  

Since opening the Cafe, in a one-year period, our adoption rate more than doubled, with over 450 adoptions between the Cafe and Foster Program!

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About Us


Since launching in 2011, Cat Town has rescued nearly 1,400 cats, and helped reduce the shelter's euthanasia rate from 42% in 2011 to less than 10% today.

Starting with a foster-based program in 2011, we now have a network of approximately 50 foster homes in and around Oakland.  We reserve the foster homes for the cats who most need a calm, quiet environment to thrive. Generally these are cats who are more sensitive to change, such as older cats, cats who don’t do well with other cats and/or cats with special needs. Potential adopters meet these cats in their foster home, where they are most relaxed and able to show their true personalities.

In 2014, we opened the Cat Town Cafe and Adoption Center. The Cafe allowed us to expand our mission to include cats who might make into adoption at the shelter, but may have to wait weeks or months for that opportunity. The primary goal of the Cafe is to empty as many shelter cages as possible.  

Since opening the Cafe, in a one-year period, our adoption rate more than doubled, with over 450 adoptions between the Cafe and Foster Program!

Cat town - Founded in March 2011

Cat Town was founded by Ann Dunn while she was a volunteer at Oakland Animal Services, Oakland’s municipal shelter. Ann saw the challenges faced by the severely under resourced shelter to adequately care for the number of animals it receives each year, and the specific difficulties cats face in a shelter environment. Ann was quickly joined by other shelter volunteers to create an alternative to the shelter for the cats who are at greatest risk for euthanasia.

Part of what makes Cat Town unique is that several members of our core team are still volunteers at OAS and work closely with the cats there. This helps us identify the cats who most need our help. And, while we are fully independent of OAS, we work in close collaboration with shelter staff and consider supporting that shelter to be integral to our mission.

Cats Adopted by Year from Cat Town

Starting with a foster-based program in 2011, we now have a network of approximately 50 foster homes in and around Oakland.  We reserve the foster homes for the cats who most need a calm, quiet environment to thrive. Generally these are cats who are more sensitive to change, such as older cats, cats who don’t do well with other cats and/or cats with special needs. Potential adopters meet these cats in their foster home, where they are most relaxed and able to show their true personalities.

In 2014, we opened the Cat Town Cafe and Adoption Center. The Cafe allowed us to expand our mission to include cats who might make into adoption at the shelter, but may have to wait weeks or months for that opportunity. The primary goal of the Cafe is to empty as many shelter cages as possible.

Cat Town is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, and all donations are tax-deductible. Our tax ID is 27-3838132.

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Why Cat Town?


Most cats, no matter how sweet and loving in a home, aren’t able to handle the stress of a shelter environment. A typical reaction to being put in a cage is to shut down and try to become invisible, or to become aggressive. It is the minority of cats who can remain happy-go-lucky in an unfamiliar environment surrounded by barking dogs.

Generally, cats who make it into adoption at a shelter are those who are relaxed enough to be easily picked up and carried, and most people interested in adopting from a shelter are looking for confident cats. Cats who are scared or stressed are very unlikely to be adopted, so the shelter is making a logical choice to not move those cats to the adoption ward. When rescue groups have room in their programs to pull cats from the shelter, they most always take young and confident cats.

If cats can’t be adopted from the shelter, and rescue groups won’t take them, there is no alternative for the shelter but to euthanize them.

The cats we help in large numbers are those that are considered “unadoptable” by many rescue organizations, because they appear in a shelter to be difficult. The magic of Cat Town is that we go out on a limb to get these cats out of cages and into a safe environment –either a foster home or our cage-free adoption center at the Cat Town Cafe – where the cats can relax and show their true personalities. Our model allows the cats to thrive while waiting for a permanent home, and allows potential adopters to meet the real cat – it’s a win-win for everyone.

Why Cat Town?


Most cats, no matter how sweet and loving in a home, aren’t able to handle the stress of a shelter environment. A typical reaction to being put in a cage is to shut down and try to become invisible, or to become aggressive. It is the minority of cats who can remain happy-go-lucky in an unfamiliar environment surrounded by barking dogs.

Generally, cats who make it into adoption at a shelter are those who are relaxed enough to be easily picked up and carried, and most people interested in adopting from a shelter are looking for confident cats. Cats who are scared or stressed are very unlikely to be adopted, so the shelter is making a logical choice to not move those cats to the adoption ward. When rescue groups have room in their programs to pull cats from the shelter, they most always take young and confident cats.

If cats can’t be adopted from the shelter, and rescue groups won’t take them, there is no alternative for the shelter but to euthanize them.

The cats we help in large numbers are those that are considered “unadoptable” by many rescue organizations, because they appear in a shelter to be difficult. The magic of Cat Town is that we go out on a limb to get these cats out of cages and into a safe environment –either a foster home or our cage-free adoption center at the Cat Town Cafe – where the cats can relax and show their true personalities. Our model allows the cats to thrive while waiting for a permanent home, and allows potential adopters to meet the real cat – it’s a win-win for everyone.

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Team


Cat Town’s Board and Management Team's collective experience spans a broad array of disciplines.  In addition to the core team, Cat Town relies heavily on a terrific group of dedicated volunteers and receives advice from a variety of outside advisers including legal advice from Donahue Fitzgerald and expert cat advice from the certified cat behaviorists at Feline Minds.

Team


Cat Town’s Board and Management Team's collective experience spans a broad array of disciplines.  In addition to the core team, Cat Town relies heavily on a terrific group of dedicated volunteers and receives advice from a variety of outside advisers including legal advice from Donahue Fitzgerald and expert cat advice from the certified cat behaviorists at Feline Minds.

Management Team

Ann Dunn - Founder / Executive Director / Cafe co-founder

Dawn Pieper - Director of Operations / Foster Coordinator

Katie Kleinberg - Medical & Foster Support

Jay Ruiz - Volunteer Coordinator

CATHY NILAND - COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Marie Carney - Cat Care Coordinator & Foster Support

CHRIS Daruszka - Facilities Manager

Board of Directors

David Abernathy - President

STEVE BERLEY - vice president

JAMIE MILLER - TREASURER

Willow Liroff - Secretary

Karen Boyd

Stefanie Kraus

CORINNE LAMATA

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Media Coverage


As the United State’s first cat cafe, Cat Town Cafe has been the subject of numerous news stories and magazine articles.

Media Coverage


As the United State’s first cat cafe, Cat Town Cafe has been the subject of numerous news stories and magazine articles.

Our most recent media mentions...

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Contact Us


Contact Us


Cat Town

2869 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94611
Phone - 510 747 9064

Hours - Wednesday to Sunday from 12PM - 7PM

Closed - Monday & Tuesday

PLEAS NOTE - Our cafe space is currently under construction and is slated to reopen in February of 2017 as the RAWR Coffee Bar at Cat Town.

Please feel free to bring snacks or beverages for your visit in the meantime.

Foster & Adoption Inquires

info@cattownoakland.org

MEDIA INQUIRIES

info@cattownoakland.org

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