Our House is Now a Home with Elsa

Our House is Now a Home with Elsa

As a Cat Town volunteer turned staff member, I have a special relationship with so many of our cats. Our staff and volunteers are often asked how we stop ourselves from adopting them all, and believe me, if I could I definitely would. But sometimes, you can't help but truly falling in love, even when your apartment doesn't allow pets. 

This story was originally submitted as part of The PetCo Foundation's Holiday Wishes campaign. I hope you enjoy the story of Elsa's adoption.

KITTEN WIRE: HOW WE GET FROM FEARFUL TO FRIENDLY

KITTEN WIRE: HOW WE GET FROM FEARFUL TO FRIENDLY

OAKLAND — It usually starts with some stinky food.

When the shy, stressed or sick young rescues arrive at Cat Town, we turn to proven techniques and time-tested tools — like extra funky food treats — to begin the socialization process. Then there's the way we talk to the cats. How we walk in a room. How we introduce toys. And the way we document each step so dozens of volunteers and the staff who care for them understands their medical and social progress.

Volunteer of the Month: Emily V.

Volunteer of the Month: Emily V.

Some of the most important work done at Cat Town happens behind the scenes with the special group of volunteers in our foster program. These wonderful people welcome a Cat Town cat (or two!) into their home while the cat waits to be adopted. Often times under socialized or senior cats simply need a place where they can destress. As anyone who has fostered a cat can tell you, sometimes the work is slow but ultimately extremely rewarding.