When I first met Ember, my two-year-old rescue cat, she was about six months old. I had recently started volunteering at Cat Town, an adoption center-cat café in Oakland, CA. I began volunteering a few months after moving to Oakland under difficult circumstances: my boyfriend, Nathan, who was living in San Francisco at the time, had been in a near-fatal bicycle accident and sustained a severe traumatic brain injury. I had never been involved with any kind of animal rescue before, but, as a lifelong cat lover, I thought it would be a good way to meet new people and get my mind off things.
As I stood in the Quiet Zone this past week, I, a fellow staff member, and one of our volunteers watched in delight as Ogden accepted minutes long pets.
"It's amazing how much progress he's made! Now all he has to do is show his sister!"
That sister is Odessa, a notoriously hissy kitten who likes to hide out in the City Hall building. An outsider might find it hard to believe that she and her brother have had largely the same experience at Cat Town and before that at the shelter.
The final month of 2017 was another happy one at Cat Town. We were ecstatic to see so many cats head home for the holidays! Buzz and Duke, who were untouchable at the shelter, transformed in our Studios and both found their families. And Didi, who went through 4 surgeries while at Cat Town, was adopted just in time to ring in the new year.
2018 is already off to a great start and we can't wait to connect more families in the coming months. If you're looking to adopt, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and check out our full list of available cats.