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Cat Town was founded in 2011 by Ann Dunn while she was a volunteer at Oakland Animal Services (OAS), 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. She was quickly joined by other shelter volunteers to create an alternative to the shelter for the cats who are at greatest risk for euthanasia.

Why We’re Unique

Focusing primarily on helping vulnerable shelter cats sets us apart from other rescues, whose main focus tend to be on high volume adoptions, bottle-fed kittens, or community cats.

Cat Town is also unique in 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.

Our Mission

Cat Town's mission is to transform the approach to saving shelter cats, reducing euthanasia nationwide. Our focus is to find great homes for cats who are considered unadoptable in the traditional rescue model.

General Facts

  • Cat Town focuses on helping sick, senior, stressed, and shy cats — cats who find it difficult to thrive in the shelter environment and were in need of a safe space where they could show their true personalities.
  • Our foster program has now been in operation for more than 7 years. We typically have 40 to 60 foster cats in our care at any time.
  • Our cage-free Adoption Center at Cat Town has been in operation since October, 2014. There are typically anywhere between 20 and 40 cats living there.
  • In our 7+ years, we’ve helped more than 1,900 cats.
  • In that same 7+ years, we’ve helped reduce the euthanasia rate in Oakland’s shelter by 70%.

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Last year…

  • 38% of our adopted cats had case managers to ensure they had a smooth transition into their new homes.
  • 27% of the cats we saved were forgotten kittens — kittens between 4 and 9 months old, and thus more challenging to socialize.
  • 37% of our cats received emergency medical care
  • 15% of our cats were seniors
  • 16 of our cats had their medical bills covered for the rest of their lives though our In It for Life program
  • We showed 24 apprentices from rescues all over the country how we help “hard-to-place” cats

Your gift will be used in many worthy ways…

  • Life-saving surgery for cats with broken bones, injured eyes, and other wounds
  • Lifelong medical care for senior cats who struggle with thyroid disease, kidney failure, cancer, and tooth decay
  • Support for fosters who spend months helping scared cats overcome fear from abuse or living on the streets
  • Running their innovative adoption center—where shy and stressed cats can build trust with humans
  • Training for volunteers to help adopters find the perfect cat for their personality and home environment
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$10 — Buy a pack of treats to help older kittens overcome fear
$25 — Buy a special bag of litter that helps old and blind cats find their litter box
$35 — Deliver supplies to our foster cats
$50 (Buy a case of prescription food for cats with special dietary needs
$60 — Get a stressed cat out of a cage
$75 — Cover the adoption fee for a pair of bonded cats
$100 — Buy film for printing photos that can help with FOUR months of cat adoptions
$125 — Spay/Neuter 2 cats prior to adoption
$200 — Buy a month of cleaning supplies to keep cats healthy at the Adoption Center
$280 — Socialize older kittens so they can find a home
$600 — Provide medical care for seniors and sick cats