The Cat Adoption Team (CAT), a feline-only shelter located outside Portland, Ore., is taking in close to 30 cats displaced by Hurricane Harvey.
The first 22 cats and kittens arrived on Sunday, October 16. A second group of 4 cats is scheduled to arrive on Tuesday, October 17. The cats come from two shelters in Houston that are making room to assist animals and people in Texas who have been devastated by the hurricane’s impact.
Working together with these Houston shelters, CAT is taking in cats who were in foster care prior to Hurricane Harvey, and are now ready for adoption. Transferring the cats to CAT will free up space and resources at the Houston shelters for cats who are now homeless or who became lost during the storm and whose families may still be looking for them.
“As soon as the hurricane hit, we knew that shelters in Texas would need support and we offered our help,” says Kristi Brooks, director of operations at CAT. “Now that these cats are ready for transport, we’re grateful to be able to bring them here for adoption.”
CAT’s medical team and shelter staff will provide full physical exams and health evaluations for the new arrivals. The cats will then go through the usual intake process, which includes vaccinations, treatment for parasites, microchipping, and spay or neuter surgery if needed.
“Cat Adoption Team regularly takes in cats and kittens from other shelters and rescue groups in our region,” says Karen Green, CAT’s executive director. “Animal shelters throughout Texas have been working hard to provide care for the hundreds of animals affected by Hurricane Harvey, and we’re honored to be a part of these lifesaving efforts.”
The Houston cats will be available for adoption later this week. If you are not able to adopt a cat at this time, consider making a donation to help defray the cost of rescue efforts like these and to provide care for all of the cats and kittens at CAT. Later this month, CAT plans to take in cats from California who have been displaced by the wildfires there. You can also send your donation by mail to: Cat Adoption Team, 14175 SW Galbreath Dr, Sherwood, OR 97140. To make a gift and to see cats available for adoption, visit catadoptionteam.org.