Cat Town Cafe and Adoption Center © 2015 Susan M Hall
Cat Town, Hood Cats and Oakland Animal Services are partnering to place abused, neglected, injured or abandoned cats that are considered “un-adoptable” into permanent homes. Many of the cats require medical attention particularly the “senior” cats. In the five years since Cat Town opened it has helped over 600 at risk shelter cats resulting in a drop in the euthanasia rate at Oakland Animal Services to 7% (1226 in 2008, 1087 in 2009, 844 in 2010, 799 in 2011, 322 in 2012).1
The Cat Zone houses between 6 and 20 free roaming cats. Cats are acclimated to each other and the Cat Zone on Monday’s and Tuesday’s. There are surprisingly few cat fights. A couple of boisterous boys pelted a cat with a barrage of bouncing balls. The cat looked non plussed. Volunteers are on hand to answer questions and separate the cats if necessary. Most of the cats are in foster care with volunteers waiting to be adopted.
Misha © 2015 Susan M Hall
Cat lovers and city dwellers who can’t have cats can visit the cats on Wednesday thru Sunday 10 AM to 7 PM. It’s a mutually beneficial arrangement. Reservations are available for a $10 donation. Walk-ins are free based on availability. The cafe serves coffee from Bicycle Coffee, bagels from Authentic Bagel Company and baked goods from Rolling Sloane’s.
Grab a cup of coffee and a chocolate chip cookie, play with the cats and leave revitalized.
1 Oakland Animal Services Shelter Surveys.
Cat Town Cafe and Adoption Center
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