Over the past 8 years, Cat Town has accomplished what many thought to be impossible, thanks to the support of our community. By focusing on the most vulnerable shelter cats: scared, stressed, sick, injured, and elderly cats — as well as hissy older kittens — we’ve helped reduce the euthanasia rate for Oakland’s shelter cats by more than 70%.
This summer, Cat Town is ready to take the next step to support the shelter’s most at-risk cats — by helping 3-month-old kittens at risk of being forgotten during kitten season.
The younger the kitten, the easier it is to earn their trust. But in a crowded shelter, fearful 3-month-old youngsters don’t receive the critical human interaction they need, become hissy, and get passed by rescue organizations. They grow up in shelter cages, becoming ever more fearful. These stressed young kittens are also at the greatest risk for getting sick, because their immune systems are too weak to fight off what they may encounter at a shelter.
Our Forgotten Kitten Project already helps kittens 4-months and older learn to trust humans. We give these little ones confident cats to observe, and soon they began copying these role models, blossoming into adoptable kittens. At Cat Town, Oakland’s “forgotten kittens” are no longer forgotten, and no longer euthanized because of their reaction to life in a cage. With your help, we can adapt this program and expand our foster program to give even younger kittens a better chance at staying healthy, learning to trust, and finding homes.
We plan to pair hissy, 3-month-old youngsters with fearless 2-month-old kittens who can help teach them to be brave. As the pairs grow up in foster care, they’ll benefit from improved health and confidence with the experience of being loved in a home.
There’s just one thing holding us back from undertaking this new work: medical bills. Kittens require much more medical care than adult cats. These costs add up quickly, and limits the number of cats we can help.
With kitten season already upon us, the time to help these kittens is now. Please make a contribution today to help our smallest cats find great homes!