Homeless cats displaced by Hurricane Harvey arriving at CAT
Sherwood's Cat Adoption Team (CAT) has received 22 of an expected 30 felines displaced during Hurricane Harvey.
The first batch of cats arrived Sunday, Oct. 15, the result of efforts to clear cats from shelters in Texas following the devastating storm. Another four cats are expected to arrive Tuesday, facility officials have said.
The cats come from two shelters in Houston that are making room to assist both animals and people who have been devastated by the hurricane's impact.
"As soon as the hurricane hit, we knew that shelters in Texas would need support and we offered our help," said 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."
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.
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. Those who aren't able to adopt a cat at this time are asked to consider making a donation to help defray the cost of rescue efforts.
CAT, the Pacific Northwest's largest nonprofit, feline-only shelter, is located at 14175 S.W. Galbreath Drive. Visit catadoptionteam.org.