Cat Adoption Team is one of only two Oregon nonprofit animal shelters in the running for a $10,000 grant from the Petco Foundation.
The Sherwood shelter and the Oregon Humane Society were chosen out of 100 animal-welfare groups nationwide selected by Petco to participate.
The 10 organizations with the most votes will get a $10,000 grant. With 1,484 votes already accumulated, CAT now hopes to make the cut.
The nonprofit says it would use the money in a variety of ways. Some of it will help subsidize more than 450 low-cost spay and neuter surgeries, which would prevent more than 1,000 unwanted kittens in one year alone.
In addition, the grant would be used to microchip 1,000 shelter cats prior to adoption, helping ensure the cats are reunited with their owners if they get lost.
The money would also help the shelter to stock 320 baby bags full of necessary supplies and medication provided to CAT’s foster parents.
Lastly, it would enable the shelter to provide clean cages, soft bedding, fresh food, water and litter, toys and care for 60 resident cats.