Last week, Cat Adoption Team hit a major milestone – in the form of a hefty, handsome three-year-old now named Hubert, who comes with a bit of a “cattitude.”
Beaverton resident Theresa Brown, 27, didn’t know when she adopted Hubert (known at the shelter as Chomper), that he would mark the Sherwood shelter’s 30,000th adoption since opening in May of 1998.
Pet-Talk-Theresa-Brown-and-Hubert-032313.jpg Theresa Brown holds her new cat Hubert, the 30,000th cat to be adopted from Cat Adoption Team. Courtesy of DC, CAT volunteer
All she knew was that he was ornery but loving in a way that only cats can be.
“I like the ‘grumpy old men’ cats,” says Brown, who has volunteered as a CAT adoption counselor and foster caregiver to a special-needs cat. When that cat was adopted, Brown decided she too wanted a feline for the long haul.
Hubert is special in another way, too. Aside from being the 30,000th cat to be adopted from the Pacific Northwest’s largest nonprofit, adoption-guarantee cat shelter, he also tested positive for feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV).
Cat Adoption Team makes space for a small number of cats with the virus, which only affects felines and is typically transmitted through bite wounds and scratches.
Thanks to his and several other recent adoptions of FIV-positive cats, the shelter can now open up its special free-roam room up for more such cats, says Kathy Covey, public relations manager for Cat Adoption Team.
Originally posted here: Pet Talk: Cat Adoption Team celebrates 30,000 adoptions, 15 years helping cats | OregonLive.com.