The longest running volunteer cat rescue group in Eugene/Springfield celebrated its 10th anniversary in August with a new name. West Coast Dog and Cat Rescue, founded in 2007, is now Cat Rescue and Adoption Network.
“We lost our dog coordinator in 2009 and have focused solely on abandoned and neglected cats ever since,” says Louanne Koch, president and foster coordinator. “As an all-volunteer, nonprofit, no-kill group, we have limited resources. Our new name will help us spend precious time continuing to care for and find loving homes for cats and avoid explaining that we don’t work with dogs and can’t serve the entire West Coast.”
The cat rescue also revealed a new logo that better displays its new mission to help cats.
“We kept it a secret until after our annual Catinental Breakfast volunteer appreciation event July 29,” Koch says. The new logo was designed by a long-time volunteer.
New volunteers and foster homes are always needed. Since 2007, the group has cared for more than 3,000 cats. Thus far in 2017, 303 have been received.
With kitten season in full swing, Cat Rescue and Adoption Network hosted a “Kitty Palooza” adoption event with its PetSmart partner Aug. 12-13. Both kittens and cats were available.
The group has no shelter or facility. Each cat is housed with a foster family to be evaluated, receive medical care including spay/neuter, deflea, deworm, vaccinations and microchip.
The cats are then available for adoption via the group’s website or through adoption centers inside PetSmart and Petco, Bobcat Pets and Wags! Dog Emporium in Eugene.
Donations, grants and adoption fees cover the costs with 78 percent of the group’s $130,000 annual budget spent on medical needs.
Visit westcoastdogandcat.org, or call 541-225-4955, for more information.