Is your shelter overrun with kittens and your foster homes full? For more than 10 years, Oregon’s Cat Adoption Team (CAT) has been finding homes for 100 or more kittens during the popular one-day Kitten Palooza adoption extravaganza.
Get the scoop on everything from planning kitten intake to keeping your crowd of adopters entertained. Learn how to engage foster families, get press for your event, and save more lives. This webinar can help you get many times more kittens adopted in a single day than you could have imagined.
You’ll leave the webinar knowing how to:
Plan and schedule intake and foster care for kittens before the big day
Get press and market the event for the best possible turnout
Maximize staff, volunteer and foster family involvement
Make sure kittens are prepared to put their best paws forward
This webinar is for anyone who wants to learn how to host a mega kitten adoption event or take their kitten adoptions to the next level.
Kristi Brooks is the director of operations for Cat Adoption Team (CAT), the Northwest’s largest adoption-guarantee, cat-focused shelter. CAT finds homes for approximately 3,300 cats each year, including more than 1,000 “graduates” of the kitten foster program.
Kristi got her start in animal welfare in 2002 as a foster volunteer at CAT. Three years later, she became the organization’s first paid kitten foster coordinator. During her tenure at CAT, Kristi has helped develop the foster program into a nationally recognized model, Fostering 4 Rock Stars (F4RS). Kristi has traveled to shelters across the country to help them implement kitten foster programs based on the F4RS model, resulting in dramatic increases in save rates in these shelters. In 2019 and 2020 (before the pandemic) Kristi trained 50 new students via Maddie’s Fund Apprenticeship program. The program is moving to an online version this year.
A native Oregonian, Kristi lives just outside of Portland with her husband and her latest batch of foster kittens.
Communications & Development Manager, Cat Adoption Team
Heather Miller is the communications and development manager at Cat Adoption Team (CAT). A life-long animal lover, Heather started in animal welfare work as a volunteer at PAWS Chicago. In 2011, she joined the CAT staff as a shelter associate, and she was promoted to her current position in 2013. In her role, Heather manages CAT’s communications and fundraising efforts and supports organization-wide events and activities like the annual Kitten Palooza adoption event.
Heather holds a master’s degree in anthrozoology from Canisius College and a professional certificate in nonprofit fundraising from Portland State University. In 2013, Heather earned a student award from the International Society for Anthrozoology, and her research was later published in Animal Welfare. She is a member of The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement and has 20 years of communications experience and over a decade of experience in development.
In her free time, Heather enjoys yoga, hiking, and trying to impress her two cats with parody songs and comedy routines—they are rarely if ever, impressed.