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 is the director of operations for Cat Adoption Team (CAT). Kristi got her start in animal welfare in 2002 as a foster volunteer at CAT. Two years later, she became the organization’s first kitten foster coordinator, moved to volunteer manager in 2007, and operations in 2009. During her tenure at CAT, Kristi has helped develop the foster program into a nationally recognized model, Fostering 4 Rock Stars (F4RS). Kristi has trained shelters across the country how to implement the F4RS model, resulting in dramatic increases in save rates in these shelters.
An active member and founding partner of the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland’s (ASAP) leadership team, Kristi also co-chairs the ASAP lifesaving committee. In these roles, she works closely with county shelter partners to increase the feline save rate in the greater Portland metro area. These rates have improved from 46 percent in 2006 to nearly 95 percent in 2018 through transports and collaboration.
Heather J. Svoboda
Communications & Development Manager, Cat Adoption Team
Heather is the communications and development manager at Cat Adoption Team (CAT). She has 15 years of communications experience and nearly a decade of experience in fundraising. She started in animal welfare work as a volunteer at PAWS Chicago before moving to the Pacific Northwest. In 2011, Heather joined CAT as a shelter associate, and she was hired into her current role in 2013. In this position, Heather manages CAT’s marketing, public relations and fundraising efforts, including initiatives and events that support the foster program.
Heather holds a master’s degree in anthrozoology from Canisius College and a professional certificate in nonprofit fundraising from Portland State University. She is a member of the Willamette Valley Development Officers and The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement.