(Nov 14 2012) – The Cat Adoption Team (Sherwood, Ore) is pleased to announce that Karen Green will be the organization’s new Executive Director starting December 3, 2012.

Karen Green will be the organization’s new Executive Director

Karen Green will be the organization’s new Executive Director

Ms. Green has over 16 years professional experience in animal welfare and brings to CAT expertise in day-to-day organizational management, development, planning, and program administration.

Since 2006, Ms. Green was senior director for the Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs where she focused on communications, development, program/grant management, planning, events, and administration.

Ms. Green’s prior animal welfare expertise comes through Best Friends Animal Society, a national animal welfare organization and sanctuary located in Kanab, Utah. In her role as assistant director of the national No More Homeless Pets program, her focus was on helping build strong, healthy, and effective organizations and “no more homeless pets” communities in which cats and dogs were not killed for want of a home. Earlier roles at Best Friends included: community programs manager for the western U.S.; manager of the animal help department (which coordinated admissions for the sanctuary and provided help to thousands of other animals each month); and animal coordinator/technician in the cat department (providing medical care and managing off-site adoptions). She has also fostered dozens of cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies, focusing on newborn and under-socialized adolescent animals.
Ms. Green has a special interest in creating healthy cultures, fostering effective communication, and facilitating conflict resolution in animal welfare organizations. She holds BA in Organizational Communication and a Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Mediation from Marylhurst University.
Since 2010, Ms. Green has served in a volunteer role on the marketing committee for the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland, a coalition of Portland area animal organizations including both CAT and the Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs.
Ms. Green has served on the CAT Board of Directors since January 2012. “As a CAT board member, I have greatly admired and appreciated the lifesaving role CAT plays in our community. I am honored and excited to accept the position as CAT’s new executive director. I look forward to working with our staff, board, volunteers, partners, supporters, and others to save even more cats and kittens in our community!” states Ms. Green, in-coming Executive Director for CAT.

She shares her home with her family and her cat, Sterling.

Story by  Kathy Covey


The Cat Adoption Team (CAT) is the Pacific Northwest’s largest non-profit, feline-only adoption guarantee shelter. CAT was the first animal shelter in Oregon with its own full service veterinary hospital on site (2002). CAT was also the first shelter in the Portland-metro area to open an organized pet food bank (2008). The Cat Food Bank hands out over 3,000 pounds of donated food monthly. CAT’s mission is to work with the community to save the lives of unwanted, homeless, sick, and injured cats and kittens by offering shelter, adoption, foster, low-cost spay/neuter, and veterinary services to end needless feline euthanasia. CAT will find homes for over 2,700 felines this year. As a 501(c)(3) publicly-supported charity, CAT relies on the generous support of the public and volunteers.

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