Hungry Kitty  
                           a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit corporation benefiting Oakland's stray and feral cats

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 Read about our work in an article in the Oakland Tribune, (click on link): "Oakland Woman keeps homeless cats fixed and well fed"



Beau, formerly "Ringo", was a cat who wormed his way into a colony of
ragtag cats in deep east Oakland, by a liquor store.  Beau was very
polite, and did not bother the other cats when they were eating.  We
fed him off to the side. We trapped him, had him neutered and vetted,
then re-released him.  We felt he was not totally feral, but did not
show himself to be completely tame either.  We felt bad putting him
back out.

Beau disappeared for a few weeks, then showed up again, with his tail
looking very badly damaged and broken.  He was very hungry.  Beau
showed up every night for food, and we tried hard to catch him in the
trap. His tail, clearly necrotic, was falling off, piece by piece.  We
were desperate to catch him.   This location is busy and noisy, and
difficult to trap cats!

 Finally, one night, starting around midnight, two of us used a "drop
trap" to catch Beau. It took us quite a while, but we were able to
catch him.  Then, transferring him into a regular trap, proved
difficult.  Beau just sat there, and would not move, apparently
unfazed by our movement and attempts to get him transferred.  We
finally cajoled him into the trap, took him home, and the very next
day, Beau went in for surgery, to remove his necrotic tail.  He came
out of it fine, with a lot of stitches at the base of his spine.   A
wonderful benefactor paid for Beau's surgery.    She also offered to
recover Beau at her home.


While Beau was recovering, a friend of Beau's benefactor, came to
visit. She was just grieving the loss of her longtime older cat who
passed.    She fell in love with Beau, who charmed her, with his "not
so feral after all" attitude.

Beau is now living the life of a prince, in Benicia.  We have lots of
photos of Beau, and none of them show him upright!  His "base of
operations" is the bed, surrounded by toys and pillows.   I have
visited Beau, and he is a very happy, and incredibly tame cat, who
surely had been someone's cat in the past.  He must have been lost and
on the streets for some time.


Formerly feral kitten, being handled, so she could go into an adoption program. (We didn't teach her to say "hi", she did this on her own!)


Volunteers pulled lone kitten out of earth mound, by the side of a fast food drive thru, where all cats were TNRd, and tame cats removed . Kitten went into adoption.


We're feeding this abandoned semi-feral calico, "Boo", trying to socialize her, while we look for a good "Gardern home" for her.


This cat was one of fifteen, left behind at a public housing project in Oakland. A caller said the cats were all starving. Volunteers started feeding all of them, and have found homes for all the tame ones, including this buff/orange girl, who was shy and scared, but very sweet. She ended up being adopted through one of our rescue partner programs, after we got her fattened up and spayed. All but three cats have been re-homed from there, in the last year. We continue to feed the remaining cats there.


We were asked to help care for abandoned cats at another housing project. We got all the cats spayed/neutered, and fed, best we could, with cooperation from the tenants. Management did not want the cats to stay, so we worked to find appropriate garden homes for all the cats. This took a long time, and we are still feeding a small number of the cats, in a different location. "Greta, the Greeter" orange and white, closest in the pic, got a wonderful backyard garden home with three other mellow but semi-feral cats, in a nearby neighborhood (see next photo below).

Greta the Greeter, in her new forever home, safe at last!


"Mama Egg, and her adopted stray kitten"

Mama Egg was part of a colony, and we plucked her out, and worked with her. She became more and more tame, in foster care. We received a call about a kitten in distress, in a barrel, that had mud at the bottom. We got the two month old tabby out, gave him two baths, and worked with the squirmy screamer. Mama Egg took a liking to him, and treated him as her own. Both Mama Egg and Charlie got great homes through Cat Town.


                                                Emergency! Kitten trapped in sewer on San Leandro Boulevard

                                                              The Hotline call about kitten, "Little Jack":
"I am on San Leandro Boulevard just past West, in front of a used furniture store. I see a sign saying there is a kitten stuck down there by open sewer grate. Can hear it meowing frantically. Stopped an officer and he said there was a call to animal control but he wasn't sure. I called to ASN only got a loop asking for the extension of the person I was looking for, then it hung up on me. Not sure what to do; I am here now. Is there anyone who can assist? Thanks!" 

                                                                      We were able to trap little Jack.

                                                                         Little Jack, resting, warm and fed!

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Hungry Kitty, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was founded to help feed Oakland
’s stray and  abandoned  cats and reduce future generations of unwanted  cats through spay and neuter. We feed three hundred abandoned, stray, and feral cats every day, rain or shine. Hungry Kitty volunteers also help feral cats in Oakland neighborhoods by spaying/neutering and vaccinating them to help prevent future litters of stray kittens.

Donating to Hungry Kitty helps

Feed hundreds of tame, stray and feral cats every day: 
Many of the feeders we would like to support are low-income cat caregivers, seniors and residents who are trying to provide help for the cats in their neighborhood. One of Hungry Kitty’s goals is to be able to provide nutritional cat food to individuals who participate in our Neighborhood Cat network. We need help from the public via donations to be able to accomplish this goal. With the growing numbers of abandoned cats, we feed hundreds of cats each day, we are always desperately in need of cat food, or donations to buy food, no donation is too small. We also can pick up cat food (dry or canned) that your cat may no longer like. Our cats are hungry and will appreciate and eat every bite!

 Foster and adoption of socialized cats: An increasing number of pet cats are being abandoned as families lose their homes as the result of foreclosure or job loss. These cats are unable to fend for themselves, having learned to rely on humans for their care. We find these tame cats in feral colonies, and hope to feed and re-home them.

 Spay/Neuter efforts: We work with other organizations, such as Fix Our Ferals, to increase the number of spayed/neutered cats in Oakland neighborhoods. Our efforts are focused especially in low-income neighborhoods, where there are large numbers of stray and feral cats.

 Educate the community: Hungry Kitty provides education to the public, including children, about the importance of being compassionate to stray cats and kittens. We hope to build awareness of the frightened struggle that street cats go through, and how by helping neighborhoods get their cats, spayed and neutered, stray cats won’t be seen as pests. We also share our knowledge of 30 year experience with helping cats with citizens who would like to care for their neighborhood cats, and help fight over-population with spay/neuter.

 Please donate to help Hungry Kitty help homeless cats in Oakland.  If you would like to help our all-volunteer feeding, trap/neuter/release, or outreach efforts, please email


 last modified: December 24, 2016

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