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CGCR Co-founder and President Sally Donovan passes away

December 16, 2016

With heavy hearts, the volunteers and board members of Columbia Gorge Cat Rescue announce that Co-founder and President Sally Donovan passed away on November 19, 2016.

In addition to her dedication to and hard work for homeless cats, Sally was a professional historian and operated her own business. She particularly loved restoring historic cemeteries.

See the Hood River News article about Sally and her work rescuing homeless cats: Sally Donovan gave her love to Gorge Cat Rescue.

You can read more about Sally's life in her obituary.

Petco Foundation awards grant to Columbia Gorge Cat Rescue

June 30, 2016

Thanks to a recent grant from the Petco Foundation, this year Columbia Gorge Cat Rescue will be able to spay and neuter more homeless cats in the gorge.


The Petco Foundation, committed to helping match wonderful adoptable pets with loving families, granted $7,500 to CGCR to prepare cats and kittens for adoption. This adoption preparation package includes spay or neuter surgery, a general health check, FVRCP vaccine, deworming, microchipping, and testing for feline leukemia and FIV.  The funds are also used for medical treatment or other services needed for sick or injured cats in preparation for adoption.


In 2014, Lake Oswego Petco Adoption Center began accepting CGCR’s homeless cats and kittens for adoption, and the following year Glisan St. Petco in Portland also became a CGCR adoption partner. CGCR’s volunteer network of foster homes cares for the cats and kittens until they are ready for adoption and transferred to the Petco adoption centers.


Last year CGCR fixed 814 adoptable and feral cats and kittens, and found homes for 473.


Columbia Gorge Cat Rescue, a registered 501(c)(3) volunteer nonprofit organization, is dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and placing the community’s abandoned, neglected and injured cats and kittens into loving, lifetime homes. Visit to see cats and kittens available for adoption or email Donations can be made online at or by mail to: Columbia Gorge Cat Rescue, PO Box 231, Hood River, OR 97031. Because of the great number of homeless cats in need, CGCR does not take in cats that are pets.

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