Cats in the City was started by animal lovers Shawn and Daniel Lioy-Ryan, a social worker and neuroscientist. Both specialized in animal behavior. Shawn trained with domestic cats for animal assisted therapy while working with folks facing end-of-life. Daniel studied animal behavior while earning his PhD from OHSU. Together they launched Cats in the City in Portland, Oregon in 2008 with a focus on cat-only services like cat boarding, sitting, and grooming. Their idea was to give cats the comfort of a home setting, not a crate or kennel.
Shawn and Daniel’s model for Cats in the City was simple, “We created the services that we wanted for our own cats,” says Daniel.
They converted a 1916 Sellwood bungalow into a feline version of a bed-and-breakfast, where each guest receives a private room (or share with a cat from the same household—no mixing, please).
To celebrate their ten year anniversary, Cats in the City did it all over again by launching a second location, this time in a grand 1906 home located in the NE Tabor/Montavilla neighborhood, featuring a large, 20ft x 6ft x 10ft outdoor catio! This way, cats can enjoy nature all year round while boarding. Shawn and Daniel are excited to introduce more Portland neighborhoods to their unique cat-focused services.
Providing professional cat services has honored us with a unique window into the human experience. Through this very special window, we see we make it possible for others live their lives while we provided outstanding care to their cats, and we witness our common joys and heartaches. Over the course of a cat’s lifecycle, we see their humans form and grow families. We see weddings, babies born, vacations, graduations, divorces and other endings all because of this window, and because of our shared belief that a cat deserves the best life possible no matter what their humans are doing.