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 nearly ten years ago 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 is doing 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.