Our Story

Our Story

Our Mission is to alleviate the suffering of stray, abandoned, unwanted and feral cats in Santa Clara County and serve as advocates for all cats. We accomplish our mission by:


  • Sponsoring innovative programs to help cats in traditional shelters in our county, as well as community cats who live outdoors
  • Educating the public through community outreach
  • Providing our community with the tools to become part of the solution
  • Providing cat food and support to low income cat guardians, fosters, or owners
  • Finding permanent, safe, and loving homes for the homeless cats and kittens in our care

Click here to view the 2015-2017 Impact Report, which shows our results for the past 3 years, and click here to view our Strategic Plan which outlines our goals and objectives for the future. Our organization earned the 2019 Guidestar Gold Seal of Transparency. By sharing information about our goals, strategies, capabilities and vision we are highlighting the difference we make in our community. Check us out on Guidestar here.

In 1997 Rosi Mirko founded Town Cats, an adoption center and rescue for cats, with the support of her husband Albert.  Rosi was the driving force behind Town Cats, working tirelessly to save countless lives and inspiring others to do the same.

She changed the landscape of the animal welfare community of Santa Clara County by championing feral cats, and promoting the humane Trap/Neuter/Return method to control their populations. Under Rosi’s guidance Town Cats became an integral part of the Feral Freedom program, through which thousands of community cats are spayed/neutered and released to live out their lives.

Town Cats has rescued, helped, and adopted out thousands of friendly cats to loving families. Rosi was a dedicated, passionate, and hardworking leader who was adored by her devoted husband Albert and her friends. Together Rosi and Albert Mirko made Town Cats a successful nonprofit organization that serves an important function in our community. Those of us who knew Rosi and Albert will never forget them, and we vow to carry on their good work.


Albert Mirko:  October 11, 1942 – July 12, 2012
Rosemary Mirko:  January 22, 1958 – July 7, 2013
In the Beginning
Albert with Moe_2775
Rosi at camp albert
Rosi-Albert dancing