About Us

The three co-founders: Thi, Tram, Thoa

About Mini Cat Town

Since 2015, Mini Cat Town has rescued over 1500 cats and kittens. What started out as three sisters feeding stray cats, led to TNR (trap, neuter, release), followed by fostering, the formation of an independent rescue, and eventually a nonprofit rescue organization with over 300 volunteers, 50 foster homes, and 7 dedicated board members.

Mini Cat Town is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that specializes in rescuing neonatal kittens. It was founded by three sisters; Thi, Thoa, and Tram Bui and located inside Eastridge Center in San Jose. We are partnered with the City of San Jose Animal Services and work directly with San Jose Animal Care Center to place at-risk neonatal kittens into our foster homes to be rehabilitated. Once kittens are 8 weeks old and 2 pounds, they are spayed/neutered and placed onto our adoption floor to find their forever homes. 

From the Co-Founders:

We have been rescuing animals for as long as we can remember. We grew up in south San Jose, in a rough neighborhood that was overrun by stray and feral cats. As young children, we would save our $1 per week allowance to purchase food to care for the neighborhood cats. We would find kittens, take care of them until they were old enough to find a home, and then find families to adopt them. We did the best we could with what we had at the time.

As we got older, the issue in our neighborhood continued to grow rapidly. The stray and feral cats had kittens and those kittens would grow up to have more, in a never-ending cycle. We watched this happen over and over again. Once we were teenagers, we got jobs at our local Baskin Robbins because we needed the money to help our community cats. We educated ourselves on population control and learned how to humanely trap the cats, have them spayed/neutered at our city animal shelter, and release them. This program was called Trap, Neuter, Release (TNR). By doing this, cats in our neighborhood would be able to live out their lives without continuously reproducing and overpopulating the neighborhood. We worked at Baskin Robbins throughout high school and saved up funds to put every single cat and kitten in our neighborhood through the TNR program. By the time we graduated, all 100+ of the feral and stray cats in our neighborhood had gone through TNR. All of the kittens we found during this time were rehabilitated, fixed, and placed in forever homes.

As college students, we started independently fostering on a small scale and documenting our work on social media. We raised kittens we found or that were given to us and placed them in homes. It wasn’t until we posted a video of our dog, Lilo, cuddling with our foster kitten, Rosie, that our whole world turned upside down! The video went viral and our social media exploded. This allowed us to continue our work on a much larger scale.

Through generous donations and the support of our online and immediate community, we officially established Mini Cat Town in December of 2015. Since then, we have dedicated our lives to rescuing neonatal kittens, who are the most at-risk population in shelters. Every year, during kitten season, over 5000 orphaned neonatal kittens pour into the shelter during the warmer months because of the overpopulation of stray and feral cats in communities just like the one we grew up in. We hope to build a large enough organization and facilities to help every kitten in our community.
Mini Cat Town is, by far, our greatest achievement and we are proud to have made it this far! Please consider supporting us by making a tax-deductible donation to our rescue efforts!

We encourage everyone to join us in the fight against millions of suffering, unwanted kittens born to unspayed cats each year. Ask your local shelter about TNR programs, volunteer by socializing cats/dogs, foster an animal, or donate! Looking to adopt? Rescue a kitten! We believe big changes start with small efforts and our combined efforts today can change the world tomorrow. Ask yourself, how can you advocate for a kitten today?

If you are interested in adopting, please fill out an application and wait for approval to schedule an appointment with us. All unapproved applicants are subject to admission fees.