Our landmark 60,000th cat, “Rosie,” was spayed March 21, 2013, at our spay/neuter clinic in Portland. She is one of a colony of four in La Center, WA, and the offspring of a passing female who gave birth in the caregiver’s barn last year.
Rosie and her three siblings are now spayed/neutered and vaccinated. They will continue to live as barn cats, watched over by their kind caregiver.
Reaching 60,000 cats is an incredible milestone made possible by wonderful donors and volunteers like you. To reach the next 60,000 cats, we need your continued support along with growing the number of people who know and care about feral cats.
Barney lives on the water's edge of Sauvie Island near Portland. Her caregiver, Julie, thought he was a male cat until she found four kittens. Julie put out more bowls of food, but wondered how many more kittens would be born in the future.
Thankfully Julie found FCCO, and now Barney and her kittens are all spayed/neutered. The breeding cycle is broken and there won't be any more kittens. Barney is lucky. She doesn't need to worry about where her next meal will come from and she won't endure future pregnancies.
Last year, the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon (FCCO) spayed/neutered more than 6,600 cats. If each cat had a litter of four like Barney, we prevented 26,400 kitten births last year alone. Over the past four years, we increased the number of surgeries performed by 63%. The need for our services remains strong and we want to continue to help as many cats as possible.
Watch Barney's story here http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=je4KCAXyU78
Each year at FCCO we strive to help more feral cats. We want to help the cats in need in our communities and see a decrease in cat euthanasia rates in shelters. Increasing the number of cats spayed/neutered is critical to achieving this goal.
We spayed/neutered 6,621 cats this fiscal year! It may seem strange to talk about a record-setting year of spay/neuter surgeries in the fall, but FCCO’s fiscal year ends on September 30, so for us now is the perfect time to share this great news.
How does this compare to last year and what does this mean to the community? In 2011 we spayed/neutered 5,646 cats. This year we helped 17% more cats! And the results are adding up. The Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland reports a decrease of 10% in shelter intake and a 44% decrease in cat euthanasia rates last year. All great news for cats in our community!
Our incredibly dedicated staff works tirelessly to get the cats scheduled, train caregivers to successfully trap their cats, and safely care for each cat in our charge. They could not do it without our amazing volunteers, our generous donors, and the compassionate individuals in our communities who feed and look after feral and stray cats. Thank you one and all – you are helping those who can’t help themselves – and it is making a difference.
Amie is like many caregivers - she kindly put out a bowl of food for a few feral cats. Not yet altered, these cats had kittens and those kittens had kittens. Soon she was up to 41 feral cats. That's a huge number to feed, never mind the spay/neuter medical expense. She was grateful to find the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon. Not only did we have enough traps so that she could manage to bring the cats to clinics in just two trips (31 feral cats together on her first trip!), but we have generous donors that understand the importance of spaying/neutering who helped pay the medical expenses for the cats surgeries. Forty-one cats is a lot of cats, but Amie now knows the colony won't be producing any more kittens.
Last week a caregiver from Gresham, Oregon, brought a feral cat to our spay/neuter clinic. She borrowed a friend’s car to transport the cat. She reached in her pocket and donated $1.77 – it was all she had. She returned the now-altered cat to her yard. "One done. Two more to go."
At the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon, our goal is to spay and neuter as many free-roaming cats as possible, to alleviate suffering, and to prevent future generations of cats born in the wild. In order to fulfill this goal, we help every feral cat caregiver who comes to us in need of spay/ neuter services, regardless of their ability to donate.
The good Samaritans who care for feral cats bear a huge burden, both for the cats and their communities. Not only have they taken in cats who have been dumped, abandoned, and forgotten by others, but they spend their limited time and money to improve the quality of life for these cats. Many caregivers struggle to feed themselves and their families, but still are determined to provide for the feral cats in their care, and want to do the right thing by getting them spayed and neutered. By alleviating this financial hurdle, we are able to help many more cats and people in our community.
Each spay or neuter surgery costs approximately $30 for FCCO to perform, and we are able to help all the caregivers who come to our program, no matter how much they can donate, because of supporters like you. Thank you!
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