Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon

To improve the welfare and reduce the population of feral and stray cats through spay/neuter programs and education.
Oct 13, 2016

Colony of 45 cats all helped at one clinic

In one busy day we hade a single 45-cat colony from Lebanon, Oregon. It's an hour and a half drive from FCCO's clinic, but well worth the drive to help all these cats at once.

The cats live on Ivan and Marinda's farm. These farmers do what they can to feed the cats, but they can't afford to spay/neuter them. Trapping was also a challenge, so a long-time FCCO volunteer, Sharon, and her sister trapped and transported the cats. When Ivan reached out to FCCO he shared, "They are simply beautiful cats, and any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated by me and my kids".

The colony began as a few strays.
Ivan has a manufactured home on his parents' property that he uses for storage. Stray cats from their community saw a safe place to live and moved in. The colony began as a few strays that Ivan and his son, niece, and nephew fed. This summer, the population grew at an out-of-control rate.

The kids have been mowing yards and doing chores to earn money to help feed the cats. We sent them home with donated cat food to help out.

Twelve of the cats are kittens under 3 months old, and the family has plans for the tame kittens to go to homes. The population will stabilize now that the colony is all spay/neutered.

FCCO exists to help cats like these who otherwise would not receive medical services, including spay/neuter. We can do this because of your support. Thank you.

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Jul 19, 2016

Alumni Tails: Friendly's family

Friendly
Friendly

Tiffany contacted FCCO about a cat she first noticed mid-winter. He was a kitten at the time; she began feeding him and named him Friendly. Though feral, he approached Tiffany during feeding times and all seemed good.

Spring came and another cat arrived. Tiffany put out more food, but soon noticed that this other cat was growing. She was quite pregnant and had a litter of four kittens. One cat was easy; six was more than Tiffany could manage.

Now spayed/neutered, Friendly and Mama are healthy, vaccinated cats who will continue to be fed by Tiffany but will no longer be part of the breeding cycle. Tiffany made arrangements for the kittens so that they, too, will be spayed/neutered and have homes.

We are grateful to caregivers like Tiffany who recognize a cat in need and make a commitment to giving them a better life. Our work to help the cats - and their caregivers - is possible because of your support. Thank you!  >^..^<

Apr 14, 2016

Alumni Tails: Mama cat's breeding days are over

Mama cat awaits her spay surgery and vaccinations
Mama cat awaits her spay surgery and vaccinations
Carol and Michael of Vancouver, WA, contacted us after discovering how quickly cats can multiply. They told us, "We started out with two neighborhood cats. One became friendly over time and started living with us inside as a pet. The other had kittens... and started our little population explosion."

Right away Carol and Michael were able to trap and bring seven cats and kittens to our spay/neuter clinic, but Mama cat evaded all their efforts. Finally - success!

Carol told us, "We've been trying to get her for the last eight months. Every time we would bring home the trap she would disappear. This time she stayed around but was refusing to eat. Hunger finally won out last night! So after three litters that we know of (10 kittens), her breeding days are over."
FCCO's services for feral and stray cats allow kind people like Carol and Michael to continue to care for feral and stray cats living among them without worry that the cats will keep producing more mouths to feed. We have helped nearly 80,000 cats - funded 100% by donations.
 
   

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