On Saturday, October 3, 2015, we had 127 cats at our clinic from Othello, Washington. The cats were trapped and transported by a team of volunteers who work on an online show called Animal House. While filming an episode of the show they found an exploding population of feral and stray cats in this rural, depressed community 50 miles north of Richland, WA. They wanted to help them. They worked with the community for months and once they had them on board for Trap-Neuter-Return, they reached out to FCCO.
We lent them traps and carriers, and in one day they caught the 127 cats at 17 trapping locations across the town. While these cats were at FCCO they continued to trap the remaining cats. On Sunday, October 4, 2015, an additional 40 cats arrived from Othello to be spayed/neutered. All 167 cats were safely returned back home to recover.
This mass trapping effort will have a dramatic effect on the cat population and in the hearts and minds of the residents. One caregiver told the trapping team, "I've been trying to get someone out here to help for years. I am 80 years old and had given up hope the cats would ever get care. Thank you so much."
Spay/neuter makes a difference in so many lives.
Thank you for your support!
On Thursday, August 6, 2015, the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon helped our 75,000th cat!
This special kitty is a sweet but definitely feral mama cat who will continue to live outside under the deck she chose for a home. "Deck," as her caregivers call her, is now healthier and will no longer produce litters of kittens.
Deck showed up in Julie and Kevin R.'s backyard one day scared and hungry, so they started leaving food out for her. They thought she was a boy until three small kittens came with her for dinner.
Julie called FCCO and made an appointment for the mama cat, but is still working on taming the kittens, who are safely confined indoors and are scheduled to be spayed/neutered this week.
The day after Deck's spay surgery Julie put out a bowl of food and water then opened the trap. Deck was gone in an instant! Julie wondered if she would ever come back but within 15 minutes she was eating the food.
Many thanks to Julie and Kevin for so kindly feeding Deck and giving her a much brighter future. And purrs to everyone who finds a kitty in need and makes that commitment to her.
Blackie found a wonderful caregiver in Helen L.. She sent us this current photo of him, looking healthy and fluffy. He had a very different appearance and demeanor when she first met him, but in the year since he was neutered at FCCO last July he changed. Neutering can significantly reduce behaviors associated with mating such as territorial fights with other cats and constant nightly yowling to attract fertile females. Helen describes Blackie: