FCCO Spay/Neuter Clinics for Feral and Stray Cats

by Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon
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FCCO Spay/Neuter Clinics for Feral and Stray Cats
FCCO Spay/Neuter Clinics for Feral and Stray Cats
FCCO Spay/Neuter Clinics for Feral and Stray Cats
FCCO Spay/Neuter Clinics for Feral and Stray Cats
FCCO Spay/Neuter Clinics for Feral and Stray Cats
FCCO Spay/Neuter Clinics for Feral and Stray Cats
FCCO Spay/Neuter Clinics for Feral and Stray Cats
FCCO Spay/Neuter Clinics for Feral and Stray Cats
FCCO Spay/Neuter Clinics for Feral and Stray Cats
FCCO Spay/Neuter Clinics for Feral and Stray Cats
FCCO Spay/Neuter Clinics for Feral and Stray Cats
FCCO Spay/Neuter Clinics for Feral and Stray Cats
FCCO Spay/Neuter Clinics for Feral and Stray Cats
FCCO Spay/Neuter Clinics for Feral and Stray Cats
FCCO Spay/Neuter Clinics for Feral and Stray Cats
Papa Cat
Papa Cat

A hungry kitty showed up at Tayler's home, and Papa Cat later brought a friend, Momma Cat. They began hanging out on her covered deck.

Kittens followed.

Fortunately, Tayler found the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon. She borrowed traps and made an appointment to get the cats spayed/neutered and vaccinated.

It went well, but not all the cats would go in the traps. Tayler needed a new plan for the leery Momma Cat – a drop trap.

Watch a video about their story, including trapping the cats to be brought to their spay/neuter appointments.

It is your support that makes it possible for these cats to be healthy - and no longer adding to cat overpopulation!

Papa and Momma Cat
Papa and Momma Cat

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Going to forever homes on the Kitten Caboose
Going to forever homes on the Kitten Caboose

It’s the beginning of Kitten Season, when the number of kittens born is at its highest. If you find young kittens and don’t see the mother, don’t panic – and don’t immediately disturb the kittens. Read on so you are prepared when you hear a little mew!

Mothers leave their kittens to find food and water, to move the litter to a new location, or to breed. Leave the kittens alone for a few hours (if they are up to four weeks old) or overnight (if the kittens are older) to see if the mother returns. You can put out cat food for the mom and a box that she can use to keep her kittens in (don’t put the kittens inside it, just put it near them). Don’t disturb the kittens as this may discourage the mother from returning to them, or she may move them away from you.

To determine the next step, it’s important to know the age of the kittens. Our Kitten Timeline will help you determine this and how to best help.

Whenever possible, socializing and giving the kittens a forever home is the best option. This takes dedication, but can be very rewarding. When kittens are tame, caregivers who schedule kittens for a spay/neuter appointment are offered the option to release the kittens to FCCO’s Kitten Caboose program. They are then transferred to our partners at the Oregon Humane Society or Cat Adoption Team to find forever homes.

So far 1,630 kittens have found safe, forever homes through the Kitten Caboose program. The first kittens of 2022 came through our clinic the first week of May. None of these kittens ever had to live on the streets. We are grateful to everyone who makes their new, healthy and safe, lives possible. Thank you!

Kitten Timeline
Kitten Timeline

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Cream Puff
Cream Puff

Purrs of thanks to you! We truly appreciate your support of the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon! Your compassion brings us hope for a year ahead filled with good health for the feral and stray cats.

You helped make FCCO’s achievements in 2021 possible. Some key moments include:

  • A record-breaking year! We helped a record 8,192 cats. Nearly all of these were feral and stray cats without other spay/neuter options, a 40% increase in these cats over 2020.
  • We spayed/neutered 2,396 young cats less than six months old – before they were old enough to add to the breeding cycle.
  • Season’s Feedings, our annual holiday cat food drive, collected 5,049 pounds of food (with more still coming in!) to assist caregivers in providing nutritious meals for feral and stray cats in need during the cold winter months ahead.
  • Cats came from 29 counties in Oregon and Washington, more than ever, for our spay/neuter services, some traveling many hours because FCCO provided the only option for care

Thank you again for all you do for the cats. Donors like you make our work possible and FCCO’s services are needed now more than ever. We hope we can count on your continued support!

 

In the photo:  At just 4 months old, “Cream Puff” is now neutered and will never add to cat overpopulation. He came to FCCO with 7 others from his colony. It took another attempt for his caregiver, John, to trap his final 2 feral cats. Now they are all spayed/neutered.

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The pandemic has hit hard in many places, in many ways. One impact has been a significant decrease in the availability of affordable spay/neuter options. Likely a direct impact, the need for help with services for feral and stray cats has increased substantially. As a result, the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon is facing a record number of cats spayed/neutered this year.

Like almost everyone, we've made changes in the last 18 months. And while we weren't setting out to increase capacity, we have been able to adjust to help more cats at each clinic. At one recent clinic we helped 115 feral and stray cats - and kittens, too. By spaying/neuter kittens before they start breeding - as early as 5 months old - we ensure they never add to the numbers of cats living on the streets.

A total of 906 feral and stray cats came to our clinic in August. That's a lot of cats in a short period, but for each one of those individual cats, their life has been improved significantly forever. Thank you for your role in helping them!

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One of Bini's kittens
One of Bini's kittens
Spring remains busy here as we just completed our biggest April ever, spaying/neutering 671 cats. The need is great and we can be here for all these cats because of you and your support.

Bini L. of Portland didn't set out to be a Kitten Lady, but perhaps the young mama cat who chose her yard for shelter sensed that a caring person lived there. Then one mama and her kittens grew to a colony of ten cats during the early stages of the pandemic.

Watch this touching video of Bini telling her story. Included is some heartwarming footage of mama cat moving a tiny kitten. You'll want to play this one a few times!

Watch Bini's Kitten Lady Story


Thank you for your help in making our services available to the community, providing services to caregivers like Bini and her colony of quarantine cats! 

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