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!
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!
Thank you, very much, for your generous support of the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon (FCCO) in 2020. You played a significant role in the care we provided for 5,829 cats who needed our compassionate services throughout the year. More than ever there was a sense of joy and relief to be able to help these cats and their caregivers – your support has provided the cats a much better year ahead.
Your support helped with many achievements in 2020. Some highlights include:
Our 25th Anniversary! FCCO has grown and changed since 1995, but we remain dedicated to spay/neuter and improving the lives of feral and stray cats.
We spayed/neutered 1,612 young cats less than six months old – before they were old enough to add to the breeding cycle.
The Kitten Caboose program transferred 234 adoptable kittens to the humane society, so they can find forever homes instead of growing up on the streets.
Season’s Feedings, our annual holiday cat food drive, collected 2,208 pounds of food (with more still coming in!)to help provide nutritious meals for feral and stray cats in need during the cold winter months ahead.
Cats came from 27 counties in Oregon and Washington for our spay/neuter services.
Your support matters to caregivers like Beth T. of Tangent, Oregon, who wrote the following note:
“Because of FCCO, I have taken 13 cats out of the reproduction cycle and now am able to tackle this entire population and end the breeding cycle. FCCO and their supporters make this possible. Thank you so much.”
Thank you again for all you do for the cats. Below we summarized your annual contributions – if you have any questions, please let me know. With the new year comes a renewed sense of hope for the cats in our community. We will continue to be there for them with your continued support.
The timing of COVID-19 was rough - hitting right at the beginning of the spring breeding season.
The necessary closure of our clinic led to the delay of much needed spay/neuter surgeries. It also coupled with a time of uncertainty and financial hardship for those caring for feral and stray cats.
Because of COVID-19 we had to make many changes to our clinic protocols, including temporarily stopping services for pet cats. It took a few months, but the good news is that our services for feral and stray cats have nearly returned to the capacity we were at last year! In August we spayed/neutered 427 feral cats - just 34 fewer feral cats than last August - even with all of our additional safety protocols in place. This is hopeful news as we work to catch up after ten weeks hiatus early in the pandemic.
Pete, pictured here, is one of this spring's kittens. His caregiver, Cynthia, found five kittens who were born to a mama who had been abandoned in SE Portland. She was able to get Pete and his siblings into our clinic recently are now they are all spayed/neutered and vaccinated.
Support from thoughtful and compassionate donors allows us to be accessible to all who need us, regardless of how much they can contribute during these difficult times, so that the cats they feed get the care they deserve. We are truly grateful.
I'm so happy to announce that we are beginning to hold spay/neuter clinics for feral and stray cats again!
The first clinic will be May 15, 2020 since needing to close on March 19, 2020, per the Oregon Governor's orders. Our community did what we needed to and kept the COVID-19 cases to a minimum, which means we received clearance to reopen this month.
We are starting slowly and limiting clinics to just feral and stray cats. We are working hard to protect staff, volunteers, and caregivers while helping as many cats as possible. We will regularly reevaluate our procedures and increase our capacity when it is safe to do so.
In January 2020 we saw 33% more cats in our clinics over last year, and in February we saw a 62% increase. These numbers are on the heels of a record breaking year. Needing to close our clinic when the need for our services was growing so rapidly was heartbreaking, but we are focused on the future and doing all that we can to help the cats. We are thankful we have your support as we enter this new phase.
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