FCCO Spay/Neuter clinics for feral and stray cats

by Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon
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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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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!  >^..^<

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.
Our milestone 78,000th cat - neutered Jan. 7, 2016
Our milestone 78,000th cat - neutered Jan. 7, 2016

Purrs of thanks to you. We sincerely appreciate your support of the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon (FCCO) and your commitment to our work. Contributions to our program and services for feral and stray cats are an important reason why in 2015, our 20th year in operation, we were able to spay/neuter 6,048 feral and stray cats, forever improving their lives. We are truly grateful!

 Your support helped with many achievements in 2015:

  • The year began by helping a single colony of 31 cats from Scappoose, OR, and in October we spayed/neutered 167 cats from Othello, WA, at a special two-day clinic.
  • A pilot “transport clinic” program was implemented to assist caregivers unable to get cats to and from our clinic.
  • The Catio Tour, a joint effort with the Audubon Society of Portland, registered 1,076 participants interested in learning about ways to keep cats safe at home.
  • Season’s Feedings, our annual cat food drive, collected close to 2,000 pounds of food to assist caregivers feeding feral and stray cats.
  • And last but far from least, we purchased, renovated, and moved into our new home. It is here in this new facility where, because of your support, we will create a better future for the cats.

Thank you again for all you do for the cats. Donors like you make our work possible. We hope we can count on your continued support!

127 cats awaiting surgery on Saturday
127 cats awaiting surgery on Saturday

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!

More cats awaiting surgery for the Sunday clinic
More cats awaiting surgery for the Sunday clinic
Cats in the clinic with a veterinarian in surgery
Cats in the clinic with a veterinarian in surgery
A kitty from Othello await surgery
A kitty from Othello await surgery

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Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon

Location: Portland, OR - USA
Website: http:/​/​feralcats.com/​
Project Leader:
Devon Jahn
Development Coordinator
Portland, OR United States

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