FCCO Spay/Neuter clinics for feral and stray cats

by Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon

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:

Blackie progressed from a very wild kitty to a well-fed handsome boy. I used to feed him near the bushes where he hid. Today Blackie is friendly and very loyal to his people, who include me and my husband and another couple two houses north of us. He takes walks with us around the block or to the park and communicates affection in many ways. His regal manner is always on display: the fluffy mane, the ears swiveling back at an attractive angle, the tail carried high with big curl at the end. He accepts petting and brushing and makes brief entrances indoors for a look-see-sniff. My cat HollyBear gets along with him because he defers to her.
Blackie is a true success story for FCCO!
Caregiver Mel "pre-baiting" traps for his colony
Caregiver Mel "pre-baiting" traps for his colony
     Brad J. is the neighbor of feral cat caregivers Mel and Judy J. They live across the street from each other in Scappoose, Oregon. Brad sees Mel and Judy feeding cats every morning. At first there weren't that many but now it seems like cats are everywhere. 
     Then Brad realized that Mel and Judy, both disabled seniors, have at times gone without food themselves so they could feed the cats. They have even had their utilities shut off. 
     Realizing that something needed to be done, Brad talked with Mel and Judy about spaying/neutering and how trap-neuter-return (TNR) works and even generously offered to do all the trapping and transporting. Then Brad called FCCO, made arrangements to get traps, and scheduled appointments for all their cats this week. Their first effort trapping resulted in 24 cats and the next day they had 5 more! With all those cats trapped it was easy for Mel and Judy to keep an eye out for others. Only one cat remained to be trapped and they are working hard right now to do so.
      The cats are feral but loved by Mel and Judy. They have many places to seek shelter including little houses for the cats to sleep in. Now that they were spayed/neutered and vaccinated this week they will be healthy but no longer producing more mouths to feed. Mel and Judy will finally feel like they have control of the situation.
     Because Mel and Judy didn't have anything to contribute for the cats' medical expenses, we had supporters step up and cover the care for all of the cats in this colony. It also warms our hearts knowing that Brad put so much effort into making so many lives better - Mel and Judy's, as well as all of the cats. Caring for feral and stray cats, often called community cats, is truly a team effort.
     Thank you for caring about the cats!
24 of the colony
24 of the colony's cats in traps awaiting surgery
One of the cats after surgery showing his eartip
One of the cats after surgery showing his eartip
Releasing (all came back for food the next day)
Releasing (all came back for food the next day)
Back home, now neutered and vaccinated
Back home, now neutered and vaccinated


Tux - before and after his visit to FCCO
Tux - before and after his visit to FCCO

Rachel N. sent these 'before and after' photos of her formerly-feral cat "Tux" along with this update:

He was much scrawnier when we first met him; he's filled out a bit now... he eats like there's no tomorrow. We were feeding him outside for about a year before we brought him into FCCO, and during his recovery from his surgery we let him stay in the garage - which he LOVED. He was super lovey and wanted to sit on my lap almost immediately. Those few recovery days turned into slowly letting him in the house from time to time... and now he thinks he owns the place! He's been such a friendly cat we decided he could be a permanent resident. 

We have helped over 70,000 feral and stray cats and receives all funding from donors like you. Your support means a great deal to FCCO and the cats and caregivers like Tux and Rachel who we help. Thank you!


Midnight - FCCO
Midnight - FCCO's 69,000th cat helped!
Meet our newest milestone cat: our 69,000th spayed/neutered since our founding in 1995! We nicknamed her "Midnight" and are thrilled to share the story of this special cat who was at our clinic on August 5, 2014.

This sleek all-black kitty started showing up around her caregiver Adrienne's home in Amboy, WA, in early July. Skinny and skittish, the cat quickly welcomed Adrienne's offers of breakfast. After getting close enough to pet her one day, Adrienne noticed she looked like she was nursing kittens. Adrienne was shocked because she looked like a kitten herself. While at the clinic she weighed in at just under six pounds. 

Adrienne told the young mother that if she brought the kittens to her house, she'd help her care for them. Sure enough, the cat carried six kittens one-by-one and made a home under Adrienne's backyard shed. Now Adrienne is working to socialize and find homes for the kittens, in addition to getting them all spayed/neutered.

Purrs to Adrienne for being a hero to this cat family! And huge thanks to all our volunteers, caregivers and generous supporters who help make it possible for FCCO to help so many cats in need!

Mattie, when she first arrived at FCCO
Mattie, when she first arrived at FCCO's clinic

FCCO has helped more than 68,000 feral and stray cats but staff was truly shocked by what they saw on July 17th: a cat, now known as "Mattie," came to the spay/neuter clinic with her body covered in matted fur 3 inches thick. She had been struggling to move and couldn't groom herself. 

FCCO's Operations Director, Leah Kennon, CVT, said, "In my 16 years with FCCO I've never seen mats this severe. I can't imagine wearing this coat in the hot weather we've had recently."

FCCO is funded completely by donations. Mattie's caregiver, Roger, was extremely grateful to learn about FCCO's services. He was very concerned for her well-being and admitted he feared that euthanasia was his only other option. 

This stray cat fortunately has a caregiver looking out for her. He doesn't know where she came from, but has been feeding her and knew she needed help. Mattie was returned to her caregiver spayed, vaccinated, and with a whole new summer 'do.

Our services that help cats like Mattie are made possible by the support from people like you. Please consider making a donation in honor of this kitty and her kind caregiver so we can help even more.

Watch Mattie's story on KGW-TV.



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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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