FCCO Spay/Neuter clinics for feral and stray cats

by Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon
FCCO's 66,000th cat helped

We are proud to report that the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon is now spaying/neutering more than 7,000 feral and stray cats a year, and helped 220 with contributions from Global Giving donors in 2013! 

In September of 2013 we celebrated five years in our current location headquarters. Our mobile hospital still travels to Salem, Corvallis and Coquille, Oregon, but the majority of cats are spayed/neutered at our clinic in Portland. The addition of our free-standing clinic has allowed for a 52% increase in the number of feral and stray cats helped over the past five years, and yet we still direct 89 cents of every dollar raised to our program services! 

This photo is of our 66,000th cat spayed/neutered by our program since its founding in 1995. This buff guy showed up in his caregiver Barb's backyard along with his mom and sister. Barb started feeding the cat family and knew she needed to act fast to prevent another litter. FCCO receives all funding from donors like you. We know there are a lot of causes you can donate to, and we are deeply grateful when you reach out to feral cats.  Your support means a great deal to FCCO and the cats and caregivers we help. Thank you!


Our 65,000th Cat!
Our 65,000th Cat!


The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon reached a new milestone on Wednesday, November 13, 2013: 65,000 cats spayed/neutered! You are part of the reason why we have been able to help so many cats. Thank you!

His Story
This fluffy guy lives in Lebanon, OR. His caregiver Jill said she started feeding a couple of abandoned cats that showed up on her property about a year ago. Soon these cats started having kittens and their numbers quickly rose to 15. 
Knowing something needed to be done and worried about affording to feed the growing colony, she gave us a call. Jill borrowed humane live traps from our Salem, OR, trap depot and used the traps as feeding stations for a week. Then she successfully caught all the cats for their spay/neuter appointment!
Thank you for continuing to support our work so caregivers like Jill have a resource to help the cats they care about and prevent a new generation of homeless cats. 

"Couver" was neutered at an FCCO clinic last October, 2012. His caregiver, Brande, was very grateful for our services.  

Brande said, "Couver came to our home over a year ago cold, hungry and very scared. In time he started to trust us and let us touch him. We brought him to an FCCO clinic and released him. He decided to reside out on our patio in a chair. We built him a cozy cat house for the winter. That lasted 4 months before he decided to come inside."

"Couver now sleeps with me every night in a warm king sized bed," Brande continued. "He is a very well behaved kitty and is a great companion to for our other cat. We couldn't ask for a better cat. We thank you for your services and your special care. Thank you."

Whether it be a colony of ten feral cats or an individual stray cat in need of compassion, FCCO's services make it possible for caregivers to truly help the cats.

2-month old kitten, spayed along with 4 siblings
2-month old kitten, spayed along with 4 siblings

Kitten Season: it happens every summer!  Whether pet cats or feral cats, if they are not spayed or neutered and have outdoor access, the result is kittens. The only problem with kittens is when there are too many to find homes for, or in the case of feral kittens, they remain untamed and contribute to community cat overpopulation.

     At FCCO clinics we are now seeing kittens from the spring mating cycle, and I know that will continue into autumn. At the veterinary clinic I work at I have also already seen the tragic result of kitten life on the street – a good samaritan brought in the body of a young kitten found on the side of the road.

     Shelters in the Portland metro area have learned to prepare for Kitten Season. There is scarce space in the shelters for all of them, and it is well known that shelters are not the best places for these very young kittens. Because their immune systems are not well developed, they are more likely to contract illnesses. If kittens can stay in foster homes until they are at least two pounds and ready to be spayed/neutered, they will have the best chance of remaining healthy enough to be adopted.

     When it comes to kittens born to feral cats, unless they are trapped and socialized they will be feral themselves. Feral kittens should be taken from the mother at four to six weeks of age. Older kittens can also be captured and tamed, but the process gets slower and less successful the longer the kittens stay in the wild. Most importantly, spay/neuter the kittens and mother. A cat can get pregnant while nursing her kittens, but also can be spayed safely while still nursing.

     If you find young kittens, want to know what to do with older kittens, need information about lactating cats, or want to know more about feral kittens, including an age timeline, check out the kitten information on our website at feralcats.com/kitteninfo.pdf.

     The kitten socialization process can be accomplished with patience and dedication and the reward is certainly worthwhile, saving them from a life on the street as well as producing affectionate, loving companions. We hope for a time when there will be no more kittens born homeless on our streets or growing old in shelters when there aren’t enough homes to adopt them. Thank you for all you do to help!

Kittens must be 2 mths &  2 lbs to spay/neuter
Kittens must be 2 mths & 2 lbs to spay/neuter
At just 5 months old a cat can get pregnant!
At just 5 months old a cat can get pregnant!

Meet Rosie, our 60,000th cat helped since FCCO's founding in 1995!

     Our landmark 60,000th cat, “Rosie,” was spayed March 21, 2013, at our spay/neuter clinic in Portland. She is one of a colony of four in La Center, WA, and the offspring of a passing female who gave birth in the caregiver’s barn last year. 

     Rosie and her three siblings are now spayed/neutered and vaccinated. They will continue to live as barn cats, watched over by their kind caregiver.

     Reaching 60,000 cats is an incredible milestone made possible by wonderful donors and volunteers like you. To reach the next 60,000 cats, we need your continued support along with growing the number of people who know and care about feral cats.

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Organization Information

Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon

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