Stray and Feral Cats
If you are feeding feral cats (untamed), outdoor stray or barn cats, please contact the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon (FCCO) to get an appointment to have the cats spayed/neutered. FCCO services are known as Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). The process is simple: caregivers who are feeding feral cats, trap them in humane live traps, take the cats to be spayed/neutered and vaccinated, and after they are recovered, the cats are returned to where they are being fed. A suggested donation of $30 is requested, but no one is turned away due to cost. Adoptable cats or kittens are removed and adopted into new homes whenever possible.
For more information:
- Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon
- FCCO Caregiver Application
- FCCO Trapping Instructions
- Alley Cat Allies
Frequently Asked Questions about Feral & Stray Cats
What is a feral cat?
What is a stray cat?
Who is a caregiver?
What is TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return)
What is a humane trap?
There is a stray/feral cat living in my neighborhood. Will you come get him/her?
What to do if a cat shows up in your yard, workplace or place you frequent.
You can start by running an ad in the paper or on Craigslist, file a report with the local animal control jurisdiction, put up flyers around the area, and ask all your neighbors if anybody recognizes the cat or knows somebody who’s lost one. If the cat seems to be well cared for, you can also make a collar and write with permanent pen, “If this is your cat, please call XXX-XXXX.” You will also need to read all the “lost pet” ads and flyers that you come across. If you don’t get any responses in the first couple weeks, chances are you never will; unfortunately most people don’t look very long or hard for their cats. If the cat has been altered, someone may care enough to look for it, but if not, it’s pretty unlikely that anyone will make the effort.
If you don’t locate an owner, you have to decide what to do with the kitty. You may consider taking the cat to a shelter or humane society, but keep in mind that most facilities are frequently full and the cat may not be able to find a home. If the shelters and rescue groups are full, then try to either find a home for the kitty yourself, or arrange foster care until a space opens up at a shelter. If you can get the kitty fixed, vaccinated and feeling and looking good, you’ll have a much better chance of finding a home.
If the cat is clearly feral or extremely frightened, make sure the cat has access to plenty of food and shelter without having to get close to you or any other cats. If s/he is eating the food and still hanging around after a week, contact FCCO about bringing the cat in to be spayed/neutered. If the cat appears to be sick or injured, trap the cat and take him/her to a vet as soon as possible.
Sometimes the ones who seemed feral will turn out to be quite sociable and even adoptable after they are altered. Use the same procedure to try to find them homes. If they are really feral, continue to provide food and water. If you can’t provide this, pursue finding a barn or other location for the cat and follow relocation instructions on the Alley Cat Allies website (www.alleycat.org) to make the relocation as successful as possible.