Cats Safe at Home™
At the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon, we believe the best option is to work collaboratively to find solutions that help cats and birds. We have worked with the Audubon Society of Portland for over a decade. We share a common goal of fewer cats living outdoors. We are working together on initiatives including Cats Safe at Home™ where we encourage people to not let their pet cats roam free. Fewer free-roaming cats mean fewer feral cats born on our streets and fewer cats means less predation on wildlife. Through this approach we can bring our community together toward a safer and healthier environment for both cats and wildlife. (click here for a printable brochure)
Every cat deserves a safe home where s/he is loved, cared for and kept safe from hazards. Yet, that isn't the case as more cats are born than there are available homes, and even more roam our urban landscape -born on the streets, abandoned, lost, or free-roaming pet cats.
Across the country, wildlife advocates and cat advocates have been notoriously at odds over how to address the issue of free-roaming cats. In the Portland Metro Region, we are doing it differently. Cat and bird advocates are working together. FCCO has partnered with the Audubon Society of Portland, Multnomah County Animal Services and Washington County Animal Services. We are working together to make our communities more safe for cats and wildlife. Our message is: Cats Safe at Home™.
FCCO will continue to spay/neuter as many feral and stray cats as possible, but we also want to work on the prevention of future stray of feral cats. One way to do this is to engage the community to help reduce the number of free-roaming pet cats.
Do your part: spay/neuter your cat(s) before they have even one litter, and please don't let your pet cats roam free. If you want your cat to have some time outside, make it safe for him and wildlife by building an outdoor enclosure, installing cat fencing or taking your cat outside on a leash and enjoy some outdoor time together.
We have the opportunity to be a model to the rest of the country by showing we can work together and that we can and will take action to help cats and birds live safely in our community. We can make a huge difference together - a difference none of us can make individually. The cats and birds are counting on us.
Cats Safe At Home™ - Catio Tour
FCCO and the Audubon Society of Portland have formed a truly unique partnership to motivate a change in our community. Both organizations agree that by having fewer pet cats roaming freely it is better for the cats and for wildlife. We created the Catio Tour to offer inspiration for those looking for ways for their cats to have safe outdoor time. Read more, including design ideas, here.
Cats Safe At Home™ - Hayden Island Project
In partnership with Hayden Island residents, the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon and Audubon Society of Portland have begun a multi-year project to humanely reduce the island’s feral cat population in order to protect wildlife and provide a better life for cats. Read more about the Hayden Island Project here.