PDF of media release
September 20, 2016
Audubon Society of Portland
Bob Sallinger, Conservation Director
Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon
Karen Kraus, Executive Director
Over 1,300 Registrants for Catio Tour;
Coverage Goes Viral
PORTLAND, ORE — A Portland tradition is exploding in popularity and gaining national attention. On Saturday, September 10, 2016, the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon (FCCO) and Audubon Society of Portland teamed up to host the 4th Annual Catio Tour, a tour of outdoor cat enclosures constructed by local residents. More than 1,300 people registered for the event, a huge increase from the 517 at the first Catio Tour in 2013. Preliminary survey results from a survey of registrants shows that 62% are interested in adding catio to their residence.
Broadcast coverage indicates that catios are becoming a national trend. OPB posted a 55-second video that has been viewed over 61,000 times. Coverage went national when the Washington Post featured the event in an article. Since the inception of the Portland Catio Tour, several communities across the nation have established local tours of their own.
The Catio Tour is part of a long-term collaboration between the FCCO and the Audubon Society of Portland to engage the community in strategies to protect both cats and wildlife. In communities across the United States, wildlife advocates and cat advocates have been engaged in highly contentious debates over how to address the issue of free-roaming cats. In Portland things are different.
“We have a community in Portland that cares tremendously about all animals, wild and domestic,” says FCCO Executive Director, Karen Kraus. “Our supporters want us to find strategies that protect both our domestic animals and wildlife, not one or the other.”
“We are really proud of the collaboration efforts that we have developed with the FCCO and other animal welfare organizations,” says Portland Audubon Conservation Director, Bob Sallinger. “For too long this issue has been mired down in unproductive debates. The Catio tour is an example of where we are working together to make positive change on the landscape where it really matters.”
The Catio Tour is part of a broader campaign called “Cats Safe at Home” ™ jointly managed by the FCCO, Portland Audubon and other partners to humanely address cat over-population in the Portland Metro Area. The campaign includes educational outreach, research and spay and neuter services. We believe that by working together, we can make the world a better place for both cats and wildlife. The success of the Catio Tour suggests that the community is indeed responding!
For more information on these collaborative efforts go to:
MEDIA VISITS: interviews with a catio owner can be made by arrangement. Contact Karen Kraus, FCCO’s Executive Director, at 503-797-2606, ext. 105, or email@example.com.