Who We Are
The mission of the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon is to improve the welfare and reduce the population of feral and stray cats through spay/neuter programs and education.
Also known as FCCO, we are a non-profit spay/neuter program that was founded in 1995. We have helped more than 100,000 cats and remain the only organization in the area dedicated to providing the level of services that we do for feral and stray cats. For each feral or stray cat in our care we request a donation of just $40, but never turn a caregiver away even if they cannot contribute. This program is known as trap-neuter-return.
We also provide low-cost spay/neuter services for pet cats through partnerships with the Oregon Spay/Neuter Fund and Spay & Save program. Our pet cat program began in April 2016.
The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Donations are tax-deductible. Tax id: 93-1168181
A group of veterinarians in Portland, Oregon studied the local feral cat population problem and determined that a trap-neuter-return program was the only effective way to reduce feral cat population in the area. In March 1995 these veterinarians founded the Feral Cat Coalition of Portland (FCCP), and had 501c3, non-profit status by May.
FCCP started with $1,000 from private donors, 15 surgical packs and an anesthesia machine donated from our local animal control. At the first clinic, held in June 1995, we spayed/neutered 16 cats and it took us all day! For nearly three years, FCCP held monthly spay/neuter clinics at various Portland area vet hospitals on Sundays when they were closed.
In June 1997, FCCP received a $82,000 grant from the Leonard X. Bosack and Bette M. Kruger Foundation which enabled us to purchase and fully equip a mobile veterinary hospital to serve feral cats - the first of its kind in North America. With the delivery of the mobile clinic in February 1998, we officially changed the name of the organization to the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon (FCCO). Our new name reflected our dedication to caring for cats throughout the state. We have held clinics in eight different cities, and today care for over 6,000 cats per year.
In March 2015 we purchased our first building with funds from an angel donor. Our first clinic in this new location in SW Portland took place in January 2016. In April 2016 we began offering low-cost services for pet cats.
We are proud of the volunteers, donors and staff that make this program a success in ending cat overpopulation in our state.