Creature Comforts: Feral Cats and Kittens

Last month was all about controlling late hatching fleas, catching feral cats and raising kittens. This month we take it to the next level in controlling the feral cat population and preparing for the holidays.

Creatures, as have several volunteers in the community, cared for many feral kittens associated with the valiant and commendable efforts of Kim Tierney, City Council Member, and the partnership she was able to form with Feral Cat coalition of Oregon (FCCO) on behalf of Vernonia residents. Residents have been  “managing” the feral cat overpopulation for years since the flood but it has become somewhat out of control in the last year. Kim heard the complaints and concerns and took action. The last count had 104 cats and kittens caught and turned in by Kim and local residents to be spayed/neutered by the FCCO– WOW!

The OFCC provides this service free of charge, but does ask for a $30 donation to help defray the expense of the surgeries.  They are providing a great service for our community.  If you’re looking for a great cause to support with a donation this one should be high on the list. All donations are tax deductible: Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon
P.O. Box 82734
Portland, OR  97282

Kittens that are caught and returned to Vernonia following their surgery are looking for a good home.  It probably goes without writing, Creatures will be full of sweet little darlings looking for their forever homes through the month. Please consider adopting and spread the word to co-workers, family and friends.  The kittens will be “fixed”, will have received first shots, been given worming and flea treatment and are well socialized. As always, the adoption fee is low to encourage adoption and to cover only the associated costs of their care.  Thank you in advance for being willing to open your hearts and homes to these ‘lil guys!

Also, going on at Creatures in November is the kickoff of the 2nd annual Paper Puppies and Kitten sale and pet food collection to benefit Bailey’s Pantry at Vernonia Cares Food Bank.  Bailey’s Pantry is the arm of the local food bank that provides pet food to families in need who have pets too! Each paper puppy or kitten is sold for $1 through Dec. 31st and placed in the stores windows.  Last year, just over $375 was raised and donated in food, so this year we’ll shoot for $425!!

If that’s not enough, beginning shortly after Thanksgiving, you’ll be able to pick up your live and locally grown Christmas tree at the store. These beautiful live trees will be delivered fresh weekly from Mike’s Christmas Tree Farm!

On sale this month are all flea topical treatments when purchased by the 3, 4 or 6  month supply and all Aspen large dog beds (see store for details)!


Open Monday-Friday  10-6; Saturday 10-5; Sunday 12-4; 503-429-PETS (7387).