Kim Tierney with an easy to make outdoor cat shelter. Plans are available at the local hardware stores.
In July, Kim Tierney responded to an appeal from Angela Bettencourt to help a family with a large number of feral cats. Tierney agreed to help trap and transport these feral and stray kitties to the Feral Cat Coalition Clinic in Portland. At the Feral Cat Coalition clinic, cats and kittens are spay and neutered, vaccinated, treated for fleas, given antibiotics and pain medicine. They are transported back that same day and after they spend that night in the trap, are released back where they were trapped.
After Tierney learned about how Vernonia had a reputation for having large populations of feral and stray cats, she arranged with the Feral Cat Coalition to coordinate clinics for Vernonia cats. There is no charge for this service, but the suggested donation per cat is $30 but any donation level is welcome. Since July, Tierney with the help of many caregivers has taken in 132 cats and kittens. An additional 60 are scheduled for the next month. Since this effort began, many others in the community have stepped up to help by nursing and socializing kittens and trying to help find homes. Read More
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 Read More
In case you haven’t noticed, Vernonia has a problem with feral cats. Take a walk around town early in the morning, or any time of day for that matter, and you will see an excessive number of cats watching you pass by. There are probably many more that you don’t see, as well.
Some of those cats are pets and belong to local families. But many of them are feral-wild cats that do not belong to anyone or have a home where they live. Some are the remnants of the 2007 Flood-cats, and their offspring, that were left behind when families moved out of this community. It is a growing problem, looking for a solution.
Vernonia is not the only place with a feral cat problem. But help is available. The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon (FCCO) is helping communities deal with this issue in a humane way.
The mission of the FCCO is to… “improve the welfare and reduce the population of feral and stray cats in Oregon through spay/neuter programs and education.” Services are specifically targeted for feral cats that have caregivers who are feeding them. The FCCO is a trap-neuter-return (TNR) program, meaning the caregivers trap the cats, bring them to a clinic, and return the cats to where they are being fed with a commitment to feed the cat(s) on a permanent basis. The goal of the program is to reduce suffering for existing feral cats and prevent the births and suffering of future generations. Read More