Feral Cat Coalition will host spay-neuter event Sept. 29

2013-08-28T13:00:00Z Feral Cat Coalition will host spay-neuter event Sept. 29Corvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times
August 28, 2013 1:00 pm  • 

The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon mobile clinic plans to be in Corvallis on Sept. 29 to spay, neuter and provide necessary medical care to feral cats.

Anyone who is caring for a feral cat and wants to spay or neuter the cat it should call 503-797-2606 or go online to www.feralcats.com to register for an appointment. Only those who have made these arrangements can bring cats.

Once the cats are treated, their left ear is clipped, designating they’ve had surgery.

There’s a suggested donation of $30 for each cat, but Kim Sielski of Corvallis noted that services won’t be denied because of cost.

It costs the coalition $4,000 to provide treatment for 100 cats, she said. Volunteers and donations are welcome.

Animal Crackers Pet Supply at 949 N.W. Kings Blvd. is selling feral cat

T-shirts to benefit the Feral Cat Coalition.

The Feral Cat Coalition is a nonprofit organization whose mission is “to reduce suffering for existing feral cats and prevent the births and suffering of future generations.”

To date, the Feral Cat Coalition has spayed, neutered and vaccinated nearly 63,000 cats.

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  1. Scott Burress
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    Scott Burress - September 04, 2013 3:32 pm
    Thanks for chiming in again.

    It seems as though you haven't checked out any of the links that I provided.

    Killing off the cats can result in an increase in the mice population, and this may be “undesirable” from a selfish human point of view. But it would be good for the raptors (birds of prey) and mammalian predators. Regardless, such a spike in the mice population would be temporary. Ecosystems take time to recover. It seems as though you don’t understand that cats taking mice and other small animals diminishes food sources of native predators.

    Changing the subject won’t change my opinion, but I’ll dance.

    Wild Turkeys were “successfully” introduced to Oregon in 1961. I am unaware of any ecological damage that they are causing. If they are creating a nuisance to you, contact ODFW. fmi see http://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/hunting/upland_bird/species/docs/WildTurkeyBrochure.pdf

    I’m pretty sure that the deer were here before you or me. Personally, I sort of like them, and allow them to eat whatever they want from my property. My kids still enjoy seeing them in our front yard.

    Cats are causing significant harm to wildlife, and they are disrupting the web of life. I don’t think that you’ll change your mind about this, so I just stop explaining why invasive species are harmful to the environment.
  2. curious one
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    curious one - September 03, 2013 10:15 pm
    Scott, what you consider "wildlife", may not be everyone's cup of tea. Many cats hunt mice and good that they do. I'd suggest you check a little history about when they started killing off cats and see what happened. Cats didn't make the passenger pigeons go extinct, nor other birds - man's doing, feathers and all you know. Feral cats are just like homeless people, trying to survive is all. Yes, they can kill birds, and yes they kill mice and gophers as well. We have a pair that can bump off gophers with no trouble - they don't get birds, they hunt for us.

    Some feral cats are just lost cats, some are there because people don't have good sense and think their cat must be outside because it likes to be outside. It isn't the cat's problem, it is a people problem.

    As to the ecology. Who put the wild turkeys out? You know the ones wandering my yard leaving their droppings behind. Or how about the deer who destroy our plants? Then there are the hunters who don't seem to car where they shoot. We live with all these around. If you really want to worry about the ecology and wildlife, how about the human polluters with the water runoff (think Japan) that can kill. How about the ships messing with the whale's sounds? Global warming that will probably make a few more extinct species.
  3. Scott Burress
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    Scott Burress - August 29, 2013 2:16 pm
    Thanks. I stand corrected. “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,” FCCO.

    So, this implies that, at least is some instances, cat food is placed outside where the “fixed” feral cat can get to the food. One must assume that at least some non-fixed (fertile) feral cats can also get to the food. Feeding non-fixed feral cats helps them thrive and is certainly exacerbating the ecological damage they do. This helps to explain why the feral cat problem is getting worse. Unintended consequences caused by FCCO are making the problem worse. Feeding feral cats is a bad idea. The whole situation is worse than I thought.
  4. Scott Burress
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    Scott Burress - August 29, 2013 1:44 pm
    Got science?
    Free-roaming cat populations have a high intrinsic growth rate, and euthanasia is estimated to be more effective at reducing cat populations than trap-neuter-return programs. J Am Vet Med Assoc 2004; 225:1871–1876.
    Longcore, T., C. Rich, and L. M. Sullivan. 2009. Critical assessment of claims regarding management of feral cats by trap–neuter–return. Conservation Biology 2009; 23(4):887–894.

    Prefer Video?

    Just want to poke around?
    Here’s a list of references bolstering my position: http://www.tnrrealitycheck.com/references.asp
  5. Scott Burress
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    Scott Burress - August 29, 2013 1:32 pm
    Do you really want to rid your neighborhood (or the world) of birds? Wow. I hope you simply forgot the 'lol' to indicate a joke.
  6. JMS
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    JMS - August 29, 2013 12:36 pm
    I will stop rooting for the cats to kill the birds when the birds stop taking craps all over my car ... and house ... and driveway ... and patio. Until that happens, go kitty killing machines!
  7. Scott Burress
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    Scott Burress - August 29, 2013 12:14 pm
    It’s too bad more people around here don’t value wildlife (or that they value cats more than wildlife). Felis catus, the type of cat that we are discussing, is an invasive species that is not native to North America.

    This is from the Humane Society’s webpage: A cat’s prey drive is so strong that even well-fed cats may naturally enjoy hunting birds or other small animals. Although the impact made by one cat might not seem like a big deal, it is important to think about the total impact of all the cats who are allowed outside. Loose cats are estimated to kill hundreds of millions of birds each year, yet birds are believed to be only 20 percent of the wildlife stray cats kill.

    According to the Audubon society, more than 100 million cats are likely prowling about in the United States. Many of the birds killed by cats are migratory songbirds that are already under pressure from habitat loss and other threats. Do cat lovers want a silent Spring?

    Here’s something for you to think about: “Predation [of birds] by non-native species has been recognized as one of the most important causes of species extinction worldwide, and cats in particular have been identified as one of the leading drivers of global bird extinctions.” Also – “Feeding and sterilization programs [are] often branded as “trap-neuter-release” or “trap-neuter-return” (TNR). In TNR programs, free-ranging cats are fed regularly at fixed locations and are the subjects of attempts, usually by volunteers, to trap, sterilize, and re-release them. TNR advocates typically claim that trap and removal [euthanasia] methods are ineffective, and promote TNR as “the only humane, proven, and effective method” for reducing cat populations. While the idea may sound appealing, in reality TNR programs sanction the abandonment and neglect of cats. Increased abandonment of cats in areas where TNR is underway has been documented, apparently because people know that the animals will have easy access to food.” Please read more here: http://www.gos.org/orginfo/gos-cats.htm

    I can only hope that the hard working people of FCCO will someday realize that directly or indirectly releasing cats outdoors is causing immense ecological damage. I don’t doubt that they are hard working, and I believe that they have good intentions, but euthanizing unwanted cats really is the best thing to do for the wonderful web of life that is just outside your window.
  8. BornOregon
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    BornOregon - August 29, 2013 9:52 am
    You can read up about the FCCO at their website : www.feralcats.com. They are also currently promoting a catio tour, in Portland, where locals can show off their contained cat yards. I have an excellent catio I built and even contain the feral cats. Feral cats would not exist if people would fix their house cats and not abandon them, especially unfixed, for gosh sakes. It's not rocket science and if animal laws were ever needed that would actually help on all sorts of angles, that would also reduce the costs to society and the environment and to neighborhoods and to shelters, rescues, and even taxpayers, it would be one that would severely fine people who don't fix their pets. It's completely airhead ridiculous that people don't these days. Because people still don't get it, I applaud the FCCO. You've never met such a bunch of hard working difference making people.
  9. BornOregon
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    BornOregon - August 29, 2013 8:04 am
    The cats fixed by the FCCO don't fend for themselves Burress. the FCCO only fixes cats people are feeding. And by the way, they get a right ear tip, not a left one. If they had not fixed all those cats, including several thousand in Corvallis, there would be thousands upon thousands more. Fix your cats people!
  10. Scott Burress
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    Scott Burress - August 29, 2013 6:42 am
    I'm allergic to cats.I'm a dog person; got two.
  11. Scott Burress
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    Scott Burress - August 29, 2013 12:01 am
    C-1, cats are a superb example of evolutionary achievement in predatory hunting. Cats have specialized cells in their retina that are super sensitive to movement. Cats are all about hunting. They live for it. They’re highly evolved to do it. Any typically healthy cat has an instinct, or an irresistible urge, to catch and kill small animals, including song birds.

    Feral cats and “owned” cats kill wildlife when they are outdoors (less so, if they are de-clawed). The evidence is clear and obvious. The impact maybe be less obvious, but the disturbance to the web of life and the loss of biodiversity caused by cats is something to be wary of.
  12. curious one
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    curious one - August 28, 2013 10:19 pm
    Well Scott B. there is no law, but if you don't like them being released, why not adopt a couple of them. They arrive at the Humane Society daily and are on the streets. First, go feed them (keeps them from eating other wildlife to survive), make friends with them, then take them home. You will find as many have who have done this, they have not all, always been wild. They make good pets once you get their trust. Try it!

    Another thing you can do, is talk to those you know with cats and remind them to keep them indoors, or in a securely fenced area (needs a top as most cats can climb even a good non-climb wire). All should be neutered or spayed and shots kept up to date as well. Rabies shots are a must as cats will be the first to the struggling, and possibly sick, bat. Good idea to have a chip, so if they happen to get out, they can be identified and returned to you.

    Many feral cats are not left to survive on their own, there are many who feed them although there are many who don't get any handout and have to hunt to survive. So come on folks, be a part of the solution, not the problem.
  13. Loquay
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    Loquay - August 28, 2013 2:20 pm
    Oh, say .. how about a non-profit to euthanize the irresponsible pet owners who are the root of the problem! There ought to be a law against not spaying or neutering one's pet and letting it run wild outside, creating more feral cats .. doing their best to try to survive the harsh life they have been dealt.
  14. Scott Burress
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    Scott Burress - August 28, 2013 1:43 pm
    I'd like to start a non-profit to euthanize feral cats - to reduce the death and suffering of wildlife caused by feral cats. I wonder how much support such a non-profit would get.

    It's appalling to think that they've literally released 63,000 cats onto streets and into fields to go fend for themselves. There ought to be a law against that!
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