Multnomah County Animal Services killed 3,047 cats in 2010. It justifies this killing by stating that it is over-burdened with a high number of feral cats.
Responding to Multnomah County’s request for “collaboration” on reducing killing and improving performance, Gimme Shelter Portland contacted The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon (FCCO) hoping it would create an effective trap, neuter, and return program for Multnomah County Animal Services. Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is a humane, effective, non-lethal program to trap, sterilze and release feral cats back into their habitats. It controls feral cat populations and greatly reduces killing in shelters.
GIMME SHELTER PORTLAND LEARNED THAT FCCO IS WILLING AND EAGER TO IMPLEMENT A COLLABORATIVE TNR PROGRAM WITH MCAS!
As MCAS currently has no TNR policy, we are left to ponder if it will take advantage of this opportunity to save an estimated 600-700 (or more) cats per year.
Multnomah County residents are grateful to have The Feral Cat Coalition, recognized as one of this nation’s most efficient TNR programs, working in our community. With FCCO at the helm, it is unnecessary for MCAS to spend time and resources attempting to replicate a proven success. The life-saving results can begin at once!
Gimme Shelter Portland applauds The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon for stepping up, once again, to help our feral cats!