Ontario, Oregon Feral Cat Project 

Trapping, Neutering and Returning feral cats in Ontario, Oregon since 2009

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Mission Statement

The Ontario Feral Cat Project is a non-profit organization operated by donations and volunteers.  The program is designed to reduce our community’s feral and stray cat overpopulation by using a technique of trap, neuter, and return to existing monitored colonies.

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Project Description

A coalition of volunteer individuals, local veterinarians, city government and local business owners announces a program aimed at controlling and reducing the feral cat population in Ontario. The group plans to initiate a Trap-neuter-return (TNR) program.  The project is based on successful programs in other cities, including Baker City.

The coalition was organized because of the growing problem with feral cats in Ontario. The project is staffed by volunteers in the community and from local businesses.  Feral cats are defined as cats that are born or raised without owners or who have been lost or abandoned and have reverted to wild behavior. In seven years, a pair of cats and their offspring can allegedly yield 420,000 cats. In addition to being a nuisance in the community, feral cats can carry and spread disease. They cost the community in terms of property damage and animal control efforts. Further, the cats usually have short lives of fear and starvation.

Trap-neuter-return, commonly known as TNR, is the only method proven to be effective at controlling feral cat population growth. TNR involves trapping all or most of the cats in a colony, getting them neutered and vaccinated, and then returning them to their colony. The returned cats, who are ear tipped to identify them as neutered, are provided regular food and shelter. Colonies are monitored by volunteer caretakers for newcomers. Whenever possible, kittens young enough to be readily socialized and friendly adults are removed from their feral environment and placed for adoption.

TNR immediately stabilizes the size of the colony if at least 70 percent of the fertile adults are neutered. Neutering closer to 100 percent will result in a gradual decline of the population over time. In addition, the nuisance behavior often associated with feral cats is dramatically reduced. This includes the  noise that comes with fighting and mating activity and the odor of unneutered males spraying to mark their territory. The cats tend to roam less, thus becoming less of a visible presence. They continue to provide natural rodent control, a particularly valuable benefit in many areas of Ontario.

Contact Information

Contact us by e-mail for more details about our project.  You are invited to use this address to leave information about colonies, questions about the program or personal information for volunteering or making donations.

Phone: 541.823.2427

Address: P. O. Box 44, Ontario, OR 97914