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You can donate to the Ontario Feral Cat Project here:
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.
is Cammie. Read her amazing rescue story in the May/June issue of
Best Friends Magazine.
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.
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
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.
Address: P. O. Box 44, Ontario, OR 97914