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Trap-Neuter-Return

Operation Fix ‘Em!

 In an effort to reduce the number of unwanted cats and kittens in the community, Saving Grace has established Operation Fix ‘Em, a trap-neuter-return program for feral cats.

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), which involves humanely trapping stray and feral cats and having them spayed/neutered before returning them to their outdoor home, is the only effective method of stabilizing outdoor cat colonies. Feral cat colonies that go through TNR stabilize because new kittens are not being born into the colony to replace adults, and the colonies eventually decrease in size as the adults reach the end of their lifespan.

Other communities that have been practicing TNR for years have found it to be more effective than removing cats. When cats are removed from an area, there is a vacuum effect—other cats move in to take advantage of newly available resources (food and shelter), and they breed back to capacity. The cats and kittens who are “removed” are typically brought in to shelters and overwhelm a shelter’s resources, far outnumbering foster care space or adoption demand.

Cats are trapped for surgeries once a week. At this time we are focusing efforts on large colonies of 15 or more cats. Call us at 541-672-3907 ext 113 to find out more details of the program, and if eligible, put your name on a waiting list for Operation Fix ‘Em.

We are grateful for grant support from Petco Foundation and Best Friends Animal Society to help pay for these life-saving surgeries. Focusing on large colonies are where we can have the greatest effect with the money we have. We know that there is a long way to go to solve the feral cat problem in Douglas County, but we are excited to be getting started with this new program.

 

Saving Grace needs volunteers to assist with trapping and transporting cats for their surgeries. Foster homes are needed to care for sick or underage kittens, and to be "Lion Tamers" for feral kittens. 

Fill out a volunteer application here.

 

Want to help community cats by making a contribution for Trap-Neuter-Return? Give here, and you can designate your gift for TNR.

 

For more information on Trap-Neuter-Return, you can visit the

following websites:

The Humane Society of the United States

Alley Cat Allies

ASPCA

 

 

 COVID-19 Update

With the news of COVID-19 rapidly changing, our top priority is keeping people safe while continuing to save animals’ lives. Despite the challenges, Saving Grace has an obligation to continue providing high quality care to stray and homeless pets.

ADOPTIONS

Saving Grace is open for adoptions by appointment only. Call us at 541-672-3907 to make an appointment to meet a pet. Many of our pets are in foster care! When you arrive, we will bring the pet to meet you at your car. Clients are asked to remain outside for their own safety and the health of our staff.

ADMISSIONS

Owners wishing to surrender their pets must call us at 541-672-3907 in advance to discuss surrender and make an appointment. Saving Grace continues to accept stray pets. Please call 541-672-3907 for an appointment.

Looking for a specific type of pet? Want to receive an email alert when matching pets become available? Check out Adoptapet.com!

Thinking of surrendering your pet? Get your questions answered on our Surrendering a Pet page. And try re-homing your pet to a new family without the shelter! Great advice to walk you through the process, plus your pet's profile will be included in Adopt-a-Pet.com listings!