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.
Saving Grace has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to fund spay/neuter surgeries for feral cats. We are working in conjunction with New Beginnings SPCA, Douglas County Animals Control, and community volunteers to identify, trap and spay/neuter large colonies of feral cats.
Cats are trapped for surgeries once a week. Grant funds from Petco Foundation will pay for surgeries for 285 cats. As Saving Grace establishes Operation Fix ‘Em, we are focusing efforts on those 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 names on a waiting list for Operation Fix ‘Em.
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. 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: