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Feral Cat Coalition 081317

Aug 11, 2017|

AN INTERVIEW WITH KAREN KRAUS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR WITH THE FERAL CAT COALITION OF OREGON ABOUT THE WORK THEY DO WITH THE FERAL CAT POPULATION, THEIR SERVICES, AND THE CATIO TOUR.

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This is metro scope and Entercom radio Portland public affairs program. And your blocks and if you're cat lover you're gonna wanna listen to today's show because it's all about Portland's love for cats. On metals gold this time I would like to welcome Karen crouse Karen is the executive director of the Ferrell cat coalition organ quite apparent. Hi there thanks so much for having us on the program. Oh certainly we've heard you on before we like to talk about caps it's very fun in the news a particular kinds of Catherine a barrel county clintons Will Ferrell cap is. Will Ferrell added an untamed the domestic policy Catherine. Its the committee that fearful of people. And our program offers spay neuter services for people that are feeding Ferrell cast. People that are feeding it to rain pass to. Which is more about the Katie who might show up in your yard who isn't really all that hair fall. Might be a little shy might not be shy at all. We would help people feeding both the Ferrell and stray cats. Did you bring the capital to our clinic can we both aviator in fact when he found. And then the people continue to feed to tap the comments their social people will decide to bring the cats in to their home and make them passing. I'm and other people just continue to feed the cats. I'm outdoors without the fear or concern that there will be more tap and certainly no kittens. In a look at this kind of like a wild cat the right. Yeah you know a lot of people column while older or our Alley cats or. A lot of different not very nice terms potentially. But they're really. Ferrell is the term for any domesticated animal that has reverted to more of a wild state like he could have a feral dogs or apparel and anchor Carol Powell. I'm and it's really just found a more while the state but they're not wild animals that they are a demand for speedy Dan and all that's just acting fearful. Should somebody who's feeding the Ferrell cats are straight cuts should they be afraid of these cuts at all. Especially after a. We don't Lotta people are really concerned they're concerned about diseases they're concerned that they might be injured. In Carol cats they're really quite shy. My true Carol cat barely even comes out during the day they're pretty hunkered down they're nocturnal. They're not interested in being around people and in the Portland metro area there's a it's not going to be a lot of really Ferrell perhaps because there's a human interaction in a city environments so they. Don't have the opportunity the opportunity to be quite as. Removed and fearful they might be an hour really rural or. Area and maybe out of the woods you're just further removed from people but. And they get people really shouldn't be afraid I mean how to attack can be pretty nasty can you ask any better that's great I had to help us touchpad. Any animal that doesn't frighten them you know might try to protect themselves you don't really want a corner any animal. But for the most part Al capita gonna try to avoid you they're not looking to cause trouble. And statistically they're not disease her red and they don't have any higher incidence of deceit and pack Catholic. No in fact they're immune systems they're pretty dirty they're pretty strong about. For the most part. People aren't afraid cap that's for those who are an and really wouldn't be concerned about them they're not there to hurt you. What so what's the feral cat population in our area. And I would not be treatment now pain to have. To count them all but there's the national group that's trying to figure out how to count. All the cats and the country because it's really important to tap held. I have an idea how many are in homes come in your living on the streets and how many of summer Ferrell. And other services that really would. Help reduce populations and also provide better health care for all Catholic. And other isn't it great. We don't know that there are statistics that we do you know there's probably a 100000 free roaming Catholic Portland metro area. But no way to really know if that's true or not in with our growing population became a cat population is related to human population and it's even more challenging guys were so fast growing here. And I would say that we are seeing. About the same number of Britain coming in this year as we have in the past. So that which show that it's relatively. The stable population not a overly growing population of Catholics. But I mean a 100000 wouldn't leave and give an indication that there's a number of cat outdoors but. Could use some help. The 100000 that's that's quite a number of actually. Gannon and who knows how how truly real that it let's if he made his ID the United States which might estimates sixty to eighty million. Carol and free roaming cats and country but again no one has a way to actually. Putted number two it. OK so let's talk about some of the services that the girl cat coalition Morgan provides. Yes perhaps someone beating fairly straight and had to neighboring their cat to us in fort just a donation. And we had just a donation of thirty dollars per catch. We don't turn people away if they don't have those dollars especially when you're feeding a lot of tap the one they'd bring in a fairly straight and that we have to wrapped. And trapping instructions to help people after the captain. Basically. In an ecstatic here in addition to being spayed or neutered. We will. Acne for rabies and December. We provide actually treatment if we can eat worms we can treat for worms. If they're dehydrated we will give them fluids. And and we take care all that for just that suggested donation of thirty dollars. In addition. We also now have services protect captains so we have some local problems. Services with what people can come in if people are Republicans would attempt. They can get their state neuter surgery first low and ten dollars. And we also use the or against the gators found coupons and those costs for a secret 35. For a new leader and 61 day maybe fifty that's kind of the changing. Scale there. And so really cost effective for people who need an affordable options to get their pets cats spayed or neutered and we do that because. Harold Katz actually come from tax cap. Pet cat that got outside he had a litter of kittens for didn't spend time around people became more fearful and frightened to. And and post super important to help people get their tact that's bigger Gator before they get outdoors and potentially form future Farrell task. Interesting I didn't realize that they came from. From pet cats. Well I you know it's funny thousands of years ago we domesticated cats when we demand to take animals that means that they rely upon us we have now made it our responsibility to look after them and though cats kinda like we all like to pay that kind of hold on to their wild streak a little bad. Most of them you know if they're around people. Are socialite to people and friendly to them but when they're not around people they become frightened and Balch. If I think military catch showed up in your backyard it had a litter of kittens. And even straight match he's not afraid of people think kittens are going to be very shy and fearful and you can even if they're a little bit. You can turn them around adopt pets cats pretty easily put offense Harold Katz who didn't have any affiliation around humans had a litter of kittens. Her kittens had sent back in generations Ferrell there are a little more fearful of people pick a little longer to bring them around. So it's super important to help people get their pet cats spayed or neutered so that they're not hesitating to get outside he can can house. The Herald straight. After all future Farrell. How difficult is it to trap a feral cat we're we're kind of any kind to bring to you. Well you know I think the biggest hurdle for people is just the idea strapping. A lot of people are frightened by that because when we traps things it's not usually for a good outcome right so we kind of a negative thought about it. And and there's good cause for that concern. We put establish a relationship with Tehran Catholic. Even when they can't have found even when they can't really get close by and they have a bond and the really proud of that bond in each and I can't rely on them and make. They feel like an action and they don't want to break that bond and go to wrapping things like that might hurt that bond and we understand that. We have live draft and we have trapping instructions and we talked to people every single day who've never seen one of our traps and we walk them through. Through that process than their pick up a fully getting the Catholic. And what's really nice thing about using a light traffic is that the trap it's catchy beat Tahiti. Not you though few think why I'm just to make grab comedian put her into a terrier because that traps seem scary to me. Remember that the bond you're trying not to break to it between you and the cap and when you traffic to add it's a trap taking an attack not you. Have you try to reach Canadian grabbed her and try to put her into a terrier. Now you've become a scary. It's really helpful to maintain that bond and anticipate that capital that and then when the cat is an hour to hear he played for in that traffic while. Then the whole thing works with less stress for the kitty so it's it's not. It's not unheard attracted people to think we have lots of unethical and trek and we again we helped. Thousands of people every year it's never too wrapped up successfully get all of their cat closed its not hard. Let's get information what if there's a bit of some cats in the neighborhood that you just don't worry hang on your yard they just don't want around can you help out of that is that something completely different. I that is a great question and I'm here at the listeners are thinking you have that's my neighborhood tale. You know after the cats in your neighborhood we encourage people could we get a phone call that he now we encourage you to talk to your neighbors. Before you take any action. Talk to your neighbor and find out is that their pet to eighty activities that are coming into your yard stick and made her move away and maybe they're tat didn't move when found. Do you live near an apartment complex where maybe there's some turnover of people are. And to have to get out and and people move away and opportunities are in the neighborhood they're too much. There's there's lots of different ways that they're they're out there and we really encourage you to find out if its neighbors attached. And then also who might be feeding the cap because there could be a kind hearted citizen who's feeding the committees that doesn't know about our services. And think why can't afford to take care of them so I guess I'll just keep feeding out. But how about because we are really we're here to help for community service and we can make sure that there aren't more capital that there are so it would. We're not as nervous defer in mouse trap being and removing. We're not a service before. People who just don't want to captain their community. And Kelly really to encourage people to do utilize their stay neuter services and to get to know your neighbors because you're gonna find out the Catholic bare for reasons. And that reason is typically food. And that's because someone's beating them the cable now that person and then if you can help prevent the number. You know that the growth of the number of cats and courageous and and we are here to help. We're talking today with Karen crouse executive director of the feral cat coalition Oregon now Karen when asked you about a partnership you have with the Audubon society the sounds kind of interest in. We're so excited about that we've been working with the Portland Audubon society for are almost when he years. And it is truly a unique partnership. There are not too many or potentially any. Other Erekat program and Audubon. Or even wild life conservation groups that are working together or. As closely as the two of our groups are. No we have together and formed a peaked cap waved at home to campaign. And that goal. Because both of our organization wanted to be fewer cats free roaming in our community it's better for tapped and it's better for wildlife. I have fever free roaming Catholic. And so we teamed up we can read it to happen they got home and we do surveys and studies and we do communication that the public together. But one of our proudest accomplishment. So far is coming up and it's we don't patio to. A couple of. I love that name. And I'm Canada Mexico I didn't infer for those who don't know at a patio is is what backpack is they caddie. I would I that's my next question what is each patio. It's just it's like to happen patio for a cap and closure. And it is. An infrastructure that will allow your pity to have them safe outdoor time. And that can be as small as they window box. That allows the frontier to blow also way kind of around my kitty cat just found about doors and can do. Structures that you can purchase the put your backyard. Or even take with a user's mobile caddie O particularly ten in other options like fat. But what really think it's like we showcase. Local caddie goes to give people a way to meet him first hand. I open up their creativity. By the idea. Having a patio in their yard. It doesn't hear their fifth annual patio door and each year this event grow with the first year we had over 600 sign up and last year he had over thirteen hundred people sign up to be on the tour. Oh I know. These guys and hats off to par lenders because we love to jurors but we also know. Engage and and wanna see and wanna learn and wanna try new things and every patio built in Connecticut had it safe at home. It means iPad isn't free roaming in the community with vacancies hazards like the cars per coyotes with. I'm a dog. Other animals other wildlife and it also means they're not out they're preying on our native wildlife. Across the country bird populations are in decline. And while Catholic not a leading cause of that they do play a key role in that. And we can't solve every problem in the world that we can't give the birds of a better chance when our backyards. For survival. And Portland is an eight fly away there's a lot of birds that migrate through here. Because we're at the confluence of the Columbia River and Atlanta at river and it should they really rich area for the birds that migrate through. And every time we can keep our taps played at home were occasional spurts a better chance to become us through our community. And it's super exciting to see how many people sign up to learn more about caddie I was and how they can help their native wildlife and keep their tax rates. Kelly it's really it's pretty exciting television here expect the tour to be popular again they had sold out every year. Stuff that interests you when you're hearing man the police say that to happen. Based at home dot ORG. And take a look at how to read about the killer and sign up because it really hit it has pulled out to. Been here we have eleven patio on the tour. Eight of them are in northeast Portland and three Aaron fatalities but it's really quite doable to get around to see them all. It's a four hour tour that starts at 10 o'clock and put the cost people on September 9. And that it's self guided. So when you sign up and you're registered just ten dollars per person that get a guidebook you can pick and choose which caddie that he wanted to see you can decide to spend all your time at one. You can decide you can ago but he all eleven. It's just a really exciting way to get out what people are doing to help their captain help wildlife in her community. It's like the street of dreams for camps. No it. Yet they wind even now is that this is another really key part is if you don't need to spend a lot of money to make this happen. It can be volatile DIY. Derek they're ones on the tour this year every year in fact that people have gone to the rebuilding planner or maybe get another. Home. Homes Sadr and found items up recycle them he created a caddy yelled. For not much money you really can take your own creativity it can be anything they hear on the tour there's the man you. Have pulled tight the program. And when he used his neighbors bamboo and he made a structure for his committee to have to pay for outdoor time using all by the program to it's really cool. That's amazing. So how how what's the largest want to you know Izzard is there like a mansion cameo. Well there was a mansion last year is that the people. Actually have thick formally feral cats. That they wanted to have some really nice to outdoor time in May built. Picnic patio the matchup there Hollis and their backyard it gets really was quite outstanding. That one was probably seen most. Over at that I want my over the top because it was beautiful that fits perfectly very article one of those in my wanted to fire do its history had dreams for caddy a jerk. But at the same time you know we ask people on the tour what would their favorite patio and while of course without one was very attractive and beautiful. People really related to the one that was made Otto of wire shelving Iraq but the person that tied together. And made a really nice simple caddie out to people can relate to it and they're like I can totally do that. And our goal is to inspire people to walk away and say I can do that I want to do that I'm going to do that. That's a win for everybody and so that's what I liken this year we've got the bicycle rim as they've really created. Interest is being way UK about Katrina caddie out and then we have a comedy and what's on the a lot of thought. Putting in their patio and it has a couple of walkways. And a very beautiful patio that both people and perhaps you can enjoy. It's critical in runs from DIY puts a lock. And at the cats just totally love that. Oh my goodness not only did they catch the like get by humans can tell Billy you'll see it you'll see how how much are touting joys of the figure enrichment of sitting outside and all the senses smiles that come. And what's really ninth on the tour you're gonna either that one way to do that you might have attacked and you wanna cup for your taxes you might wanna use that fateful failure to act. You might want to catch them not not to stick around you might want to catch against dirt under posits. You might want him to have crap I have crowd which you name it there's not a writer Rong way and it is riches of the Catholic life and it keeps them they've. And it keeps while place and it's not the critical. Tossing in the big for the cameo Turin where people can get more information. It is on September 9 for. And information is apt to happen. Safe at home dot org you can also find information on earth hour website which is Ferrell cap. Dot com. Either way people need to probably go online and type in patio cure Portland patio tour and it should come off as well. Creates the feral cat coalition boring and never looking for volunteers. We are always looking for volunteers to thank you for asking. Volunteers are injured girl and everything we do here from helping detect that task then it's still working at our clinic at the helping with outreach volunteers it's. Are helping on the patio door at fundraisers. Altered about reached by the community that number one wake people hear about our organization and our services. It's word of mouth. What anybody listening please if you know somebody feeding fairly stray cats or even have a pet cats are got a new kitten this summer. And they're not spayed or neutered haven't given that call. We are happy to help outward affordable solution for people and it helped streak is with a number of unwanted kittens born in our. Our area it's it's good for your neighborhood it's good for the Catholic. Perhaps he'd be there and volunteers to get her fired up out to people which we hang all over town telling people about our services. So he's got a little bit of time gray got a lot of time we have a project for you. And the girl cat coalition orient is a nonprofit correct. We are 501 C three nonprofit. And we rely solely on donations we don't kick government funding. And so if this type of thing is interesting. We we definitely would appreciate any support. If the month of August when we are running or summer in Spain spectacular. You know anybody feeding fairly straight path and kittens you can bring the ball land and we're doing comic mystery about health though. That's another thing to panic at Dover thousands some let people know. Pure and we all know there are a lot of people move into the Portland area is there any correlation between the increase human population and an increase in cal population. So if new people moved to the community. They may or may not be moving and with the task that may not be moving away leaving task. It's really important for fraud Portland or. I'm making sure we get the word out to all the new people that are moving here that we support are animal welfare organizations that we find animals Gingrich paralyze and that there are important to us and we support the causes that helps them. We're kind of known as dog pound. And that's that's you know wonderful. And we do take ever cast there are not a lot of committees that have a fair a catalyst for a gimmick can help. Thousands are capped a year and dissidents. To the donation pride that we ask for. And that's a sign of how much we care about animal in the community so the more we get the word out we help people understand that we do care. We're gonna be not you know we're we're not to mean increased the number of captain our area. Could you talk about a cat that we see me be within your tip. Tough talk about the. So I'm all about that come through our Caroline straight program have. They're right here kept. And that is the international design of a debater neutered Ferrell Catholic. And we do that because oftentimes the person and that's a feeding a fairly straight dad isn't just beating Juan. They're feeding mom of the babies with her mom and the babies and the babies babies and it. And they also start to look the same thing and in your typical way to identify the cat's at a distance between now that they've been paid or neutered. And it's well done under anesthesia at the medical treatment a lot of people are concerned that her paternity. There are no indications that it hurts we kitty and the cat is your support spay or neuter servant and we do give pain relief at that time as well. Now. It's when it's it's not an issue on a mountain side. And it really prevented the tomcats from having to be reach trapped and that is really important to kitty. Because that's when you meet near tepid means I kept doesn't have to go to distressed at being trapped brought to facility go through another anesthesia topic at parity neutered. That the limiting of distress on the animal is profound that your tickets were allowed that. I can't tell you know how many times someone has called us and that I'm feeding a black tablets can make an appointment that bring the tat and while there near. Another added that they're back gardener like total again competing to black casts. They get back to adhere to that you bring the padded their neutered now I have to nuclear tipped happening now like OK good I don't need to worry about them and one without any or get choked up. And there are people tend to be feeding like. Or five black Catholic they didn't now. Well definitely new idea. Brain and it as wonderful I'm prepared you for pride and six cat island Friday. Antique but you know there's two of them that I by the people the traps and I'm gonna work on getting those do well nationals which was. I'm trapped. Would bring them and an excuse didn't irritate it becomes a really hard overtime to town hall which wants to attend definitely hope to chat. It's identifier for the cat and if you're you know in your neighborhood if you can you tablet vineyard can't. You can rest assured that they're not to have kittens and that there are they altered so it if it helps them both right. Karen in this last second we have here let us know how we can get hold of the cat. Other terror attack coalition Morgan. They even it's way to find out is on the web at Harold Taft dot com. And we are also available on our phones at 503797. Statistics. Bureau Beck. And we answer phones minding your Friday and we are Saturday answered questions and help people if they're captivate neutered. That is greats Karen crouse executive director of the federal cap coalition organ banks are in a microscope today. And my pleasure thank you. Mitchell's bill is an Entercom radio Portland public affairs program I'm Gary blocks of if you're involved with a nonprofit or public affairs organization or do you have an idea for an upcoming show I'd like to hear from you visit microscope PDX dot com and submit your ideas you can also go to the station's website handsome richer information there. Thanks for listening to metals go and enjoy the rest of your weekend.