Apr 15, 2014|
A discussion with Karen Kraus about the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon and the strides they are making in spaying and neutering feral cats, and about their fundraiser, Furball.
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You're listening to microscope a series of interviews of people of interest to northwest Oregon and southwest Washington and Gary and on the segment -- microscope will be talking about the not for profit organization the feral cat coalition -- I'd like to welcome to metals go the executive director of the feral cat coalition of -- Karen -- McCarron. Hi there are scary how are you were doing well -- the feral cat coalition Morgan what is. We are eight spay neuter program first Ferrell in a stray cats that have a caregivers that are feeding mountains and so are. Program provides. A new editor vaccinations. Mad at -- minor medical treatment. Flea treatments and cleaning -- years you're my treatment. As needed for each of these tasks. And we got caregivers in the community who contact. And so we treat screening qualified to make sure that the dark -- -- And then we help these folks -- they're -- we've got trapped if it got trapping instructions. They come to our facility or whenever -- people -- different parts of the city they pick up trapped. And they're able to capita cap that bring him to -- first services and then they return the cats to where they're being -- Okay. So we'll know what to what exactly is a feral cat. You know that that is probably the most common question especially with the thinner and her name. I'm Paul Farrell's -- is an untamed domestic. -- will look like any other TV however they're gonna act differently they're fearful of people they're shy of people. By the folks might think of damage just like wildcats. But because felines. Are domesticated could be could be. They -- don't ever become a wild animal when they become fearful it's termed Harrell is seeking an apparel pink apparel god that's terrible towel. They need domesticated animals and it's referred it's more for wild. Behavior. On the other hand because we offer these stray cats but our program we do like to define the stray cat is being. -- cabinet has just shown up they might be friendly they might not be friendly. They could warm up Q pretty quickly typically it straight and has either lost or was abandoned. And and people will feed them as well in their backyards there were -- where they may shoppers go to church. And and -- -- -- who is living on the streets picking -- their friendly but are part of a family -- you know become a pat they will also qualify for our program. Is a feral -- born to another feral cat or. Well typically that is what happens. But it can also be at a stray cat who'd they have a litter of kittens and the kittens don't have any association around humans. And they've become frightened they're fearful. And so mom mom might be somewhat friendly kittens can be it but with seemed kind of anti social. They be easier detained because mom with a friendly. If -- apparel cat and have a litter -- all I you have put a couple of second generation -- kittens. They have even less experience with people momma taught them to be afraid in you can have to newborns. Or his things and they're afraid of people. So it's really important to get the cats spayed neutered before you do get affected -- third generation of -- because they're much much harder -- them. Is apparel -- kind of dangerous to approach. You -- are there that there is dangerous to approach it is in a raccoon or -- squirrel home. You know you they're going to be more afraid they're gonna run away from me you know if their corner they will defend them now just -- -- wild animal would. But they're not seeking you know they're not aggressive that's seeking to hurt you or approach you in any kind of manner like fat. But they compete. They can be kind of scary for people they have ever cornered as far as. But for the most part now there can be pretty elusive and a real Farrell's caddie. You may really barely adversity because they simply more nocturnal and they will stay as hidden as they can. What is the goal of the feral cat coalition of Oregon. So -- look at a few specific. You call. We are trying to reduce the number of heroin to stray cats they're looking -- our community first confirmed home. At the same time because the services they provide. Do you relieve a lot of strategy for the animals we're improving the lives could be that the cats that come through our program. And then we're also preventing future generations. From having to live on the streets as well. So I just -- -- during the one path you get to improve their lives and prevent future cast somebody in the streets so it's. It's pretty powerful. -- an estimation of how many feral cats might be. Around our community in any given time. You know it's -- really good question and there isn't eight to have to count. They can't go -- like the Audubon society in my conduit bird count -- -- equipment and how many are preparing an area. They're they're into that same thing for -- cats so we a lot of times people will use population -- extrapolate that out and based on the number of people. There's probably a certain number of perhaps. Also complicated by the number of people who who but they're -- cats because doors. So it's it's pretty challenging but the battle that meant that we've been able to get is is roughly a 100000. So that's -- that's quite a few -- Well with a pretty big population base and that would be on the part of -- metro area so it's not just Portland Pacific. You know before -- -- pretty broad. And -- have rural urban suburban and you know. I don't know if it's true or not the -- that kind of thing I'd estimate that they often used related to population. Do feral cats. Hang out together. Well my name. What what they're termed as a group apparel -- could be called a colony. And a colony typically starts with a female and her litter of kittens. So my that the typical litter it's four kittens. And no. One cat that he might be feeding this spring views for instance didn't get the cats spayed or -- times. You quickly find yourself feeding five -- have a colony of five minutes pretty important to get both cats spayed neutered as -- as Japan. I'm and we will stay cats as young as two months I have to wait two pounds so I'm pretty early we paid kittens. And to what happens is somebody -- column from the spraying. I'm -- they won't -- this spring because they're feeding academicians at the letter of and then the gestation period hurt protected -- -- it's just. 61 days. And capital and become pregnant mother nursing kittens. And in our climate female can have on average. Three of letters a year. And that African leaders for Kevin for coming feeding one Canadian to praying to kind of tell proceeding to nicotine's a colony of sixteen. In the fall. -- it really exponential on imagine what happened after that in almost sixteen if he didn't get them bigger Nader didn't really grow its pretty it could grow pretty quickly from there. So. Most of the people contact us. When -- wanted to be a litter of kittens and but that's one of the reasons I wanted to get our message out to the community this coming year. If it really makes a difference to help the -- for the day. But for their father in future letters or having future -- So what services does the feral cat coalition organ provided. No in addition to -- spaying and neutering all of the cats look at. I should -- in addition the spaying and neutering. That cats that are three months of age or older will also get a rabies vaccine we also get to -- vaccine. Flea treatment can clean ears get your right treatment if we can he worms will be worms to cats the -- And then we also right ear tips that path. Anybody wondering what that you're connected she -- to our website at Ferrell cap dot com. And you DS but we've removed about an eighth to a quarter of an inch off -- right here. That's an international symbol of -- -- neutered apparel cap. And what that all that does not object that trifecta that can be an area where some people. I think what this man doesn't hurt the -- it is done by a veterinarian if it's under anesthesia. And had and it allows her not having did -- to cap in the future. It'll let somebody know really quite quickly which cats have been -- neuter their colony in the papers -- -- shows up. And and it really does reduce the future stress for the cat dramatically. Felt but the way to keep track cassette of the program because most people do not need to have a near -- on their -- -- -- -- other way to democratic -- -- -- you know. And that there belonged to someone. So. First services they're provided donation based. And we asked for thirty dollars her kitty but we don't turn anybody away who can't afford to pay so really truly as a donation based program. Must be kind of a challenge to trap a feral cat to get them to you. You know for people who have. Kind of found themselves with a litter her straight -- shot -- per -- cat that they really can't handle her afraid to handle. It is I think surprising to find out how how he can heat trapping is we have live traffic to their cages. -- enters the trap with a plan a trip played and that that is without injury trapped within that metal cage. And we get altered the tips for how to keep to -- com. And what they've fallen that trap. And most of the people who call us who have never herd scene of -- lies trapped before are able to trap all of their task to bring them into. So it it is important. I guess for people who think well maybe I can just grab the kitty -- could -- get Italian carrier. Like I really struggle. And there's really cautioned people against that a lot of people think maybe I don't wanna use the trap because that's my break that's the pond than I am creating with his mom. And it's truly glad it's frightening that down. And and the traffic was associated with the caregiver. That traffic just for the trapped. So there at Atlanta frightened that the person and person not gonna get injured. I mean a frightened cat you know frightened pat cash. Can cry you -- -- you to get away and -- it's like it's much safer for the cat and for the person can -- she is alive trapped. Think that sounds like a good idea to put. -- -- it didn't it seem so scary because -- does because you know most of us don't associate especially in the city. With much trapping at all -- but he did the live chat now no animal would get harmed along the process and it then allows for. The cat to stay in a safe environments and finally come into the clinic. So you little story memo almost having some trouble with cats and her yard and so she put out of the trap for them and ended up catching the trapping. Recoup some of the principles that happens pretty frequently as well. He had -- record their top fund trap. They get the very strong and sometimes they're very big so I'm our captain or not I hope for a big cracked bones thankfully. However what they can attack the command could also attract direct current and we encourage people cannot. Leave a trap unattended. Really do want to watch. And then you need to be able to let that I'm raccoon caught -- the traffic safely all of the traps that we used to have a relieved the I'm calm on the backside so that you can get -- And desired content trapped animal I'm safely out of that trap. To be so thank you -- -- -- -- is certain look at look at it close to the on. That there there are wasted. There but animal that you didn't -- -- back out it also means that you naturally the trap out so even if you copycat you are hoping to trap. Think -- don't leave them in that trap without getting them to things play. -- -- -- What kind of differences the feral cat coalition making. You know that's a question that comes up a lot and and where I. Happy to address that we have. Certainly helped a lot of cats we've helped over 67000. Each individual -- estimated impact and each one of those cats in the -- breeding on our streets. We helped hundreds to early 2000 per year fact this past -- we did 7200 surgeries. And then in addition that we work with C caregivers. To get on the -- they're feeding. And we hear from them over and over and over -- beautiful stories to come and about folks who've had -- this year after year after year after using your services are no kitten. They completely impact on the street you can see it on the individual level for each one of the cats and we help. And you can compete at the colony lob ball with each at both locations no longer having kittens. And then we worked very closely with our local animal shelters and we tracked intake numbers. And intake numbers of cats are decreasing in the Portland metro area. Note that attributed to a lot of efforts including spay neuter for low income folk. And and great programs that are now available. That there really isn't an excuse to not spay neuter your pets cats. -- cats are obviously going to come from pet cat population as well. And so combined we really acting an impact in the Portland metro area where's that they afraid that the shelters it's it's one of the best in the country. The shelter takes in any Ferrell character they bring them to your do they take care of them themselves. You know and he many of the shelters. -- impact it's only the county animal shelters so we'll see -- -- And even stray cats for that matter. And I know why it most people there's a couple of college at a time I checked the -- but tonight. To find out what the process says the county will definitely encourage trap neuter return. And is a better approach for the kitty. But if somebody wants to get tickets -- to additional terrorist and relinquish that animal. After a -- will typically be euthanized. Tommy the cat doesn't command and haven't -- step back to the fact another good reason for your technique. They will contact us. And let us know approximately where that animal came from. And it will try to locate the caregiver into the cab back to back colony if the town located caregiver than me we can't take the cap back. We really are being a program where not. An adoption facility year provides posturing or relocations so. We have no resources to be able to take down an animal beyond. To date they're here for surgery. Where's -- clinic located. We are currently located in north Portland. And we ought to have a mobile surgical hospital that goes supporters are partner communities which currently are cooked meal on the southern Oregon coast. And Salem would. -- -- Is it do you have volunteers. Many many many volunteers. -- where pounded on by volunteers. And today about security at our work is still performed by volunteers they have they have volunteers and help. In the offense at a clinic without reach the fundraising. -- -- culpable we do. It's a losing interest in becoming a volunteer how'd they do that. -- it's pretty easy on our web site without a volunteer application they can complete that. And will follow up after a few questions. If we've got a position that's open and it is something that. Persons of interest didn't doing. Then will invite them to come to an orientation. And then we get to that a premiere. OK. I assume the surgeries are performed by him of trained veterinarian polite. Veterinarians and the nice thing is that over the years that we've been doing that we've -- an acceptance for nineteen years. The level of several skill and talent and the speed for spaying and neutering has really grown dramatically. And so that many of the surgeries are performed by doctors and -- specialized in high volume high quality. Spay neuter so they not only are good at what they do but they're quick -- what they do. -- that allows him to help more animals and it also allows the -- to be under anesthesia for platinum on the time which is -- less -- for the cats. And and smaller incisions mean a quicker recovery. Because these of course -- cats who are going to go back outdoors it's. It all around batter but yes. We fabulous volunteers. Including the veterinarians. So the veterinarians are volunteers as well. We have out. Actually have. High quality has value spay -- Doctor Who works with and then -- know for many many volunteers. So how's the -- -- coalition. Supported that. How do you get your money. We carried departed many different ways that the vast majority of donations come in from individuals in the community. And we're really fortunate. We have wonderful support I think that's a testament to how much Portland cares about animals. So we've. The mailings that we do it got a newsletter. Live online support we've got many different small fundraisers throughout the years. We've got monthly donation program people can sign up for our. Can't even get demanding an attack. Instead of a birthday -- carrying a lot of different ways people tend to apart. Are very proud of our annual fundraising there and it's coming out this year on May third and -- ball. Well -- but that's a great name. That it may sixteenth annual fur ball. And didn't hear that he -- is a low cost kitty. For ninety Hawaiian themed fur ball. And tickets for that we did our gala voted and a -- event tickets are 75 dollars for general admission. For 125 dollars -- response certificate which spent includes reserved seating. And we are expecting about 275 gas. To be fun. Yeah where is the fur ball. It will be -- they have to wait and northwest Portland on Saturday night may third. But -- at 6 PM. I have -- Hawaiian music hula dancer that Philip hockey tonight. Raffles while applying the can you really ninety. Island development. So they're very nice event is as humans only. It is human palate but there are there announced tat there. -- -- -- -- We have a lot of pictures of cats in fact we take a picture. That the -- of the day's public college we take product of the committees in her. At our clinic. And then each day and pig -- we're gonna post -- one of them which began to have at the day. And tell their story and then the caregiver gets to go home with some cat food maybe some other trees. And a little special. For caregiver and the kitty and all of those photos and we can show what happened at the event. Did you say how people can get tickets to the event. I don't think -- tickets are available on our web site against Harold Katz dot com which is FE RA panel the AT and the dot com. And to get -- the conflict and it's just about the and that's 50379726. Hero effect but probably the two easiest way. Look at and the -- -- Saturday may third and 6 to 10 o'clock -- -- we import or. Sounds pretty fun. And it is going to be it. It's it's always well received people love discrepancy that Arafat and we like to put the fun and sundry things is not so pretty serious the best for us because this does spring and a substantial portion of our budget. But we we do make it a funny thing is well. If people can't make it to the fund raiser to the fur ball. There are there other ways people could help make a difference. He's now there are a lot of ways people can make a difference tonight and I want anyone to think by ten different ethnic at that you know this isn't for me. There's so many ways to help from the community. And first and foremost. They neuter your cap. If you move. Even if you have a pact had near wondered where did that catch Gator -- -- and we will direct you to a program that can help deal if you're feeding fairly -- cats with. Please contact us and the sooner the better -- to prevent future generations. A Catholic and again where we operate. At the donation beta program. But all of Maine we're running in special called stage years -- in maiden. And -- increased by at all. So now with a great time to call -- to be able to take advantage of that program you're not gonna have to hit and this summer that you're either gonna have to. People who are fine how far are even just -- -- -- Smart kitty I had that little -- So those who opposes the -- -- things that people can do of course we operate and donations so any donations are always Qualcomm. Volunteering. To play any way to people can get involved we love volunteers must get them engaged. And then. Spreading the word that special. Is one great way. Just telling people he heard that night coverage on the radio. And and just to encourage your friends and family members to the call. So it's great to spread its -- that spraying. So it's it's staying at your worst trade in May cost. And it will add this is another good timing here were a lot of folks might hear tapped to fighting in their neighborhoods. And windows are starting to get open the weather's getting that -- Kenny -- at night. -- much of that is related to breeding them and know when you start hearing that you start smiling maybe some cats sprained. You know that breeding going on and and that's important to take a look from the country neighborhood to see if that's if that's you -- can relate to what I'm amazed that. And then there's capitol third that need to get state neutered. Now again another good parameters to give us a call and then once they are neutered. -- behavior critical way. Post much are present for you much are present for the cast. I want to does that does that -- kept kind of mellow out after. Well what happened that they avoided hearing is that the fighting related to their the breeding and that they -- either keeping other -- capital way. Or are you just try to get that opportunity and and -- fat is. Where that kept fighting going on excellence and there's spayed neutered they don't have those hormones anymore they're not protecting. They're right to then. Our territory. And yet and they come down and oftentimes again we hear from many caregivers of -- -- they could not touched. And after this spade and neutered. They warm up they become friendly and many of them becomes how to -- -- remind us again about the fur ball. For the first volley is Saturday night may third castaways in northwest Portland tickets are on sale because it's five dollars for general mission 125. Each. Force sponsor level. The people can get their tickets at feral cats. Erekat dot com Karen -- take you so much for being part of microscope today and best of luck with the fur ball. Thank you so much -- really grateful for the opportunity and we hope to hear from many of your listeners. Metro -- and Entercom communications public affairs program. My name's Gary and if you have a nonprofit or public affairs organization that you'd like let others know about you can email me at macro Scopes @entercom.com. Remember -- com starts with a B -- you can go directly to the station's website click on the community link and submit your information there. Also we like to hear this program again you can visit our podcast page at microscope PDX dot com. Thanks for listening to microscope and enjoy your weekend it's.