Deschutes County has numerous cat colonies throughout our area of feral cats that continue to reproduce. Left unchecked, this issue will grow worse - it is estimated that there are approximately 10,700 homeless and feral cats living in Deschutes County.
Looking forward to 2020, COCA envisions 60% to 70% of the homeless cats in Central Oregon community will have been sterilized –significantly reducing the number of homeless cats in Deschutes County. The initial effort will begin in Deschutes Co. – with founding agencies of Bend Spay and Neuter Project, BrightSide Animal Center and the Humane Society of Central Oregon – and expand with time to include other local organizations and locations throughout Central Oregon.
Phase I - The year 2013 is dedicated to building community awareness, organizing core group volunteers, and establishing a database of target “hot spots” for problem areas throughout Deschutes County. COCA will also work to establish project funding and logistics.
Phase II - By 2014 a systematic approach will be in full swing which includes community education and a targeted trap, neuter, release program (TNR) that will heavily rely on a coordinated approach of community volunteers. Tracking and research indicates the greatest impact will be to focus on target areas such as: mobile home parks and low income housing apartments, restaurants and businesses.
agencies will work together to:
1. Create and distribute educational outreach materials and brochures explaining the benefits of Trap, Neuter, Release
2. Recruit and train volunteers in target areas to trap and transport cats to surgery site
3. Secure volunteer and paid staff, and surgery locations, in order to alter cats throughout the County
4. Alter cats regularly – starting 2014 – at COCA spay/neuter locations in Bend and Redmond.
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