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Every cat deserves a safe home where it is loved, cared for and kept free from hazards.

Cats Safe At Home

Indoor cat - Peter Breen
Photo by Peter Breen

Every cat deserves a safe home where it is loved, cared for and kept free from hazards. Yet thousands of cats die in local shelters each year and tens of thousands of stray and feral cats roam our urban landscape vulnerable to a variety of risks and preying on our native wildlife. Cats Safe at Home TM seeks to address the challenges associated with cat overpopulation in the Portland metropolitan area in a humane and environmentally responsible manner.

View and print our Cats Safe at HomeTM brochure.


Across the country, wildlife advocates and cat advocates have been at odds over how to address free-roaming cats. Here in the Portland metro region, the Audubon Society of Portland and Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon, along with Multnomah County Animal Services and Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter, are working together through the Cats Safe at Home TM campaign to address the root causes of cat overpopulation with strategies that recognize the value of both cats and wildlife.

The Portland metro region is home to more than 200 species of birds, many of which are already under huge pressure due to habitat loss and fragmentation. Cats and other hazards like window strikes add to those pressures. Spaying and neutering cats and keeping them safe at home reduce impacts on local wildlife populations. In addition, when you keep your cat safe at home, you minimize its exposure to all kinds of dangers: disease, cars, predators, and more.

Learn more about the Cats Safe at Home TM campaign and our vision for a safer and healthier environment for both cats and wildlife.

Solutions Start at Home

Cat overpopulation in the metro region can be addressed, but we need your help! Learn ways to transition cats indoors, get tips for enriching the lives of indoor cats, and more. More

Catio Tour

This unique annual event educates the community about how outdoor cat enclosures keep pet cats and wildlife safe. We hope to inspire others to build one for their own cats! More

Catio Resources

When it comes to cat enclosures, there are many options: Choose a pre-made pen, use a kit, or design one yourself. We’ve compiled a variety of resources to help you create a catio that’s right for your residence. More

Hayden Island Cat Project

In partnership with Hayden Island residents, the Audubon Society of Portland and Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon have begun a multi-year project to humanely reduce the island’s feral cat population in order to protect wildlife and provide a better life for cats. Hayden Island provides a “natural laboratory” to study solutions to cat overpopulation because it has strict geographic boundaries — the banks of the Columbia River — and is home to hundreds of feral cats. More

Strategies and Additional Resources

See a full list of Cats Safe at Home TM campaign strategies, read an in-depth account of the Audubon Society of Portland’s approach to cats and wildlife, view media coverage of efforts to reduce cat overpopulation, and explore additional resources. More

For more information about the Audubon Society of Portland's Cats Safe at Home TM work, contact conservation director Bob Sallinger at 503-380-9728 or bsallinger@audubonportland.org

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