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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.

Overview

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.

Visit the Cats Safe at Home TM website to learn more about the annual Catio Tour, catio resources, Hayden Island Cat Project, solutions to help reduce cat overpopulation, and information on how to build a safer and healthier environment for both cats and wildlife. 

You can also read about Portland Audubon's approach to cats and wildlife, view media coverage of efforts to reduce cat overpopulation and explore additional resources.

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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