The Marion-Polk Community Cats Program is a cooperative effort among five animal welfare organizations to more efficiently and effectively tackle the problem of 30,000 stray, feral, free-roaming, unowned and community cats in the region.
The purpose of MPCCP is to provide sterilization services to unowned cats in order to reduce cat overpopulation. (Sterilization services are defined as: Sterilization surgery, rabies vaccination, ear tip procedure and FVRCP vaccination. Other veterinary services may be provided if determined necessary by the attending veterinarian.)
Steering Committee members:
- Coalition Advocating for Animals (CAFA)—Lora Meisner, email@example.com 503-588-6924
- Community Coordinator – Shannon Priem, firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-365-8416
- Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon (FCCO)—Betty Emerson, email@example.com, 503-931-2466
- Salem Friends of Felines (SFOF)— 503-362-5611
- Willamette Humane Society (WHS) – B.J. Andersen, BJ.Andersen@whs4pets.org, 503-585-5900 ext. 320
- Reduce the number of cats taken in by shelters.
- Provide 1,700 sterilizations among the partner organizations in 2014, 2,500 sterilizations in 2015 and 3,500 sterilizations in 2016.
TNR involves trapping all or most of the cats in a colony and then returning them to their territory. Whenever possible, young kittens and any friendly cats are removed for veterinary care and socialization, and placed for adoption.