House of Dreams provides shelter and care for abandoned and homeless cats, with the goal of finding them permanent homes or providing them a lifetime home in our facility. We are a free-roam, no-kill cat shelter located in Portland, OR, and one of the only area shelters with facilities for Feline Leukemia positive kitties.
House of Dreams is a 501(c)(3) organization.
Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon will celebrate National Feral Cat Day
(Oct. 16) with free spay/neuter clinics during the third week of
October. Please help spread the word so we can help as many cats as
Below is the basic information about the free spay/neuter clinics.
WHO: Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon
WHAT: Free spay/neuter clinics honoring National Feral Cat Day
programs humanely reduce the population of homeless stray and feral
cats. Cats who live outdoors are humanely trapped and brought to an FCCO
clinic to be evaluated, spayed or neutered and vaccinated. In the past
12 months, FCCO has spayed/neutered more than 6,500 feral and stray cats
— and helped 26% more cats from the Portland-metro area than last year.
Help us spread the word about the importance of helping feral and stray
cats in our community.
The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon (FCCO) will host a free spay/neuter clinic for feral and stray cats in the four-county area on Friday, April 13th in honor of Tax Day.
Why Tax Day? FCCO stresses the importance of spaying and neutering cats before the weather gets warmer and the spring breeding cycle begins. Cats can reproduce as early as five months old, but can be safely spayed and neutered at two months old. Someone feeding one cat in the spring can find themselves taxed by feeding more than 20 by fall.
Claire from Woodland can attest to how quickly cats can multiply. She began feeding a stray cat who showed up at her home. In a year’s time she found herself feeding 28 cats. She called FCCO for help. Over two days she trapped 27 of the cats and is currently trapping to get the last one. There won’t be any new kittens born and she is very relieved.
What can I do to help? If you or someone you know is feeding feral or stray cats, please call 503-797-2606 today or visit www.feralcats.com for more information.
Feral cats are the offspring of lost or abandoned pets or other feral cats who are not fixed. They don't easily adapt, or may never adapt to living indoors as a pet, but they still need our help.
Beyond leaving food and water out for them, we can help these cats a couple of ways.
We can help manage and reduce the number of feral cats in our neighborhoods by participating in a Trap-Neuter-Release Program. Many vets will let you borrow a trap to bring in a feral cat. Ask your vet for a good samaritan discount for helping out a feral cat. Often, you'll find that a vet will greatly discount the cost of neutering, shots and tests for feral cats.
We can provide a comfortable shelter for the feral cat living in your neighborhood, like Portland Resident, Cheryl Janis did. She became aware that "Miss Kitty", a feral cat, was living in the eaves of her neighbor's shed.
During the very snowy winter of 2008, Cheryl became concerned that the elements would be too harsh for Miss Kitty. Miss Kitty was taken to Mt.Tabor Veterinary Care, given shots and tested. Cheryl managed to get the cat into her guest house. Miss Kitty was kept there for a few months, but she could not adapt to living within the confines of a house. Cheryl searched for someone to adopt Miss Kitty, but there were no takers.
Cheryl, feeling concerned for Miss Kitty's welfare, learned that she could build a small shelter giving Miss Kitty access to warmth and protection from the elements, but also the freedom to come and go as she pleased.
For less than $150, Cheryl built Miss Kitty a deluxe home that many kitties would be envious of and that was quite easy to make! With a committment to use eco-friendly materials, Cheryl found insulation made from recycled jeans and cotton at Ecohaus and bought some basic 2x4s for the shelter. To help keep the shelter warm, Cheryl stapled up fabric scraps to the wall and found an outdoor heating pad online and princess blankets for a cozy bed. To finish the house, roof shingles and cedar siding with a fresh coat of orange paint were added.
The little house has a hinged roof and the added protection of black plastic, as well as a little covered veranda for Miss Kitty to dine al fresco.
With its matching orange paint and tibetan prayer flags, Miss Kitty's house looks like a scaled down version of her guesthouse.
"I can't tell you how much joy it brings me to look out my back door and see Miss Kitty peering out of her little house," says Cheryl
Providing a small, warm, dry shelter for a feral cat is a low maintenance way to care for a homeless cat in your neighborhood. "I don't have to feel bad," said Cheryl. She can just look outside and see that Miss Kitty, is dry, warm and happy. And by taking her to the vet once a year, she can be sure that Miss Kitty receives necessary shots and tests.
If you have questions about how to help feral cats, The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon is to place to go.
From their website:
The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon is dedicated to the humane treatment
of feral cats and to the prevention of future generations through spay/neuter
programs and education.
The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon is a trap-neuter-return (TNR) program for
feral and stray cats living in Oregon. The goal of the program is to reduce
suffering for existing feral cats and prevent the births and suffering of
future generations. The program's services are targeted for feral cats who have
caregivers feeding them. The caregivers trap the cats, bring them to a clinic,
and return the cats to where they are being fed with a commitment to feed the
cat(s) on a permanent basis.
The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon is holding a FALL FERAL FIX throughout the month of October. All qualified feral cats will be spayed or neutered for only $15(half
the regular suggested donation amount.) This special event is in
celebration of National Feral Cat Day on October 16 and is made
possible through the generous support of the Portland International
Beerfest. Follow this link to complete an application and get your ferals fixed forever!
Beryl's mother was feral, but Beryl was captured at a young age and is domesticated. She is shy, as is common to cats with her background, but with time and patience and a quiet home, she should come out of her shell.Visit out adoption page to learn more about adopting Beryl or any of the wonderful cats at House of Dreams.