Feral cats finding second homes for rodent control
Our Community Cat Rescue is working on rescuing more than 45 cats from a rural property in Clackamas County. The Gladstone-based nonprofit organization learned about the cats needing homes through social media last month, after volunteers discovered that a caregiver had moved without making arrangements for them.
Clackamas County lacks a regulatory agency for cats, which don't require licenses like dogs in the area. Our Community Cat Rescue found the abandoned cats emaciated, some wounded, and a few were even deceased.
"Placement of these cats is still ongoing, and we are asking our community to help," said Cathy Ballensky, a volunteer for Our Community Cat Rescue. "Owners of rural properties with barns and/or multiple outbuildings, and even urban dwellers with garages, a nursery, wineries and chicken backyard settings that have a rodent problem, should inquire with us to adopt some working cats in lieu of using toxic rat poisons."
Ballensky thanked the generous response from community members who have been moved to donate an outpouring of food and money to assist with the care of the cats until permanent placements are found. COVID-19 initially shut down operations for cat-rescue operations across the U.S., but Our Community Cat Rescue is among the groups adapting with social distancing measures in order to help.
"No one wants to see animals suffering and the best outcome is to put them to work in an environment where they can be successful and happy as working cats," Ballensky said. "These cats are fully vetted as well as spayed/neutered and have received vaccines, rabies and flea treatments."
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