Resources for Community Cats


At Multnomah County Animal Services, we are dedicated to seeking a humane solution for “too many cats.” We believe in Trap/Neuter/Return as a humane and more effective solution for stray and feral cats (also called "community cats") in neighborhoods, as opposed to traditional trap and remove methods.

Trap and removal efforts often lead to "vacuums" that new cats eagerly move into to take advantage of territory and resources. This in turn brings more fights for territory and breeding mates and the accompanying screaming and vocalizing that goes with such activities.

Community Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) programs help solve this issue by trapping, fixing and vaccinating intact males and females, then returning the newly spayed and neutered cats back to their territory. Once fixed, a cat's urge to fight and mark territory greatly diminishes, which means quieter neighborhoods and, over time, fewer community cats roaming due to natural attrition.

Ringo, a cat in a live-release trap

MaryJo Anderson

For TNR surgery requests, please refer to the following organization:

Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon (FCCO)

FCCO lends out traps, provides detailed instructions and how-to videos on the entire trapping, transport, and aftercare process, and can offer volunteer trapping assistance on a limited basis. Visit their website for a complete list of their services and how-to guides.

Further Resources for TNR Information

Find more information, including How-Tos, Colony Care, and Assistance with Trapping and/or Transportation 

Facebook - In Groups 


( or available as Android or iTunes app)

A type of "Facebook" for individual and surrounding neighborhoods, NextDoor can be an invaluable resource, as your neighbors have a range of skills that many are happy to share. It's a great way for neighbors interested in TNR to pool resources and know-how and work as a team to get stray and feral cats in your community spayed and neutered!

Also see our webpage for Low cost spay/neuter services for owned cats.

National Advocacy Groups

Is My Neighborhood Cat Stray Or Feral?

Have a neighborhood cat you think might be scared but social under that fearful stare? This is where MCAS shines! Call (503) 988-7387 for information on how to safely contain the cat and bring to the shelter. We will hold for a minimum of 72-hours to give potential owners a chance to claim. In the meantime we will evaluate the cat for social behavior and health, get them up-to-date on vaccines and spay/neuter, and microchip them. If deemed social, the cat can be placed up for adoption through the shelter. If the cat is determined to be unsocial, the cat can be returned to the caregiver and the location s/he feels at home and has the best chance to thrive.

Managing Outdoor Cats

From The Humane Society of the United States

From the The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

From the Portland Audubon Society