We need your help to reduce the number of stray and feral cats brought into the Shelter so that we can provide longer holding times, appropriate care, and help prevent the spread of illness for the cats in the Shelter.
There are alternatives to trapping cats in the community and bringing them to the Shelter, since less than 5% of cats brought to the Shelter are reunited with owners. The following information may be helpful:
1. If you have a stray cat in your neighborhood, don’t automatically assume it is homeless. Cats are allowed to be “at large” in Jackson County and should not be relocated to another area. However, if a cat is trespassing on your property, there are things you can do to discourage this. See “Tips for Keeping Cats out of Yards & Gardens' on this page.
2. If you learn that the cat is owned, please try to resolve the situation with the owner. We discourage people from bringing owned cats to the Shelter because we need to prioritize and dedicate resources to animals that need our services the most. Also, it is important to know that it is unlawful to keep, abandon (e.g., drop the cat off out in the woods), or dispose of a cat that has a known owner. Harboring, abandoning, or disposing of a cat that has an owner could result in a charge of theft against you.
3. If there are a number of stray cats in your neighborhood, consider a Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) program. Just about every neighborhood, parking lot, alley and field has stray or feral cats trying to scratch out a living. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to make to make them disappear. Decades of removing or relocating stray or feral cats has not worked, because others move in to take their place. The best we can do for these community cats is to stop the population from growing by fixing them. Spay/Neuter Your Pet (SNYP) provides programs to do just that, even for feral cats you cannot touch or handle. Feral cat colonies are best managed by practicing a TNR program, which is supported and recommended by the major animal welfare organizations in the nation, including the ASPCA and the Humane Society of the United States. For more information about this, please contact SNYP in Jackson County at 541-858- 3325 to get vouchers, make vet arrangements, and learn how to humanely trap cats.
4. Consider being a Good Samaritan and adopting the stray, but remember, get it fixed! Call SNYP at 541-858-3325 for low cost spay and neuter options.
5. If you decide to trap cats for TNR through SNYP or to bring to the Shelter, please notify your neighbors at least 48 hours prior to trapping and use humane methods.
6. If you must bring a stray or feral cat to us the Shelter, we can only accept one cat per person per day, due to limited space. The cat will be held for 72 hours, in case an owner is looking for it, and then evaluated for suitability as a companion animal. Depending on the outcome of the evaluation, the cat will then either be placed into one of our adoption rooms, where it will be kept until it finds a home or barn, or euthanized.