February 8, 2017

Local nonprofit receives funds

By Megan Gram, Central Oregon Cat Alliance

Central Oregon Cat Alliance Receives $21K Grant From PetSmart Charities

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The Central Oregon Cat Alliance, a partnership between Bend Spay+Neuter Project, Brightside Animal Center and the Humane Society of Central Oregon, has received a $21K grant from PetSmart Charities to provide free spay/neuter and vaccinations for 1,000 outdoor cats in Deschutes County in 2017.

High volume, high quality sterilization clinics will be held once a month at either Bend Spay+Neuter Project or the Humane Society of Central Oregon beginning in February. Volunteers are needed to help humanely trap and transport cats for surgery and vaccinations. Please contact Bend Spay+Neuter Project if you are interested in volunteering, or if you see cats on your property. A full schedule of clinics can be found at www.bendsnip.org/events.

This program is meant for outdoor, stray or feral cats only and does not apply to pet cats. If you are in need of assistance with spaying/neutering or vaccinating pet cats, please call 541-617- 1010.

The Central Oregon Cat Alliance (COCA) has been partnering to address outdoor cat overpopulation and homelessness since 2013. Over the past three years, COCA has provided spay/neuter and vaccinations for over 3,000 outdoor cats in Deschutes County, dramatically reducing the number of cats entering local shelters and living outdoors. In addition, over 400 kittens have been fostered and adopted into loving homes through this program. For more information, please visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/COCAlliance.

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