Action Cat Team (ACT)

Feral kittensThe Action Cat Team (ACT) is an innovative program to address the cat overpopulation in our community. We are dedicated to seeking a humane solution for “too many cats.”

Teams of volunteers work with managers and tenants of low-income or subsidized apartment complexes and mobile home parks to offer free or low-cost spay/neuter services to cats. This includes owned cats as well as stray or feral outdoor-living cats.

We work with owners to provide spay/neuter services to their cats. We believe in Trap/Neuter/Return as a humane solution for stray and feral cats.

Our goal is to reduce the numbers of cats living outdoors. We promote the concept of keeping cats indoors. Whenever possible, we attempt to socialize young feral kittens so they can be adopted into forever homes.

Volunteers are needed to trap cats on location, care for cats in traps, transport cats to/from surgery, pick up cats from owners and transport to/from surgery. If you are interested in volunteering, please come to our Volunteer Orientation on the 4th Wednesday of every month, see our Event Calendar for specific dates.

We will require cooperation of the owner and/or manager of the complex, as well as permission for a caregiver to continue feeding the feral cats. Due to a high volume of requests, there is often a waiting period. Please email act@multco.us to request services.

Not part of an apartment complex, but still need help with cats?

Consider the following options:

More questions? 

Send them to act@multco.us

More resources

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

What is the difference between stray and feral cats?

Have you recently seen a new cat in your area? Are you wondering about the difference between stray and feral cats?
 
(Reprinted from the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon)

Stray cats

  • May approach people, homes and businesses
  • Will likely live alone
  • May display body language of a house cat (walk with tail up, make eye contact with humans)
  • May "talk" (meow)
  • Likely will be dirty
  • Will not have an eartip

Feral cats

  • Will not approach/ will avoid people
  • May belong to a colony (a group of cats)
  • May crouch and stay low to the ground and protect body with tail, avoiding eye contact with humans
  • Won't meow or purr
  • Likely will have clean, well-kept coat
  • Will have an eartip (right ear) if spayed or neutered

If you become aware of a new cat in your area, look for his/her home by posting signs around. Regardless of whether the cat is feral or stray, if you do not find the cat's home but are willing to provide food and shelter to a cat who can not live inside, please visit the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon for information on spaying/neutering.