April 17, 2017

Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon
Karen Kraus, Executive Director

For Immediate Release. PDF of Release.

5th annual Catio Tour to showcase Portland-area cat patios on Sept. 9

PORTLAND, OR — The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon (FCCO) is seeking submissions of Portland-area outdoor cat enclosures and cat patios (a.k.a. “catios”) to be featured in the fifth annual Catio Tour on Sept. 9.  From simple to spectacular, be sure to submit your catio to be part of this popular event.

    Hosted by FCCO and the Audubon Society of Portland, the tour seeks to inspire cat owners to build or buy their own outdoor cat enclosure so their felines can exercise and bask in the sun safely. Backyard enclosures keep cats safe from outdoor dangers while also protecting wildlife from cat predation. 

    Hosting is a lot of fun, and Audubon and FCCO volunteers will be stationed at catios to check-in participants. All hosts need to do is show off their catios.

Phil and Eric, hosts from last year’s tour said, "The tour was so much fun! We enjoyed talking with everyone so much that we both stayed outside the whole time meeting folks and talking about the catio."

    Visit catssafeathome.org/catio-host to submit your catio for consideration. Submissions are due by June 10. 

    The Catio Tour is part of Portland Audubon’s and the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon’s Cats Safe at Home™ campaign, which seeks to reduce the number of cats living outdoors in the Portland metropolitan area in a humane and environmentally responsible manner. Both organizations believe every cat deserves a safe home where they are loved, cared for and kept free from hazards. For more information about the campaign, visit catssafeathome.org


The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon, a 501c3 organization supported through donations, is a trap-neuter-return (TNR) program for cats living in Oregon and southwest Washington. Its mission is to improve the welfare and reduce the population of feral cats in our area. The program's services are targeted for feral cats with caregivers feeding them. Caregivers trap the cats, bring them to the clinic and return the cats to where they are being fed with a commitment to feed the cat(s). The organization has spayed and neutered more than 85,000 cats since its inception in 1995. For more information, call 503-797-2606 or visit feralcats.com.

Founded in 1902, the Audubon Society of Portland is one of the oldest conservation organizations in the nation. It promotes the understanding, enjoyment and protection of native birds, other wildlife and their habitats through its conservation and environmental education programs, its 150-acre Nature Sanctuary and Nature Store in northwest Portland, and its Wildlife Care Center. The organization has played a key role in some of Oregon’s most important environmental achievements, including the enactment of the nation’s first state law protecting wild birds; the protection of the state’s first wildlife refuges at Three Arch Rocks, Malheur and Klamath; and the listing of the northern spotted owl under the federal Endangered Species Act. For more information, call 503-292-6855 or visit audubonportland.org.