National nonprofit teams up with Greenhill to help 400 cats

Alley Cat Allies has organized a group of experts who are on scene providing medical care and support for the cats, officials said.

Posted: Sep 11, 2019 10:30 AM
Updated: Sep 12, 2019 5:07 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore -- The Greenhill Humane Society and a Maryland-based nonprofit are teaming up to help the estimated 400 cats on a property west of Eugene.

Alley Cat Allies has organized a group of experts who are on scene providing support for the cats, officials said. They said they are working with Greenhill to develop a humane, non-lethal plan.

Becky Robinson, the founder of the group, said they first heard about the problems after seeing news reports including stories on KEZI 9 News. While a woman on the property belives there are 400 cats, Robinson believes there are fewer, but they don't have an exact count yet.

"We are treating every cat as an individual, and we will make the decision for each cat that is in their best interest," Robinson said. 

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Robinson said 42 cats have already been trapped and are receiving medical care at Greenhill Humane Society. She said some of the younger cats and kittens will be available for adoption.

Cary Lieberman, the executive director for Greenhill, said they are getting the pets fixed as well as giving them vaccinations, microchips and more.

"Once we figured out the situation and Alley Cat stepped in with their expertise -- they do this all around the county -- we were able to put together a good, comprehensive plan for solving the problem," Lieberman said.

Lieberman said it will be a while before any of the cats are available for adoption. He said it will take months before all the cats are taken care of and said they may need help from other shelters. 

"It's going to be done in increments because that's best for the cats in this situation," Lieberman said.  "We are also going to be working with our shelter partners throughout Oregon."

While some will be put up for adoption, Robinson said the feral cats will be returned to the property after getting treatment at Greenhill. While many of the cats have respiratory issues, Robinson said they haven't seen any of the cats suffering from any major medical issues.

"So far we're very confident in our plan and how things are going," Robinson said.

Local nonprofit Save the Pets was previously helping the cats on the property. Board member Tamara Barnes said they have stepped aside so Alley Cat Allies can take over and have given them the donated food they got from the community.

Save the Pets has already rescued nine cats from the property. Barnes said they will be available for adoption after they get cleared from a vet.

Alley Cat Allies has helped cats all over the country, including after natural disasters such as the recent California wildfires, hurricanes and floods.

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