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News briefs: November 2012

Free spay/neuter clinics for cats offered in November

Elect to spay your feral or stray cat during the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon’s free spay/neuter clinics held Nov. 7-9. November is an ideal time to spay/neuter cats in order to prevent unwanted litters of kittens next spring. Cats as young as 5 months old can become pregnant, contributing to the cycle of cat overpopulation. A person feeding one stray cat in the fall can find themselves feeding 10 or more by summer if they don't spay/neuter.

The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon answers calls every day about feral cats having kittens in backyards or under porches, with homeowners unsure of what to do. November's “Elect to Spay” special offers free spay/neuter surgeries for feral and stray cats living in Oregon and southwest Washington. All surgeries are performed by licensed veterinarians and are funded solely through donations. Cats are spayed/neutered, receive vaccinations and have their right ears tipped for identification.

Call 503-797-2606 or visit www.feralcats.com to fill out an online caregiver application.

Send your photos for hospice 'Time of Remembering'

Every holiday season, Mt. Hood Hospice hosts a memorial event for everyone in its community to remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones lost, whether or not they were in hospice care.

Hospice invites the public to its annual Time of Remembering to honor loved ones with music, reading of names, lighting of candles and a memorial video. Hospice staff and volunteers, families and friends will gather for the event Saturday, Dec. 8, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Sandy Baptist Church, 33495 S.E. Jarl Road in Sandy. Refreshments will be served.

Send a photo of your loved one for the video by Wednesday, Nov. 21. Photos can be sent by mail to Mt. Hood Hospice, P.O.Box 1269, Sandy, OR, 97055, or via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . All photos will be returned.

For more information, call Emilie Cartoun, Mt. Hood Hospice bereavement coordinator, at 503-668-5545.

Survey: Shots are important, but many don't get them

Most U.S. adults believe immunizations are important, but consumer sentiment doesn't always drive behavior, a recent immunization study suggests.

According to the Walgreens Immunization Index, 71 percent of adults believe being up-to-date on immunizations is vital to maintaining good health, more so than an annual doctor visit (68 percent). Yet many people don't get shots — for example, only 30 percent of seniors 65 and older have received the shingles vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control says one in three adults will develop shingles, but just one in eight adults surveyed believe they are likely to get shingles at some point in their lifetime.

The survey also found the following:

• Only 17 percent of adults are immunized against whooping cough.

• Just 40 percent of adults have had a flu shot in the past year.

• Sixty-one percent of adults say they’ve never been immunized against whooping cough.

• More than 96 million American adults do not know which immunizations they need or even when they received their last vaccination.

“This reinforces the need for adults to have a regular dialog with a doctor, pharmacist, nurse practitioner or other clinician, regardless of their health condition,” said Kermit Crawford, Walgreens president of pharmacy, health and wellness.