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County workshop tackles feral kittens

Multnomah County Animal Services hosts a workshop Saturday, March 2, on ways to domesticate feral kittens.

The workshop by the county’s Apartment Cat Team is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Multnomah County Boardroom, 501 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.

New York City Feral Cat Initiative Community Outreach Coordinator Mike Phillips and Community Outreach Director Valerie Sicignano will lead the program showing people how to correctly and safely teach and guide wild kittens. Skills gained by program volunteers will enable them to handle feral kittens in their neighborhoods, as well as fostering cats for animal services and other rescue agencies.

Training feral kittens to be domesticated indoor cats also benefits the bird and wildlife populations that are prey for the animals.

“Anybody can learn how to socialize feral kittens,” says Animal Services Director Mike Oswald. “And this free workshop is a great opportunity for people to help us care humanely for the cats in our community.”

For more information, call Multnomah County Animal Services, 503-988-6233.