11/23 ANNOUNCEMENT - PLEASE NOTE:
Unfortunately, due to unforeseen staffing shortages we will be closed for the 2023/2024 winter season, reopening in spring of 2024. We care about the cats in our community and know this is frustrating not to have local access to the help you need.
If you have an emergency situation of abandoned kittens, or injured cats, we will respond to you as soon as we can. Please see our emergency form >click here<
We are in need of (major!) help to reopen in the spring, so if you are interested in volunteering please fill out our volunteer form - we are specifically looking for a veterinarian and clinic volunteers to help us prepare reopening. >click here<
We will not maintain a wait list so if you require our assistance in the spring please resubmit a form in March/2024.
Here are some local resources for assistance in the meantime:
Spay and neuter
We are so sorry to have to close, and hope to be up and running again soon. Thank you for caring about the cats.
- CGCR Team
If you have a large colony of over 6 adult cats we suggest you reach out to the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon which has the capacity for larger sites. https://www.feralcats.com/
If you have abandoned kittens, our foster program is limited as well, but open and ready to help .
Don't be a Kitten-Napper! Not all kittens you find are orphans!! Here’s great info on what to do if you find kittens. Once you have gone thru these steps keep us posted. Refer to this site: https://www.alleycat.org/community-cat-care/finding-kittens-outdoors/
If you have found a cat please understand we DO NOT have a shelter and cannot offer medical or intake services (other than medical emergencies) on cats you have just found. You’ll need to prove your diligence of trying to find its home for 30 days. You must post the kitty as lost/found online or with posters and document it in order for us to put you on a wait list for help.
Columbia Gorge Cat Rescue is a nonprofit volunteer group dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and placing the community’s abandoned, neglected and injured cats and kittens into loving, lifetime homes. We are a group of individuals committed to helping cats in our community. Our goal is to help with the problem of cat over-population.
We are not a shelter; we are a rescue group that provides spay and neuter services for stray and feral cats in our community. Adoptable cats are placed in foster homes while they await their new home or taken to our Petco adoption partners in the Portland area. We are 100% privately funded through donations and grants and all of our money is spent on the cats' care. We do pay our vets who offer their services to our clinic. You are welcome to support our cause by donating. Every little bit helps.
Because of the number of homeless cats who need our help, we do not intake pets.
PLEASE NOTE: Our service area includes Hood River County, northern Wasco County in OR; part of Skamania County, and western Klickitat County in WA.
More specifically - The Columbia River Gorge Corridor from the west end : The Bridge of the Gods to the Dalles Bridge at the east end and including: North Bonneville in Skamania Co; the communities along Hwy. 141 -Trout Lake, Snowden, Klickatat and Glenwood in Klickitat Co. and Dufur in Wasco Co.
Hope for the future
Our Mission: To end “cat abandonment” in all of its forms.
Our Methods: Trap/Neuter/Return Program; Adoption of friendly cats; Early spay/neuter.
Our Madness: We believe we can reinvent the way people think about cats and reduce cat overpopulation and suffering.
Need Help ?
Our volunteer organization exists to help homeless cats in the Columbia River Gorge.
We are a small group of volunteers, we are not available 24/7. However, we very much want to help.
If you have an emergency Please use our Emergency Link for a quicker response
The Gorge is a unique area with many small communities and juridictions that politically are not connected. We have fixed over 6300 cats since 2007 throughout this varied landscape of towns and jurisdictions spanning both sides of the Columbia River. Our small, dedicated, volunteer forces have made this happen.
Barn Homes Needed NOW-
If you can provide a home for feral kittens and cats please fill out our Barn Home Application ...
We have healthy, sterilized cats in desperate need of new outdoor homes. These cats are feral (semi-wild) and need to live at a farm, horse stable, warehouse, plant nursery, or other suitable outdoor location.
Veterinarian care has been given (sterilized, , distemper shot, and exam). No adoption fee will be assessed but we ask for a donation. The property owners only responsibility will be to provide daily food/water, protection from the elements, and long-term care. After a short period of secure confinement, the cats will accept your barn as their new home.
The cats will keep rodents away from grain and food storage areas and buidlings. If you own or manage property and have permission for long-term placement of animals on the property, please contact us!