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City of Veneta awarded $18,000 grant to combat feral cat overpopulation

PetSmart Charities® awarded Veneta an $18,000 grant on November 15 that will be used to combat the feral and stray cat population growth; a problem that won't go away on its own.

City officials have prepared a two-year plan to spay/neuter 300 feral or stray cats and return them to their current habitat. The City has partnered with the Veneta Veterinary Hospital and Willamette Animal Guild (WAG) to perform the surgeries at a discounted cost to the City.

 A new volunteer group, Veneta Friends of Ferals, is seeking volunteers to help launch a two-year effort to place the feral cat population in check within the Fern Ridge area starting this spring. The group plans to launch its "Please Don't Litter" campaign in February.  

The campaign will support Veneta's current method of managing the feral cat population called Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR).  Under the program, feral and stray cats are trapped, spayed or neutered,  ear-tipped to mark them as altered, and then returned to their original territory, provided the cats do not face imminent risks. Whenever possible, tame adults and kittens that can be readily socialized are removed from the colony and offered for adoption.

This program will be available for everyone within the 97487 zip code. Volunteers are needed for trapping, transporting, foster care, and educating others. For additional information, please contact Teresa Warrick, Code Enforcement Department at Veneta City Hall, 88184 8th Street, 541-935-2191 or twarrick@ci.veneta.or.us.

The City has also developed an education campaign intended to inform citizens of the importance of altering cats, both owned and feral, in order to control the cat population. The campaign includes "Please Don't Litter. Spay and Neuter" posters, informative brochures for citizens, an FAQ brochure on TRN and a brochure soliciting volunteers to join in the effort. 

 


About PetSmart Charities:

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. More than 400,000 dogs and cats find homes each year through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores and our sponsored adoption events. PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on funding spay/neuter services that help commun-ities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, separate from PetSmart, Inc.

 


The City of Veneta is responsible for providing animal control and enforcing regulations within the city limits. The City obtains its authorization to provide this service based on Veneta Municipal Code, Chapter 6.05. The primary function of Veneta Animal Control is the issuance of dog licenses and responding to citizen complaints about barking, stray, injured, or vicious dogs. The City no longer handles stray or owned cats.

Veneta Municipal Code (links to external site)
Code Enforcement Complaint Form (PDF)

Lost and Found Dogs 

If you lose or find a dog within city limits you should contact the City first. The City's goal is to return lost dogs to their owners as quickly as possible. The City will take a lost and found report, check for licenses/tags, and hold the dog at the day-hold kennals until 3:30 p.m. If the dog is properly licensesd, the city will contact the owner on file. Owners are required to pay an impound fee of $50 and a licensing fee (if not already licensed) prior to the dog's release and may be subject to a citation(s).

The City does not hold dogs overnight. All dogs not claimed by 3:30 p.m. are transfered to Greenhill Humane Society in Eugene. Greenhill will continue to reach out to owners by phone (if the dog is licensed/has a collar) and through its website. Once transfered, owners will need to work with Greenhill to retreave their dog and will be required to pay a $50 impound fee, a licensing fee and any additional boarding fees prior to their dog being released.   

Lost and Found Cats

If you lose or find a cat within city limts you should contact the City first. The City will take a lost and found report and then refer you to Greenhill Humane Society and 1st Avenue Shelter. Greenhill is committed to helping the area’s stray cat population through returning cats to their owners, promoting spay/neuter, and adopting to new loving homes.

To prevent the spread of disease, cats must be vaccinated before coming into the shelter.

If you find a stray cat, please call the shelter at (541) 844-1777 to schedule an appointment for the cat to be evaluated and vaccinated.

Program Fee: $20 per Adult Cat or $20 per litter of Kittens (under 4 lbs. each)

Cat/Kitten Qualifications:
- Cat/Kittens must be from areas within our contracts. Please ask Staff which areas we serve.
- Cat/Kittens must be friendly and able to be handled. 1st Avenue Shelter CANNOT accept feral cats.
- Cat/Kittens must be stray; 1st Avenue Shelter cannot accept pets from their owners. Please ask Staff for details.

Finder’s Responsibilities:
- Finder pays $20 fee to cover cost of vaccinations, flea medications & de-wormer.
- Finder agrees to care for cat/kittens for at least 2 weeks (possibly longer if the shelter is full).
- After 2 weeks, Finder contacts 1st Avenue Shelter to make an appointment for the cat/kittens to be brought in.

If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact 1st Avenue Shelter at (541) 844-1777.

Dog Licensing and Animal Complaints

To obtain a dog license.  You must provide current rabies information.  Dog licenses are sold at the following locations:  

The City of Veneta, 88184 8th St., (541) 935-2191 

Veneta Veterinarian Hospital 88233 Territorial Rd., (541) 935-4151

Greenhill Humane Society, 3970 W. 1st Ave.,  Eugene (541) 844-1777   

 2013 Dog License fees are as follows:

   1 yr  2 yr  3 yr
 Neutered  $15  $25 $35
 Un-Neutered   $30  $50  $70

 Senior Discount:

50% off 

50% off 

50% off 

Spay or Neuter Voucher Program

For low-income pet owners, the City of Veneta is offering $30.00 vouchers to qualified applicants to help with the cost of spay or neuter surgery for their cat or dog.

Applications can be picked up at Veneta Administrative Center, 88184 8th Street or you can print an online application (PDF) and submit it with proof of income.  Below are the income eligibility guidelines that the City of Veneta uses to establish qualification for the Spay Neuter Voucher program.

To qualify for the voucher program, your gross income must not exceed the amounts listed on the table below.

2012 Poverty Guideline for the 48 Contiguous States and the District of Columbia:

Size of Family Unit
Poverty Guideline
1
$13,963.00
2
$18,913.00
3
$23,863.00
4
$28,813.00
5
$33,763.00
6
$38,713.00
7
$43,663.00
8
$48,613.00

Low-Cost Agencies

  • The Willamette Animal Guild (wagwag.org, or 541-345-3566), is a nonprofit, low cost spay/neuter clinic in Eugene, open Monday through Friday for all low-income Lane County residents.
  • The City of Eugene Spay & Neuter Clinic (541-682-3643) operates Tuesday through Friday for qualified low-income residents in the city of Eugene only.
  • Greenhill Humane Society operates a free "Spay/Neuter" program for Stray/Feral/Free Roaming cats within Lane County. For information, e-mail diana@green-hill.org or call (541) 689-1503.
  • Stop Pet Overpopulation Today (541-485-7768, spotspayneuter.org) is an allvolunteer nonprofit group that provides vouchers for low-income dog owners in Lane County.
  • Project Spay Ship offers voucher programs for cats and dogs of low-income individuals. Apply online through wagwag.org or savethepets.net and click on financial aid.
  • The Stray Cat Alliance contributes toward cat spay/neuters at the WAG clinic. Call (541) 554-8657 or e-mail fixcats@hotmail.com.

 

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Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Vouncher    Bring this form with you to the vet on the day of your surgery appointment.


Volunteer Application Veneta Friends of Ferals  

City of Veneta Volunteer Waiver

All Veneta Friends of Ferals must fill out both the application and the Volunteer Waiver (below) 


 Live Trap Rental Agreement    Submit to City Hall.

Veneta Administrative Services Center, 88184 8th St. / PO Box 458, Veneta, OR 97487, Phone: 541-935-2191, Fax: 541-935-1838
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