Title

More than 200 wharf cats live on Portland's waterfront, observed and fed by symp

Authors

Rhianna Daniels

Source

Portland Monthly

Date

11-2003

Pages

47-49

Abstract

More than 200 wharf cats live on Portland's waterfront, observed and fed by sympathetic fishermen, condo owners and restaurant employees. While the cats help eliminate the rat population on the waterfront, there is also a sentimental caring element involved. Donna Gonyea, a volunteer with the Friends of Feral Felines, a feral cat rescue organization, attributes the high population of cats to last year's bitter winter, which threw off their litter schedule. Feral Felines sets up traps to try to catch the cats before cold weather arrives, and transfer them to shelters or foster homes. The life expectancy of a wharf cat is two to three years, while a house cat can live up to 18 years.

Subjects

Cats, Waterfront Portland

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