The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon and Portland Audubon present the 2022 Catio Tour with three options to participate: in-person, online videos and a special VIP package. The tour includes a variety of catios, some are pandemic projects, some are updates of catios that have been on previous tours and now updated and some are Backyard Habit certified. There’s inspiration for everyone and crafty, creative, clever solutions to fit any budget and space.
The event takes place across the Portland metro area (on both sides of the Willamette) Saturday, September 10, 10 am-2 pm. Those selecting the in-person option will receive a guidebook with catio details, including quick facts with materials and costs, for the 10 catios featured. During the self-guided tour, participants will have the opportunity to meet the homeowners and ask questions about the experience of adding a catio to their home, including the all-important notes about what they would do differently. Catio locations will be grouped into two areas of the metro area.
If you prefer to enjoy the catios from the comfort and safety of your home, at your own pace, the online option is the way to go. Professionally created videos of the catios, including homeowner interviews, 360-degree images giving you a cats’ eye perspective, and photos will be available. Online viewers will have access until at least the end of December and can be viewed it as many times as you would like.
Finally, for those who want it all, the VIP package gives people both the in-person and online benefits, access to a bonus catio, pre-event gathering with coffee and treats, a catio tour t-shirt, swag bag and more.
Raffle tickets are also being sold with the chance to win a 5’ x 5’ x 30” portable wire catio, $250 Visa gift card or $50 gift card to the ReBuilding Center.
Proceeds support the organizations’ Cats Safe at Home campaign which aims to reduce free-roaming cats in the Portland metro area with solutions that are good for both cats and wildlife.
Tickets for both the in-person and online option are $15 (children under 12 free) and VIP packages are $100; visit catssafeathome.org/catio. There are a limited number of in-person tour tickets so people are encouraged to purchase them early.