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Ontario’s Feral Cat Project works through Covid-induced obstacles

Amy Kee plays with kittens that were rescued after being given out in a box at Walmart in Ontario. (Kezia Setyawan/The Enterprise)

As Covid cases in Malheur County continue to rise, volunteers at Ontario’s Feral Cat Project worry they will hit another round of roadblocks in their mission to reduce feral cat overpopulation and give cats permanent homes.

The project, started in 2009, has run into obstacles throughout the pandemic, including a smaller staff, fewer donations and reduced access to veterinary clinics.

Cathy Rohrer, a Cat Project volunteer and board member, said many of the project’s volunteers are older individuals who are particularly at risk of catching Covid. Because of that, many volunteers had to temporarily step back, leaving the project short of help.

“The people . . .