Some good news could be on the horizon for community cats in New York. A pair of bills, AB 9487 and SB 7290, would expand the reach of the state spay/neuter fund to include Trap-Neuter-Return efforts.
Community cats have a critical need for spay and neuter services, but currently, New York’s spay/neuter fund is not authorized to support TNR projects. Studies show that only a small percentage of feral cats are sterilized compared to pet cats, so expanding the reach of the spay/neuter fund will allow it to have a greater impact without increasing cost.
When impounded in shelters, community cats are nearly always killed. These bills would save the lives of cats by controlling the population humanely, through neutering.