If you’ve been threatened with or given a citation, Alley Cat Allies realizes that you may be in a difficult situation, and facing difficult decisions about caring for cats. We understand that you might be continuing to care for cats even with the citation, risking fines or worse. You’re not alone! More than 40% of Americans have opened their hearts and wallets to care for and feed feral cats. Learn about your legal options if faced with a citation.
- How to Find and Hire a lawyer for an Animal Related Issue - Even in today’s world of mainstream Trap-Neuter-Return, feral cat caregivers can find themselves in the middle of a predicament related to citations or ordinances. These suggestions will help you figure out if you need a lawyer, how to find the right kind of lawyer, how to hire a lawyer, and how much it will cost you.
- How to Find Laws that Relate to Cats – If you are involved with feral cats, Trap-Neuter-Return, colony care, or advocating on behalf of cats, knowing your local laws about cats—as well as your state anti-cruelty laws—is valuable.
- Know Your Rights: How to Talk to Animal Control – If you are approached by animal control in relation to your position caring for cats, it’s important that you understand your rights under the law. Just like police, animal control officers and humane investigators are bound by the law.
- Feeding and Sheltering Feral Cats does not Violate Zoning or Housing Codes – A 2006 court case says laws that don’t expressively address feral cats should not be expanded to try to address them.
- Trap-Neuter-Return is not abandonment