Comments Off on Las Cruces City Council Fails to Pass TNR Ordinance
We are sad to report that the Las Cruces City Council in New Mexico has rejected an ordinance that would have encouraged Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). The laws regarding TNR in Las Cruces will remain unchanged.
Thank you to everyone in Las Cruces who contacted the council or attended a meeting to advocate for TNR in your community. The mayor is open to more conversation about TNR in the near future, and we will let you know how you can help as we continue pushing for humane policies in Las Cruces.
Comments Off on Antioch, Calif. Passes Feeding Ban
We are disappointed to report that the Antioch City Council in California passed a feral cat feeding ban in a 4-1 vote. The good news is that the city is still open to the possibility of allowing feeding stations in certain areas, so we will continue pressing for ordinances that support Trap-Neuter-Return and cat caregivers in Antioch.
Thank you to everyone in Antioch who contacted councilmembers or attended the council meeting to protect Antioch’s community cats! Even though the feeding ban passed, our work in Antioch is not over.
In a New York Times op-ed printed on March 23, Richard Conniff wrongly dismisses Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), the only way to stabilize and reduce feral cat colonies in size. He makes no distinction between unsocialized outdoor cats, who cannot be brought indoors or adopted, and pet cats, some of whom are allowed outdoors.
Alley Cat Allies is setting the record straight.
Killing Cats Won’t Save Birds
Conniff repeats the propaganda spread by anti-cat groups. He fails to provide critical information about unsocialized cats and TNR and sees cats as simple and black-and-white—suggesting there should be zero cats outdoors. Conniff leads readers to believe that all cats should be kept indoors, when in reality, he is implicitly suggesting that unsocialized outdoor cats should be rounded up and killed. There have always been outdoor cats and always will be.
Killing cats is never the answer, and it definitely won’t help protect birds. We are a compassionate, cat-loving society. Cats are the number one pet in the United States—there are more cats in U.S. households than dogs. Americans do not want their tax dollars to be spent killing cats. They want humane approaches.
There’s good news. We don’t have to choose a species. We can protect both cats and birds—but to do so we have to recognize what (or whom) the real threats are. The facts are indisputable. The environmental impacts of habitat loss and pesticide use are the real culprits behind the decline of bird populations. And we can’t blame bird collisions into windows and cars on anyone but ourselves.
If we want to protect birds—and cats—we have to change our behaviors. See our Save the Birds campaign for ways to protect both cats and birds.
Cats have lived outdoors near people for more than 10,000 years. They are a natural part of the ecosystem. They survive—and thrive—in every landscape.
For decades, outdoor cats have been caught and killed in huge numbers—without success. Catch and kill is not a new idea. It’s inhumane, and it creates a vacuum effect. Populations rebound quickly. When Newburyport, Mass., killed 30 cats in a colony, 30 more joined the colony within two years. Then, the city turned to TNR—and the 300-cat colony was reduced to zero over time.
TNR is the only option for outdoor cats—it benefits the cats and helps educate communities about compassionate, humane approaches. TNR is mainstream in the United States and practiced by millions of people—including hundreds of municipalities and veterinarians. TNR is at the forefront of animal control and sheltering approaches. For over two decades, there has been a nationwide movement toward TNR, and the number of municipalities that endorse this program has increased tenfold in the last decade. It started as a small grassroots movement, and is now practiced by animal control departments everywhere from New York City and Washington, D.C., to Spartanburg, S.C.
A colony in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C. was eventually reduced to zero as a result of TNR (this colony inspired Alley Cat Allies President and Founder Becky Robinson to found the organization). TNR works as a large-scale, city-wide approach, too. In Chicago, TNR reduced the size of cat colonies in 23 zip codes by 41% in just five years. Read more case studies showing that TNR works.
Through TNR, the breeding cycle ends and colonies naturally diminish—there are no new litters of kittens. TNR can decrease colony size in just two years, according to a 2004 Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association study.
Not a Public Health Threat
Outdoor cats are not a public health threat. TNR also includes rabies vaccinations—rabies prevention has already been a resounding public health victory and TNR helps even more. There has not been a single case of a human contracting rabies from a cat in the past 40 years in the U.S. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that cats are rarely the source of toxoplasmosis in humans, and people are much more likely to get it from eating undercooked meat.
Facts are Facts
This shift toward humane approaches to outdoor cats is clear. TNR is the only humane and effective approach to outdoor cat populations. Catching and killing cats is cruel and ineffective, and it will never help birds. To help save birds, we must face the real threat of human impact on the environment.
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Continue your support for Larry!
Wear this “Justice for Larry” t-shirt and use it as an opportunity to tell Larry’s story and get the word out that all cats—pet, stray, or feral—are protected by anti-cruelty laws. PLUS: Your purchase will go toward supporting our mission of protecting and improving the lives of cats.
This shirt is LIMITED EDITION and available for a short time only so get yours today!
Comments Off on Alabama Residents: Spay/Neuter Clinic Bill Makes Progress—Take Action!
Good news! The Alabama House of Representatives passed HB 141, the bill that will protect spay/neuter clinics and ensure they can keep providing lifesaving services to cats and dogs. The bill now moves to the Senate, which will be an even bigger test than the House. We need your help again to make sure this bill passes the Senate when it comes up for a vote.
Comments Off on Alabama Residents: Help Save Spay/Neuter Clinics!
In the last few years, Alabama’s spay/neuter clinics have been under attack. Alabama House Bill 141 would protect the spay/neuter clinics and ensure they can keep providing vital services that improve the lives of cats and dogs.
Alabama has only four spay/neuter clinics that provide much-needed services including high-quality, low-cost spay and neuter procedures and basic care like vaccinations and deworming. The services are performed by licensed, experienced veterinarians who have the animals’ best interests in mind. Together, these clinics spay or neuter more than 10,000 cats and dogs each year.
Comments Off on Macomb County, Michigan Residents: Urge Your Officials to Support TNR
Alley Cat Allies has been working with Macomb County Animal Control to expand its TNR program to protect the lives of feral, or community, cats. A group of cities in Macomb County recently formed an animal control coalition to try to stop using the county shelter and its lifesaving TNR services—and to instead have feral cats “euthanized” (i.e., killed) at a private veterinary clinic.
Comments Off on Stand Up for Cats and Trap-Neuter-Return—Urge The Washington Post to Set the Record Straight
This past weekend the Washington Post Magazine published a story riddled with errors and misrepresentations of cats and Trap-Neuter-Return—and those who advocate on behalf of outdoor community cats. Two groups that vehemently oppose this lifesaving program were provided ample space to voice their views, but cat advocates were narrowly and incorrectly represented.
Sign the petition urging The Washington Post to publish an op-ed by Alley Cat Allies that accurately depicts our movement and the widespread support for Trap-Neuter-Return.
Trap-Neuter-Return is the only effective and humane approach to stabilizing and eventually reducing feral cat populations. More than 430 local governments, including many major cities, have adopted ordinances endorsing TNR. The vast majority of Americans support humane policies for cats.
It’s time to set the record straight: our compassionate society wants cats to live.
Today we’re announcing an educational campaign that focuses on the real threats to birds worldwide—humans and human-led activity, including habitat loss, pollution and climate change—in response to a tide of misinformation and scare tactics from so-called bird advocates that demonize cats and distort the truth.
In recent years, some people have misguidedly blamed cats for declining bird populations, but it isn’t the relationship between cats and birds that has changed—it’s the relationship between humans and the environment.
Watch our video PSA:
…and share our infographics to help get the word out and combat the misinformation pitting cats against birds that leads to cats being killed.
Comments Off on Virginia Spay/Neuter Bill Held Over Until 2015
Virginia’s spay/neuter bill, which would create a statewide spay/neuter fund for Virginia’s cats and dogs, has been continued to next year. This means that it won’t be voted on this year, but it will be reconsidered in 2015.
This bill would fund spay/neuter surgeries for feral cats, animals in pounds and shelters, and pets of low-income residents.
Thank you to everyone who took action. Alley Cat Allies will stay actively involved and continue to push for this and other humane policies in Virginia.