The Alaska Board of Game will soon hear public testimony on a lifesaving proposal that would strengthen Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) in the state, if passed. TNR is the only humane and effective approach to community cat populations. Alley Cat Allies is urging Alaska residents to attend the Board of Game meeting and testify in support of Proposal 62.
Alaska residents who want to present oral testimony must sign up at the meeting. Sign up starts on Friday, November 10, at 8:30 a.m., and closes on Saturday, November 11, at 10:30 a.m. Testimonies begin on Friday, November 10, and continue through Sunday, November 12, as needed.
Alaska residents can also submit written comments in support of Proposal 62.
Under current state regulations, cats are one of many species prohibited from being “released into the wild.” Consequently, TNR programs—through which community cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, eartipped (the universal sign that a cat has undergone TNR), and returned to their outdoor homes—are also prohibited.
Proposal 62 has been introduced to revise this regulation and allow TNR. If the Board of Game passes the proposal, “sterilized feral cats” will be allowed to be “released into the wild.” That means Alaskan communities that want a humane and effective approach to community cats will finally be able to start TNR programs.
This is a rare opportunity to strengthen TNR throughout an entire state. We’re asking Alaska residents to please raise their voices in support of this proposal to help ensure its passage. Alaskan communities deserve the choice to do TNR.