Tag Archive: Take Action

  1. Alley Cat Allies Calls on Baltimore to Speak Out for its Trap-Neuter-Return Program

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    For 10 years, Baltimore, Maryland’s landmark Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program has saved countless cats’ lives. The program is a resounding success and a model for communities around the nation. Now, the Baltimore City Health Department’s Office of Animal Control has been asked to speak at a hearing to explain how TNR benefits citizens and community cats.

    On Tuesday, September 26, the Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Committee is holding an informational public hearing on Resolution 17-0042R to “discuss feral cats in Baltimore and whether the City’s current approach to feral cats [the TNR program] should be modified or remain the same.”

    Alley Cat Allies is calling on citizens of Baltimore to tell the committee how TNR is vital to their community, and why it should be celebrated and protected. Baltimore residents can attend the hearing in person and provide written testimony and/or oral testimony in support of the TNR program. Anyone unable to attend the hearing can submit written testimony ahead of time.

    The City of Baltimore enacted its landmark TNR ordinance in 2007, with support and guidance from Alley Cat Allies. The ordinance remains one of the strongest and most effective in the nation, but it took years of hard work to put it in place.

    Initially, a city ordinance prevented caregivers from caring for colonies and conducting TNR. Alley Cat Allies formed a coalition with the Maryland SPCA, Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS), and the Maryland Feline Society to change this. Under our leadership, the coalition approached Baltimore’s Mayor and Health Department and successfully encouraged them to revise the ordinance’s language and support the community’s TNR efforts.

    We also worked closely with the community, providing hands-on seminars and workshops for caregivers and residents interested in TNR. Because of our efforts together, Baltimore’s community cats continue to enjoy the protection and vital services TNR provides.

    Baltimore’s TNR program proves how public officials and non-profit groups can work together to protect and improve the lives of community cats. Alley Cat Allies will stand by Baltimore citizens in championing this lifesaving program.

  2. Escambia County, Florida Residents: Ask Your Commissioners to Support Trap-Neuter-Return

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    Escambia County, Florida Commissioners are considering a positive Trap-Neuter-Return ordinance. Residents: Ask your county commissioners to support TNR.

    Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the humane, effective approach to community cats. Through TNR, community cats are humanely trapped, brought to a veterinarian to be neutered and vaccinated, and returned to their outdoor home. In addition to ending the breeding cycle, this approach makes the cats healthier and puts a stop to mating behaviors. It’s the only approach that addresses community concerns and humanely addresses the outdoor cat population.

    Escambia County, Florida Residents: Take Action!
    Not in Escambia County, Florida? Learn how to change your community to protect and improve the lives of cats.

  3. TAKE ACTION: North Ridgeville “Humane” Officer Kills Again

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    In June 2013, just one year ago exactly, you helped us confront an unbelievable tragedy in North Ridgeville, Ohio—where “Humane” Officer Barry Accorti killed five kittens. “The woodpile five,” as they came to be known, were shot in a resident’s backyard while children watched. Together, we brought national attention to the incident and thought we’d reached a resolution.

    But just last week, the same humane officer was at it again. Almost a year to the day, Accorti trapped a defenseless baby raccoon and shot and killed her in the cage, again with children as an audience.

    Please join us in calling for the dismissal of Humane Officer Barry Accorti and his supervisor Police Chief Michael Freeman.

    TAKE ACTION today!

  4. UPDATE: New York Legislation to Expand TNR Moves On to the Senate

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    Good news! On June 9, the New York State Assembly voted to approve A.9487! The bill now passes to the Senate, where it is now before the Senate Agriculture Committee. Now the bill must pass the Senate before it becomes a law.

    AB 9487 and SB 7290, would expand the reach of the state spay/neuter fund to include Trap-Neuter-Return efforts. Community (feral) 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 community 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 cats lives by controlling the population humanely, through spaying and neutering.

    New York Residents: Ask your State Senator to support community cats!
    Time is running out before the Senate adjourns for the summer. Respectfully contact your State Senator today!

    Not in New York? Learn how to build Trap-Neuter-Return capacity in your community.

  5. Yonkers, NY Residents: Tell Your City Council Member to Support TNR Funding

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    In light of the recent tragedy in which at least 25 cats were brutally killed, placed into plastic bags, and hung from a tree in a Yonkers community, Mayor Mike Spano has proposed allocating $15,000 toward implementing Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR).

    Residents of Yonkers, your City Council needs to hear from you in order to pass Mayor Spano’s TNR fund proposal.

    Trap-Neuter-Return is the humane approach to feral cats. Through TNR cats are trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, eartipped and returned to their outdoor home.

    Yonkers, NY Residents: Take Action!
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  6. Good news on SB 648!

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    We have good news to share about SB 648, the dangerous bill we alerted you to earlier this week. Thanks to your efforts, the House Sponsor of this legislation has decided to stop the bill and rework it over the summer.

    Alley Cat Allies was very concerned about SB 648 because it would have required that nonprofit shelters transfer stray animals to pounds, even if the shelter would be able to achieve positive outcomes for them. The bill would have put more strain on county facilities, likely increasing the number of animals killed. We were also concerned about the bill interfering with Trap-Neuter-Return programs.

    Thank you to everyone who took action to oppose this bill! Alley Cat Allies will stay engaged on this issue and keep you informed of any developments.

  7. New York Residents: Support Legislation to Expand TNR!

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    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.

    New York Residents: Take Action!
    Not in New York? Learn how to build Trap-Neuter-Return capacity in your community.

  8. Illinois Residents: Take Action to Save Cats in Shelters

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    A destructive bill has passed the Illinois Senate and moved on to the House of Representatives. SB 648 would endanger cats’ lives by mandating that nonprofit shelters transfer stray cats to pounds, even if the shelter would be able to achieve positive outcomes for the cats.

    Requiring private animal shelters and rescue groups to turn animals over to county pounds would dramatically increase the numbers of cats entering county facilities, putting more strain on existing resources, and likely increasing the number of animals killed. Pounds would not even have to attempt to save the cats’ lives.

    We are also concerned about what effect SB 648 would have on shelters engaging in Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs. We are certain this bill is inhumane and wasteful, spending taxpayer dollars to kill more animals in county facilities. Please take a moment to contact your Representative and respectfully ask him or her to oppose SB 648.

    Illinois Residents: Take Action!
    Not in Illinois? Learn how to change your community to protect and improve the lives of cats.

  9. Cat Advocates to Hold Memorial for Yonkers Cats

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    It’s hard to believe it’s been over two weeks since the Yonkers, New York Cats were found, at least 25 of them, some in bags hanging from a tree. It’s an image that will never be forgotten.

    As the investigation continues, a memorial is being held for the cats—providing an opportunity for advocates and community members to show their respects and mourn the cats. At the memorial this Saturday, May 10, Alley Cat Allies will provide white flowers to participants to hold and place at the site where the cats were found as a symbol of the cats’ innocence.

    You can participate in the memorial online by sharing this white flower to pay tribute to the Yonkers Cats:

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  10. Cat Advocates to Hold Memorial for Yonkers Cats

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    It’s hard to believe it’s been over two weeks since the Yonkers, New York Cats were found, at least 25 of them, some in bags hanging from a tree. It’s an image that will never be forgotten.

    As the investigation continues, a memorial is being held for the cats—providing an opportunity for advocates and community members to show their respects and mourn the cats. At the memorial this Saturday, May 10, Alley Cat Allies will provide white flowers to participants to hold and place at the site where the cats were found as a symbol of the cats’ innocence.

    You can participate in the memorial online by sharing this white flower to pay tribute to the Yonkers Cats:

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