Annette Betancourt, a feral cat caregiver in Liberty, Missouri, was charged with violating the city’s “limit law,” even though she did not “own” the feral cats found living outdoors when she moved into her neighborhood. Betancourt had been volunteering as part of a TNR program for several years, using her own money to neuter and vaccinate the cats. She stabilized the population, and no new litters of kittens were born. She was fined $200 by the court for her actions.

This verdict is a travesty. Trap-Neuter-Return is the only humane and effective approach for feral cats, and a public service to communities.

We stand behind Annette, and all caregivers, in this growing national movement.