Good news! On December 18, Hillsborough County commissioners enacted a Trap-Neuter-Return ordinance by a 6-1 margin. Feral cat caregivers now have legal protection for the valuable community service they perform.
The commissioners made some, but not all, of the changes that Alley Cat Allies requested to the ordinance. They removed some dangerous provisions, including the requirement to make caregivers’ names public. Alley Cat Allies will monitor the implementation of the ordinance to ensure it is used to support—not discourage—humane care for cats.
Thank you to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay and the Animal Coalition of Tampa, to everyone who contacted their commissioners, and to all who care for cats!