Neuter-Return improves the lives of the cats, and calms the neighbors. Animal control’s traditional method, catch and kill, iscruel, endless, and costly.Trap-Neuter-Return makes feral cats healthier and ends the breeding cycle, which means no more kittens. It also ends a lot of common behaviors associated with outdoor cats. Yowling, fighting, spraying and roaming—all of these are mating behaviorsthat stop once a cat is neutered. A managed Trap-Neuter-Return program, with a set feeding area and schedule, further discourages roaming. Simple homeremedies—citrus peels, decorative rocks or chicken wire—deter cats from digging in gardens. There are also a few usefulcommercial products available at most pet shops that humanely deter cats from areas like gardens and porches.Outdoor cats have been part of our landscape for thousands of years, and always will be. Compassionate and effectivesolutions to help cats and communities coexist peacefully are readily available. I urge you to visit
for moreinformation.Millions of cats are being killed Americans would probably be shocked to learn that being killed in an animal shelter is the number one documented cause of death for cats in the United States. That’s right – over 70% of cats who enter animal shelters are killed. And nearly all feral catsbrought to shelters are killed right away, because while feral cats are the same species as companion cats and are healthy,they are not socialized to humans and cannot be adopted into homes.It’s time to put an end to animal control practices that rely on catch and kill. Not only is it cruel, it is expensive and our tax anddonor dollars are funding it. Catch and kill is also not supported by a majority of Americans, according to an
Alley Cat Alliessurvey conducted by Harris Interactive
.Cities across the country are realizing that rather than endless catch and kill, our tax dollars and donations would be muchbetter spent on Trap-Neuter-Return for outdoor cats and low-cost spay and neuter for all cats. Now it’s our community’s turn. Iurge you to visit
and educate yourself on the true cost of lethal animal control.WildlifeHumans are to blame for the declining bird species and habitat destruction.Numerous studies have repeatedly found that the primary cause of bird population decline is rampant development andrelated pollution, which destroy bird habitats and sources of food. An Ohio State University study released this year concludesthat urbanization is the chief cause of declining populations of migratory birds. A 2005 study by the U.S. Forest Serviceestimates that six times more birds are killed annually by flying into buildings and power lines than by cats.