Lt. Jeffrey Doyle, Mayor John Marks, and City Commissioners: Do NOT trap cats at Northpoint Apartment Complex at Northpoint Ct.
  • Petitioned Jeffrey Doyle

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City of Tallahassee Animal Services
Jeffrey Doyle
Mayor of Tallahassee
Mayor John Marks
Commissioner
Andrew Gillum
Commissioner
Nancy Miller
Commissioner
Mark Mustian
Commissioner
Gil Ziffer

Lt. Jeffrey Doyle, Mayor John Marks, and City Commissioners: Do NOT trap cats at Northpoint Apartment Complex at Northpoint Ct.

    1. Petition by

      Elise Ray

      Tallahassee, FL

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October 2012

Victory

Alarmed at the possibility of officials in Tallahassee, Florida trapping and killing feral cats at an apartment complex, Elise Ray started a petition to urge them to choose a no-kill solution. After 399 supporters signed the petition, an advocate spoke to the property management company and educated the managers about TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release). The company has agreed to support the TNR efforts.

We formally request the City of Tallahassee Animal Control NOT trap the cats in the Northpoint Apartment complex on Northpoint Ct. and Northpoint Ln. in Tallahassee, Florida. The cats at the Northpoint Apartment complex are part of a controlled, maintained feral colony. Trapping and killing those cats is a waste of taxes and City of Tallahassee resources.

Mr. Carson, a resident of the complex, has worked diligently with It’s Meow or Never for Ferals, Inc. of Tallahassee.  Mr. Carson and IMON volunteers have trapped, neutered/spayed, vaccinated, and returned (TNR) 25 cats. They found homes for six of them and returned the other nineteen, which Mr. Carson now cares for. Thus far, 85-90 % of the colony has been vaccinated and surgically rendered infertile and the the remaining 10-15% are scheduled to be TNRed.  Mr. Carson and volunteers have spent nearly $2000 in vet bills and other costs out of our own pockets and spent dozens of hours of manpower to TNR this colony.

On Thursday, October 5, 2012, the new property manager informed Mr. Carson that she called Animal Control to trap and remove the cats.

Because they are feral and will be deemed “unadoptable”, the cats that are trapped by Animal Control will be killed within 24 hours.

For the following reasons, we formally request that Animal Control of Tallahassee NOT trap the cats at Northpoint Apartment complex on Northpoint Ct. and Northpoint Ln. in Tallahassee, Florida:

• The colony is a controlled feral colony. The cats have been vaccinated and neutered. There is a caregiver who monitors and maintains the colony;  any additions to the colony will also be TNRed.
• Scientific research and decades of history have proven that trapping and killing cats wastes time, taxpayers’ money, and resources. It is not an effective or humane means of controlling or decreasing cat populations. Scientific research has proven that when nonbreeding cats, such as those in a controlled TNR colony like the one at Northpoint, are taken from an area and killed, the area is then quickly repopulated by breeding cats who continue the endless, useless, expensive cycle of trapping and killing.
• TNR is proven to reduce cat populations in an area over time.
• TNR is proven to decrease “undesirable” behavior by cats such as fighting, yowling, and roaming.

We ask that the City of Tallahassee Animal Services NOT trap and kill cats, especially those who are members of a managed feral colony. We formally request that Animal Control of Tallahassee, Florida NOT trap the cats in the Northpoint Apartment complex as it is not a fiscally sound way for the City of Tallahassee to use tax dollars.

 

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    • Courtney Benedix TALLAHASSEE, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      The cats did nothing wrong, leave them alone!

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    • Debbie Stancliffe TALLAHASSEE, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      I help monitor and care for a different 'feral' cat colony and actually adopted a 7 month old 'feral' who is now a beloved member of our family.

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    • Lissa Flock TALLAHASSEE, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      The catch and neuter non-profit has put a lot of time and money into saving these cats. I do not want my tax money wasted on killing them. Please give these animals a chance.

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    • Connie Russell TALLAHASSEE, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      The cats are innocent. It's the people that are causing the problem. And trap and kill will NOT solve the issue. The complex holds needs to take some responsibility.

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    • Karen Ladzinski TALLAHASSEE, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      Every living being deserves survival in any way, shape or form. Open your heart & look within.

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