Stop killing feral cats, instead spay/neuter the cats, then return them!
  • Petitioned Melanie Sobel

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Santa Cruz County Animal Services General Manager
Melanie Sobel

Stop killing feral cats, instead spay/neuter the cats, then return them!

    1. Amelia Erickson
    2. Petition by

      Amelia Erickson

      Santa Cruz, CA

Why should a healthy cat or kitten be killed simply because they aren't friendly to humans? Feral cats and kittens are being euthanized every day at the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter. Yes, feral cats are not a native species, and yes, their population needs to be controlled. Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) is the most effective and humane way to do this. Trap and kill does not work!
A new trend has started across the nation- feral cats and kittens that are surrendered to shelters are being spayed or neutered, then returned home, to the place they've grown up and have learned how to live. This program has worked and the communities it is in have been very receptive. Spaying and neutering is cheaper than euthanasia and returning cats after surgery creates critical space in the shelter for other needy animals. The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter knows about the TNR program but refuses to implement it because the shelter general manager, Melanie Sobel, doesn't agree with it.
I can't stand the idea that perfect, healthy, happy cats, and especially kittens, are being killed every day in Santa Cruz. We are supposed to be one of the most progressive places in the nation. Let's change the way our community treats our "community cats."

To:
Melanie Sobel, Santa Cruz County Animal Services General Manager
Stop killing feral cats, instead spay/neuter the cats, then return them!

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Doris Volmar BAESWEILER, IA
      • 5 months ago

      THE CATS HAVE THE RIGHT TO LIFE!! STOP KILLING THEM!!!

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    • stephanie edwards EXETER, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 6 months ago

      It is important to control feral cat populations so the cats stay healthy and have sufficient food for their numbers but this is done by TNR programmes. Cats should not be killed just because they are feral, they have every right to lead their lives as any domestic cat does.

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    • Virginia Wright LINCOLN, NE
      • 6 months ago

      A solution: catch, neuter, release. The cats can do their ecological job against rodents, it's humane.

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    • Freya Harris ATLANTA, GA
      • 9 months ago

      Get in touch with Alley Cat Allies. There should be a chapter in your area, or nearby. They have been doing TNR for years and with much success.

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    • Aggie Mitchell DAYTON, NY
      • 9 months ago

      Cats are sweet, loving, creatures and can be a great help to people! Please take the humane road and help stop more feral cats from being born, not be killing them but spay or neuter those already here! It is a much more human approach, as well as a more successful method! Those babies have hurt no one and do not deserve death because they were born!

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