The Governor of MO: Please change your ordinance to allow for feral cat colony caretakers
  • Petitioned Greg Duncan

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City of Liberty, Missouri Council Member
Greg Duncan
City of Liberty, Missouri Council Member
Jeff Moore

The Governor of MO: Please change your ordinance to allow for feral cat colony caretakers

    1. Annette Betancourt
    2. Petition by

      Annette Betancourt

I am a feral colony caretaker living in Liberty, Missouri and I was charged last spring with harboring too many animals, as the city claims the feral cats are mine.  While these cats aren't mine, I took the initiative to do something positive to prevent more unwanted litters from being born and to date I have spayed and neutered over 12 cats.  I also provide my TNR experience to help others who need help trapping a cat in order to spay or neuter it.   This petition is important to me because my colony has a right to live without fear of being rounded up by animal control and killed.  

I assisted the Chief of Police in Ferrelview with trapping 12 cats - 12 cats that are now spayed and neutered.  I also rescued a kitten, who went into foster care and has since been adopted

I helped a lady in Gladstone trap a female cat who otherwise would have ended up pregnant again, giving birth to more unwanted kittens.  I found a foster mom for 2 of the kittens and they have been adopted into new homes.

I assisted a lady in Barry Harbor trap a male cat and he is now neutered - I met her at their annual neighborhood event and demonstrated how to use a humane trap.  

I instructed a lovely couple in Gladstone in the use of a humane trap.  They trapped and TNR'd a female cat and most recently her 5 kittens! 

Without people like me, the people mentioned above wouldn't know who to reach out to for help with trapping.  Together, we've made a difference in helping control the feral cat population, HUMANELY.  

It's very important that the city change their ordinance to allow for feral cat colony caretakers to provide the invaluable service of TNR (trap, neuter, return) and to care for feral cats.  Feral cats are cats born outside and usually unsocialized to people.  Feral cats are created as a result of irresponsible people not spaying or neutering their cats and either abandoning them or letting them go outside and as a result ending up pregnant.

I support humane standards of care for outdoor cats and don't believe that it is okay to kill animals just because they aren't socialized to people!

Remember that a feral cat is merely a cat unsocialized to humans.  Feral does NOT mean diseased, dangerous or sickly!

Please sign my petition and share with all of your friends and family, and encourage them to sign too!

Thank you.

To learn a bit more about me and the ferals, please see a story previously aired on Fox4: http://fox4kc.com/2012/03/16/woman-under-fire-for-trying-to-reduce-cat-population-in-liberty/

To:
Greg Duncan, City of Liberty, Missouri Council Member
Jeff Moore, City of Liberty, Missouri Council Member
Thank you for signing my petition. Let's encourage the City of Liberty and the State of Missouri to change their ordinances to allow for TNR and feral cat colony caregivers. Without people like me, the feral cat population will continue to explode out of control. I support humane standards of care for outdoor cats and I'm glad you do too!
Annette

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Chipin to help with attorney fees

      Annette Betancourt
      Petition Organizer

      I've almost received enough to pay my attorney bill and fine. If you can help, please go to this link and donate - thank you: http://annettebetancourt.chipin.com/attorney-feestrial-fees-for-my-trial-on-november-5-2012

    2. Reached 1,500 signatures
    3. My verdict

      Annette Betancourt
      Petition Organizer

      Hi everyone, Unfortunately, the jury found me guilty of harboring too many animals. Thankfully, they did not sentence me to jail (I could have faced up to 90 days in jail and/or up to a $500 fine). They left the fine amount up to the judge; she fined me $200.00. I have to find a barn home for my feral colony; some great local non-profit organizations are helping me with this. I know that once the colony is removed, more unaltered cats will move into the area. I'm supposed to turn a blind eye to this since I cannot be seen feeding or caring for any cats. This is a temporary blow to the TNR community, but I've had a lot of positive support from the local media and from many, many caring individuals. I want to thank you for signing my petition and supporting me with your kind words!

    4. Reached 1,000 signatures
    5. NEW TRIAL DATE!

      Annette Betancourt
      Petition Organizer

      My trial is NOW SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2012 AT THE CIRCUIT COURTHOUSE IN CLAY COUNTY (LIBERTY, MISSOURI). JURY SELECTION BEGINS AT 9 AM. IF YOU'D LIKE TO COME AND SUPPORT ME, PLEASE ARRIVE BY 10 AM. DRESS IS BUSINESS CASUAL - NO JEANS, T-SHIRTS, SHORTS, ETC. DRESS PANTS, BUTTON DOWN SHIRT, BLOUSE ARE ACCEPTABLE. THANK YOU!

    6. Change in court date

      Annette Betancourt
      Petition Organizer

      My new court date is Monday, October 22, 2012. The prosecuting attorney has requested yet another change in the date. I will keep everyone apprised. Thank you.

    7. Reached 500 signatures
    8. My new court date is Monday, September 17th.

      Annette Betancourt
      Petition Organizer

      Trial is taking place at at Circuit Courthouse in Clay county, Liberty, Missouri. Hope to see some of my supporters there!

    9. PA is requesting trial be rescheduled due to witness conflict

      Annette Betancourt
      Petition Organizer

      The prosecuting attorney is requesting that my trial be pushed back to late in September, as his witness is not avilable September 4. I will keep everyone posted. Thank you for your support!

    10. Reached 250 signatures

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    • Roni Joseph GLOUCESTER, MA
      • almost 2 years ago

      And governor, how about making it a CRIME not to spay or neuter your dogs and/or cats....stop punishing the animals!

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    • Sheila Cox SIMPSONVILLE, SC
      • almost 2 years ago

      I am also a TNR volunteer for a colony of feral cats in my neighborhood, and I think that it is wrong to punish people who are trying to help the cats in this way!

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    • Jill Salinas KANSAS CITY, KS
      • almost 2 years ago

      Feral cats do not need to be sentenced to death, and good citizens should not needlessly be prosecuted for no good reason. This situation was a waste of money and time. Ridiculous.

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    • Robin Smith ROCHESTER HILLS, MI
      • almost 2 years ago

      Government RED TAPE, BS, MONEY grubbers, always needs to be challenged, would these officials (idiots) want 3400 strays to be born and suffer?? No they want to stop someone who is doing the feline population GOOD! What fools!

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    • Gina Ross WILLOUGHBY, OH
      • almost 2 years ago

      That this woman was fined for doing the right, humane thing is outrageous. Politicians need to think a little bit...this is using the letter of the law to defeat the spirit of the law.

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