• Petitioned Virginia Beach Animal Control

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Virginia Beach Animal Control

Stop killing cats in Virginia Beach and develop a TNR Program

    1. j r
    2. Petition by

      j r

      virginia Beach, VA

Problem: "Free Roaming";"Feral";"Abandonned cats" are being trapped and euthanized by Animal Control. It is illegal in the city of Virginia Beach for citizens to intervene in any way to help. Cats are beeing killed without any other option. For 5 years we have tried to help 5 colonies of approximatley 100 abandoned/feral cats in Virginia Beach.Helping means providing food/water, trapping/neutering, vet care and in some cases relocating cats when property owners want them gone. We have been ordered by Animal Control to stop caring for these cats or we will be prosecuted. Citizens in Virginia Beach who are concerned and take actions to address the cat overpopulation problem are being bullied by Animal Control. 

Solution:Control the feral cat population through public education, free city funded spay neuter clinics for all cats, and establish a standard for the feral cat cargiver and "Trap, Neuter, Release" program. I think that the citizens of Virginia Beach are generally in the dark about Animal Control's policies reguarding feral cats.  If a plan was put in place that allowed the citizens to take responsibility for cats in their area, and they had an option to have the cat spayed/neutered ,funded through the city, the feral cat population would quickly get under control and would give the citizens a sense of responsibility and a duty to act. The feral cat problem will never be eliminated, but killing them does nothing but allow the remaining cats less pressure and a more favorable condition to reproduce.


 here is a link to the 2011 Virginia Beach Animal Control Report http://www.virginia.gov/vdacs_ar/cgi-bin/Vdacs_search.cgi?link_select=facility&form=fac_select&fac_num=192&year=2011 . 2067 cats were euthanized in 2011. 2004 cats euthanized in 2010. 1938 cats euthanized in 2009.

Another disturbing note: PETA:located in Norfolk,VA euthanized 1198 cats in 2011 and adopted out only 5. PETA has been called by the properties where we have been caring for these cats, and is actively trapping and removing the cats from their property.





Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. Alley Cat Allies is helping to open lines of communication

      j r
      by j r
      Petition Organizer

      The main problem in this case is the fact that the property owners want these cats gone, and they believe that turning them over to Animal Control is their only option. This is exactly what all feral cat avocates try and prevent because in most cases they are deemed "unadoptable" and then euthanized. A TNR program along with public education and the assurance that the cat problem can be contolled through sterilization is most of the time all that a complaintant needs in order to cooperate, and in some cases they will agree to allow the cats to stay. Please keep giving feed back and continue to spread the word.

    3. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Mary Sommervile VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
      • about 2 years ago

      Living creatures need our help

    • susie dunbar VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
      • about 2 years ago

      Because I am an animal lover.

    • Cindy Carter WAKEFIELD, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      There truly are monsters in this world and they walk on two legs and wear a human face

      • over 2 years ago

      stop killing the ferals. Get the TNR in place. A shame that Virginia Beach is behind the times. The more you kill, you will get even more.

      • over 2 years ago

      man created this problem...if ferals are controled humanely ...eg.. don't dump domesticated cats ,spay all cats domestic and ferals etc...have them (ferals) form small colonies feed and spay etc....the problem would dissappear as the numbers would decrease.....


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