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Petitioning Mohnton Boro Council Kerry Hoffman

Stop the Killing of the Cats -- SUPPORT TNR!


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Supporters

Mohnton Boro is paying $50 per cat to trap, remove and kill them when there is a PetSmart grant available in Berks County from No Nonsense Neutering to sterilize them via Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) for only $10 !! And, Fairchild, another TNR organization in Berks County, also performs feral cat sterilizations for $35.

SIGN THE PETITION TO LET THEM KNOW THAT THEIR DECISION IS NOT ONLY INHUMANE, BUT A WASTE OF TAX PAYERS' MONEY AND IT WILL NOT FIX THE PROBLEM!.

Trapping and killing these cats just leaves more space for other cats to move in to take advantage of the available resources. This is called theVacuum Effect. http://www.alleycat.org/page.aspx?pid=926

Feral cats are automatically euthanized at animal shelters. The Kill rate for all cats at our local shelter is about 85% but the feral cat kill rate is always 100%! Euthanasia should be reserved only for those that have an incurable illness or injury, not the homeless.

Trap-Neuter-Return makes feral cats healthier and ends the breeding cycle, which means no more kittens. Trap-Neuter-Return also improves relationships with the humans who live near them because sterilizing reduces nuisance behaviors and naturally decreases the size of colonies over time. TNR WORKS!

SUPPORT TNR, NOT TRAP & KILL!!!! Please sign this petition.

Thank you.
Dr. Jennifer L. Fry
Executive Director of Fairchild "Feral Friends"
www.fairchildcat.org

Letter to
Mohnton Boro Council Kerry Hoffman
I can testify to the fact that Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) works and is the effective and humane approach for handling feral cats. TNR makes feral cats healthier and ends the breeding cycle, which means no more kittens. Trap-Neuter-Return also improves relationships with the humans who live near them and decreases the size of colonies over time.

The reality is that feral cats exist in EVERY community. These cats are the same species as domestic cats, but are not socialized to humans and can’t be adopted into homes. Feral cats are automatically euthanized at animal shelters like the Animal Rescue League, which is already overwhelmed and handles over 10,000 animals each and every year. Euthanasia should be reserved only for those that have an incurable illness or injury, not the homeless.

Unfortunately, the mentality of “catch and kill” to reduce the number of free-roaming cats still exists in communities like Mohnton even though scientifically this has been proven not to work. Trapping and killing these cats just leaves more space for other cats to move in to take advantage of the available resources. These new cats breed quickly and form new colonies—this is called the Vacuum Effect. http://www.alleycat.org/page.aspx?pid=926

You decide to pay $50 to trap and kill a feral cat when programs such Fairchild "Feral Friends" exist as well as No Nonsense Neutering, which received a grant to sterilize cats for only $10 each. Now this is just a waste of tax payers’ money! Not to mention, inhumane. I am saddened that you made this decision without doing any research or reaching out to either organization.

We need to promote spay and neuter as well as educate the community about Trap-Neuter-Return and spay/neuter resources. These cats did not put themselves out there; irresponsible people who neglected to spay and neuter or provide care for their pets did this injustice to the voiceless and the helpless.

In closing, I urge you to reconsider your decision and think about the welfare of these homeless cats. Take some time to educate yourself on the vacuum effect and the positive effects of maintaining a feral cat colony--allow those cats to live out their lives in nature instead of trapping and killing because they are “feral” and not adoptable.