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Protect Utah's Community Cats - Support SB 57

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Utah Senate Bill 57, sponsored by State Senator Dennis Stowell, would allow municipal animal control officers to bypass a three-day holding period for animals taking part in a local community cat management initiative, where felines are captured, spay/neutered and released in their original location.

Current disposition options are limited to humane euthanasia or adoption, and as it stands, adoption -- the preferred choice for homeless animals -- is rarely an option for free-roaming cats, which routinely are euthanized for lack of alternatives.

SB 57 deals with the disposition of unidentified, unclaimed stray cats by introducing the concept of a community cat management initiative where cats in the colony are trapped, spayed/netuered, vaccinated, ear-tipped for identification, and then released back in their original location. Ear-tipped cats in a TNR program could be returned immediately to their colonies without being held in the shelter for the mandatory three-day holding period -- saving lives and taxpayer dollars.

Tell Utah legislators to support SB 57.



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