Implement a feline TNR Program at Fort Worth Animal Control
  • Petitioned Scott Hanlan

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Assistant Code Compliance Director/Health Officer
Scott Hanlan
Code Compliance Director
Brandon Bennett
Code Enforcement Supervisor
Dave Fulbright
Shelter Director
Michael Camp

Implement a feline TNR Program at Fort Worth Animal Control

    1. No Kill Fort Worth TX
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      No Kill Fort Worth TX

      Fort Worth, TX

TNR (or, Trap-Neuter-Return) saves lives of community feral cats. Feral cats are deemed "un-adoptable" as set forth by shelter standards and are thus euthanized. shortly after arriving to the shelter. Feral cats are released to designated territories after they are neutered. They in turn, help control pest and rodent problems. Over time, the colony's population decreases, helping to increase the City shelter's live-release rate.

 

"TNR" is the only method proven to be humane and effective at controlling feral cat population growth. Using this technique, all the feral cats in a colony are trapped, neutered and then returned to their territory where caretakers provide them with regular food and shelter. Young kittens who can still be socialized, as well as friendly adults, are placed in foster care and eventually adopted out to good homes. - (neighborhoodcats.org)

 

Trap and remove, the current technique utilized by animal control, is simply ineffective. If all the cats are not caught, then the ones left behind breed until the former population level is reached.  Even if all the cats are removed, new unneutered cats tend to move in to take advantage of whatever food source there was, and the cycle starts again.

Approximately 65-75% of all cats impounded at the taxpayer-funded (Chuck Silcox) Animal Care & Control shelter are euthanized each year.  This is unacceptable.  

The current method of feral cat management must be amended to allow our neighborhood cats to live out their lives and fulfill their natures (rodent and pest control), while minimizing any possible negative impact.  

TNR is the only method that works.

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    2. Fort Worth euthanizes 75% of all impounded cats - most are ferals

      No Kill Fort Worth TX
      Petition Organizer

      Currently, the City of Fort Worth euthanizes an alarming number of feral cats per day, week, month and year. They have no other options but to trap impound and ultimately euthanize ferals because they are deemed not "adoptable" by City standards. On the other hand, many perfectly socialized cats and kittens are incorrectly deemed "feral," are unable to be adopted and are consequently euthanized. This is unacceptable and a better feral cat program such as TNR needs to be IMMEDIATELY implemented.

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    • Lloyd Walsh INDEPENDENCE, MO
      • 6 months ago

      TNR is the MOST effective way to deal with free roaming or feral cat populations....the MOST effective and the MOST humane

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    • Amanda Pruetz NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TX
      • 7 months ago

      TNR is the only responsible and humane way to manage feral cat colonies. I believe it is our God-given responsibility to take care of animals, especially those who have been abandoned or left to fend for themselves. Killing feral cats because their existence is a "nuisance" is unacceptable, and taking cats from their home territory simply creates an opening for another feral cat to move in. TNR offers population control while also allowing these animals a chance at a full life in familiar areas. It is our fault as a community that feral cats exist, and it's our responsibility as individuals to do everything in our power to care for and protect them. Anything less is just not good enough. Please do the right thing and implement the TNR feral cat program.

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    • Lynda G. Schrick FORT WORTH, TX
      • about 1 year ago

      Having feral cats in the neighborhood is sad. They are hungry, alone and very noisy at night!

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    • Mark House MACHESNEY PARK, IL
      • almost 2 years ago

      This should be the model for all Animal Control Centers, PERIOD.

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    • Diane Biega PLYMOUTH, MI
      • almost 2 years ago

      I have been caring for colonies and doing TNR for the past six years. I know first hand the positive outcomes for both the humans and cats when implementing TNR. The cats should be returned to their original place after sterilization and monitored by a caretaker.This is the area they know and the cats they are familiar with. This is where they are accepted, not in a new area. This is the only way to stop the population growth of the colonies. it also makes better living environments for the humans and the cats.

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