Demand Prison Cats Be Given Adequate Care

Feral Cats

Target: Cynthia Tampkins, Norco CA Rehabilitation Center Warden

Goal: Demand free-roaming cats living at a prison be given food and basic veterinary care

Dozens of free-roaming cats currently live at the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco, California, but prison officials have failed to provide adequate care, like food and basic veterinary services, for these cats. These animals have been suffering unnecessarily for far too long. Demand prison officials give the feral cats living at their facility adequate care.

Many of the cats living at the Norco prison are in dangerously poor health and rely solely on the compassion of individuals using donated food and supplies to care for them. There is no consistent feeding plan, and no veterinary services are being provided despite repeated complaints of cats with obvious illnesses and ailments.

Further, the facility has done nothing to ensure the cats are spayed or neutered to control the population. Trap-neuter-return (TNR) efforts, which involve humanely trapping feral cats so they can be spayed or neutered and then returning them to their community, is the only real solution to humanely reduce the number of feral cats in a given area over time. According to Best Friends Animal Society, rigorous TNR programs have been used successfully at many progressive prisons across the country. Urge prison officials to develop a feeding plan and provide basic veterinary care—including a TNR program—for the feral cats living at their facility.


Dear Ms. Tampkins,

It is unacceptable that the dozens of free-roaming cats living at the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco are not being given adequate care. I urge you to show these cats compassion and provide them with the care they deserve.

The feral cats at your facility are not being fed consistently, and currently rely solely on the compassion of inmates and staff who use donated items to feed them. Malnutrition has likely contributed to the poor health of these animals, many of which have obvious illnesses and ailments that are being cruelly ignored despite repeated complaints to your facility.

In addition, no action has been taken to ensure the cats are spayed or neutered to keep them from continually reproducing. The only solution to humanely control the population of feral cats is called Trap-Neuter-Return, or TNR. TNR involves humanely trapping feral cats, having them spayed or neutered, and returning them to their community. Many progressive prisons across the country have utilized TNR programs, and have been highly successful.

I urge you to end the suffering of the feral cats living at your facility by developing an adequate feeding plan and providing basic veterinary care, including a TNR program to humanely reduce the population over time.


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Photo credit: Scott Granneman via Wikimedia Commons

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One Comment

  1. This is so appalling and if they are not going to take proper care of these cats they need to be turned over to the human society.

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