Target: Miami-Dade Deputy Mayor Alina T. Hudak
Goal: Thank officials for continuing a lifesaving community cat program despite unfounded criticism
A community cat program was introduced in Miami-Dade, Florida, in an effort to humanely reduce the number of free-roaming feral cats in the area. Despite dramatic reductions in the number of cats dying in local shelters as a direct result of the program, it is still being criticized.
In 2012, Miami-Dade Animal Services launched its community cat program centered around the concept of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). TNR involves trapping feral cats, giving them a health exam and vaccines, sterilizing them and returning them to their community. TNR has been proven time and time again to humanely reduce the number of feral cats and improve their quality of life by ensuring they cannot reproduce, improving their health and keeping them out of overcrowded animal shelters. Prior to the introduction of TNR programs, feral cats were being cruelly rounded up and killed in shelters. Not only did this heartless method result in the death of thousands of innocent feral cats nationwide, it was completely ineffective at reducing feral cat populations.
Miami-Dade Animal Services has reported great success for its program so far—shelter deaths of cats were reduced by approximately 60 percent in less than two years. According to the Miami-Herald, only 30 percent of cats brought to shelters were euthanized as opposed to 75 percent in 2011. Sadly, the program is still facing unfounded criticism by those in favor or mass killings of these poor creatures. Show your support for the lifesaving efforts of Miami-Dade Animal Services by thanking elected officials for continuing the community cat program.
Dear Deputy Mayor Hudak,
I am writing to thank you for humanely reducing the number of feral cats in Miami-Dade by continuing Miami-Dade Animal Services’ lifesaving community cat program, despite unfounded criticism.
Community cat programs utilizing the practice of Trap-Neuter-Return have proven to be a highly effective way of humanely reducing the feral cat population, as well as the number of cats entering and dying in overcrowded animal shelters. Not only has the number of shelter deaths of cats been reduced at Miami-Dade Animal Services by an astounding 60 percent in less than two years, the lives of innocent feral cats are being spared from unnecessary and ineffective mass killings. Further, their quality of life is being improved as a result of receiving health examinations, vaccinations and sterilization.
Thank you for your commitment to the humane and effective community cat program, even in the face of criticism by those in favor of cruel and unnecessary mass killings of feral cats. As an animal welfare advocate, I support Miami-Dade Animal Services’ lifesaving efforts.
[Your Name Here]
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