Target: Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild
Goal: Thank government officials for continuing a lifesaving community cat program despite budget restraints
Community cat programs save the lives of countless feral cats, improve their quality of life, and humanely reduce the number of free-roaming cats over time. The future of a Tucson, Arizona, community cat program was in jeopardy due to budget issues, but officials recently voted to save the program.
The Pima County community cat program in Tucson has already demonstrated its effectiveness by lowering the cat euthanasia rate at Pima Animal Care Center by an astounding 65 percent. Cat programs aim to address the high numbers of free-roaming, or feral, cats that live in communities across the nation. They humanely lower the number of feral cats in a community over time by utilizing a method called Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). TNR keeps feral cats out of overcrowded, taxpayer-funded animal shelters by humanely trapping, spaying or neutering, and returning feral cats to their communities. Sterilizing feral cats helps reduce aggression in male cats and has health benefits for both male and female cats, while also ensuring they will not continue to reproduce. Most community cat programs also involve giving the cats a health exam and basic vaccinations, improving their quality of life and preventing illness.
Rounding up feral cats and bringing them to overcrowded animal shelters to be euthanized is cruel and ineffective in reducing the feral cat population. In addition to the humane, compassionate nature of community cat programs, statistics show that TNR efforts have high success rates and have been proven to be the most effective method of reducing feral cat populations. Thank Tucson government officials for working to resolve the budget issue and continue Pima County’s lifesaving community cat program.
Dear Mayor Rothschild,
I am writing to express my gratitude to Tucson government officials for ensuring the continuation of the Pima County community cat program. These programs save lives and tax dollars while still effectively—and humanely—reducing the number of free-roaming cats over time.
As you probably know, there are many benefits to community cat programs that utilize Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) efforts. TNR methods keep feral cats out of overcrowded, taxpayer-funded animal shelters and prevent them from reproducing while improving their quality of life, reducing aggression, and preventing the spread of disease. TNR is the most effective and humane way to reduce feral cat populations over time.
The 65 percent reduction in cat euthanasia at Pima Animal Care Center demonstrates the success of the Pima County community cat program, and with the support of Tucson government officials, these positive results can continue. As an animal welfare advocate, I thank you for ensuring that this lifesaving program will continue in Tucson.
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