You asked the Wake County Commissioners to support an ordinance that protects cats. Monday, they listened. Following an outpouring of hundreds of letters and phone calls from community residents for the humane treatment of cats, the commissioners agreed to support an ordinance that will encourage TNR and save cat’s lives.
We expect the commissioners to formally adopt the Trap-Neuter-Return ordinance at their next scheduled meeting on June 4, 2012.
The new ordinance will make Wake County a TNR-friendly place for cats and caregivers. Under this new local law, animal control will no longer be required to impound all cats outdoors. Ear-tipped cats will be recognized as part of TNR programs and allowed to continue their happy outdoor lives. Caregivers will no longer be fined or cited and will be allowed to retrieve cats from the county pound.
This new, life-saving ordinance is the culmination of a cooperative effort to change Wake County’s treatment of cats by Alley Cat Allies and local animal organizations, including the SPCA of Wake County, Operation Catnip, Wake Voice for Animals, and Safe Haven for Cats.
We’re thrilled that county policy and practices are moving in the right direction, and we will continue to keep you updated on this important issue. Thank you for taking action to change your county for cats!
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