Program To Spay/Neuter Feral Cats Is In Jeopardy

August 29, 2012 at 6:57 pm 3 comments

ACT NOW to save the lives of thousands of stray cats!

You see them in neighborhoods, in the alleys, behind gas stations and grocery stores all over the Tampa Bay area. But these feral cats are now, more than ever, in very grave danger.

The Hillsborough Animal Health Foundation (HAHF) wants the trapping, fixing, vaccinating and returning of feral cats to be outlawed.  The group has a pleasant name, but it has adopted extremist positions. If they had their way, this small group would stop all efforts to allow feral cats to live their lives out in their colonies. They would rather have feral cats breed uncontrolled, and more cats be caught and killed in the county shelter.

This tunnel-vision group is dangerous and touts myths and pseudo-science.

Our experience and numbers prove that feral cat populations stabilize and dwindle with spay/neuter. Their health is improved and their role in our community is improved with vaccinations and colony care. And, that people go out of their way to care for and protect the cats.

The Truth is that since the Animal Coalition of Tampa’s Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program began in 2002, the number of cat intakes at our county animal control facility has decreased dramatically.  In the last seven years, the number of cats brought to the animal control facility has dropped by nearly 50%. Because of TNR, in the last 12 months, the county shelter “euthanized” 10,000 fewer cats than it did in 2005.

The Truth is that a because of TNR, a record was set in 2011:  Alongside the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, we as a community actually fixed more cats fixed through TNR than were killed at the county shelter.  This is a first for our county.

We know the TNR program is a success and to continue saving the lives of the animals we love, we must now fight against HAHF to save the cats and our programs that help them! Help us keep our programs up and running.      Don’t let them outlaw TNR!

Sign the petition at

There are thousands of beautiful cats “euthanized” in shelters today. We intend to increase spay/neuter and TNR to protect cats and work to stop this needless killing. Take a stand now to protect the lives of our feline friends!


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. frances  |  August 29, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    I feed alot of feral,stray and homeless cats . this cant happen i love them like family and am also spaying and neutering them . i cant see .them go to the gas chamber of the shelter here and die they need to get rid of the kill shelters here to!

  • 2. Ann Bitting  |  August 30, 2012 at 4:14 am

    TNR should be allowed in Tampa and everywhere throughout the US. Cats do not need to produce but should be allowed to live if they can on their own and not be captured to be put to death.

  • 3. 4theferals  |  August 31, 2012 at 3:18 am

    I have heard it directly from vet practices that are not trying to pretend – simply put it cuts into their over priced spay/neuter business. End of story.


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