The District’s Department of the Environment is considering a new wildlife management plan that includes a drastic recommendation for the city’s community cats.
Instead of continuing the successful Trap Neuter Return (TNR) programs that have been in place since 2008, this new plan proposes rounding up community cats and transporting them to “adoption centers.” Since most of these cats are feral and unadoptable, this plan would be a death sentence for them.
The plan was created with no consultation with groups such as the Humane Society or Alley Cat Allies but only the Songbird Conservancy.
TNR entails humanely trapping and transporting community cats to veterinarians to be spayed or neutered and vaccinated before being returned to their colonies. It is the only humane and effective method proven to manage homeless cat populations and prevent colony growth.
The comment period ends on September 7th so please act today!
Contact Director Tommy Wells at the D.C. Department of the Environment and request the D.C Department of the Environment rethink the proposal for managing the city’s community cats and to preserve the existing TNR programs.
1200 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 535-2600
Fax: (202) 535-2881
TTY: (800) 855-1000
Also, don’t forget to pass the word!