The District of Columbia recognized this fact years ago when they mandated TNR as the preferred method for Animal Control to use. Recently, the District’s Department of the Environment (DDOE) published their draft “Wildlife Action Plan” for 2015 and is calling for the city to “revisit” its policy on TNR. Using a well-known anti-TNR group, the American Bird Conservancy, as consultants DDOE is citing studies that were found to be outdated and taken out of context. DDOE is advocating that feral cats be trapped and placed into “adoption facilities” knowing full well that feral cats are not social companion animals like the ones found in our homes. What this proposed policy would result in is the rounding up and killing of feral cats – essentially a reversal back to the animal policies of the 1800’s that were ultimately proven to have no impact on the population at all.
TNR works. TNR is being utilized all over the country and indeed around the globe. TNR ensures that the cats are spayed or neutered, stopping continued breeding and reducing populations over time. TNR also provides for a healthier population through vaccinations and dedicated caregivers who donate their own time and money to the continuous care of the cats.
Now is the time to act! The draft “Wildlife Action Plan” has a public comment period which closes on September 7th 2015. All comments submitted should be clearly marked “Wildlife Action Plan” and either mailed or hand-delivered to DDOE, Fisheries and Wildlife Division, 1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20002, Attention: Wildlife Action Plan, or via email at SWAP.Comments@dc.gov
Let DDOE know that you care about the lives of these cats and don’t want to live in or visit a city where cats are rounded up and killed. Please submit your comments today!
To learn more about WHS’ efforts with TNR visit our web site here