LEGALIZE TNR in Prince William County VA (Trap-Neuter-Release)
We are 501c3 animal rescue and are asking you to PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION to show your support for Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) as the humane solution for community cats in Prince William County, Virginia. 'Community cats' is the more inclusive term used to refer to unowned outdoor cats as not all community cats are feral.
Many Virginia counties have ordinances supporting successful Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs for community cats at the private and county levels. We want Prince William County to join their ranks NOW! We are asking your support to change the current ordinance laws to:
- Exclude free-roaming/community cats from the current animal trespass laws
- Define TNR as legal in Prince William County
- Allow colony caretakers to legally provide food, shelter, medical, TNR for their colony cats
Through TNR, community cats are humanely trapped, spayed/neutered, vaccinated and ear-tipped to prove they have been part of a TNR program. If not sociable/adoptable, they are returned to their outdoor homes/colony to live out their lives. Many have colony caretakers who manage their daily feeding/shelter/medical requirements.
A TNR ordinance is needed for Prince William County, VA because:
- TNR reduces shelter intake,
- TNR stops needless killing of unowned cats/kittens,
- TNR leads to decreased calls to animal control,
- TNR educates & gets communities involved in the overall SOLUTION,
- TNR SAVES taxpayer dollars.
- It's a WIN-WIN for cats and humans alike!
Universal evidence proves TNR results in NO new litters of kittens born outdoor. As a result, TNR DRAMATICALLY improves the lives of cats and the local community residents/businesses.
When TNR advocates know they have legal support, they will be able to effectively continue their important day-to-day work to save more cats and kittens.
In summary, TNR is already a legal and effective approach to helping community cats in many Virginia counties, as well as around the U.S. -- just not Prince William County. That is why I ask for your support to help change current ordinance laws to make TNR the humane method to control community cats with the full protection of the law.
PLEASE HELP the dedicated rescue partners, cat-centric community/business members, to continue providing TNR & colony care WITH THE SUPPORT OF PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY by SIGNING (& SHARING) our TNR petition TODAY! Our goal is to collect 500 qualified signatures by February 17, 2020!
(Note: If you are a TNR advocate in a pro-TNR community in Virginia or another state, please share the positive impact it has had in the "comments")
Thank you for helping be the voice for those that have no "voice to speak"!