D.C.: Community Cats Facing Dire Threat from City—Please Speak Up Now!
D.C. Wildlife Action Plan 2015
ASPCA Position: Oppose the plan’s recommendation to reconsider the District’s humane and effective Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) programs.
Action Needed: None at this time.
Update—September 8, 2015: The comment period is now closed while the Department reviews all submissions. We want to thank all of you who made your voices heard on this important issue.
D.C. advocates, the city’s community cats need your help!
Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) programs, whereby free-roaming cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and returned to their outdoor homes, have humanely and effectively addressed the District's community cat population for years. But a new plan published by the District’s Department of the Environment (DDOE) is recommending that D.C.’s TNR programs be reconsidered.
The department’s recommended alternative to TNR is absurd: They propose rounding up community cats and placing them in "adoption facilities." Since most of these cats can't be socialized or placed in homes, this would amount to a death sentence for them. Notably, DDOE did not consult with any humane groups when they formulated this recommendation.