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Council holds off on Shoreline cat ban
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on Apr 11, 2014
A cat's instinctual urge to chase and kill birds has been with the breed since time immemorial, handed down from their predatory ancestors, like the lion and wildcat.
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posted Friday, April 11, 2014, 12:00 AM
Posted by 25% reduction acheived already
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on Apr 17, 2014 at 1:37 pm
25% reduction acheived already is a registered user.
The proof that TNR works is in the Santa Clara County and other local shelter statistics.
25% fewer stray cats and kittens have been brought into to our local shelter over the last few years, due to high-volume TNR effort, which slows the breeding and reduce the number of litters of kittens born each year.
After the 25% initiial reduction, the shelters are continuing to see a continued 5 to 8% reduction in cats entering shelters each subsequent year.
These trends show that trapping & fixing all out door cats (tame or feral), encouraging residents to spay/neuter their owned pets and all and any they feed, and encouraging folks when they adopt cats to keep them indoor only, IS working. These combined techniques are working. And they are working very well.
Public education is the key here. The city of Mt. View should promote responsibile pet ownership, and promote and encourage Spay/Neutering of all pets (either owned, or those allowed to roam outside) and encourage people to adopt from local shelter (which take in and rehome outdoor cats).
Outreach and continued education to the public is the key.
By getting more people to spay their own pets (whether they be indoor/outdoor, or both), and to tnr ANY and ALL cats they feed outdoors, we have already been successful and have lowered the number of cats and kittens taken to local shelter by 25% over the last 3 years ! Now , that is progress ! And that SAVES the city and taxpayers money.
So, let what is working in Mt. View, keep working !!
If we keep going at a 8 to 10% continued reduction rate, as has been demonstated in the local shelter statistics, we will actually be able to acheive what bird-lover and cat-lovers alike are BOTH striving for….FEWER free-roaming cats !
We are almost there folks, so encourage residents to keep working TOGETHER, and not get side-tracked by "special interest group" nonsense and radical threats and behavior (such as that demontrated so nicely by "TNR Researcher"), and continue to work together, as community residents, to continue on the path that HAS been working.
Let your trusted animal shelter do the good work they have been doing, and pretty soon any so-called problems will get resolved. They are using best practices and are innovative and proactively responding to residents and are doing a great job ! Let them continue, without distraction, from national lobbyist. Local residents know what they want. Are are getting great service.
If it ain't broke council, then don't fix it, right?
We put too much energy into producing and listening to all the opposing views, when in reality bird-folk (who love all animals) and cat-folk (who love all wildlife) really are ON the SAME SIDE, we both want FEWER free-roaming cats, and those out there to finds homes !
So, let's stop the silly back and forth fighting,(and dangerous, scary talk about harming cats, and people...ahem, TNR Reseacher)and work on this together, to identify hot spots, so we can practively address any issue that surface, and so that we can get to where we want to be, which is to arrive in a place where all species of animals are protected and treated humanely.
The proof is in the stats. And the local stats are showing strong, positive trends. So, lets focus on that and keep doing what is ALREADY working for the city (instead of counting cats! How silly) and save the tax dollars, to do other more important things for the city, like to address jobs, housing, urban sprawl, cutting of trees, and loss of wildlife habitat.
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