Help Hilliard City Council Pass a Community Cat Ordinance
OAA MISSION AREA: Community Compassion
ACTION LEVEL: Local
The City of Hilliard (Franklin County) recently proposed criminalizing the acts of feeding, harboring, or housing cats which are wild, stray, or not owned, including domestic cats “turned wild.”
Hilliard’s proposed prohibition on the feeding of outdoor cats was unacceptable, unenforceable, and inhumane. OAA agrees with Council Member Omar Tarazi’s perspective that the proposed legislation was a “‘problem-oriented’ approach as opposed to an ‘outcomes’ approach,” and that “punishing people who put out cat food, criminally, does nothing to reduce the feral cat population.”
The proposed ordinance was withdrawn at the fall Council meeting based on the outpouring of concerned citizens who showed up to testify long into the night. The Council stated they would consider other alternatives to a ban on feeding. We must make sure the City of Hilliard works with animal welfare groups moving forward to find a humane solution such as a community cat ordinance with trap/neuter/return (TNR) as a key component of the ordinance.
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Dear Hilliard Council Members,
I urge the City of Hilliard to work with animal welfare groups to enact a community cat ordinance that creates a partnership between the City and community cat managers and encourage approaches to reduce community cat populations through trap/neuter/return (TNR).
A policy of removing and killing community cat is not only inhumane– it also fails to protect public safety. Community cat ordinances are an effective way to humanely reduce the number of community cats. Local government entities partner with community cat providers and rescue groups to identify resources for colonies and, through TNR efforts, community cat numbers are reduced.
The city of Mentor passed a community cat ordinance in March 2017. At that time, there were 585 total cats in Mentor colonies. Since then, the cat population has dropped 22%, and there are no kittens in the colonies, proving TNR works to humanely reduce community cat populations.
In summary, I ask the City of Hilliard to support crafting a community cat ordinance, working with local animal welfare groups, that includes TNR to reduce community cat populations while humanely caring for the existing cat colonies. Thank you for your consideration of this issue.
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