TNR Ordinance Passed in Clark County, Nevada

The new ordinance makes it legal for caregivers to trap, neuter and return feral cats throughout the county.

Posted: September 22, 2008 3 a.m. EDT

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TNR Ordinance Passed in Clark County
A new trap-neuter-return ordinance that passed in Clark County, Nev., could inspire other counties and towns to humanely manage feral cat populations.
On Sept. 16, the Clark County, Nev., board of commissioners unanimously approved a measure that makes it legal to use the trap-neuter-return (TNR) method to control colonies of feral cats. The measure was approved after several months of discussions and input from animal welfare groups such as Spay or Strays and Heaven Can Wait. Some hope the ordinance will serve as a model for other counties and towns.

“[The ordinance] is so well written that it makes sense for other areas,” said Shelly Kotter, feral cat program manager for Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah. Kotter explained that the county will now have statistics and numbers to show that a TNR program can work.

In proposing the measure, commissioner Chris Giunchigliani explained to the board that spaying and neutering feral cats helps reduce colony populations, solving stray animal problems in a humane way. Commissioner Rory Reid supported the measure, and told Best Friends that “euthanizing one cat at a time is not the answer. Something else must be done.”

Before the board voted, representatives from several groups that work with feral cats spoke to the commissioners. “You have to control the population,” said Harold Vosco, a volunteer with Heaven Can Wait. “Spay and neuter is the only answer and the only thing that has been proven to work.”

With the ordinance now in place, groups such as Heaven Can Wait can now legally care for feral cat colonies, provided they follow the provisions set out in the ordinance. “It means those that have been working under the radar to help cats are now recognized,” Kotter said. “It takes caregivers skulking around in the night and gives them light. … It gives feral cats worth, and it gives them a voice.”


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Kathy    Las Cruces, NM

10/8/2008 6:08:37 PM

I wish my town would do the same. Having maintained feral cat colonies for nearly 30 years I can say that TNR does work to reduce the population. TNR is the only humane way to reduce these feral colonies. Killing the cats has not solved the problem. It's about time that a more humane method is tried--TNR is it!

mm    cs, CO

9/30/2008 9:15:59 AM

wow anything to control the unwanted animal population is a good thing, its better to not have kittens than have one homeless whom die horrible deaths

Pat    Omaha, NE

9/30/2008 5:55:31 AM

Great article

Tim    Lawrenceville, NJ

9/23/2008 7:15:50 AM

TNR does nothing but prolong the suffering of outdoor cats. The "crazy cat people" feel warm and fuzzy but the cats, our native wildlife and the environment all suffer as a result of this mis-guided practice. Ban feeding of outdoor critters, enforce spay/neutering and anti-roaming laws and your problen will solve itself. TNR is just silly!

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