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MI: Oakland County residents, community cats are in danger.

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Tell county elected leaders that community cats matter.

Community Cat Image Legislative Alert

Oakland County Animal Control (OCAC) is the county’s government-run shelter. Bob Gatt, the shelter director, has stated that feral cats "pose a risk to the general public" and that they spread disease. In order to “protect the public welfare,” OCAC’s current policy is to kill all feral cats coming into the shelter in order to do “what is best for the animals.”

This policy was put into place under the current leadership at the shelter, without any proof that these claims are true. Oakland County is one of the largest and wealthiest counties in the state of Michigan, which has approved construction of a new $15 million animal shelter. Many counties in Michigan with far fewer resources are actively participating in trap-neuter-return (TNR) programs to humanely reduce the feral and community cat populations.
Oakland County residents have proven through the years that the animals in their communities are important to them, and they want to save animal lives whenever possible. TNR is the only effective method to humanely reduce the community cat population. This is an election year for your county officials. Let them know that OCAC’s current policy for community cats is unacceptable.

Politics is not a spectator sport, so please take action today by sending an email directly to your county commissioner and the county executive, asking them to stop the current feral cat policy and implement a TNR program for community cats. Phone calls are also very effective. You can use our online tool to find your county commissioner.

Thanks! Together, we can Save Them All.


  • Your County Officials
  • Chair, County Commission Michael Gingell
  • County Executive L. Brooks Patterson


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Dear [Decision Maker],

As an Oakland County resident, taxpayer and your constituent, I urge you you to stop the current policy of killing feral cats at Oakland County Animal Control and adopt a trap-neuter-return (TNR) policy.

The welfare of all cats in our county is very important to me. Please stop the current policy so that Oakland County can become a leader in our state by saving the lives of community cats.