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ID: University of Idaho's campus cats still in jeopardy.

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Urge the U of I administration to adopt a TNR program.

Community Cat Image Legislative Alert

At least seven cats and kittens were recently rounded up and, within 24 hours, killed by the University of Idaho’s campus veterinarian, Dr. Peter Autenried, who justified his actions by saying that they had “snotty noses” or were “pretty skinny,” according to a story in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Such observations hardly warrant a one-way trip to Autenried’s home-built gas chamber, but that’s apparently what happened. And, according to a story in the Idaho Statesman, Autenried and the university may have acted without proper authority.

University campuses across the country have adopted trap-neuter-return (TNR) as their method for managing campus cats ― generally with great success. In such programs, ownerless free-roaming (community) cats are humanely trapped, evaluated and sterilized by a licensed veterinarian, vaccinated against rabies, and then returned to their original habitat where students, faculty and staff provide ongoing care. Please let administrators know that it’s about time the University of Idaho implemented a TNR program of its own.

Thank you! Together, we can Save Them All.


  • Exec. Director, Communications and Marketing Stefany Bales
  • Vice President, Infrastructure Dan Ewart
  • President, Univ. of Idaho Chuck Staben


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Dear [Decision Maker],

I urge you and your colleagues to adopt TNR as the method for managing the university's campus cats. Thank you for your consideration in this important matter.