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Support a TNVR program in Kirtland.

Best Friends has been working with advocates and city of Kirtland officials for several months in an attempt to implement a trap-neuter-vaccinate-return (TNVR) program for the community’s cats. But Mayor Davidson and the city council remain unwilling to remove restrictions that prevent the successful implementation of such a program. Without an ordinance change, cats in Kirtland will die.

The city council has a meeting scheduled Monday, February 6, 2017, and a decision is expected at that time. We need your voice to help us let Mayor Davidson and the Kirtland City Council know that the lives of free-roaming cats matter.

Politics is not a spectator sport, so please take action today by sending an email directly to the city council members and Mayor Davidson, asking them to add language to the proposed ordinance to allow TNVR without further delay. Phone calls are also very effective. You can use our online tool to find your city council member.  

Thanks! Together, we can Save Them All.


  • Mayor Douglas E. Davidson
  • Council At-Large Kevin Eilerman
  • Councilman, Ward Two David Kirek
  • Councilman, Ward One Kevin Potter
  • Council At-Large Matthew G. Schulz
  • Councilman, Ward Four & President ProTemp Robert Skrbis
  • Councilman, Ward Three Joe Smolic
  • Council At-Large & President R. Robert Umholtz


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Dear [Decision Maker],

As a Kirtland resident and taxpayer, I am asking for you to immediately support changes to the animal ordinances in Kirtland that would allow a trap-neuter-vaccinate-return (TNVR) program. Cats and kittens in our community are unnecessarily being killed and could be saved by implementing a TNVR program. This archaic approach of trap and kill is a waste of my tax dollars.

We pride ourselves on taking a progressive approach to so many of our city's difficult issues. Let's use that same progressive approach to how we treat our community cats. Your support for a TNVR program is not only what's best for the cats in our community, but it's also what's best for the residents of Kirtland.

Please approve changes to the proposed ordinance that would allow the immediate implementation of a TNVR program. It's a win for our community and for the cats. And it will save us money in the long run.