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Community cats are being threatened by the Department of Natural Resources.

Trap-neuter-vaccinate-return (TNVR) programs, which are thriving in Illinois, provide for the humane management of community cats across the state. Despite numerous success stories, though, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) continues its assault on “feral” cats. This is contrary to the opinion of the vast majority of Americans, who believe that these cats and kittens should be able to live freely in their communities — not killed.

DNR’s latest target is legislation that would help fund TNVR programs. 

Senate Bill 641, Amendment 1, will allow counties to determine the best uses of their pet population control funds (including using them for TNVR if they choose), similar to what the state can do. Local governments are in the best position to determine how to best use these funds, but DNR wants to deny them this authority. Indeed, DNR wants an unfunded mandate to dictate statewide standards for TNVR colonies and caregivers.

Politics is not a spectator sport, so please take action today by sending an email directly to Gov. Rauner and DNR Director Rosenthal, asking them to change DNR’s feral cat policy and support SB 641. 

Thanks! Together, we can Save Them All.


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Dear [Decision Maker],

As an Illinois resident, I urge you to direct the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to change its ill-conceived policy of killing feral cats. Your department is preventing local governments from deciding how to use county pet population control funds. The counties should be able to use these funds for the same purposes as the state department of health.

Please direct your Department of Natural Resources to change its ill-conceived policy and support SB 641, amendment 1, to allow local governments to control how they address feral cat populations in their communities.