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Great news! The Belleville public health and housing committee overwhelmingly approved a community cat ordinance that would humanely reduce our stray cat population. The current situation is that 75 percent of cats entering St. Clair County Animal Care and Control are killed, with the majority of them from Belleville.
It’s clear that the traditional catch-and-kill method isn’t working. But there is a solution — trap-neuter-vaccinate-and return. The process is simple: Cats are humanely trapped, evaluated by veterinarians, vaccinated, spayed or neutered, and returned to their original outdoor homes. The goals are to keep cats out of shelters, save taxpayer money, reduce the number of stray cats and each year save the lives of hundreds of cats and kittens.
If Belleville passes this ordinance, an additional benefit would be that money from St. Clair County’s pet population control fund could be used to sterilize the city’s cats. The money in the fund is derived from a differential registration fee on unaltered pets.
Politics is not a spectator sport, so please send a letter supporting this lifesaving program to your city council members. Be sure to spread the word to other Belleville residents! Thanks, together, we will Save Them All.
Dear [Decision Maker],
I strongly urge you to support the community cat ordinance that the Belleville Public Health and Housing committee overwhelmingly approved. The ordinance mirrors a similar measure aimed at humanely reducing our stray cat population that was passed earlier this year by St. Clair County. It would also allow the county to spend its pet population control funds on Belleville feral cats.
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