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Western Governors’ Association’s action puts cats at risk.Today, you have the power to save the lives of cats right from your computer. Please take a moment to make an enormous difference.The Western Governors’ Association (WGA) recently named “feral (or spay-neuter-release) cats” its No. 13-worst “terrestrial invasive species in the West.” This includes sterilized community cats, indoor-outdoor pet cats, barn cats, working cats (used to deter rodents), and the thousands of cats and kittens who begin life on the street before becoming beloved family pets.We know there’s a better way to reduce the number of ownerless, free-roaming cats through trap-neuter-vaccinate-return (TNVR).The process is simple: Cats are caught (often by volunteers), evaluated by veterinarians, vaccinated, spayed or neutered and returned to their original outdoor homes unable to have kittens. TNVR just makes sense. It’s an animal-friendly alternative for reducing community cat populations. It also protects public health and saves taxpayers money.Classifying cats as “invasive species,” at a steep cost to taxpayers, impedes the very programs that are essential to reducing community cat populations. Although California was not a participant in the survey that led to WGA's list, the state is nevertheless a member of this organization. Urge your governor to make clear to WGA that California cats do not belong on its “most wanted” list.Politics is not a spectator sport, so please take action today by urging your governor to ask the Western Governor’s Association to remove cats from their in “invasive species” list. Thank you! Together, we will Save Them All.
Dear [Decision Maker],
As a California constituent, I was disappointed to learn that the Western Governors' Association (WGA), of which you are a member, recently named "feral (or spay-neuter-release) cats" its No. 13-worst "terrestrial invasive species in the West," with the help of California's "invasive species coordinators." I understand that California did not participate in the survey from which WGA's list was developed; however, as a WGA member, you are in a position to help reverse this misguided decision.
Best Friends, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, operates the nation's largest sanctuary for homeless animals; provides adoption, spay/neuter, and educational programs.