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Western Governors’ Association is putting cats at risk.

In March, the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) named “feral (or spay-neuter-release) cats” the No. 13-worst “terrestrial invasive species in the West.” Unfortunately, the organization hasn’t even responded to offers to discuss the many benefits of trap-neuter-vaccinate-return (TNVR) to humanely reduce the outdoor cat population.

By including cats on its “most-wanted” list, WGA is targeting 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. This misguided decision is also undermining TNVR efforts — the very programs and army of volunteers essential to reducing the community cat population.

TNVR is simple: Cats are caught (often by volunteers), evaluated by veterinarians, vaccinated, spayed or neutered and returned to their original outdoor homes, no longer able to have kittens. TNVR just makes sense. It’s an animal-friendly alternative for reducing the number of community cats in our neighborhoods. It also protects public health and saves taxpayers money.

Politics is not a spectator sport, so please take action today by urging the Western Governors’ Association to remove cats from its “invasive species” list.

Thank you for speaking up! Together, we will Save Them All.


  • Britta Beckstead
  • Zach Bodhane
  • Lauren DeNinno
  • James Ogsbury
  • Holly Propst
  • Ward Scott
  • Troy Timmons
  • Bill Whitacre


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Trap, neutered, and returned cats humanely reduce the outdoor cat population

Dear [Decision Maker],

As a constituent of a Western Governors' Association-member state, I was outraged to learn that WGA recently named "feral (or spay-neuter-release) cats" the No. 13-worst "terrestrial invasive species in the West."

Please, remove cats from your "invasive species" list.

Thank you for your consideration in this important matter.