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Administrators at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) recently reversed course on their commitment to trap-neuter-vaccinate-return (TNVR) for managing their campus cats. Instead, the UIS administration has essentially issued a death sentence for cats by prohibiting any future TNVR efforts. What’s worse, they have begun trapping and removing cats (and wildlife) on campus.
TNVR is a common-sense, animal-friendly alternative for managing outdoor cats. They 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 reduces community cat populations, protects public health and saves taxpayer money.
In the past few months alone, 19 of UIS’s campus cats have been sterilized, vaccinated, microchipped, and returned to campus, where faculty and staff care for them. In addition, six kittens were removed and adopted to loving homes as a result of TNVR efforts.
According to its website, UIS “shapes and informs public policy, trains tomorrow’s leaders, and enriches its learning environment through a wide range of public affairs activities, programs, and organizations.” TNVR is good public policy, demonstrated by its adoption in many diverse communities across the country. Please take action today by urging the UIS administration to bring TNVR back to campus.
Thank you! Together, we will Save Them All.
Dear [Decision Maker],
As an Illinois resident and taxpayer, I was disappointed to learn that UIS administrators have reversed course on their commitment to use trap-neuter-vaccinate-return (TNVR) for managing campus cats.
Best Friends, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, operates the nation's largest sanctuary for homeless animals; provides adoption, spay/neuter, and educational programs.