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Urge the city commission to adopt protections for animals.

Dogs and cats in your community are counting on you! The Lawrence City Commission is considering revisions to the animal code.

Revisions to the current ordinance provided needed protections for community cats and their caretakers by defining community cats and providing some protections for trap-neuter-vaccinate-return (TNVR) programs. However, those proposed protections were recently removed. Allowing these needed proposals to remain in the ordinance for cats and their caretakers is a must. Needed changes were also added to strengthen the revised ordinance to more completely protect the public from dangerous dogs and reckless owners. 

The city commission will vote on changes at its meeting scheduled for Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 5:45 p.m.
The city commissioners need to hear from you, so please take action today. Ask them to amend the ordinance to allow protections for community cats and approve the revisions to protect the community from reckless owners of dangerous dogs. Cats and dogs in your community are counting on you! 

Thanks! Together, we will Save Them All. 


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Provide protections for our community cats and dogs

Dear [Decision Maker],

As a constituent, I urge you to adopt protections for community cats and caregivers in revisions to the current animal ordinance. These protections allow good Samaritans to assist the community and the municipal shelter in reducing the feral cat population and protecting public health. I also ask that you approve the revisions in the ordinance which would enhance public safety by improving the dangerous dog and reckless owner provisions of the ordinance.

Trap-neuter-vaccinate-return (TNVR) programs are important tools in creating safe and humane communities. TNVR programs are the only scientifically proven, humane way to reduce the community cat population and save taxpayer money. Other communities in Kansas are using TNVR with great success, and our community should strive to do the same.

Comprehensive dangerous dog laws, such as those suggested in the revisions before you, put the safety focus squarely on the behavior of both dog and owner. Holding all dog owners accountable for the behavior of their animals will guarantee a safer Lawrence. Everyone wants to see our community protected from dangerous dogs.

At your next commission meeting, I urge you to adopt protections suggested for community cats in the ordinance, and adopt the changes to its dangerous dog language so that it holds all reckless owners accountable for the behavior of their animals. Thank you.