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OH: Protect cats and caretakers in Garfield Heights

Urge the City Council to repeal ineffective feeding ban.

Recently, a 79-year-old resident was ordered to jail after violating a local ordinance which makes feeding stray cats a criminal offense.

Criminalizing kindness is bad public policy. Feeding bans are inhumane, ineffective, and a waste of taxpayer dollars.

Such prohibitions also undermine population-control methods that do work, like trap-neuter-vaccinate-return (TNVR).

TAKE ACTION: Urge your city council to repeal this senseless ban today.

Send your personalized message below.

Urge the City Council to repeal ineffective feeding ban.

Recently, a 79-year-old resident was ordered to jail after violating a local ordinance which makes feeding stray cats a criminal offense. Other caretakers are subject to the same penalty, simply for exercising compassion.

Criminalizing kindness is bad public policy. Feeding bans are not only inhumane — they’re also ineffective, difficult to enforce, and a waste of taxpayer dollars.

What’s more, such prohibitions undermine population-control methods that do work, like trap-neuter-vaccinate-return (TNVR).

TAKE ACTION: Urge council members to repeal this senseless ban today.

Send your personalized message below.

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Please repeal the ban on feeding stray cats

Dear [Decision Maker],

As a resident of Garfield Heights, I urge you to repeal the city's ban on feeding stray cats. This harmful prohibition penalizes compassion and is an ineffective way to reduce nuisances.



The message is clear: Garfield Heights residents will not stand for laws that criminalize compassion and neither should our policy makers.

Please repeal the unnecessary and harmful ban on feeding stray cats.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

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