Alt doesn’t realize there are many more disadvantages to removing the cats than in implementing a TNR program for his town, including more cats who will show up to take their place within a few weeks. Trapping feral cats and moving them to another place or killing them only means more will come to take their place.
Mayor Alt should question the residents of his town, who are more than likely complaining about mating behavior, which will end once cats are trapped, neutered and returned. No other method of dealing with stray cats who have formed a colony has been shown to work.
Shane and Sia Barbi reached out to Greenville Cats Examiner to post a letter written to Mayor Rob Alt, and it’s printed here in its entirety with their permission.
Hi Mayor Alt,
Please meet my sister, Shane Barbi, her husband, Ken Wahl,veterinarian, lobbyist, expert and producer, Dr. Jenny Conrad, and Christi Metropole (founder of Stray Cat Alliance). Christi is making TNR, (trap/neuter/return) a household term and a nationwide solution for stray cat population, with a popular media campaign with us and other celebrities.
Christi and the LA feral cat communities have dealt with politicians throughout the years, who always seem to give us the same politically safe, “form letter” response to the TNR cat community, similar to yours. The typical euphemisms are included (ie “remove cats”).
Anyone savvy to the rescue world, especially the feral cat communities, knows the truth behind shelter adoptions, and realize that cats have a grim chance of adoption at the city shelters, and feral cats have less. All the no kill rescues are full in capacity and can’t take in every stray cat the city decides to pick up for “removal”.
Your animal loving citizens are tax payers and voters and demand a mayor to listen to their humane and economically sensible TNR solution, that most of your citizens would agree to.
There are two type of politicians, (mayors). There are that don’t work WITH their community. They would rather defend themselves with empty promises and “damage control” propaganda.
Then you have someone like history making, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (much like Mayor John D’Amico), who listens to his voters. Mayor Garcetti worked with Christi of Stray Cat Alliance and honored her with a no kill award. Mayor Garcetti studied all the statistics and facts, that proved spay/neuter programs saved the tax payers a lot of money, whether you love animals or not, that’s important!
For every TAX dollar you spend on spay or neutering cats, you save $10 that you would spend on warehousing, killing and disposing.
Dr. Conrad, top nation vet included in this email, would agree that it’s a myth and false manipulation to insinuate that feral cats carry diseases that are transmitted to humans. HISTORY has proven that removing cats from an area actually causes serious diseases because of the rat/rodent infestation.
Removing cats also creates other homeless cats to replace them, creating a never ending population problem and wasted taxes. Ironically a small cat colony of spay/neutered cats keeps other wandering cats from entering that area.
Christi of Stray Cat Alliance, has worked on many bills and campaigns. Christi, Dr. Conrad and we all use our media pull to expose and oppose other politicians that were were NOT animal friendly, as in the case of Jerry Brown. Christi’s campaign (attached) against Jerry Brown repealing the Hayden’s law for shelter pets, was a landslide success, thanks to the press and celebrities that supported her campaigns.
You have a choice Mayor Alt, and you can choose to make history by proactively supporting your animal loving community with a TNR program. Politically speaking, this will also open up your demographics, supporters and voters like it did for hero Mayor Garcetti.
Thank you for this open conversation. If you have any questions about facts about TNR, rescues and shelter adoptions, diseases, best methods for pet population control, etc., all the experts are in this email thread so there is no more misinformation demonizing feral cats.
Sia, Shane Barbi and Ken Wahl’
A community meeting is set for the Mayor and Commissioners Public Meeting on Wednesday, June 3 at 7 p.m. at the Elkton Town Hall on Railroad Avenue. The public is invited to attend. Several animal activists and TNR caregivers will be on hand to be the voice of the feral cats in danger of being killed
You can contact the mayor by phone at (410) 398-0970. He also has a Facebook page here in case you’d like to send him a message defending the ferals of Elkton