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B Schomer

49 neighbors want some control of the feral cat population in Mesa.

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Billie Schomer

Tempe has set up programs to help. Why can't we?

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Tempe Taking Steps To Solve The City's Feral Cat Problem

The city of Tempe has a feral cat problem. Now, the City Council is partnering with the Animal Defense League of Arizona to spay and neuter cats through its Trap, Neuter and Return program.Anyone walking around some of the neighborhoods surrounding Arizona State University would probably see a cat — or two, or three.Tempe Councilman Kolby...

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Posted Oct 11, 2017
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Lorielle Harris

I think the cat population in my area (Rio Salado & Dobson) is so big that I don't believe that trap, neuter and return is sufficient. My neighbor feeds cats and every night there are 9-12 cats in her front yard. I feel that Animal Control should be required to accept trapped cats. Also cat owners should be required to keep their cats indoors or have them leashed while they are outdoors. Fines should also be paid by people who feed feral cats. I think these ideas might be helpful.
Maybe there are better ideas out there, I would love to hear them. We have had cat poo and two dead cats in our yard throughout the last several years.

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Posted Sep 20, 2017
Ja Koe
Ja Koe
Sep 20, 2017

What are the benefits of TNR?

Ends the breeding cycle and stabilizes the population
More effective and less expensive than extermination
Eliminates or minimizes annoying behaviors such as spraying, yowling, and fighting
Helps end the suffering of unwanted, homeless cats
Reduces euthanasia due to the number of kittens flooding the already overburdened shelters.

If you eliminate the current cats, more cats will just move in to that area. Cats are territorial. 9-12 is not that many. I've seen places where 50+ are running around. The cost to do what you want would be exorbitant not to mention, very cruel. An effort by the City of Mesa to help TNR would be very helpful. Right now it all volunteer based and, of course, not enough volunteers. I hope your neighbor has fixed all those cats. You can tell because the tip of the ear will be snipped off. If not, please share ADLA's website her, adlaz.org/spay-neuter-hotline/...

Posted by Ja Koe on Sep 20, 2017
Renee
Renee
Oct 3, 2017

I couldnt't have said it better. I would only make one addition that people found dumping theirs cats are ticketed and fined and that money go to help rehome cats that can be and fund TNR. Irresponsible and uncaring PEOPLE created this problem not the cats that are just tryibg to stay alive in the conditions in AZ. I took in 3 abandoned kittens that were only 8 wks old about 2 months ago. After (out of my own pocket) emergency measures to save them they are now, socialized, spayed/neutered and chipped and adopted. If we could all try to pitch in when and where we can it could help. It's easy to only complain but much harder and more rewarding to help with a solution. Just my thoughts.

Posted by Renee on Oct 3, 2017
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Kathy lynch

I am trapping on 9 23 to try to reduce the problem we are having in our neighborhood any help would be appreciated

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Posted Sep 17, 2017
Ja Koe
Ja Koe
Sep 17, 2017

Are you TNRing? What are your cross streets?

Posted by Ja Koe on Sep 17, 2017
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Posted Jul 18, 2017
Jose Torres
Jose Torres
Aug 25, 2017

You'd have to find one that actually helps the elderly who can't trap on their own. We've tried.

Posted by Jose Torres on Aug 25, 2017
Annalisa Alvrus
Annalisa Alvrus
Sep 12, 2017

ADLA can assist with finding volunteers to help with trap and transport to clinics. Spay-Neuter Hotline 602/265-7729

Posted by Annalisa Alvrus on Sep 12, 2017
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Ja Koe

I agree. Work with the Animal Defense League of Arizona (ADLA) to help pay for the cost. As a volunteer (trap depot), I saw a huge decrease in TNR after Petsmart grant money ran out. This is OUR problem! The city needs to kick in some funding. Cats are everywhere!

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Posted Jul 13, 2017
Jose Torres
Jose Torres
Aug 25, 2017

Agreed!

Posted by Jose Torres on Aug 25, 2017
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City of Mesa, AZ

Thanks for the idea! To help aid the discussion, we wanted to share some information about the City's policies and current services. Whether it is simply more funding for current services or a brand new service, detailed ideas and discussion help our committee and elected officials know what you would like to see in our City. Thanks again for participating!

www.mesaaz.gov/residents/anima...

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Posted Jul 12, 2017
Valerie
Valerie
Sep 19, 2017

It's not surprising that there is a feral problem. You find a stray & if you try to turn it in they want to charge you a surrender fee or you call 50 different organizations to take it & they all say that they're full.

Posted by Valerie on Sep 19, 2017
David Land
David Land
Oct 4, 2017

I would also like to see the city do something about the people that bring all the cat food and just dump it in alleys and leave a big mess. We have that problem where I work and many times that debris winds up on our property and the cats turn any place they want to into their litter box.

Posted by David Land on Oct 4, 2017
Karen Cervantes
Karen Cervantes
Oct 13, 2017

its not fair that I as a Responsible Dog Owner Have paid for Shots and License every year i have had animals. And yet The winter visitors show up along with cats but when they leave the cats seem to be left behind. And then we are expected to deal with this crap. When My dog is outside of their yard they are on Leash. I believe its time that cats have
the same rules. Maybe the cost of Medical attention and license will deter people. if they dont want to to spay an d neuter its gets expensive to have to pay yearly. and if they are outside they must be leashed. and if not there is a ticket coming your way same as a dog running loose.

Posted by Karen Cervantes on Oct 13, 2017
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