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.
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/...
I am trapping on 9 23 to try to reduce the problem we are having in our neighborhood any help would be appreciated
Are you TNRing? What are your cross streets?
You'd have to find one that actually helps the elderly who can't trap on their own. We've tried.
ADLA can assist with finding volunteers to help with trap and transport to clinics. Spay-Neuter Hotline 602/265-7729
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!
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!
Here's a suggestion: Eliminate Mesa Animal Control. We are one of the only cities in Maricopa Co that still has an AC office. Use the money elsewhere, including for a Historic Preservation officer based in the Neighborhood Outreach department. (Having a HPO would help Mesa with revamping some of its older neighborhoods, including assisting property owners in bettering their houses, seeking historic designation, and getting the tax break that comes with a historic designation.) The Mesa AC is not competent to correctly and forensically investigate animal cruelty (one of the tasks assigned to them), resulting in several complaints against the office in the last several years. The Mesa PD should be investigating those crimes, especially considering the fact that animal cruelty is often associated with other crimes and social issues. Other Valley cities contract out their former AC jobs to the AZ Humane Society. Mesa should do so as well. The Humane Soc. works with police agencies to correctly perform cruelty investigations. Mesa AC does not do proper/competent investigations of cruelty against feral cats and appears to be still operating under the old model of feral cats as vermin. This attitude presents a barrier to those trying to perform TNR. Mesa should partner with the Animal Defense League of AZ to put money into a type of escrow account so that Mesa residents that can't afford it can get feral cats in their neighborhoods fixed. This was done recently in Tempe.
I agree, Annalisa! The City of Tempe is actually doing something about the problem. The City of Mesa does nothing!
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.