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To: City of Bella Vista

Modernize Bella Vista's Animal Ordinances to reflect TNR

Modernize Bella Vista's Animal Ordinances to reflect TNR

Please review the revised animal ordinance and if you agree, please sign the petition that you would approve that the ordinance changes are made ASAP by the City Council of Bella Vista to better reflect current TRAP NEUTER AND RETURN programs being implemented to stop the overpopulation of cats in Bella Vista. Whether you love cats or hate cats everyone can agree that there is an overpopulation problem. If you appreciate that some of us have learned how to trap and implementing TNR. You can do your part and help by supporting this ordinance change.

Why is this important?

Community cats (aka stray or free-roaming cats) risk losing their lives simply because they've made a home in the outdoors. In many cases, they are brought to local shelters, where they are unlikely to get adopted because many of them aren't socialized to people.

That's where community cat programs come in. These programs use trap-neuter-return (TNR) to save cats. The process is simple: Community cats are trapped, evaluated by veterinarians, vaccinated, spayed or neutered, ear-tipped, and returned to their outdoor homes, unable to have kittens.

The people of Bella Vista should not be punished for working to create a healthier community with less free roaming cats. Please stop making volunteers criminals by issuing citations for roaming cats and remove mandatory cat leash laws.

Bella Vista, AR, USA

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Reasons for signing

  • A very worthy cause. Life is life and freedom with compassion is urgently needed and must be supported. To be humane is to be human and I believe this is where it counts.

Updates

2021-09-25 14:19:45 -0500

Update!
Thank you for every ones support. I really appreciate it!
The more signatures the more impact. We have reached 160.

Regarding “cat roaming” citations of some community cats in Bella Vista. My attorney has negotiated the court date to be rescheduled for December 2, 2021. The paper work within the court system is still written up as 8 dogs at large without rabies vaccinations. I had to inform the Judge in my first Zoom court meeting that I currently had no affiliation with any dogs.

More details to be announced. The attorney representing the case is from a pet friendly home with cats! He has been a resident of Bella Vista as well.

I have not heard anything from my city council contact whom told me he would research the topic on his own first!

2021-04-26 14:44:54 -0500

100 signatures reached

2021-04-22 09:32:30 -0500

A big Thank you to everyone for your support on this cause. We have reached 70 signatures!
I wanted to wish everyone Happy Earth Day to all including all of our community animal friends.

2021-04-06 07:44:37 -0500

50 signatures reached

2021-04-02 11:47:32 -0500

25 signatures reached

2021-04-01 21:05:53 -0500

10 signatures reached