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To: City Council

Los Angeles supports its community and its cats

This historic progress could not have been made without you. Thank you for showing your support for community cats.

Nearly 11 years after a court ordered an injunction prohibiting city-supported trap-neuter-return (TNR), the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to certify the final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for its “Citywide Cat Program” and to adopt two related ordinance revisions.

When you signed the Citywide Cat Program petition, or sent a message to your city council member, you showed decision-makers that this issue matters and that LA residents care about community cats. Thank you!

Los Angeles supports its community and its cats

Here is the petition:

To the Los Angeles City Council: The Citywide Cat Program is important to us. We want L.A. to stay true to its commitment to save the lives of cats and kittens in this community.

Why is this important?

Nearly 10 years after the L.A. City Council committed to making the city a no-kill community, the struggle continues. Although the 90% threshold was achieved for dogs four years ago, lifesaving efforts for cats have been much more challenging. However, a program currently under consideration would likely push L.A. over the top.

The greatest barrier to saving more cats has been a legal injunction preventing the City from any involvement with trap-neuter-return (TNR) programs. As a result, the number of young kittens entering L.A. shelters is on the rise in recent years, overwhelming available resources.

Last month, the City released the details of its long-awaited Citywide Cat Program, which allocates funding for the surgical sterilization of 20,000 free-roaming cats annually, over and above those funds already allocated for residents’ pets. The process is simple: cats are caught, evaluated by veterinarians, sterilized, vaccinated, and returned to their original location. This promises to be a game-changer without hampering any of the progress already made—overturning the injunction and paving the way for L.A. to become the largest no-kill community in the country.

How it will be delivered

The signed petition will be sent to the City Council.

Los Angeles, CA, USA

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Reasons for signing

  • My husband and I have worked for 2 years to TNR the community cats living within a couple blocks on our street. We've seen it work, less strays in the streets, less kittens we need to figure out how to save. It makes a huge difference. Even though we did this ourselves on a small scale, I can only imagine how a citywide program can help the feral cat communities throughout LA. This would also help people's pets that come in contact with stray animals.
  • I feel this is so important... Save our cats!
  • For a Good Cause !

Updates

2021-03-23 15:38:11 -0500

Petition is successful with 4,526 signatures

2020-12-17 13:31:41 -0600

Your voice made a huge impact for LA’s cats! On December 8, the LA City Council voted unanimously to approve an integral step in the process, allowing long-fought plans to move forward.

This was an important step forward that took nearly 11 years to get to and we couldn’t be prouder to have a light at the end of the cat-saving tunnel. There may be more challenges ahead — and other stakeholders to convince — before the Citywide Cat Program can officially begin. But the biggest hurdle (getting the program’s environmental impact report approved) is now behind us.

We are incredibly grateful that you lent your voice to the cause and hope your holidays will be a little brighter knowing such progress is being made for the cats and kittens in your proverbial (and for some of you, literal) backyard.

Thank you again for all you do for animals.

2020-11-24 15:35:20 -0600

1,000 signatures reached

2020-11-23 14:16:50 -0600

500 signatures reached

2020-11-21 17:13:21 -0600

100 signatures reached

2020-11-18 17:16:32 -0600

50 signatures reached

2020-11-18 10:55:12 -0600

25 signatures reached

2020-11-16 16:06:48 -0600

10 signatures reached