Friday, January 19, 2007

City Council Roundup- TNR for Tea Gardens cats:

I salute Councilman Richard Perez for his stand on this issue! Feral cats should never have been allowed in San Antonio's Breckenridge park. We don't go to parks to see feral cats. We go to see the wildlife they're killing that have not been mentioned except by Councilman Perez! Please contact the Mayor and City Council and thank Councilman Perez as I have, and politely ask the Mayor and other Council Members why they aren't protecting our wildlife, too.

TNR for Tea Gardens cats: With the City Council's approval of a pilot trap, neuter and return program for feral and stray cats in Brackenridge Park, a group of dedicated volunteers breathed a collective sigh of relief.
For more than 10 years, various groups of volunteers have fed and taken care of the cats living in colonies in and around the Japanese Tea Gardens, but the City Code made their actions illegal — until Thursday.

With a TNR program, the cats are trapped and evaluated to determine if they are truly wild or if they are unwanted or stray domestic cats. The feral cats are sterilized, vaccinated and returned to the colony. Domestic cats or kittens born in the wild are socialized and adopted out.

Under the city's pilot program, $5,000 will be allocated for sterilization surgeries, vaccinations and microchipping. The San Antonio Feral Cat Coalition and Purrfect Haven will work with the city to trap the cats and manage the colonies in the gardens.

Councilman Richard Perez, the lone dissenter, said he couldn't support the program because wild cats prey on other wildlife, such as songbirds, and he feared a child would be bitten or scratched by the one of the cats.


callaway said...

It is sad that only one voiced an opinion concerning wildlife. I sent an e-mail to him expressing thanks.

Bird Advocate said...

Thank you, Callaway. We appreciate your doing that. :-)