To Ogden, Utah Residents Only
August 20 UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who attended the August 18 meeting and to those who contacted City Council. At this point in time, the council has tabled the proposed ordinance that would make feeding stray cats illegal. They are considering options that include a TNR program.
We will post updates as they happen.
Original story below
Ogden, Utah is considering making it more difficult to provide care for community cats.
Says Shelly Kotter, Focus on Felines campaign specialist for Best Friends, "Ogden has a feral cat problem and if they want to fix it, they can"t pass laws that will make it illegal to feed stray cats. That"s only going to exacerbate the problem and lead to more nuisance behaviors from the cats."
She adds, "Instead, Ogden should implement a trap/neuter/return (TNR) program that other Utah cities are implementing which will effectively manage the feral cat problem in a fiscally responsible manner."
Holly Sizemore, executive director of No More Homeless Pets in Utah agrees. "There is no shortage of evidence that TNR is the most thorough and cost effective technique to lower the population of feral cats and reduce nuisance behaviors."
Indeed, under the tutelage of Sizemore and Kotter, the city council of St. George, Utah has earmarked $3,200 in its 2009-2010 budget to go to a local trap/neuter/return program.
In addition the cities of Salt Lake City, West Valley City, Taylorsville and unincorporated Salt Lake County have all adopted pro TNR ordinances. Salt Lake City and West Valley have funded more than $100,000 to TNR efforts over the last three years.
How Ogden Residents Can Help
• Contact Ogden City Council Members and politely ask that they consider enacting an ordinance that supports TNR.
• Attend the August 18 meeting scheduled to oppose the ordinance slated to make feeding feral cats illegal.
Tuesday August 18, 6:00 pmWhere:
Ogden City Municipal Building
2549 Washington Blvd, Suite 320
Ogden, Utah 84401Office Phone
Email Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Email Ogden's Mayor
Contact Mayor Godfrey
(801) 629-8111 phone
(801) 629-8123 fax
2549 Washington Blvd Ste 910
Ogden, Utah 84401
Provide Council Members with Alternatives and Examples of Success.
Be sure to include your address as Council members want to hear from their constituents.
• In 2004, No More Homeless Pets in Utah partnered with a shelter in West Valley City, Utah to implement a comprehensive TNR program which has decreased the shelter"s cat intake by 35 percent and its euthanasia rate decreased by 40 percent.
• A TNR program effectively reduces nuisance behavior of cats like spraying and noisy mating calls by spaying and neutering the cats.
• TNR programs eliminate the killing of free-roaming cats in the community, ease the burden on shelters, reduce the number of homeless cats, resolve neighborhood complaints and save taxpayers money. For More Information on TNR
• St. George City Council
has earmarked $3,200 in its 2009-2010 budget to go to a local trap/neuter/return program.
• Best Friends' Focus on Felines campaign
news, information and resources.
• Best Friends Position Paper on Free-Roaming Cats
Photo by Clay Myers, Best Friends' photographer