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Trap-neuter-vaccinate-return (TNVR) is a common-sense, cost-effective solution for controlling unowned cat populations by preventing additional births instead of trying to house, feed, and euthanize more cats.
TNVR programs provide a humane and sustainable alternative to the traditional approach of sending cats to be killed at a local shelter.
For example, one peer-reviewed study showed that a TNVR program in the Humboldt Park area of Chicago resulted in an average 54% decrease from initial population levels of free-roaming cats and an average 82% decrease from peak levels.
Six years into Cook County’s TNVR program, it had reportedly saved the county over $1.5 million, primarily as a result of having fewer feral cats to euthanize.
Senate Bill 1673 amends the Illinois Animal Control Act to clarify that the Illinois Dept. of Agriculture has jurisdiction over feral cat programs and that the Department may provide guidance for the operation of these lifesaving programs.