It’s been nine months since Rosenberg City Council members voted to establish and implement a Trap/Neuter/Return pilot program.

At Wednesday’s special Animal Control Advisory Board meeting, board members will discuss progress made on the program.

The meeting is slated to begin at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 2110 Fourth St.

According to city staff, TNR programs are nationally recognized as the preferred means to humanely control feral feline populations without resorting to euthanasia.

“With a pilot program, it’s going to be a minimized cost to begin with,” Animal Control Director Mara Hartsell told council when pitching the idea in September.

“That will be the period with which we can better assess the needs of TNR in our community.

“My ultimate objective here is to do TNR properly.

“We’ve got a lot of momentum, I think we’ve gained recognition from a lot of outside entities.

“I’ve already secured admittedly small-scale grants from a few foundations. I’m not intimidated by the prospect of having to raise a significant amount of funds for this pilot program.”

Mayor Bill Benton said the city allocates funds to many issues, animals being one of them.

The TNR pilot program will target Ruby Street, a high-activity area.

The program would also establish best practices before potentially expanding to a city-wide TNR program.

If adopted, the program will include:

  • Provisions for community cat caregivers;
  • Public education/outreach efforts;
  • Coordination with individuals and animal welfare groups;
  • Effective cost management practices; and
  • Establishing standard procedures for the transport and care of cats undergoing sterilization.

Also sitting on the board are Dr. Andrea Muegge, Rosenberg residents Toni Jansson, Lorene Lindsey, Danna Psencik and council member Steven DeGregorio.

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