Rosenberg Animal Control and Shelter may partner with its across the street neighbor, the Fort Bend County Animal Services.

At the Rosenberg City Council meeting Tuesday, council members will vote on the approval of assistance for veterinarian services from the county’s shelter.

Tuesday’s meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

Last November, council members officially approved the Trap Neuter Return ordinance.

TNR programs are nationally recognized as the preferred means to humanely control feral feline populations without resorting to euthanasia, according to Animal Control Director Mara Hartsell.

The TNR pilot program began last summer, and garnered universal support from both council and its citizens.

During discussion of the pilot program, Mayor Bill Benton suggested partnering with the county to help alleviate costs.

“We don’t want to step on any toes, but we do everything on behalf of the citizens,” Benton said in November. “That’s our main concern. Money saved is money we can provide some other service to the citizens.”

The county’s veterinarian service access would depend on the county’s staff availability on Mondays.

Under the agreement, the county agreed to provide veterinary care in the form of feline vaccinations, sterilization surgery, and ear tip surgery at the Fort Bend County Animal Shelter for community cats in support of the TNR Program. The agreement would go into effect on the date of execution through September 2022, with automatic one-year renewals.

The TNR program includes: provisions for community cat caregivers; public education/outreach efforts; coordination with individuals and animal welfare groups; effective cost management practices; and establishing standard operating procedures for the transport and care of cats undergoing sterilization.

This item was placed on the consent agenda, meaning it will not be discussed in open session.

Citizens will be allowed to attend council meetings, but seating will be limited and masks will be recommended and encouraged. There will also be mandatory temperature checks.

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