It’s been over a year since the Trap Neuter Return program had been introduced to the city of Rosenberg, and months since council member Kevin Raines expressed concern for its validity in the city.

Finally, council members will have an opportunity to discuss the code of ordinances as it relates to the TNR program.

Tuesday’s meeting will be held via Zoom teleconference at 6:30 p.m.

At a July Rosenberg City Council meeting, Raines said this program conflicts with city ordinance because once the shelter captures and vaccinates the feline, the cat becomes city property. Therefore, it should remain in city care. But by dumping the cat where it was found, it would go against city ordinance.

Animal Control Director Mara Hartsell said that wasn’t the case, but agreed city ordinances would need to be changed in order to comply with the TNR program. Council passed the program before ordinance changes could be made.

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

The six-month pilot program began on Ruby Street three months ago.

“You know I’m against TNR because you know our city ordinance doesn’t allow it,” Raines said in September. “I would be hesitant on moving forward. Is it working or is it not working? I’m not in favor until we get more information.”

The TNR 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 operating procedures for the transport and care of cats undergoing sterilization.

Citizens can ask the council questions via letters, telephone or email.

Email comments to dswint@rosenbergtx.gov.

Meetings can be watched live on the city’s YouTube Channel “RosenbergTXGov,” on the city’s website at www.rosenbergtx.gov/tv, and on Comcast Channel 16 for residents within the city limits.

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