Since the Trap Neuter Return program was announced to Rosenberg City Council members last fall, Animal Control Director Mara Hartsell has done a lot to make sure the program could run smoothly.

At Tuesday’s regular Rosenberg City Council meeting, council members will consider taking action on the long-awaited program.

In June, Hartsell revealed that she secured more than $4,500 worth of resources from the nonprofit Fort Bend Pets Alive! The shelter has also received a $2,500 grant from Homeless Pet Placement League.

According to city staff, she also confirmed that the shelter has secured enough resources to begin the TNR program on Ruby Street. Hartsell added that the pilot target is 30-40 surgeries.

Last September, the Animal Control Shelter Advisory board voted to establish and implement a TNR pilot program. According to city staff, TNR programs are nationally recognized as the preferred means to humanely control feral feline populations without resorting to euthanasia.

The program would be in-line with the city’s no-kill shelter policy.

The proposed TNR pilot program would last six months and targets high-activity areas, such as Parrott Avenue, Lane Drive and Ruby Street.

The pilot program would gather data demonstrating the program’s impact on complaint call frequency and impound differential, city staff noted. The program would also establish best practices before potentially expanding to a city-wide TNR program.

The proposed program would 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.

If approved, the six-month pilot program could begin as soon as this week.

The meeting, which will be held via Zoom teleconference, is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m.

Citizens will not be allowed to attend council meetings, but can still ask 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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