Rosenberg City Council’s decision to trap, neuter, and re-abandon (TNR) cats on Rosenberg’s streets is not in anyone’s best interests.
Abandoning cats, whether or not they’ve been sterilized, is cruel and illegal. Homeless cats are not super-felines who can withstand the many dangers they face outdoors, including contagious diseases, parasites, weather extremes, speeding cars, and attacks by other animals or cruel people.
In June alone, at least five stray or feral felines across the country tested positive for rabies (most of them after exposing humans). A homeless cat in Washington suffered severe trachea injuries after being shot with a pellet gun and had to undergo emergency surgery and be fed through a tube.
A cat in Texas who had been sterilized and re-abandoned was found with a steel-jaw trap clamped onto her leg, and a cat roaming outdoors in Ohio died after being attacked by a dog.
In New York, a cat who was allowed to roam was found in the street with an arrow through his head.
These are just a few of the dozens of cases that have made headlines recently.
Many, many others go unreported.
To protect cats and effectively combat the homeless-cat crisis, Rosenberg should address the root of the problem by requiring that all cats be licensed, microchipped, sterilized, and kept indoors.
Animal Care & Control Issues Manager
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
Norfolk, VA 23510