Saturday, January 15, 2011
Blog the Change for Animals...
Mom is all about it this year. See, last fall she got a call from her friend Kelly asking about helping another friend living in a small suburb nearby. She had been feeding some ferals/outdoor cats and got a notice posted from animal control that the cats were going to be taken if she couldn't relocate them. Kelly and I were upset. Kelly called and spoke to the animal control officer. She was told that the lady tries to find homes for the ones she cans and relocates those she can't and if she can't do that then she euthanizes them. But when she takes them out to farms, she just takes them without sterilizing them since "they only live 1-2 years anyhow". Mom went NUTS!!! That is just so WRONG!!! She checked the local ordinances and there is nothing to protect feral colonies. And the local county states that you cannot feed ferals. However, the local Chief Humane Officer said that this suburb is THE ONLY one that upholds the county code. So, mom did a bunch of research and sent emails for help. She compiled everything and put together a suggested code to be looked at by the city council. She hadn't got a response so she emailed the city clerk on Friday. She got an email back that was a forward of an email from animal control that restated the county health code and then said that mom doesn't have a grasp of the problem.
We are pretty sure steam came out of mom's ears. She emailed the clerk back but hasn't heard anything. She forwarded the email to a woman from HSUS that was helping her as well. Grandpa knows a woman on the city council and mom is tempted to pull a string and get a meeting with this woman to discuss it. Cause now she is just REALLY MAD!!! (which can be a good thing)
So, among the other rescue things she has going on, this is her goal for the year...get this town to realize that TNR (not relocation) is the best solution.