Cats need your help! You may have read that the City of Los Angeles is considering a new proposal to implement a Citywide Cat Program that would provide funding and support to community groups that engage in spay/neuter, trap/neuter/return (TNR), education about community cats, and outreach programs for cats.
The final decision to approve the program or not, is pending an Environmental Impact Report (EIR), which is in process now, and includes an opportunity for public comment. There are some powerful and well-funded groups that are opposed to the implementation of this type of cat program which is why we need your voice to be heard in support of the “Cat Program”.
What we have had is seven years of no funding for sterilization of community cats (where all the kittens come from), no resources given to the public when they reach out to the shelters for a humane solution, and thousands upon thousands of cats being killed in shelters simply because they lived outdoors.
As a supporter of Stray Cat Alliance, you know how many lives we saved with your support of our spay/neuter programs including trap/neuter/return. Please take a few moments to email the City of Los Angeles telling them that you support the 2017 Citywide Cat Program.
Here is a link to a sample letter with the key points that you can use in your email or hard copy letter, but we ask you to make this your personal message to the City of LA, because it will carry more weight speaking in your own voice. Every single comment is read and counted, every single one! This is a Los Angeles City program and therefore they give more weight to comments from city residents, so if you are not a resident of the City of Los Angeles, we ask that in addition to commenting, you forward this message to anyone you may know who is a resident of Los Angeles City.
All comments are due by October 30, 2017, and can be sent to Dr. Jan Green Rebstock at Jan.Green.Rebstock@lacity.org. Per the city, please include “Cat Program” in the subject line.
If you prefer to mail your comments, please mail them to:
Dr. Jan Green Rebstock
City of Los Angeles, Public Works Bureau of Engineering, EMG
1149 S. Broadway, 6th Floor, MS 939
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Be sure to include your contact information to the city for authentication and in case they have questions.
If you are interested in finding out more about the City Cat Program and supporting the program in person, the city is still having two more scoping meetings:
Tuesday, October 17 – 11 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
South LA, Chesterfield Square Shelter,
Monday, October 23 – 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Ramona Hall Community Center,
Also, feel free to email us to see how you can become more involved in shaping this precedent setting EIR Draft and Final outcome. This is sure to influence how cities across the country treat community cats for years to come.
Thank you for taking action for the many cats that need your voice to be heard!