Pets & People Humane Society selected for national Alley Cat Allies trap-neuter-return grant

CITY OF YUKON Modified: October 9, 2012 at 11:52 am •  Published: October 9, 2012
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“Irresponsible pet owners and pet overpopulation are the real problems, not people who feed and spay or neuter, or the cats themselves,” TNR Team Leader Jody Harlan said. “That’s why receiving the national Community Impact Award from Alley Cat Allies is so important -- it supports the TNR model that we encourage municipal decision-makers to adopt into Yukon city ordinances and local practice.”

“Neutering or spaying cats stops the cycle of unwanted animals, while reducing complaints from homeowners because there are fewer hungry cats running loose,” Harlan said. “Feeding cats responsibly also limits their need to feed on natural prey like birds.”

Harlan hopes the Alley Cat Allies grant will encourage Yukon city leaders “to consider investing in a discount spay-neuter program that is subsidized by the city at least once or twice a year and maybe advertised on utility bills.”

“Oklahoma City spayed or neutered thousands of feral cats for free at the Oklahoma Humane Society through a five-year grant program that was supported by funds in the city budget,” Harlan said. “Such a program significantly reduces pet overpopulation, encourages pet owners to take responsibility and takes pressure off animal control and the TNR volunteers.”