The Humane Society of the United States applauds the city of Clinton for their support of humanely managing the cats living outdoors in the community.
Their unanimous support of a proposed ordinance to enable trap-neuter-return efforts is an important step forward in preventing more cats from being born outdoors and reducing complaints and concerns expressed by residents.
Animal shelter professionals have found TNR to be an effective tool in reducing both intake and euthanasia of cats and improving the health of community cats. Moreover, spaying and neutering reduces many of the behaviors that are considered a nuisance by neighbors, such as fighting, mating, spraying, and roaming. This is a win-win for both the residents of Clinton who care for these cats and those who are concerned about their presence.
Thank you to the Clinton City Council and mayor for being open to making this change in city policy.
Preston Moore is the Iowa state director of the Humane Society of the United States.