Public Comments for 02/17/2021 Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources - Agriculture Subcommittee
SB1135 - Dangerous dogs; restructures procedure for adjudication, penalty.
Last Name: Russell Locality: Virginia Beach

The pipeline for oil needs to be reopened but thanks to our corrupt president biden it got closed which put a lot of people out of work and raised gas prices.

Last Name: Shelton Locality: Richmond

Feral Cats cause the greatest threat to songbirds as far as mortality. Feeding of cats should take place on the private property of the person feeding them. Our public parks and our own yards should not be place for careless people to create hazards by feeding and dumping stray cats. They do not have the right to do this on other people’s property and property that belongs to the public. Period.

Last Name: Adams Organization: Virginia alliance for animal shelters Locality: Va beach

Virginia Voters for animal shelters, the Virginia animal control association, the office of the Attorney General and Virginia Federation of Humane Society’s brought this bill forward in order to clarify duplication redundancies in the bill. To include the concerns of victims of dangerous dogs who participate in a variety of public meetings. This bill has been worked on for about a year and a half with a variety of groups and is thought to be an effort to make the statute more usable and functional for animal control officers courts and victims. We see this is a public safety bill

Last Name: Young Organization: Franklin county humane society Locality: Franklin county

All of the feral cats out here need.to be spayed or neutered an then released back. NO STUDIES need to be done for this. We already know what needs to be done here an all over . These cats did not ask for this lifw thia way but that alao does not mean to euthanasia is the answer either. They deserve life an if you will let rhe shelters do their jobs this can help in so many ways so please make the right choice. I AM THEIR VOICE

Last Name: Young Organization: Franklin county humane society Locality: Franklin county

All of the feral cats out here need.to be spayed or neutered an then released back. NO STUDIES need to be done for this. We already know what needs to be done here an all over . These cats did not ask for this lifw thia way but that alao does not mean to euthanasia is the answer either. They deserve life an if you will let rhe shelters do their jobs this can help in so many ways so please make the right choice. I AM THEIR VOICE

Last Name: Davis Locality: Loudoun

NO

Last Name: Donovan Organization: Hanover community cats Locality: Hanover County

On behalf of myself and Hanover Community cats we support this bill. Until last September I was unaware how many feral cats were in my county. And surrounding areas. As volunteers, We came together with other rescues and TNR groups and created Hanover community cats we work in conjunction with Hanover AC to help with population control and rescue. Since September we have TNRd over a 150 plus cats and rehome 70plus kittens. What we do makes a difference. As far as bird, and environmental concerns of the feral cat colonies, multiple factors play into that all the new construction directly effects environment birds and wildlife are forced into smaller areas. Colony cats are supported by caregivers, who provide care food,& veterinary care. Please support this bill. TNR works!

Last Name: Evans Organization: Central Virginia Regional Rescue Locality: Campbell County, Virginia

TNR programs are essential to controlling the community cat population. Euthanasia shouldn’t be the suggested alternative as these cats live perfectly healthy lives once spayed or neutered and community members take care of them and monitor their health once altered. These Cats should be given an opportunity to live their lives as they’re not hurting anyone or anything. The community cats that i help take care of would much rather have the Canned wet food i offer Them than kill a cardinal or other bird. The only life they’ve ever known is one on the streets and that wasn’t by choice. By allowing all city & counties to offer TNR programs it will ensure the cat population stays low and allows all hands to be on deck to help with the process. Whereas now only a small handful of people / groups can help with tnr which is not only discouraging but also exhausting. Please allow all shelters to help with this so we can continue to enrich the lives of the community cats we care so deeply about.

Last Name: Strouse Organization: The Virginia Animal Control Association (VACA) Locality: Norfolk, Virginia, United States

This bill represents the effort of 1 and 1/2 years work to clean up and re-organize the dangerous dog statute. A number of loopholes are closed and processes streamlined. Using surveys, classes, and public meetings the work group actively sought input from stakeholders and victims (who had often had no voice when previous revisions were undertaken. This bill has the support of VACA, the Virginia Alliance for Animal Shelters (VAAS), the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies (VFHS) and the office of the Attorney General. This bill was unopposed on the Senate side. Kathy Strouse, Legislative Liaison Virginia Animal Control Association (VACA)

SB1390 - Cats; trap, neuter, and return programs, civil penalty.
Last Name: Owens Locality: Chesterfield

With help from friends I have been able to trap, fix and release feral cats around my work and most everyone LOVES them. TNR is extremely important!

Last Name: Olsen-Hodges Locality: Blacksburg, VA

I strong oppose this bill on the grounds of cat welfare. Releasing cats back into the wild where they are subjected to disease, attacks from other animals, parasites, cars, and other problems is not humane or responsible. In addition, feral cat populations can and have become a human health problem in the U.S. through spreading rabies, toxoplasmosa and other diseases that impact humans negatively. Spaying, neutering, and releasing cats doesn't protect the cats from harm nor does it protect people or other animals. We have strong regulations on what you can and can't do with dogs--we don't permit people to do this with dogs, so why are cats an exception? Do we really care for cats so little that we think it's okay to let them go so we don't feel guilty about what we've created? I think this legislation will neither solve the feral cat issue nor will it promote healthy welfare of feral cats and will only promote people continually dumping their cats and contributing to the problem. If we really care about cat welfare there are better options. If we care about human and environmental heath we are not doing anyone any favors by dumping cats back outdoors, and we are certainly not acting in the best interest of cats if we're letting them go where they'll die preventable and painful deaths without medical care.

Last Name: Dow Locality: Hampton

I have personally seen thousands of healthy cats trapped and humanely euthanized over the course of a decade and it is an ENDLESS cycle. The Animal Control agencies can use all of their resources to trap cats and transport these cats to their local shelters, but it will NEVER solve the overpopulation problem!! TNR has been studied, and research shows that it REDUCES the community cat population. Why would we continue with the unnecessary killing of healthy cats that are being cared for when we can allow them to LIVE their life, while stopping them from reproducing? Please consider being PRO-LIFE for community cats.

Last Name: Love Locality: RICHMOND

Cats need to be neutered and released or there will be a HUGE population of feral- homeless cats even more than there already is!

Last Name: Parks Organization: NA Locality: City of Richmond

TNR is good for cats and good for neighborhoods. Affirm Trap Neuter Release programs as legal and helpful to the community

Last Name: Alderson Locality: Castlewood

I am writing about bill SB1390. I support this program and feel that we in rural areas need it. I have personally trapped cats in my neighborhood and neutered and spayed them. This is the only way to cut down the cat population. I live in Russell County and we don't even have a shelter for cats. I would love to see a law in Virginia requiring cats to be spayed and neutered. We are the voices of those who can't speak. Thank you.

Last Name: Rice Locality: City of Richmond

Please support Support SB 1390! This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia. It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal!

Last Name: Roll Locality: HENRICO

I strongly support SB 1390. I firmly believe that feral cats should be trapped, neutered & released. Our society should support the humane treatment of animals!

Last Name: Heede Organization: Alley Cat Allies. www.alleycat.org Locality: Henrico

TNR is a humane and effective way to curb the feral cat population and prevent needless suffering caused by homeless, hungry, unhealthy cats.

Last Name: Sutherling Organization: Alley cats allies Locality: Richmond

I support this bill sb 1390 As long as it doesn’t penalize persons who trap neuter and release Now I understand that it is a good bill For humanitarian and animal welfare reasons. I would support any political who is in favor of this bill.

Last Name: Sutherling Organization: Becky Robinson’s Alley Cats program Locality: Richmond

Sb 1390 I support trap and neuter, release There should be no civil penalty You are punishing people who care !! It’s overly paternalistic and shows you punish good caring people. It is humane and keeps the feral Population to a minimum. Otherwise the feral population would increase and that may not be good for the environment and bird population. I wouldn’t support any politician who supports this bill. .

Last Name: Shores Locality: Richmond City

Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal

Last Name: Adams Locality: Norfolk

I support this bill. This is a very humane way to handle the stray/feral population. Animals able to be adopted out are and the ones that are not adoptable go back to the colonies to live out their lives. Groups of people check on the well being of the colonies. With TNR the spayed/neutered cats will not add to the colonies. Too many people think cats are "throw away" pets. That contributes to this problem. TNR is a huge way to get a handle on it.

Last Name: Carnohan Locality: Richmond

Please support SB 1390 . This bill is a good, common sense approach to the ferrel cat situation/population in Richmond and so many other cities/cotunties. It affirms that trap-neuter-return for cats is legal.

Last Name: Dudley Locality: Henrico

This is a win win. The people currently doing this do so out of their own time and money. The animals in these situations are there because of careless humans. All we can do is try to curb the reproduction circle. The people assisting should not be penalized. Let's be human and humane together.

Last Name: Price Locality: Richmond

I know the TNR is beneficial to all communities as it does reduce the numbers of unwanted births. The average trapper will voluntarily care for those cats as we have made a commitment to them. I have been feeding the same cats for a number of years with no increase in their numbers.

Last Name: Simunek Locality: Richmond City

Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal For the cats, Jen Simunek

Last Name: Nelson Organization: None Locality: Richmond

Thank you for considering this bill. It is a safe, cost effective way to address the issue of cat over population. I am in support of it and that it affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal.

Last Name: Kay Locality: Richmond

Who is going to clean up after them when they use your yard as a litter box?

Last Name: Miller Locality: Richmond, VA

Having been involved with cat rescue/ foster/ trap and release for several years and I support this bill and the legality of fix and release for feral cats Thank you Beena

Last Name: Knapp Locality: Fairfax

Please pass this. No study needed. It's very important!

Last Name: Raymond O Wilson Jr Organization: Myself Locality: Richmond

I support SB 1390 that protects the TNR for feral cats. This is the right thing for Virginia. Thank you, Ray

Last Name: Harrison Organization: None Locality: Richmond

This absurd. We already have starving cats! Huge feral communities that local residents are charged with feeding and keeping warm. Are those who are opposed to this going to get up every morning and feed these animals? Foster the kittens? Shame on you!

Last Name: Young Organization: Every organization that helps feral cats and myself. Locality: Richmond

I have been caring for feral cats since 2007 and trapped and released many, many cats. Many have decided to stay over the years, I’ve found homes for some but the best story is that we have had one female, Etta, living on our front porch since 2008. Quite a long life for a feral. Her BFF is another female who has been here for at least 8 years. At one time we had 13 outside but by spaying and neutering, we have our 2 girls and drifter now and then. This system works and we need people willing to feed and care for them.

Last Name: Cummins Locality: Richmond

Support SB 1390

Last Name: Godwin Organization: Ally Cat Allies Locality: Henrico

Please help us help the feral cats

Last Name: Moye Locality: RICHMOND

please support SB1390, this bill is good for the CATS AND PEOPLE of Virginia, it affirms that TRAP-NEUTER-RETURN IS LEGAL

Last Name: Walsh Locality: Richmond

I support SB 1390. This bill is good for cats and people of VA. The more cats neutered means less population of feral cats in the community.

Last Name: McMinn Locality: Glen Allen

I support you for allowing neutering and return a feral cat. This will be a good for the cats. And good for the state.

Last Name: Mirchandani Locality: MOORESTOWN

Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal

Last Name: Egeland Locality: Chesterfield

Please support the TNR program. Without the time and efforts given by individuals who care for these animals on a daily basis we will see an overwhelming bloom in the cat population as well as the flee and tick population.

Last Name: Cart Organization: Private citizen Locality: Richmond

I believe spay, neuter, release for cats should be legal. I believe there should be a coverage premium assistance program for dairy farmers.

Last Name: Murphy Locality: Richmond

I do not support this bill. The devastation that feral cats do to wildlife is significant. It seems that feral cats have few natural predators, and while it is very sad to kill them, sometimes it is for the best. I say this as someone who always has a cat or two (indoor only) and who has trapped, neutered and gotten ferals adopted. I would like to see some legislation requiring cats to live indoors and also making it illegal to feed feral colonies. Also banning gas-powered leaf blowers would be great.

Last Name: Carrera Locality: Richmond

Please Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia. It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal. TNR is the most ethical way to maintain cat populations. Thank you! Chrissie Carrera

Last Name: Reams Locality: Henrico

Please pass bill SB1390 . There are several feral cat colonies in our area. They are being fed and have some shelter but need to be neutered to prevent more. Please pass to help these unfortunate animals.

Last Name: Pike Locality: Henrico

Support 1390. It is good for the cats of VA.

Last Name: Munley Locality: Henrico

I support this bill! TNR is an effective way to curb the feral cat population in a humane, safe way.

Last Name: Hurley Locality: Richmond

This is an important bill to protect cats and also to keep vermin down.

Last Name: Ruble Locality: Frederick Co.

I support the TNR program. A local organization recently helped with a colony in my area that was getting out of control. TNR is the most humane way to deal with feral cat colonies.

Last Name: RICHARDSON Organization: RICHARDSONS RESCUE Locality: QUINTON

I TOTALLY SUPPORT SB1390 FOR THE HEATH AND WELFARE OFTHE CITIZENS OF VIRGINIA. THESE ANIMALS ONCE HUMANELY TNR, ARE ALSO FOLLOWED UP BY A CONSTANT CARETAKER. THE CARETAKER WILL FEED THEM EVERY DAY AS WELL AS TEND TO THEIR MEDICAL NEEDS IF NECESSARY. THEY WILL BE NEUTERED OR SPAYED, GIVEN ALL SHOTS, DEFLEAD, AND THEN RELEASED, ONCE OVER THEIR SURGERIES. KITTENS ARE TAKEN SO THEY CAN BE ADOPTED, BUT FIRST NEUTERED AND SPAYED AND CURRENT VACCINES. ABOVE ALL, THIS IS THE HUMANE PROCESS FOR OUR FERAL CATS. IF THE FERAL CATS ARE IN AN UNWANTED AREA, AFTER THE MEDICALS ARE COMPLETED, WE WILL RELOCATE THEM TO A FRIENDLY FERAL SITE, WITH A CARETAKER. PLEASE CONSIDER THESE FACTS I AM PRESENTING TO YOU, BECAUSE THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA ARE PROTECTED AS WELL AS THE FERAL CATS. I HAVE BEEN DOING THIS PROCESS FOR OVER 20 YEARS, AND IT IS WORKING WELL, AS WELL AS PROTECTING THE CITZENS OF VIRGINIA AND THE FERAL CATS.

Last Name: Donovan Locality: Charlottesville

The Trap, Neuter, and Release (TNR) Program should allow civilians to bring captured feral cats to a veterinarian by appointment, with no penalty. Many veterinarians who participate in TNR do not have a set list of volunteers who participate, and instead, simply accept an appointment to do so. TNR of feral cats helps to stabilize the population of cats in an area and with the help of civilians, we can do more. TNR helps to identify those cats which do not require animal control’s involvement (eartip) and prevent unnecessary euthanization. The cost of TNRing one cat is much lower than the dozens of kittens one could have if TNR is discouraged by penalty. The TNR Program should be encouraged and volunteers AND civilians should be educated in this practice. Feral cats are in every town, not just the ones containing volunteer programs.

Last Name: Clang Organization: None Locality: Richmond

Please please do not eliminate or constrain the TNR program ( trap, neuter, release) for cats. I lived in Bali and saw first hand what an animal population that has gone unchecked can do... in this case dogs.... starving to death, literally everywhere. You cannot adopt out feral cats as pets and it is inhumane to kill them when they do well outside, we just need to keep the numbers low and TNR accomplishes that. They help control rodents as well and stay to themselves.

Last Name: Sipp Locality: Chesterfield

Please support this bill. TNR programs are very effective. While you can never completely get rid of all feral cats, you can reduce the population and allow for the ferals to be cared for. A well maintained, neutered colony can keep rodent and pest populations in check while not growing size. If the neutered colony is removed, another un-neutered colony will move in. It's like filling a void. This bill would help AC Depts not add to their costs and workload by allowing the volunteers that maintain colonies to work with AC Depts.

Last Name: Miessler Locality: Richmond

Please support the passage of this legislation as it keeps cats safe and affirms the legality of TNR.

Last Name: Alexander Locality: Henrico

I support sb 1390. Tnr is a humane way to take care of cats who are unwanted and keeps them in check. It doesn't hurt the community.

Last Name: Brown Locality: Richmond City

Support SB 1390- This bill is good for the cats, and the people of Virginia. The bill affirms that TNR is legal, and should be a community effort. It sounded like the only other option the committee had was euthanizing tons of cats, which is inhumane. You would not do the same for dogs, and by working together to TNR- we can lower the cat population. Please think about education about TNR, and funding to help instead of killing.

Last Name: Whitby Locality: Richmond

TNR is a very necessary thing. Making this illegal will only harm the cats and wildlife as the cats will continue to breed and kill wildlife.

Last Name: Gittelman Locality: Richmond

I support SB1390 because it good for cats and people. It helps to control the cat population by stopping unwanted litters that are bombarding our already over-crowded shelters. Please pass this bill!

Last Name: Bang Locality: Staunton

This program seems to be a humane and workable solution and I see no reason to change anything.

Last Name: Barnhart Organization: SB 1390 Locality: RICHMOND

Support SB 1390, its good for the cats and the people of Virginia. Trap- Nueter- Release is legal for cats.

Last Name: Aguilar Locality: Richmond

I support this bill because it is good for the cats and people of Virginia. All animals deserve the opportunity to live a long, happy, healthy life. This bill would help support those cats and their respective caretaker individuals.

Last Name: Wright Organization: Operation Catnip Locality: Glen Allen

Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal For the cats,

Last Name: Wright Organization: Operation Catnip Locality: Glen Allen

We need to TNR feral cats to reduce the population of sick and hungry cats

Last Name: DeMarco Locality: Henrico

This is a common sense good piece of legislation. I can't fathom why anybody would oppose it. Opposition to it just screams that those that do are cat haters. Who would oppose vetting fixing and helping to control outdoor feral cat populations? I just can't wrap my head around why anyone would be against this. The spirit of this bill is apparent. There will always be outdoor cats : that is a fact. This seeks to support and legitimize the actions of the few of us that go deep into our own pockets to make sure that these animals are fed vetted sterilized and the populations controlled. To oppose this is to turn your back on a situation that exists and pretend that it doesn't and kick sand in the face of those of us who are trying to make it better. I am shocked and appalled and ashamed of the legislatures on this committee that do not support this . Shame on you! Relinquish your your post because you obviously do not actually care about animals or their welfare and you are in the wrong job.

Last Name: Kilgour Organization: Friends of Animals Locality: Henrico

Please support SB 1390. This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal. Our frame shop informally adopted a TNR kitty. He couldn't be a nicer cat, he just needs a little community support to stay healthy. We have taken him for rabies shots and other medical needs when needed. He has lots of friends I'm sure, but we're happy to be counted among them. I'm currently working with a group of cats that were abandoned when their owner died. These community cats are fat and healthy they don't deserve to be put to death or neglected because they don't have an owner anymore. I'm just one of many people spending my time and money to help animals in need. Please help us help the cats! Keep TNR viable and legal. Sincerely, Virginia Kilgour

Last Name: Greene Locality: Richmond

Cats are sweet animals! Please for this bill!

Last Name: Melton Locality: Mechanicsville

Support SB 1390

Last Name: Crocker Locality: Henrico

Support SB 1390 Cats are wonderful, but too many of them is not good for people or cats. This bill would help all of Virginia.

Last Name: Martin Locality: Henrico

I have a friend who has tried to get help with feral cats, trying to find a vet to neuter. I also see a lot about this issue on social media. We need this bill.

Last Name: Graham Locality: Henrico

Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal For the cats,

Last Name: McDaniel Locality: Richmond

I am in support of SB1390 because it reinforces the legality of Trap-Neuter-Return for community cats. TNR keeps their populations under control and out of the shelters where most are euthanized. We can put that space/money toward animals who are more adoptable. Community cats keep the rodent and snake populations under control (at least in my neighborhood). It's a win-win for all Virginians.

Last Name: Morrison Locality: Richmond

These animals need to be protected

Last Name: Fix Locality: City of Richmond

Support SB 1390 please. Trap- Neuter - Return policy is good not only for the cats but also for the people of VA and our neighborhoods. Thank you.

Last Name: Moore Locality: Alexandria

I support this bill. Spay and Neuter is very important.

Last Name: Terrell Organization: Cat Rescues in Richmond Locality: Henrico

Please keep this bill! Cats need to be neutered and if they are feral, returned. I support SB 1390

Last Name: Patterson Locality: Richmond

TNR is imperative to reduce unwanted, homeless kittens. As a rescue volunteer who feeds and adopts homeless cats it is heart breaking to see so many unloved, unowned sweet animals fending for themselves outside.

Last Name: Tinder Locality: North Chesterfield

This works in Florida and is humane!!!

Last Name: Whitney Locality: Richmond

This needs to be passed, trap/neuter/spay is very important, these cats are part of our community, they need this help and attention.

Last Name: McGavic Locality: Henrico

Please vote FOR SB1390. This bill is good for cats and the people of Virginia. Trap, Neuter and Return is a proven method of controlling the feral cat population. Not only are the cats neutered but they are also vaccinated for rabies. Thank you.

Last Name: Zolandz Locality: Prince William

I strongly support the bill. A study is not necessary because the issue has already been studied. I want animal shelters to be allowed to assist community cat caregivers with spay neuter program. As a volunteer for our county animal shelter, I see how our shelter has their hands tied with TNT efforts. I foster neonatal kittens and while that is truly rewarding, the lack of legal TNR contributes to cat overpopulation and suffering.

Last Name: Anderson Locality: Richmond

I agree and support B 139O.

Last Name: Richard Locality: Richmond City

Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal For the cats,

Last Name: Martineau Locality: Alexandria

I support the TNR program for cats in Virginia. These animals are otherwise unwanted and uncared for. It keeps them from procreating—so there are not more neglected stray animals—while still allowing them the dignity to live out their lives. I would hate to see them put down. It’s in humane for people to judge that outdoor cats cannot have a life, just because it doesn’t match our personal views of them as house pets and domestics. Cats have lived in the wild forever, and there’s no reason they can’t continue to. Providing resources for communities to TNR curbs many of the undesirable behaviors of stray cats, like roaming, caterwauling, and fighting during mating season (which is most of the time) and allows them to live longer, healthier lives. I personally have availed myself of local resources for TNR when I realized there were strays in my neighborhood. I felt bad about the situation at first, but couldn’t imagine spending hundreds, maybe thousands, of my own money to get several fixed and vaccinated. Then I reached out and learned my city provides these services for free as a community service. I have been volunteering my time to help ever since. I have trapped four cats, gotten a litter of kittens to a local shelter, and now feed and house (outdoors) two strays. They are much more tame and trusting now. I don’t think I would have started on this path without the help of my local community providing that initial investment in these cats’ welfare. These creatures need our help, and it’s not their fault. I’m pretty sure the stray population in my neighborhood began with a neighbor who fed too many outdoor cats. I think they were once barn cats (his family used to own a lot of land and farmed it). He couldn’t take care of them all, couldn’t afford to get them fixed, and it got out of hand. It’s incredible how quickly they procreate. TNR is a way to stem the tide. Maybe if he’d known about the TNR program, there might have been one less generation of stray semi-feral cats. I can only hope these types of programs continue and are more highly publicized. Thank you for bringing your time and attention to this issue.

Last Name: Ponce Locality: Henrico

This is good for cats and people of Virginia. Affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal. Thank you.

Last Name: Baskerville Locality: Richmond

Support SB1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia. It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return is legal for cats. Thank you, Anne

Last Name: bock Locality: RICHMOND

I support this bill for the care and safety of the cat population.

Last Name: Sawhney Locality: Richmond

We have rescued several ferals (around 35) who could not be more grateful to be rescued.

Last Name: Jones Locality: Richmond

I support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal and keeps the cats safe in a life they were born into.

Last Name: Mayes Locality: Richmond

Dogs are not allowed to run wild. Why are cats? Why must we put up with cat feces in our gardens, under our shrubs, on top of fences, and on our deck? Why is this nuisance okay? Why must bird feeders be monitored to keep stray cats away? What diseases (including COVID-19) might feral cats be carrying? The number of feral cats should be reduced. Apparently the TNR program has not done so and has not been effective in controlling the cat population. Cat lovers should keep their cats in their own yards and indoors for their protection from cars, predators, and other feral cats. If a cat is truly loved, it will be keep indoors and leash trained for outdoor walks.

Last Name: Saul Locality: Richmond

I Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal

Last Name: Gunst Locality: Richmond

This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia. It affirms that Trap Neuter Return is legal.

Last Name: Brooks Locality: RICHMOND

I support SB 1390. This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia. It is a humane solution.

Last Name: Saavedra Locality: City of Richmond

I strongly support trap-neuter-release (TNR) programs and passage of SB1390. Multiple studies have shown that TNR helps control cat population while improving the lives of feral cats. SB1390 provides supervision of and protection for those involved in TNR programs. Please pass this legislation.

Last Name: Anderson Locality: Augusta co

I am against passing bill SB1390. We have a terrible feral cat problem here in Augusta co. Simply trapping ,spaying and neutering these cats will not solve the problems these cats create. Cats will continue to defaecate in people flower beds, gardens and children's sand boxes. Cats will continue to tear up outside patio furniture and climb on cars while scratching them. These cats will also continue to decimate the small wildlife and bird population. I believe TNR programs can be wonderful in certain places when they can be managed and have actual care takers who take responsibility for the cats. Who is going to re trap these cats to follow up on vaccinations? Animals need a rabies booster every 3 years ? These cats still have potential to get sick and carry disease that can be easily spread to other healthy owned cats. Who will be responsible for the damage that they do to tax paying residents homes? This is not fair to the residents to put this responsibility back on them. Who is going to pay to take these cats to the vet when they end up injured , sick? I assume this will fall back on the localities to pay for, paying overtime to ACO s to take cats to the ER vet. This is a costly visit for localities. My tax moneys should not go to this!! When unwanted cats show up on people's property and the shelter / SPCA turns them away or has them spayed or neutered and turns them loose what do you think will happen to these cats? These cats will end up poisoned or shot and left to die a slow miserable death, I unfortunately have seen it first hand. This already happens in my county more then it should. Please say no to SB 1390.

Last Name: Cheever Locality: Richmond City

I support this bill. It is good for the people and the cats of Virginia.

Last Name: Scott Locality: Richmond

I support trap/neuter/release. Please vote yes.

Last Name: Smith Organization: None Locality: City of Richmond, Va

Please support the legality of SB 1390 Thanks

Last Name: Swisher Locality: City of Richmond

Please vote FOR this bill to keep our feral cats safe

Last Name: Julien Locality: Richmond city

Support SB1390, This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia. Trap, neuter and release needs to be legal.

Last Name: Brown Locality: Richmond City

Please Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal It is the right thing to do.

Last Name: Simonis Organization: Richmond TNR Locality: Henrico

Support SB 1390 - TNR is safe, humane, and supports managing feral cat populations.

Last Name: Cupps Locality: Richmond

This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia. It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal and it allows for the humane treatment and care of feral cats. TNR is a proven method of controlling the population. I began TNR in our Ginter Park neighborhood in 2016 and the feral cat population has been maintained since 2018...with the only change a decrease in the population numbers due to illness. These cats are fed, housed and given medical attention. Pass SB1390!

Last Name: Belsley Locality: Washington DC

This bill is good for cats and people of Virginia. It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return is legal.

Last Name: Creamer Organization: Richardson's Rescue Locality: Kill Devil Hills

Please help innocent cats be treated humanly and without prejudices. Here in Virginia we are known as defenders of the very innocent. Also there is no funding needed as all over the state there are willing and very devoted volunteers taking care of these wonderful creatures. They are being spade/neutered and given their rabies shot. Therefore no need for them to have to hunt for food. Thank you Terry Wagoner Creamer

Last Name: Morris-Anastasi Locality: City of Richmond

Please support SB 1390! This bill will allow for the control of the population of feral cats without drastic measures, such as mass extermination. It's good for the people of Virginia, their pets, and the feral cats.

Last Name: Weitzel Locality: Richmond

I believe that trap, neuter/ spay, return is a humane way to control feral cats. Please continue to legally allow this procedure/ policy.

Last Name: Hodges Locality: Henrico

I support TNR. We have a massive stray cat problem in my neighborhood and TNR would give them a better quality of life. Highly support TNR!! It works

Last Name: Gerber Locality: Richmond

I support SD 1390 I believe this bill is good for both people and cats in Virginia. It is important that TNR ( Trap/Neuter/Release) remains legal for cats. Thank you

Last Name: Zemmel Locality: Richmond

Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal It is inhumane not to support this bill. Use your common sense and sense of decency. Do the right thing!

Last Name: Warhurst Locality: Richmond

TNR allows cats to live but does not allow them to reproduce. This makes good sense for the cats and the neighborhood.

Last Name: Beach Locality: Frederick

Spay/Neuter and return for feral cats is a proven and a human method .

Last Name: Shrader Locality: Henrico

Why anyone would oppose this bill is beyond me. Trap-neuter-return programs are proven to be beneficial in reducing the number of feral cats and improving their quality of life. It’s ridiculous that a state can value the life of one type of pet so much more than another.

Last Name: Clark Locality: Henrico

Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal For the good of humanity.

Last Name: Morris Locality: Staunton

Bill 1390 I support SB 1390, it affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal and is good for cats and Virginia. I have lived here for 16 years. During that time the stray cat population has dramatically been reduced by spay/neuter programs and it will continue to go down over time.

Last Name: Rosa Quarles Locality: Richmond

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Last Name: Landers Organization: TNR Locality: Henrico

SB 1390 TNR bill on behalf of the TNR bill I would like to stress the fact that many many people are involved in TNR and trying to help the cats get them fixed sterilized so they won't reproduce so very important thing to do I would like very much to see this bill passed it is very much needed the cats have a right to live also there are many people caretakers feed colonies of cats get them shots TNR and they're very healthy cats and we all stay on top of it to cut the population down thank you so much

Last Name: Morris Locality: Staunton

I support SB 1390, it affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal and is good for cats and Virginia. I have lived here for 16 years. During that time the stray cat population has dramatically been reduced by spay/neuter programs and it will continue to go down over time. Cats are important to the eco system as are all animals. Bird groups have singled out cats for killing birds but there is no proof that's true. In fact it's dishonest. As someone 62 years old who has had multiple cats at a time since birth, all outdoor except my last 3, I've had two birds brought to my door in all that time. Cats bring their prey home as a gift which has overwhelmingly been moles. Cats are not all tree climbers in fact it rarely is something they do because they have so much trouble getting down. The majority of TNR cats are feral and like racoons, squirrels and other wild animals unable to be adopted BECAUSE THEY'RE WILD. Why do the bird groups single out cats for crimes against nature when all wild animals prey on other species, it's how they eat and protect themselves. Many bird species prey on our small dogs and cats as well as, other small animals. Are were going to start mass murdering birds like hawks, eagles and other prey birds? Why don't humans stop taking sides in nature, their ways are not our ways. The birds cats kill are sick and unable to fly, that's how nature works. Snakes are tree climbers and bird murderers, they are the #1 killer of birds in nests. But don't take my word for it researchers from 1999-2009 videotaped 519 nests, SNAKES were the guilty parties not cats: https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/188081391.pdf When I moved to VA my local shelter was a mass kill shelter. I moved here from Maryland and was used to a local culture all over the state that created wonderful shelters and TNR programs. It was horrible to know this was happening in the town I moved to. It changed how I felt about my new home and the people who live here. I was terrified that one of my cats would get out accidentally and end up there, and sickened by the knowledge so many innocent animals were being slaughtered. The idea of shelters going back to mass murdering animals because of the burden forced on them will again create the perception of state and local workers as monsters. According to a NYT Sept 3, 2019 article on the plummeting numbers of euthanasia at shelters “Society is no longer willing to say, ‘Well, there’s just too many animals and not enough homes.” Cats are more likely to die in shelters and spend considerably more time in shelters than dogs. My shelter was killing kittens as soon as they came in the door. It was barbaric. I don't think the democrats in the legislature wants to be the group who returned us to such a hideous practice. People need to learn tolerance for animals, CO-EXIST.

Last Name: Olson Locality: Chesterfield

I am in support of this bill. Please consider passing this bill to help feral cats & to help control their population. I have been doing TNR for the last 3 years in my neighborhood and without TNR & the help from neighbors we would be completely overrun by cats. With this bill being passed, we will be able to continue to help others with TNR and in turn help control the population.

Last Name: Thomas Locality: Midlothian

Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal.

Last Name: Han Locality: Henrico

This is an urgent situation and we need your help. Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal

Last Name: Ritter Locality: Richmond

I support this bill. It is good for the cats and for Virginians. TNR saves cats and successfully controls stray population and ensures the strays are healthier.

Last Name: Gooding Locality: Henrico

PLEASE!! Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia!

Last Name: DeShazo Organization: CVRR and all shelters working so hard Locality: Madison Heights

PLEASE VOTE YES on SB 1390 and support Trap-Neuter-Return in Virginia.! Please help us to have less suffering and More humane care for these sweet innocent helpless kitties. THANK YOU!!!!!!!! S DeShazo

Last Name: Hatton Locality: Richmond

Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia. It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal.

Last Name: Ventura Locality: Henrico

I support SB1390 and hope you will too. This bill will allow those who take their time and money to Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate, Return, and care for the the community cats, do so in a safe and protected manner. A well managed community cat population helps keep the cats fed, healthy, less bothersome to neighbors, and helps control rodent populations. It will also help to alleviate overcrowding at shelters, as well as minimize the need to euthanize otherwise healthy cats. Please don't set TNVR advocates back and allow the population to explode out of control. This is just one part of a humane solution to an issue we humans helped to create.

Last Name: McGonagle Locality: Richmond

I support SB 1390. TNR is vital to protecting the cat population. In Richmond, there are cat colonies that are all over the city, and we must humanely treat this issue, not only here, but throughout the state. I urge you to vote yes on SB 1390. Thank you.

Last Name: Williams Locality: Richmond

Trap, neuter and return is a humane way to handle feral cats in many situations. It humanely keeps the cat population in check. It is very important that this remain legal. Thank you.

Last Name: Combs Locality: Fairfax County

Support 1390. This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia. It affirms the Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal.

Last Name: Abrams Locality: Richmond

Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal Please think and be kind!

Last Name: Gregor Locality: Alexandria

This needs to be done

Last Name: D’Arcy Locality: Waverly

I support SB 1390. This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia. It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal.

Last Name: Palumbo Locality: Richmond

Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal For the cats.

Last Name: Solano Locality: Henrico

I support this Senate bill to trap-neuter-return cats. This alleviates overcrowding at shelters as well as minimize the need to euthanize otherwise healthy cats.

Last Name: Roberts Locality: Henrico

Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia.

Last Name: Gould Locality: Chesterfield

Please, support SB 1390....it affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal. I personally live in an apartment complex that has "community cats" and there are constantly litters of kittens because the TNR program hasn't been utilized here. I am in the process of learning more and want to help with this on going issue of overpopulation because I don't want to see animals euthanized. Help us....help them.

Last Name: Nelson Locality: Woodbridge

I Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia! Thank you.

Last Name: Nelson Locality: Prince William County

I do not agree with this

Last Name: Conner Locality: Henrico

This is very important for the well being of residents and community cats. Without TNR there would be many more community cats than there already are. We love our friendly feline friends!

Last Name: Waller Locality: Henrico

Writing in support of trap neuter release programs, these programs are the most humane way to reduce feral cat populations.

Last Name: Lewis Locality: Fairfax County

I support SB 1390, because this bill affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return of cats is legal. This bill is good for cats, and good for the people of Virginia, because it's a humane solution to the issue of feral cats.

Last Name: Mullen Locality: Midlothian

This program is fundamental to reduce the cat population for all the hundreds of cats that have been abandoned, cast aside and are homeless. Those that are opposed to this program are not educated that trios is the way to reduce and eventually minimize this issue.

Last Name: Dupuis Locality: Henrico

I support SB1390 . This bill will ensure protection not only for the cats but for those of us who protect the cats and care for them. It affirms that Trap_neuter_vaccinate_return for cats is legal. Please support this bill and pass it.

Last Name: Genovese Locality: Henrico

For your SB1390 bill consideration: Domestic cats abandoned or not spayed and neutered by their owners become semi-feral. Not by choice but by people's neglect. I live in Highland Springs (a declining area) where renters come and go and abandon animals. Cats are left to fend for themselves and if NOT for myself and others like me, there would be uncontrolled numbers of cats. We get them spayed, neutered, rabies shots and are given food, shelter and vet care as needed and live out their lives. Why should innocent animals be killed due to people's actions? Go after people who mistreat, neglect them, ABANDON them. Rounding up cats and euthanizing them-reminds me of China with wheel barrows full of dogs and cats for slaughter. TNRed cats patrol their area. If removed- new cats (once again due to people) take their place. It irritates me when those NOT helping the problem want to shut down efforts of people trying to help the problem. Trust me-we are not martyrs. We would love to NOT see abandoned cats but as long as there are ignorant people-there will be cats and shelters full of pit bulls and unclaimed hunting dogs. I am sorry cats kill birds. I love all living creatures EXCEPT people who move out and never explain to their kids why you did not bring "Fluffy" to the new house. So those of us compassionate people who can't turn a blind eye-put in our time and money and efforts. I am proud of our efforts and no one can tell me the countless spay/neuters/rabies shots do not control the population or the spread of rabies. Please support our efforts!

Last Name: Meador Organization: TNR Locality: Mechanicville

I support tnr on feral colonies.

Last Name: Ferrell Locality: Stafford

Vote yes on the TNR bill

Last Name: Neilson Locality: Richmond

I Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal.

Last Name: Rima Locality: Glen Allen

Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal. If people are concerned for the wildlife, does that not include cats? There are people out there risking their lives to get these cats vaccinated, spayed and neutered and the cost comes out of their pockets. All we are asking for is to please provide some protection for those kind soul who serve our communities by serving the feline population. If you have any sympathy for any animal, please pass this bill.

Last Name: Dementi Locality: Manakin Sabot

I support SB 1390. Once our local communities have this tool in place, I can predict that there will be far more collaboration with the animal shelters and the community cats groups. We have seen the disconnect between the two, and it is dysfunctional. A singular community metric (via VADACS) to measure success of the care of all homeless dogs and cats would take us where we need to go. I, personally, would re-engage myself with this effort to inspire Goochland County to adopt the innovative practices of Houston, Texas.

Last Name: Bradbury Locality: Henrico

Please pass this-it’s so very important to help keep the feral population under control. Without TNR cats produce 3 litters of new kittens a year and those kittens produce more kittens and so on. These kittens and cats live an average of three years due to the incredible challenges to their lives. An average cat kept inside lives an average of 15 years and obviously their quality of life vastly differ. These animals don’t ask to be born into this miserable situation so it’s extremely important to prevent all these unnecessary births, terrible lives and horrible deaths. Thank you!

Last Name: Bettinger Locality: Richmond

I support this bill. TNR is a humane method of managing feral cat populations with research to back it up.

Last Name: Lunsford Locality: Richmond

When I first moved into the Southside 32 years ago, there were stray and loose cats and dogs roaming the neighborhood. Constantly hit by cars or meeting with other violent, sad ends, this population also represents disease vectors. With persistence and the enormous determination of volunteers, the numbers have been dropping ever since. A concerted effort has improved our city shelter, and with a network of foster homes, it's no longer common to see a dog roaming loose. Cats are different; they reproduce Without the option of Trap, Neuter, and Release, there just aren't enough homes for all of the cats. Here's a link for more information about what TNR is and how it can work to help keep the local cat population healthy and limited. https://lizskittybootcamp.com/2020/03/02/tnr-explained-and-how-one-shelter-does-it-right/ Please support SB 1390, to help keep Virginia's cats and communities healthy.

Last Name: Richard Organization: --None-- Locality: Winston Salem

I live in North Carolina but I'm writing to express my support for my friends in Virginia who do this crucial work of Trap-Neuter-Return of stray cats. This is a public service; cats who have been neutered will not reproduce and reducing the stray cat population in this humane way is better for cats, birds, cities, and people!

Last Name: Reed Locality: West Greenwich

I support SB 1390; this bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia because it saves cats’ lives and curtails reproduction by allowing the legality of Trap-Neuter-Return

Last Name: Hall Locality: Hanover va

Please let's get this bill passed I feed feral cats they deserve to be saved and helped it's humans that did this so humans can help correct it let's save the cats see the love they give u by feeding them spaying nuter . It helps from more baby in the wild

Last Name: Worsham, Denise Organization: Worsham Cats Locality: Chesterfield

TNR is a very important process to control community and feral cat population. Cats are trapped by volunteers that dedicate their time and efforts in keeping hungry feral/community from destroying neighborhoods looking for food in trashcans, dumpsters and hanging around doorstops that make some feel guilty because the animal is starving but they know if they feed, the cat population will only get worse for cats will begin to form colony’s where people reside. Cats will do what comes naturally “mate”! TNR prevents more starving animals trying to survive. With little resources. I support this bill. This is a win win ~Please vote yes~Denise

Last Name: Thompson Locality: Fairfax County

Fully support SB 1390. This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia. It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal.

Last Name: HuYoung Organization: Cat lovers Locality: Henrico

Why not support something that will save lives? Killing cats does not save birds. Taking care of these animals decreases the population and one day there may be no feral cats.

Last Name: Dempster Locality: Midlothian

TNR is crucial for humane and cost-effective control of cats. It prevents and offsets the costs incurred in housing, maintaining and euthanizing stray or feral cats, and the physical and emotional stress caused both to animals and the humans involved.

Last Name: Nicholson Organization: Retired Locality: Henrico

Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal

Last Name: edwards Locality: richmond

SB 1390 needs to be supported! This is important legislation for feral cats and their health and allows caretakers and rescuers to limit the population of stray cats. It is an overall benefit to the community when the stray cat population can be controlled through spay and neuter, and we must support this legislation!

Last Name: Jackson Locality: Henrico

I support SB1390. TNR works. It is the most effective way to reduce the feral cat population. By making Trapping, Neutering, and Returning we save cats lives, reduce reproduction (and control the size of the colony), and limit the impact of the cats on their environment, localities, and wildlife. Simply removing cats does not work, as it allows for others to move in to take over that territory and has been proven to be cruel, inhumane, and ineffective. Please make TNR legal and support SB 1390. It helps people, the cats, wildlife, and their communities.

Last Name: Franck Organization: Cats of Virginia Locality: Richmond

SUPPORT SB 1390: After decades of research, Standford University, along with other well know Universities, around the US & the World support TNR as a proven method to control cat population. Along with TNR they use vaccination & establish a controlled feeding colony otherwise cats would be forced to live out of resident garbage cans, which is undesirable. These fed cat colonies are healthier & there is less fighting, spraying & no mating. The cats serve as 'good neighbors' as their main diet, outside of their controlled feeding, is to kill rodents & other vermin in their area. This has been established by the International Animal Rescue group: WSPA. The old method of eradicating cats has never been effective because no matter how many animals are destroyed, some remain & breed quickly to fill the vacuum. In 1984, 17 million animals were killed every year in our shelter programs. Today, 35 years later using TNR across America, shelter deaths are estimated at around 4 million annually. TNR helps to keep that number dropping, so innocent kittens & cats do not have to be killed for being born without an owner (or because their owner was irresponsible). Ongoing killing of kittens, cats in shelters takes it toll on human animal control officers over the years & their incidents of depression & suicide is higher, understandably. I founded the Qatar Cat Coalition while teaching with VCU in Qatar at the beginning of 2000. I worked with the Government Ministry to train the Zoo Vets, build animal clinics, brought in WSPA vets & authorities to set up TNR in Qatar. As of 2015, they have TNR & vaccinated 40,000 street cats (& tipped their ears) & returned them to their original locations. The local neighborhoods watch over & feed the cats. Qatar's number of rats (it's a Port City) has diminished substantially & the cats are healthier & have become pets to many of the local people. Virginia has to decide if we want to be a state that 'disposes or kills' their street cats & kittens or finds a humane way to live with them. Their numbers DO DECREASE OVER TIME in a TNR program. Stanford University ran a TNR controlled program for over 10 years & tracked their community cat colony. The bird groups have based much of their bias against outdoor cats & TNR on a series of tests run about 10 years ago that were faulty at best. Several of the researchers had been charged with poisoning cats and their control groups were small & run short periods of time. TNR is supported by many Virginia shelters, as well as the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies & Humane Dominion. also Alley Cat Allies, Humane Society Vet Medical Association & the National Animal Control. TNR is a nonlethal strategy to reduce the population of unowned community cats by humanely trapping cats, sterilizing, vaccinating & returning them to where they were trapped. TNR relieves Virginia municipal shelters, & by extension taxpayers, from incurring the costs of ineffective community cat trapping & euthanasia. It also establishes standards for program volunteers, including requirements for record keeping & trapping. Over time it will humanely reduce the numbers of cats who are impounded & killed in city & private animal shelters. This bill is good for both the cats & the people of Virginia! PLEASE SUPPORT & PASS SB1390. THANK YOU, Professor Franck

Last Name: Martinez Locality: Nelson County

I support SB1390. This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia.

Last Name: Ziemer Locality: Berryville

Permitting Trap-Neuter-Returns will, over time, help resolve the overpopulation of stray cats in our communities. Once fixed, existing cats should be able to live out their days onsite and in peace. (In fact, they should be legally protected to do so!)

Last Name: Goyne Locality: Rockville

HB 1390. We are FINALLY making strides in curbing the feral and stray cat population through tnr. Please dont set us back and allow the population to explode out of control.

Last Name: Newman Locality: Richmond

I support this bill and urge the house to make it easier for rescue organizations to trap and spay/neuter feral and homeless cats and stray dogs.

Last Name: Brown Locality: Henrico

I support HB 1390 as it is a humane way to save cats’ lives and crucial for reducing the number of kittens born in the wild. Please pass this important legislation.

Last Name: Dotts Locality: Richmond

Do the right right thing for a vulnerable population and support SB 1390. Affirm that Trap, neuter & release is legal AND good for cats and people. Imagine yourself homeless & helpless and dependent upon enlightened others to help you. Jennie Dotts

Last Name: Lilly Locality: Henrico

Support SB1390

Last Name: Conmy Organization: Operation Catnip Locality: Richmond, VA

Trap/spay/neuter/release should be protected as it alleviates suffering and animal overpopulation.

Last Name: Coffield Locality: Richmond

I do not support this bill. It is essential to the Commonwealth of Virginia to allow animal agencies to trap , neuter and release cats I order to contain and lessen the feral cat population . Counties and cities would benefit tremendously in keeping this cat population under control.

Last Name: Burford Locality: Henrico

This bill helps cats and kittens and is good for the people of Virginia as well as Virginia’s reputation.

Last Name: Edwards Locality: Newport News

Please support SB 1390!! this bill is responsible management, and good for the cats and people of Virginia because it saves cats’ lives and curtails reproduction by allowing the legality of Trap-Neuter-Return. TNR works to help our communities!

Last Name: Deleon Organization: All rescue organizations in Virginia Locality: North chesterfield

Support SB 1390. This bill is good for the the cats and people of Virginia!

Last Name: Bernabo Organization: self Locality: ASHLAND

I am writing to urge all to please support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia! It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) for cats is legal.

Last Name: Thompson Locality: Chesterfield

This bill is good for cats and people. It prevents unwanted litters of kittens while allowing for these cats to still live and be cared for by humans. As a cat colony caretaker I can say there are thousands like me who manage colonies that are no longer growing larger. Please pass this bill for the good of cats and people.

Last Name: Urwin Locality: Montpelier

We have used TNR program when 4 kittens showed up on our farm. We would not have been able to afford to have them fixed ourselves so it was the perfect alternative. We enjoyed the process so much we decided to make them our barn cats. This is a very important program please continue it!

Last Name: Reinardy Locality: Richmond city

Support SB 1390. This is good for cats, for people and for birds!

Last Name: Jester Locality: Richmond

PLEASE support SB 1399. This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia. It’s the only humane and decent thing that can be done (and at no cost to the state or localities) to safely reduce pet overpopulation and end needless suffering. The overpopulation problem is caused by irresponsible people, not cats. Cats should not be made to suffer because humans are irresponsible. This is the next logical step the state can take since requiring all pets adopted from shelters be neutered before they leave. Thank you.

Last Name: Bagley Locality: Richmond

PLEASE support SB 1399. This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia. It’s the only humane and decent thing that can be done (and at no cost to the state or localities) to safely reduce pet overpopulation and end needless suffering. The overpopulation problem is caused by irresponsible people, not cats. Cats should not be made to suffer because humans are irresponsible. This is the next logical step the state can take since requiring all pets adopted from shelters be neutered before they leave. Thank you.

Last Name: Lurie Locality: Richmond

PLEASE support SB 1399. This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia. It’s the only humane and decent thing that can be done (and at no cost to the state or localities) to safely reduce pet overpopulation and end needless suffering. The overpopulation problem is caused by irresponsible people, not cats. Cats should not be made to suffer because humans are irresponsible. This is the next logical step the state can take since requiring all pets adopted from shelters be neutered before they leave. Thank you.

Last Name: Powers Locality: Richmond

PLEASE support SB 1399. This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia. It’s the only humane and decent thing that can be done (and at no cost to the state or localities) to safely reduce pet overpopulation and end needless suffering. The overpopulation problem is caused by irresponsible people, not cats. Cats should not be made to suffer because humans are irresponsible. This is the next logical step the state can take since requiring all pets adopted from shelters be neutered before they leave. Thank you.

Last Name: Gropman Locality: Richmond

PLEASE support SB 1399. This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia. It’s the only humane and decent thing that can be done (and at no cost to the state or localities) to safely reduce pet overpopulation and end needless suffering. The overpopulation problem is caused by irresponsible people, not cats. Cats should not be made to suffer because humans are irresponsible. This is the next logical step the state can take since requiring all pets adopted from shelters be neutered before they leave. Thank you.

Last Name: Kopet Locality: Richmond

Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal

Last Name: Chollock Locality: Charlottesville, VA

I write you to very strongly support SB1390. A friend of mine is very active in a community in Richmond that with great love and care humanely traps stray animals, gets them the medical treatment they need, adopts them out when possible [and this is very frequent--I think they found loving homes for close to 300 cats alone last year] and releases them when they are too feral for taming. I can't imagine how much worse the already terrible stray situation in Richmond would be if these dedicated volunteers weren't working so hard to curb populations in the most animal friendly way possible. No one loves these animals more than they do, and someday when I'm ready to adopt a pet again, I will do so through them. They honestly are doing some of the best charitable work in the state, and they should be commended. Please support these efforts. Any informed animal lover understands the vital good work this is. Thank you for your time and attention.

Last Name: Everett Locality: North Chesterfield

I support this bill for the safety and welfare for these cats and that TNR is legal. Please pass this bill

Last Name: Swenson Locality: Richmond

Supporting this long overdue Bill is good common sense, for cats and for people. It’s also the compassionate way to proceed. TNR is a very important action that should be protected and even encouraged.

Last Name: Perkins Locality: Henrico

I fully support TNR programs. They help control the feral population. They keep existing colonies safe. There are a plethora of us who gladly spend our own time and money feeding and caring for these helpless animals. They did not ask for their plight in life. Please support this bill and keep the good work flowing for our feral feline friends!

Last Name: Quinn Locality: Powhatan

I support sb1390. Trap, neuter, return is important .

Last Name: Bailey Locality: Richmond

I am asking you to support bill 1390. I have a few outdoor kitties who came with the house when I moved in. For two years I trapped their kittens and found homes until I could catch the parents. The male and female adults have now been TNR'ed and vaccinated. They also have names. Shadow and Moma, and a docked ear to identify to others that someone has looked out for them. One I can pet a little now, but they also never leave my yard for very long anymore. They have a new-to-them cathouse they share outside. These cats ARE now my pets. I would be devastated if they did not come to the porch for dinner everyday, and I could not watch them care for each other and sunbathe outside my window. People who TNR cats, do so because they continue to care for them, and about them. We are also a community in Richmond, and have groups to help each other maintain the TNR programs and care for our fur-babies, but also by utilizing TNR we are helping to reduce the outdoor cat populations, compassionately.

Last Name: HAYTER Locality: ABINGDON, VA

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Last Name: Horwitz Locality: Henrico

Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal

Last Name: Garne Locality: Chesterfield

I have helped with Trap, Neuter, Return of many feral and community cats over the last 15 years and am always amazed how much good comes out of it. The feral cats are healthier after TNR as they also get a rabies shot. It reduces the amount of unwanted kittens and allows the current cats to live out their lives, especially with the help of local feeders. Sometimes the feral cats can be socialized and placed in forever homes which is always a great day. Please add my name to the list of supporters. Thank you.

Last Name: Beebe Locality: Henrico County

Please support this bill. It really helps to control the cat population. Too many animals are euthanized when programs like this can help.

Last Name: Westfall Locality: Richmond

Please disregard the fearmongering. This bill allows people to reduce the community cat population by TNR. This is a humane alternative, and an effective strategy over time. This bill will allow the people who do this demanding and hard work and the cats a measure of safety. Please support this bill. It will have a great benefit.

Last Name: Zoch Locality: Montgomery County

I am responding to the need for SB 1390 to be PASSED. Please vote for this bill! Trap-neuter-return is a tried and true method of reducing cat populations and has been successful across the country. If the animals are merely trapped and killed, other wild or abandoned cats immediately take over their territory and continue breeding. By neutering and returning the cats, they live out their lives and pass on without increasing the cat population. No one should be punished for helping cats in this way.

Last Name: Navales Locality: Chesterfield

Hello, I am a concerned citizen who does TNR all over Chesterfield County, Henrico, Goochland, Ashland, Powhatan, Amelia and Sandston. I have been able to save many cats, upwards of 1000 since 2006 through the TNR process and have placed many of them in their forever homes. These cats have enriched and continue to provide companionship to seniors, people with disabilities and those that live alone as well as teaching children to be kind, responsible, and gentle. Please we need you to support this bill so that we can continue to safely and legally do TNR’s in our great state. Thank you!

Last Name: Frazier Locality: Chesterfield

Trap/neater/release programs offer a humane and effective option to the situation involving feral cats. Although feral cats are not a "native species", they exist as a problem because of the inhumane actions of humans. It is therefore our resposibility as humans of good concience, to do right by them.

Last Name: DeMarco Locality: Henrico

Please support this common sense humane piece of legislation.

Last Name: Ivey Organization: Alley cat allies Locality: Richmond city

I support the current Trap Nurter Spay Return. We love these cats in a different way outside Vs. Inside. We brought them into our society as companion animals and should continue to care for our outside buddies as they can be companions and help deter mice/rodents in our living areas Sincerely Robin Ivey

Last Name: Mallinger Locality: Henrico

I strongly support SB 1390. It's good for cats and for the people of Virginia. It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal

Last Name: Mace Locality: Spotsylvania

SB1390. We must continue this valuable program.....or thousands of cats will be put to death needlessly!!!

Last Name: Russell Locality: Virginia Beach

The pipeline for oil needs to be reopened but thanks to our corrupt president biden it got closed which put a lot of people out of work and raised gas prices.

Last Name: Sullivan Locality: Alexandria

I strongly oppose this bill. It is no kindness to cats to allow them to be subject to the cold, traffic, predation by owls, foxes, coyotes, and vulnerable to injuries of all kinds and poisons. They prey on songbirds already facing loss of habitat, pesticide poisoning, collisions with buildings, and other threats. Cats make wonderful companion animals but are not native, wild animals and should be not be permitted to become feral. Most will never be vaccinated against rabies and can be a threat to humans.

Last Name: Olech Organization: none Locality: Williamsburg

SB 1164 should promote advanced recycling to include education for localities and create jobs. High schools and technical degrees should be offering education on recycling careers. It is a lucrative and creative way to help reduce waste and protect our planet.

Last Name: Stewart Locality: Chester

Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal.

Last Name: Olech Organization: none Locality: Williamsburg

Support sb 1390 because it supports keeping feral and stray cat population down, especially in low income neighborhoods, and for seniors who do not have the money to spay/neuter. Also, cats are often "dropped off" in the country when they are pregnant, or dropped off with their kittens. It is a cruel outcome. If they survive, they inbreed and create cat colonies out of control to birds, and to residents.

Last Name: Morris Organization: CAT Action Team Locality: Ruckersville

TNR is an extremely valuable function for the humane control of the feral cat population. We manage a trailer park and CAT Action Team has helped to control the local feral cat colony through TNR. In the past 5 years, they have TNR’d or rehomed over 90 cats for us. I have seen firsthand how fast unfixed animals can multiply. The people who TNR, who many times are volunteers, are doing it because of their love for the cats. My 93-year-old aunt was trapping cats up until the pandemic last year. Please ensure that TNR remains legal and protected in Virginia. Thank you.

Last Name: Roberts Locality: Fluvanna

Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia which has many feral cats It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal

Last Name: Henry Locality: Midlothian

Please support SB 1390! This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal. This will help with the overpopulation of feraos cats in va.

Last Name: Johnson Locality: Chesapeake

I strongly support this bill. Please pass it. A study is not needed as that has already been done. Allow shelters to assist community cat caregivers help with spay and neuter programs. Thank you!

Last Name: Pohlmeier Locality: Powhatan

SB 1390 - PLEASE do your research on this before voting! We will always have abandoned, stray and intact cats looking for food and procreating if their owners don’t take responsibility. By stopping the procreating, we will reduce the number of homeless cats ethically and kindly! The other choice is to trap and kill. All feral cats that end up in a shelter will be euthanized. And then the people who wanted them gone will find the population of mice, rats and snakes increase proportionally. Look into Randolph AFB in San Antonio. They reintroduced spayed and neutered feral cats after trapping and killing the entire population.

Last Name: Farr Locality: Albemarle

Please support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal

Last Name: Shafer, Kat Organization: ASOVA - Assisting Strays Of Virginia Locality: New Kent County, VA

Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal

Last Name: Dill-Barnett Locality: Richmond

Trap neuter release is an important step in keeping the cat population down

Last Name: Leftwich Locality: New Kent County, VA

Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal

Last Name: Claeys Locality: Richmond

This bill is such a good bill for both our community cats and Virginia citizens. This bill would affirm that TNR is legal. TNR saves many cats lives. It also helps control the feral cat population. This is a humane way to keep the feral cat population under control while still allowing our community cats to live peacefully.

Last Name: Barnes Locality: Alberta, VA

SB 1390 must pass to protect the incredible hard work so many are doing across the state to provide for the feral cat population. The cats are vetted at great cost to both the advocates and the veterinarians that support them. As a collective, WE vote, and those votes go to supporters of this bill.

Last Name: Shafer Locality: Providence Forge, VA

Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal

Last Name: Bartels-Brezac Organization: UCS Locality: Arlington

Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal

Last Name: Campbell Locality: Alexandria

I encourage you to support SB1390. There are programs in place that are already successful. This benefits both cats and the people who care for them.

Last Name: Williams Locality: Surry County

I support SB1390 because it is good for the cats and people of Virginia as the reproduction of homeless and/or feral cats is thwarted humanely, without killing, and neighborhoods that appreciate having them around benefit from their rodent control without poison or traps, which is safer for children and pets as well as the rest of us. To reject this proposed legislation would not only be a disservice to the cats and neighborhoods affected, but also to some of Virginia's most caring, dedicated, and freely giving animal welfare organizations and volunteers. It also might cast a dim light on Virginia as choosing inhumane methods over humane ones when Virginia residents do not reflect that. SB1390 is necessary to affirm that Trap/Neuter/Return for cats is legal.

Last Name: Luttazi Locality: Fairfax

It's a win-win for a living things!

Last Name: Davis Locality: Fairfax county

Please support SB 1390. This bill is helpful for cats and the people of Virginia. This bill will affirm that Trap-Neuter-Return is legal.

Last Name: Giglio Organization: TNR (work/private) Locality: Poquoson

The biggest opponents of TNR are bird conservative groups, people that want to test cats to euthanize the cats that are FIV positive (PETA), and people talking about pregnant women getting toxoplasmosis if near infected cat feces. While these groups have points, the reality is a) starving cats (not fed and taken care of cats) kill the most birds, and if the bird conservative groups want to help the birds and wildlife, then help with the solution of overpopulation of cats that works. Not doing anything isn’t working, but just the opposite, it is getting worse, and moreover, trying to trap cats to euthanize them to reduce cat population doesn't work either. I have seen it firsthand. b) FIV cats can live long, healthy lives, they just have a weaker immune system. By implementing TNR and working this program, this WILL reduce the exposure because it is 100% foolproof, a fixed, taken care of cat is the least likely to fight because you have taken away the reasons a cat will fight, starving/unfixed. With a TNR program, there are care-givers that take care of the cats. c) the risk of contracting toxoplasmosis from infected feces is completely controllable. I can assure you if you knew how much cat poop, I pick up it would be surprising. To conclude, TNR is a permanent, foolproof solution in dealing with the overpopulation of cats. With caretakers and fixed cats, all of the problems with unfixed, overpopulated cats reduce. My work instituted TNR starting with over 1000 cats. For years trapping to euthanized happened, but the cat problem kept growing. The reason for this is because the root cause of the problem wasn't being addressed. After countless money and years, TNR was tried. Over the past 8 years, we have gone down to 200 cats. Cats also serve a purpose in rodent control, and speaking of this is an excellent solution for companies instead of hiring pest control services that don't work and are more costly than feeding cats, providing shelter, and vet care when needed. Lastly, even though I have a lot of real-world experience and the benefits. While nothing is perfect, TNR w/ caretakers works!!!! But let’s not stop there, lets fix the root cause of why the cats are overpopulated, by requiring every child starting from primary school up to high school be required to take an animal class that teaches responsibility and caretaking. By doing this, this gives children that have irresponsible parents when dealing with animals another perspective, the right one. If children only have a bad example, the cycle continues, and we can’t afford it, and the cats can’t either. Additionally, every single renter should be required to show PROOF of their cat being fixed. By requiring proof, this again reduces the chances of another renter will have an unfixed cat, and move out and leave unfixed cat behind. In conclusion, I implore you to take ALL into consideration. Bird advocacy groups should work with TNR groups. This would solve the problems on both sides, and give each side a perspective they otherwise not have. Respectfully, Lynn Giglio Poquoson, VA

Last Name: Shelton Locality: Richmond

Feral Cats cause the greatest threat to songbirds as far as mortality. Feeding of cats should take place on the private property of the person feeding them. Our public parks and our own yards should not be place for careless people to create hazards by feeding and dumping stray cats. They do not have the right to do this on other people’s property and property that belongs to the public. Period.

Last Name: Tinder Locality: North Chesterfield

Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal For the cats,

Last Name: Richards Organization: None Locality: Fairfax County

I urge you to pass this bill - trap, neuter and release is humane, beneficial to cats and to all of us, as neutering prevents further breeding. This program is legal, and consistent with animal welfare .

Last Name: Protigal Organization: (none) Locality: Alexandria

SB1390 | Lewis | Cats; trap, neuter, and return programs, civil penalty. I object to "TNR" because feral cats, as an invasive species, are causing significant harm to our songbird population.

Last Name: Homberger Locality: Virginia Beach,

please support SB 1390. it affirms that TNR for cats is legal keeping the feral cat population controlled is critical.

Last Name: Costello Organization: Flagship Partners Locality: Manakin Sabot

Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal

Last Name: Davis Locality: Albemarle County

Please support SB 1390 to support Trap-Neuter-Return programs for cats in Virginia. Such programs legally and humanely decrease the size of cat colonies over time, improve the lives of the feral cats and the people who live near them. Removing and killing feral cats doesn't work, the remaining cats continue to multiply or new colonies move in where the the previous euthanized colony resided. TNR answers the needs of communities - please protect these programs.

Last Name: Costello Organization: Goochland Community Cats Locality: Manakin Sabot, Va

Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal

Last Name: Scher Locality: Orange

Trap-Neuter-Return should obviously be legal. Pass this bill. It's the right thing to do for the cats, and it helps Virginia businesses.

Last Name: Smith Locality: Richmond

This is a no-brainer. Trap-Neuter-Return is legal. I'm pretty sure these cats are feeding the coyote population. This is good for everyone involved, landowners, businesses, and cats.

Last Name: Tyson Locality: Richmond

Trap-Neuter-Return is legal. My business and my family do not want more feral cats roaming around, like they do now. It's unsightly, and it's unChristian to let them suffer and continue to breed.

Last Name: Costello Locality: Goochland

I am writing in strong support of SB 1390. This commonsense reform is good for the animals and property owners. It's humane and saves property owners and the county a financial and aesthetic headache. This bill affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal, and as a taxpaying citizen and proud Virginian, I want to see this bill passed into law. It's good for business, and it's just the Christian thing to do.

Last Name: Dooley Locality: Isle of Wight, Smithfield

Good afternoon, I’m writing today to state that I strongly support this bill (SB1390). No additional studies nor research needs to be conducted on this issue because the science speaks for itself when it comes to the efficacy of community supported TNR efforts. I am asking you to allow shelters and their dedicated volunteers and staff to assist community cat caregivers with spay neuter programs. Thank you! Kind regards, Amber Dooley

Last Name: Tresp Locality: Alexandria

This bill would lead to decimation of wildlife populations, Including Native Wild Birds SB 1390 completely disregards the undeniable threat that cats pose to native wildlife populations, which are already under tremendous strain because of human encroachment and environmental degradation. An estimated 1.3 to 4 billion birds and 6.3 to 22.3 billion mammals are killed by cats every year in the United States. SB 1390 would worsen this crisis. Please vote NO!

Last Name: Jensema Locality: City of Alexandria

I strongly believe in TNR and it remaining legal in Virginia. I currently help take care of a colony of 9 cats who were all part of the TNR program. We have so many families who enjoy seeing the cats knowing they are taken care of and looked after, and that there is no worry of their colony size growing. Please keep TNR legal in Virginia.

Last Name: Thompson Locality: Fairfax

Support program to Trap, Neuter, and Release feral cats. Save the cats that will decrease rodent population, but also prevent overpopulation with neutering.

Last Name: White Organization: TNR Locality: Virginia Beach

I am in very strong support of the SB1390 bill. I have been involved with TNR for several years now in Virginia. I provide shelter, medical care, food, and water to these precious animals. They are cared for and loved. This bill is needed and necessary for the cats and the people of Virginia that love them. I am a born and raised Virginian, and proud of my state for taking action and moving forward with this much needed bill. Thank you so very much!! Stacey White

Last Name: Wilson Locality: Henrico

TNR is vital for cats whether they be female or male. Not only does it control unwanted cat pregnancy, it is vital for their health. Spay and neuter helps to avoids cancer in these precious and vulnerable animals. Without TNR so many are euthanized which is a shame.

Last Name: Lacy Locality: Henrico, Virginia

I support Bill SB1390. Trapping, neutering, and returning stray cats to their territory is a humane thing to do. There are far too many cats born that are not adopted and often live very difficult lives.

Last Name: CURRIER Locality: CULPEPER COUNTY

Please pass SB1390 making Trap Neuter Return (TNR) unquestionably legal and the recommended method of preventing cat overpopulation. I speak to its effectiveness from first hand experience. In the winter of 2005 I bought a house with a few "cute strays" living nearby. The following summer I had 24 new cats living on my porch with no idea what to do. I was introduced to TNR by my Vet. I trapped 28 cats, spayed/neutered and brought them all back to my property where they were provided food and outdoor shelters. Fifteen (15) years later many of these cats are still alive and healthy and I HAVE NOT HAD ANY MORE KITTENS born in my colony. If I had not been able to participate (and volunteer) with TNR I can not imagine how many feral cats would have been running around my house or in the road in front of my house. TNR works! It is the ONLY solution that will work.

Last Name: Suskind Locality: Henrico

In reference to SB1390|Lewis|Cats; trap, neuter, and return programs, civil penalty: I strongly urge you to support this bill, as it affirms that TNR (trap-neuter-return) for cats is legal. The bill is good for both the cats and the people of Virginia who care for them. As a volunteer for several rescue groups, like Henrico Humane, who has participated in the TNR process, I fear that if this bill is not supported, that volunteers like me will be fined or prosecuted in future. The work that volunteers do in the community for these feral/homeless/community cats is invaluable, preventing these cats from having endless litters and suffering from the health complications that can go along with multiple litters. It prevents overpopulation in areas, which I saw first hand as a kid at camp. During one summer a small group of homeless cats had moved into our camp's wooded area. By the next summer, the camp directors' were begging campers and their families to take home the nearly 50 cats the original group had produced. It was awful. Back then, resources were not available and knowledge/awareness was limited. When these homeless cats have multiple litters, space and resources become even more scarce. As a result, many homeless or community cats suffer from injuries due to fighting, or get sick due to poor nutrition. Spaying and neutering via TNR can reduce numbers, competition, territoriality, and resulting injury and sickness. Volunteers and organizations should not be punished or at risk for spending their time and money to alleviate these problems. I thank you for your attention and consideration and hope you will support SB1390. Elizabeth Suskind

Last Name: Butler Locality: Augusta county

I support SB 1390. TNR is good for cats, people and wild life. 1390 affirms TNR is legal. Let’s make Virginia a leader in TNR.

Last Name: estes Organization: cats are tops Locality: fairfax county

SB1390 should be passed with no study needed. TNR works! The cats are s/n which reduces the population of unwanted cats. They are vaccinated, and are cared for by a colony care taker.

Last Name: Sherowsky Locality: Wytheville

I strongly support this bill! We do not need further study. Trap, neuter, and release has already been fully evaluated and proven to be the best solution. Please allow shelters to assist caregivers with spay/neuter programs.

Last Name: ROLAND Locality: CHESTERFIELD

THIS BILL WILL ALLOW FOR THE CONTROL OF FERAL CAT POPULATION IN VIRGINIA BY ALLOWING VOLUNTEERS WORKING WITH ACCREDITED PROGRAMS TO HUMANELY PREVENT THESE CATS FROM REPRODUCING. THIS WILL BE GOOD NOT ONLY FOR THE CATS, BUT FOR THE CITIZENS OF VIRGINIA. IT SIMPLY AFFIRMS THAT TRAP-NEUTER-RETURN IS LEGAL. WITHOUT THIS AFFIRMATION, VOLUNTEERS COULD BE PENALIZED FOR SIMPLY DOING THE RIGHT THING BY HELPING THESE ANIMALS AND THEIR FELLOW CITIZENS. I RESPECTFULLY ASK THAT THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES PASS THIS BILL.

Last Name: Aquila Locality: Alexandria

Support SB 1390 This is good for cats' AND humans' health!

Last Name: Williams Organization: Alley Cat Allies Locality: Henrico

Support SB1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal

Last Name: Pinney Locality: Fair fax County

Please pass this bill!

Last Name: Hawes Locality: Fairfax

Please support bill. 1360. TMR does work. It helps the cats and it also helps people and the environment . I have seen the success of TM T.

Last Name: Buck Locality: Fairfax

This helps the population of cats exploding and keeps down vermin naturally.

Last Name: Sims Locality: Augusta

I am writing to express my strong support of this bill. I do NOT see the need for a study, as the issue has already been adequately studied. Please allow shelters and animal rescue organizations such as Cat's Cradle of the Shenandoah Valley to assist community cat caregivers with spay/neuter programs.

Last Name: Cavanagh Locality: Alexandria

I support SB 1390, which is good for the cats and citizens of Virginia. It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal. Please make this happen. Thank you.

Last Name: Brown Locality: Fairfax County

I support SB 1390. This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia and it affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal. This bill does only good. There is no downside.

Last Name: Andersen Locality: Lake Frederick

The bill as it currently stands does not provide enough regulation or restriction for TNR, & can be dangerously & inappropriately used as an excuse to unlawfully abandon cats under the guise of TNR. This is not only dangerous for wildlife, the community, & the environment, but harmful for cats themselves. Feral cats don't receive the care they deserve - they're free-roaming, therefore it's unreliable that daily caretakers can responsibly & reliably get eyes on all cats in the area, trap specifically ill, injured or unneutered individuals, & reasonably protect cats from the dangers that they're forced to face when re-abandoned outdoors after being originally Trapped & Neutered. This bill does not provide anyone as a the "responsible" party should anyone or animals be injured or made ill by the actions of feral cats (such as illness caused by toxoplasmosis, especially to pregnant women who are at risk, or rabies, FIV, etc.), which are being sustained & kept in these areas by their caretakers/organizations. It's also extremely hypocritical for TNR to encourage the acceptance of allowing the dumping of cats in areas, & to argue that removal of cats doesn't work. TNR RELIES on the removal of cats to be successful - they often adopt out friendly adults & kittens, & will euthanize fatally ill or injured cats that they find - which are normally large percentages of the cats originally existing in colonies, & are touted as part of how TNR reduces the number of colony cats. If this weren't the case, they'd use their argument of a "cat vacuum" to not physically remove any cats ever, for fear of drawing new ones in. So which is it? Does removing cats work, or doesn't it? TNR is also inhumane for the cats, citing the reasons for inadequate levels of care above, as well as the general dangers we force cats to face, which are entirely avoidable if the cats were NOT redumped outdoors. The only way that TNR "works," is reliant on cats dying. And for some reason, the idea that a cat could peacefully & painlessly go to sleep forever, is more abhorrent to TNR proponents than a cat slowly dying from the elements, predators, trauma, disease, or their favorite, "old age" - which any cat owner will tell you, old age is NOT a "peaceful" or "painless" way to go - which is why many geriatric cat owners make end-of-life plans, to avoid this suffering. Feral cats deserve that and much more, but it is nearly impossible to provide that level of care to an animal you can't contain and can't be sure of there whereabouts at any given time. "But there are no other solutions!" Actually, there are. Instead of dumping feral cats back outdoors to suffer, TNR groups could focus their resources into building secure enclosures for cats who absolutely cannot be fostered or adopted. This would keep them safe, allow for actual proper care and observation, prevent a large amount of cat-wildlife interactions, and potentially mitigate disease spread. TNR groups could spend more resources finding fosters & homes for unwanted cats to prevent dumping, vs resources supplementing feral cats that wreak havoc on themselves and the environment around them. And lastly, we don't treat any other animals the way we treat cats. We don't TNR Burmese Pythons, feral hogs, nutria, dogs. We don't allow the abandonment of animals from shelters/owners when there aren't resources, because we know how irresponsible & dangerous it would be. So we shouldn't encourage & protect doing it for cats either.

Last Name: Johnson Locality: Burke

I support SB 1390. This bill is good for the cats and the people of Virginia. It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) for cats is legal. We have seen a noticeable benefit from TNR to the feral cat colonies in our community.

Last Name: Bragg Locality: Henrico

I commented before but wanted to add to please support Bill SB1390. This is good for the cats and people of Virginia. It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return is legal for cats. Thank you.

Last Name: Haneberg Locality: Henrico

I support SB 1390 as it good for the cats and people of VA. This will affirm, for all VA residents, that trap-neuter-return for cats is a legal and humane practice in VA.

Last Name: Cambiago Spangler Locality: Fairfax County

I support SB 1390. This bill affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal and therefore is good for the cats and people of Virginia.

Last Name: THOMPSON Organization: MYSELF AND ME BEING A VOLUNTEER OF A TNR PROGRAM Locality: MECHANICSVILLE

I THINK THAT IT SHOULD BE A LAW THAT EVERY ANIMAL IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA SHOULD BE SPAYED /NEURTERED. THE REASON WE HAVE THE PROBLEM IS LACK OF HUMAN RESPONSIBLILTY, NOT THE ANIMAL. TNR PROGRAMS REDUCE THE POPULATION OF UNWANTED CATS DUE TO HUMAN NEGLIGENCE. THEY ARE PUT OUTSIDE TO FEND FOR THEMSELVES AND SURVIVE THE BEST WAY THEY CAN WITHOUT BEING SPAYED /NEURTERED SO THEY HAVE OFFSPRING THAT HAS NEVER KNOWN HUMAN CONTACT. JUST SURVIVAL. THANK GOD FOR CARETAKERS AND TNR SPEAKING FOR VOICES THAT CAN'T BE HEARD PATRICIA THOMPSON

Last Name: Davidson Locality: Albemarle County

SB1390 is necessary to ensure the legality of the Trap-Neuter-Return program for cats. It is a bill that is good for cats and people. Please support this bill.

Last Name: paul moore Organization: operation catnip Locality: hanover county

please support SB 1390. it affirms that TNR for cats is legal keeping the feral cat population is critical.

Last Name: Fusek Locality: Newport News

Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal

Last Name: Snelson Locality: Henrico

Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia. It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal for the cats,

Last Name: Papula Locality: Henrico

Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal.

Last Name: Hirsch Locality: Henrico

Support the legality of Trap-Neuter-Return in Virginia. TNR is a humane, sensible program and must be continued. The legion of animal lovers in Virginia are watching you!

Last Name: Ballinger Locality: Virginia Beach

I want to express my strong support for SB 1390. My family and I have trapped, spay, neutered, found loving homes for the kittens of many feral cats. We’ve also overseen the feeding, protective housing and medical care of small outdoor colonies. This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia. It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal and makes me proud to be Virginia resident for my entire life. Thank you for your support of this bill. Kind regards, Shannon Ballinger

Last Name: Simmons Locality: Henrico

TNR is good for people of Virginia and for cats. Please support this humane process.

Last Name: Ewald Organization: Franklin County Humane Society Locality: Franklin County

I am writing to support community's and shelter's right to run TNR programs in their communities. This is the best way to deal with feral cat colonies. I support SB 1390.

Last Name: Hinegar Locality: Franklin

I strongly believe in this program. To not only prevent unwanted feral cats, but also to limit the population so they are not being at risk or being hit by cars, starving or spreading diseases. It is very crucial to get the feral cat population under control. Feral cats are great when it comes to rodent control and such, but they also pose risk to inbreeding and passing diseases along. If we could trap and spay/neuter as many feral cats as possible, and either release or rehome, it will help trumendously. Feral cats can carry fleas and diseases to your yard, therefore spreading them to your own loved pest. If we help neuter/spay it will cut down the population and help stop the spread of even more cats running around spreading parasites and diseases.

Last Name: DeStories Locality: Henrico

Please support SB 1390. Imperative to cat population safety and for all communities to help keep the stray population under control and reduce the fears, dangers and illnesses feril cats endure every day. Thank you.

Last Name: Williams Organization: Cats Unlimited Locality: Rockbridge County

I strongly support the bill. SB1390 I do NOT want a study, the issue has already been studied & I want them to allow shelters to assist community cat caregivers with spay & neuter programs. Thank you

Last Name: Paolinelli Organization: SB1390 Cats Trap, Neuter and Return Program Locality: Round Hill

I am requesting that you please vote to pass this Bill. I feed and trap feral cats daily and stopping them from reproducing through trap, neuter and release and vaccinations reduces their suffering, allows them to live out their lives more safely and stops the over population of cats and euthanizing unwanted cats. Cats have existed outside for years, in all kinds of weather and all around the world. We need to control the population through trap, neuter and release instead of letting them over populated and suffer when people start complaining if they should consider them a problem due to overpopulation, etc. Volunteers like myself feed colonies on a daily basis, check on these cats and trap any cats in need of medical attention, etc. Cats enjoy the food we provide and come to wait for it daily. I observe and confirm that they have quality of life. We also provide shelter as needed, such as a box with straw for warmth in discrete locations, etc. Thanks you for your attention to this important matter!!! Laura

Last Name: Portwood Locality: Hanover

o Support SB 1390 o This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia o It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal

Last Name: Spencer Locality: Henrico

Please support SB1390, regarding Trap-Neuter-Return! This bill makes so much sense ~ it's a win-win situation for communities and homeless cats.

Last Name: Kerere Locality: front royal

strongly urge you to pass this bill. I totally believe in TNR to control the feral cat population.

Last Name: Huffman Locality: Luray Va

I support this bill in order to help care for our animals. Trap, neuter and return.

Last Name: Wolford Locality: Alexandria

I support this!

Last Name: Anselmo Locality: Botetourt County

I strongly urge you to pass this bill. I totally believe in TNR to control the feral cat population. Their are many of dedicated to helping control the proliferation of cats cast aside by humans. This would help us, but even more would be a spy/neuter bill and state funded grants to local vets to provide low cost clinics to many who can’t afford the outrageous associated costs . If New England states can do it we can also. It would save more money in the long run that are needed to operate animal shelters.

Last Name: Mathis Locality: RESTON

Please vote YES on SB-1390 TNR to help caretakers save cats in virginia!

Last Name: Dunn Locality: Williamsburg

Hello. As an animal shelter worker, I support SB 1390 and believe that TNR is legal. This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia, because it empowers residents to humanely control stray cat populations in their communities, and as such will save so many homeless cats from endless cycles of litters and suffering.

Last Name: Hernandezolivares Locality: Round Hill

My family spends lots of money feeding about 10 different feral cats around Leesburg and Purcellville on a nightly basis. Additionally, we are involved in catching, and arranging for spading, and neutering of other feral cats to prevent their wild reproduction. We, the community, need help with this endeavor. This bill is exactly what we need! There is no need to continue studying a perpetual problem that will only get worse if the proverbial can continues to be kicked down the road. Please take action on this bill.

Last Name: Susan Massey Locality: Henrico

Please support SB 1390. TNR is crucial as a humane method of reducing the stray population. I understand that cats kill birds, and that's why I keep mine indoors. She was an outdoor cat breeding and having babies in a nearby neighborhood. We caught the family, spay/neutered them all, and found homes. They were all adoptable. TNR will see that the wild cats who are unadoptable can continue to live out their lives while not increasing the population. These cats are given rabies shots when neutered, and often there are caretakes watching the colonies to take sick ones to the vet. In order to reduce the wild cat population SB 1390 should be passed, keeping pet cats indoors should be encouraged (which all shelters do), and those pet cats that do go outside should be neutered. Education and TNR can work together to humanely reduce the wild cat population. Sincerely, Susan Massey

Last Name: Smith Locality: Richmond

I STRONGLY Support SB 1390! Not only is this bill good for the cats and people of Virginia, but why would anyone NOT support this vital initiative? It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal, and is a NO BRAINER solution to feral cat colonies throughout the State. For GOD'S SAKE, KEEP TNR as a vital part of our humanity!

Last Name: desroche Organization: alley cat allies organization Locality: suffolk virginia 23434

support SB1390. bill is good for cats and people of virginia. to trap, neuter and return cats is legal. thank you for reading and helping the cat community.

Last Name: Vanech Locality: Fairfax County

Please support SB 1390 to support Trap-Neuter-Return programs for cats in Virginia. Such programs legally and humanely decrease the size of cat colonies over time, improve the lives of the feral cats and the people who live near them. Removing and killing feral cats doesn't work, the remaining cats continue to multiply or new colonies move in where the the previous euthanized colony resided. TNR answers the needs of communities - please protect these programs.

Last Name: Keffer Locality: Franklin county

I support SB1390. This is a good program not only for the cats but for the humans. TNR needs to be legal and supported in the communities. I have seen an amazing difference in my very own community from such efforts. This is the most effective and humane way to handle situations.

Last Name: Bogart Locality: Virginia Beach

I Support SB 1390. This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia and all pets that interact with these cats. These cats control the rodent and snake population naturally for my area and many they surround. Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal!

Last Name: Piontka Locality: Frederick

I am writing in support of SB 1390. Trap neuter return has been shown to be the best thing for the people and the cats. Thank you.

Last Name: Warner Locality: Springfield

I strongly the support the bill, I do NOT want a study, the issue has already been studied and I would simply like them to allow shelters to assist community cat caregivers with spay neuter programs.

Last Name: Kelley Locality: Richmond

SB1390 Trap neuter release saves cats lives. Please support and pass this legislation to legalize TNR

Last Name: Morgan Locality: Virginia Beach

Dear Sirs, Ladies, I support SB 1390. I am a long time proponent of Trap-Neuter-Return methods for controlling our cat population, and feel that this bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia. I urge you to support this bill as well. This bill affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal and goes a long way in treating cats in the most humane way possible. Sincerely, Patricia Morgan buster59@cox.net 757-632-1227 324 Discovery Road Va. Beach, VA 23451

Last Name: Mackey Organization: N/A Locality: Virginia Beach

Please Support SB 1390. As an animal rescuer, I have seen successful programs in other areas and this is needed here. This bill is good for both the cats and people of Virginia and affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal

Last Name: Gambaro Locality: Alexandria

Please please support this TNR program to keep TNR legal and active, as it is good for the people and cats of Virginia. As many of these unfortunate cats cannot be adopted, this is the best way to keep the homeless cat population down in our communities. People will hearts for cats will be much less likely to bring a stray cat in for neutering if they know the cat might be destroyed. People without hearts for cats will probably do nothing anyway. Please support.

Last Name: Suvarna Locality: Henrico

Please help pass this very vital bill. TNR is run by extremely dedicated volunteers who are also responsible caretakers of their cat communities. This program does more towards keeping cat population controlled then any other initiative and it does so very humanely. TNR is truly a community effort where people are brought together by their compassion and love to donate their time, resource and efforts. Lastly every animal is part of nature and deserves a chance at life.

Last Name: Wieseman Locality: Newport News

Please support hb1399. It is the most humane method to handle the feral cat population caused by human neglect of unsterilized cats released outside who then continue to breed and without loving contact they deserve wind up having litters that then become wild. TNR over time reduces the population. As a feral cat colony manager I took the initiative to get a colony neutered vaccinated eartipped and returned to live out their lives. When I started 11 years ago I had 11 females that all got done on same day. I stopped the population growth immediately as the year before many of these had been the children. They have removed the rodent population. They rarely if ever get birds that fly away. In the dark ages cats were revered and considered valuable for removing pests. Let's get back to a gentler kinder reaction to a four legged who share this planet with us. TNR is the best solution to the population problem..

Last Name: Sandy Locality: Alexandria

I support SB1390. This bill is good for cats and people of Virginia. TNR for cats is legal. SB1412 and SB1417 is good for the protection of all animals.

Last Name: Sarah Shiver Locality: fairfax

Please do not amend or allow the expansion of TNR programs. While being outdoors is not ideal for cats or birds, the only way to reduce the community/feral cat population is to decrease how they can breed. You cannot adopt out of this problem as some feral cats can nver be socialized.

Last Name: Shirley Locality: ALEXANDRIA

Please consider this bill. It is a humane way to control feral cat populations. It has been proven to work in countless communities. It is currently in use at Disneyland as solution for both a humane way to deal with the cats as well as rodent control.

Last Name: Lisa Armstrong Locality: Spotsylvania

TNR programs work and are extremely necessary. Please, please, please vote for this bill keeping TNR programs legal and active. Cats have been domesticated by humans and these unfortunate homeless cats deserve all the help we can give them. These cats face homelessness, illness and injury as well as starvation without our help! There is no rational reason to end TNR. Ty

Last Name: Newell Locality: Marshall

We absolutely must ensure that TNR stays legal, and if possible, to ensure that it is used more widely to reduce the suffering of animals whose lives are made miserable by the failings of us humans.

Last Name: Petitt Locality: Fairfax County

I support SB 1390 and strongly believe this bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia.

Last Name: Loomis Organization: Cats Locality: Fairfax

Please support SB 1390. Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) has been proven to be one of the best ways to help both cats and humans. TNR is legal, and Virginia needs to do its part to protect cats.

Last Name: Cronce Locality: Fairfax County

o We support SB 1390 o This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia o It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal

Last Name: Donegan Organization: Operation Hood Locality: Fredericksburg

I support this bill because I volunteer with an organization that performs TNR in our community. It is the only ethical way to contain and reduce feral cat (community cat) populations.

Last Name: Storey Locality: Virginia Beach

Please approve SB1390, which supports proactive, compassionate action. There is existing research to support the efficacy of TNR programs, and a study is not needed to support this legislation.

Last Name: Zanotti Locality: Fairfax County

Trap, neuter, return programs are good for Virginians and good for Virginian cats. Please support this bill.

Last Name: Taysi Locality: Fairfax County

o I Support SB 1390 o This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia o This bill affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal

Last Name: Troemmler Locality: Danville

I wholeheartedly support SB 1390. I've taken care of colonies of feral cats for over twenty years. For everyone involved in this labor of love for the cats, it will be a blessing to know that Trap-Neuter-Return is legal. TNR is a win-win for the cats and the communities in which they live. The reproduction of cats comes to an end and the cats themselves live healthier lives.

Last Name: Farr Locality: Alexandria

I strongly support the trap, neuter, and return program as vital to the well being of at-risk cats that otherwise will reproduce and become ill or worse. This program is longstanding and has proven its value in communities not only in the US, but overseas as well. The humane and compassionate treatment of animals with whom we share this planet is the mark of our greatest evolution as human beings.

Last Name: Harris Locality: Remington

As a life-long resident of Virginia, I strongly support this bill. I do not believe that a study regarding this issue as I believe it has been studied and so an additional study would simply be a waste of time and tax-payer's money. Please allow shelters to assist community cat caregivers with spay neuter programs. Ultimately, this will reduce the feral cat population and save tax-payer's money. I have proved that spay and neuter works to reduce the "at-large" cat population at my own home where irresponsible owners tend to dump their intact cats. I am currently down to only one intact male cat and I will have him neutered as soon as I can catch him. Trap, neuter and return works.

Last Name: Carroll Locality: Alexandria

I do support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal I do support SB 1274 I support the creation and enforcement of wildlife corridors for the safety of both animals, motorists and the preservation of Virginia's wildlife

Last Name: Leonard Locality: Alexandria (Fairfax County)

Please pass this bill. I strongly support the TNR program; it is in the best interests of our citizens to allow TNR and is a humane manner to allow those cats to live a good life. They help with rodent populations and Virginia needs this kind of legislation. PLEASE VOTE FOR SB1390. Thank you.

Last Name: Haddock Organization: Smyth county Humane Society and the Smyth Animal Rescue Locality: Smyth

I support SB1390. The SCHS has an active TNR program that is making a difference in the community cat population in Marion. More studies are not needed about the effectiveness of such programs. Much research has already been done. Thank you in advance for your support of this important bill.

Last Name: Carroll Locality: Alexandria

I do support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal

Last Name: Maria Siwek Locality: Manassas Park

I am writing just to tell you that I support this bill and think it is good idea and helps both the community and the animals. This bill is needed hopefully will have your full support and pass. Thank you for your time and service.

Last Name: Grieve Organization: Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter Locality: Fairfax

Thank you for your support on this bill. We strongly support the bill, and do not want a study. The issue has already been studied and we would simply like to allow shelters to assist community cat caregivers with spay neuter programs.

Last Name: Potter Locality: Henrico/Mecklenburg

I support Bill SB 1390 as a way of effectively and humanely control feral cat populations.

Last Name: Gaffney Locality: Portsmouth

I strongly support this bill. I do NOT want a study, the issue has already been studied and I would simply like you to allow shelters to assist community cat caregivers with spay neuter programs.

Last Name: Colvin Locality: Henrico

Please SUPPORT this legislation. It is vital to reduce the feral population of cats in our Commonwealth. The more cats are allowed to populate, the more likely property values decrease, the more diseases are spread, and the more vehicle accidents these animals may cause. Overall, the TNR process has worked extremely well in other states, in whatever localities it has been tried. This is a common sense measure, please vote FOR this bill. Thank you.

Last Name: Fitzpatrick Locality: Chesapeake

Our family supports helping community cats. We ask that you vote in favor of this legislation. No more studies are needed. It is time to act!

Last Name: Crow Locality: Augusta County

I support trap, spay, neuter and return.

Last Name: Arrington Organization: Franklin Co Humane Society Locality: Roanoke

As a veterinary professional, I believe in TNR. This is a humane way to save lives! By allowing TNR, we give those without a voice the freedom of a being released into a natural environment vs being euthanized in a shelter because there are too many or the animal is unsocialized. As an individual that provides care to a feral community, I enjoy seeing “my crew” when I pull up at their feeding location. I may not be able to handle them but they recognize me and they live a nice, safe, altered life. This is a chance to take a step forward with animal science and welfare. Please help us and those who need all of the support they can get!

Last Name: Stevens Locality: Fairfax County

I strongly support SB 1390. I am a member of Best Friends, an animal rescue organization through whom I met several individuals in Fairfax County who are involved in trap-neuter-return programs for community cats. I believe that SB1390 would be beneficial to the cats and people of Virginia. Trap-neuter-return for cats is legal and deserves to be supported as provided in SB1390 .

Last Name: Davis Organization: Doris of Georgia Animal Transport Locality: Midlothian

Please support SB 1390 - this bill is good for the cats as well as the people of Virginia! It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal.

Last Name: Scott Locality: Blacksburg, Virginia, Montgomery County

I’m a retired college counselor/teacher/administrator who has been involved with rescuing, protecting, and caring for companion animals in need for most of my life. The trap-neuter-return program for cats has for more than 30 years proven to be not only the most humane but the most effective way to help both community cats and communities of people. As my grandfather told me repeatedly, “If it works, don’t mess with it.” Some people have truly bizarre (and incorrect) notions about the protection and care of small colonies of community cats who live outdoors. You can check these notions out and you’ll find them inaccurate. So I urge you to support this bill that makes trap-neuter-return programs for cats legal throughout our Commonwealth. There should be penalties for people who try to interfere with caregivers who are involved in implementing TNR. What you absolutely do need to change are the laws defining behaviors that constitute cruel, exploitative, neglectful or abusive treatment of companion animals or wildlife by human beings. Then you should establish penalties and punishments for people who engage in such behaviors that are 10 times what they are currently. Then you need to give police, animal safety, judicial, and other officers the wherewithal to actually enforce the laws and easily apply the punishments for violating them.

Last Name: Head Locality: Suffolk

I strongly support this bill.we don't need any more studies. The fact that shelters could help and support caregivers would be amazing. This is something that has been needed for years it would help everyone and the kitties tremendously

Last Name: Wilson Locality: Virginia Beach

Please pass the bill stating that trap, neuter, release is legal. Put an end to the senseless killing of thousands of feral cats in Virginia, they deserve a chance to live

Last Name: Johnson Locality: Virginia Beach

Please vote YES on this bill. Our family highly supports SB1390. No further study is needed. Please allow municipal shelters to participate in spay/neuter programs for community cats if they wish to. Thank you!

Last Name: Penner Organization: Friends of Virginia Beach Animals Locality: Virginia Beach

Please vote yes on this bill. We highly support SB1390. No further study is needed. Please allow municipal shelters to participate in spay/neuter programs for community cats if they wish to. Thank you!

Last Name: Berg Organization: Self Locality: Herndon, VA

I'm writing today in STRONG SUPPORT of SB 1390. It's a vitally important bill to affirm the legality of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs in the state of Virginia. I strongly support TNR programs and urge all delegates to vote for this bill, which is good for the cats and people of Virginia.

Last Name: Andes Locality: Shenandoah County

I strongly support this bill and do NOT want a study, as the issue has already been studied. Please proceed with allowing shelters to assist community cat caregivers with spay neuter programs.

Last Name: Crampton Organization: Freedom Life Locality: Alexandria

VA is a very wealthy state. I find our governor to be a disgusting human being because of his support for late-term abortions. Those who care will continue to fight that issue. In the mean time, let's not forget our responsibility to animals in this state, those that are feral and those used and abused for scientific purposes. Virginia's TNR program is extremely important for cats and the people of VA. I have adopted three cats through this program. SB1390 affirms TNR for cats is legal.

Last Name: Porter Locality: Chesterfield

Anyone who isn’t aware of the situation should read at the website “Alley Cat Allies.” Humans mishandle or abandon pets, the cats congregate outside. Our municipal services don’t pursue and cite those who mishandled the animals. Giving, caring people sacrifice their time and money to curtail rampant breeding and allow the world-be parents to live out their lives - there’d never be enough homes for all of them. How DARE we visit any repercussions on those who are counteracting the errors of the original mishandlers, and the municipal services who didn’t hold the, responsible. Support HB 1390 for now. Next let’s institute legislation to restrict and fine those who mishandle the original animals. Thank you.

Last Name: Johnson Locality: Alexandria City

This bill, 1390, is important for cats and for Virginia. It affirms the legality of TNR (trap-neuter-return). Please support this bill.

Last Name: Mauney Locality: Chesterfield

I definitely Support SB1390. I Think You Should Provide These Cats With Buildings That They Can Be Spayed, Neutered Or Any Other Type Of Health Issue They May Have. They Have Hearts And Feelings Just Like Us Humans . So Put Yourself In These Precious Kitties Shoes And Make Sure They Are Taken Great Care Of, And Giving The Buildings They Need Will Definitely Prove You Have A Heart.

Last Name: Young Organization: Franklin county humane society Locality: Franklin county

All of the feral cats out here need.to be spayed or neutered an then released back. NO STUDIES need to be done for this. We already know what needs to be done here an all over . These cats did not ask for this lifw thia way but that alao does not mean to euthanasia is the answer either. They deserve life an if you will let rhe shelters do their jobs this can help in so many ways so please make the right choice. I AM THEIR VOICE

Last Name: Anglin Organization: Native species of Virginia (birds, mammals and marsupials) Locality: York

On behalf of our native species, I ask that you repeal sb 1390 and humanely euthanize stray cats that cannot be placed in a permanent home. We have seen the severe impact a single stray cat can have on our native populations first hand. Within 2 months one such feline managed to kill and/or displace some 200+ birds in and around our property. It took 6 months for the populations to recover after the cat - which had been trapped, neutered, and re-released - finally died from cancer, three years later. Feral cats (felis catus) are not good for Virginia or the environment and should not be released. Thank you for your time.

Last Name: Rudman Locality: Chesterfield

I support this bill. I do not want a study. I would simply like shelters to be able to assist community cat caregivers with spay neuter programs.

Last Name: Holliday Locality: Richmond City

This TNR bill is good and kind to females - will keep them from having litter after litter after litter - then the kittens being euthanized for a lack of homes. Just like puppy mills where bitches are bred until they die. All feral cats & dogs should be spayed & neutered. Trap - Neuter - Return. A good Bill should be made legal.

Last Name: Stegmaier Locality: Quinton

TNR is a safe, effective way to control the feral cat population. I am completely in favor of it and have helped fund TNR on occasion.

Last Name: Evans Locality: Annandale

Please support bill SB 1390. Cats are good for the community. I wholeheartedly support the trap, neuter, return program.

Last Name: Jacqueline Whitney Locality: Stanardsville

To victimize homeless cats by a death sentence is beyond humanity for compassion and reasoning.

Last Name: martin Locality: Annandale

TNR is legal, and benefits both the cats and the community

Last Name: Mickey Locality: Stephens City Virginia

Is the best thing for cats

Last Name: Elvey Organization: None Locality: Henrico

Re: SB1390/TNR cats I am strongly encouraging a vote in favor of this bill as it is a positive thing for the state and people of Virginia as well as for the well-being of the cats. There are many people from other states who see Virginia as quite backwards in its treatment and attitude toward animals. It is hard to imagine a good reason for opposing this bill that would affirm the legality of the Trap-Neuter-Return programs undertaken by those who care for the welfare of these domesticated animals. Often, these cats, through no fault of their own, have been forced to try to survive on their own in very harsh circumstances. These programs effectively prevent the growth and spread of these colonies of feral cats, improving their lives and even the lives of people in their vicinity. It is the humane way to deal with these situations and has been proven to be more effective than killing the cats en masse, which is disgraceful. Again, I say that it is hard to imagine anyone mounting a defense for slaughtering these animals when another option exists that is humane and effective.

Last Name: Orr Organization: Loudoun Community Cat Coalition (LC3) Locality: Ashburn, VS

The TNR Bill SB1390 is going before the VA House Subcommittee Agriculture Subcommittee and the full committee (2 different votes) this Wednesday 2/17. This bill will allow County and local government entities like animal shelters to implement TNR programs if they want to do so. No one can think that spay/neuter and vaccination of outdoor cats isn't a good idea. Please vote FOR the bill when it comes before them in any and all votes. Thank you. .

Last Name: Hulick Locality: Fairfax County (Alexandria)

Please vote in support of SB 1390. This bill is good for the cats and the people of Virginia. It is important to support this bill because is affirms that the Trap-Neuter-Return of cats is legal and the people who work so hard for the cats will not be prosecuted or penalized for helping these cats.

Last Name: Metaxatos Locality: Alexandria

I support trap/neuter/release to control feral cats.

Last Name: Spinosa Locality: Arlington

Please support SB 1390. This bill will help prevent cruelty to cats. Cats should be able to live in the wild if they are more comfortable there. Especially when community members provide them with food, water, and safe shelter. Too often cats that are not feral are taken to shelters. They are not able to be adopted because they are not yet socialized. With trap and neuter programs, there is hope to prevent the cycle of kittens going to shelters. Please allow the community to responsibly and safely do TNR.

Last Name: Tynan Locality: Arlington

I support Bill 1390. It is good for cats and the people of Virginia. The bill affirms the legality of trap neuter return in Virginia and is necessary to protect health and welfare of cats

Last Name: Durham Locality: Fairfax county

I support Trap Neuter Return. This bill is good for cats and people

Last Name: McColley Locality: Chesterfield

I do not want there to be stray cats and would like neuter programs.

Last Name: Day Locality: Richmond

Please support SB 1390. Trap, neuter, return is an evidence based method proven to protect both the feral cats and the community and is supported by multiple national organizations. It provides: -Reduced shelter intake of cats and kittens -Reduced shelter deaths of cats and kittens -Stabilized and (over time) reduced community cat populations -Reduced number of nuisance complaints Thank you for supporting this important bill.

Last Name: Swenson Organization: Luv4pawz Rescue Locality: Emporia

I am in favor of the bill. There are so many feral cats that repopulate. Spaying and neutering them and returning them to their colony really works great. They are very self sufficient. This help control the stray cat population.

Last Name: Wines Locality: Stephens City

Animals deserve life too

Last Name: Gay Locality: Norfolk

Please SUPPORT SB 1390. Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) humanely and effectively reduces the outdoor cat population. TNR allows community cats, who are not adoptable, to live out their lives peacefully without the continued nuisance of overpopulation, territorial mating behaviors, and spread of disease. TNR is a humane, practical solution to the issue of outdoor cat overpopulation. Please SUPPORT SB 1390. Thank you.

Last Name: Sloan Locality: Franklin County

The bill should be passed to allow shelters to act under the tnr program

Last Name: Newbill Locality: Alexandria VA

Please Support SB 1390. I am a private citizen who has been rescuing stray cats and I support trap neuter release when a stray is unable to be socialized as an indoor pet. The person responsible for the cat's TNR must commit to ongoing care and feeding for the cat, allowing it to live out it's life and not reproduce. This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia. Needlessly euthanizing otherwise healthy cats is inhumane. TNR cats are wild animals, a like most wildlife they avoid people, although they recognize people who feed them, and some eventually become socialized on their own terms over time. Two of my current indoor only cats started as TNR cats. One took 5 years to to socialize and bring inside. The other took 18 months. They are wonderful pets, and TNR gave them the chance to become so. This bill affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal, and it is the kind and humane solution for the cat over population problem. A TNR lifespan is only about 3 years in the wild, and they are not reproducing, so the population decreases over time. Fining or otherwise penalizing Virginia residents and rescue groups who TNR cats is an unneeded burden on law enforcement and the legal system. Forcing animal shelters to euthanize otherwise healthy cats is inhumane. Some organizations, including one in DC, support "working cats" programs that place these TNR cats with businesses to help with rodent control. This reduces the need for poisons and traps, and deploys cats where they can be cared for while controlling the rodent populace naturally. Thank you for considering my words. I support SB 1390 as a private citizen who has participated in TNR, cared for TNR cats over their notably short lifespans, and in two cases eventually socialized and adopted TNR cats into my home, where they have blossomed into wonderful playful and cuddly indoor pets.

Last Name: Gegg Locality: Virginia Beach

Please vote in support of SB 1390 and affirm that Trap-Neuter-Release is legal in the Commonwealth . I believe strongly that this is an important way to control the feral cat population in a humane manner that benefits both the animals and people in Virginia and the practice should not be penalized. Thank you for your consideration and support of SB 1390.

Last Name: Mazzullo Organization: Myself Locality: Fairfax, Alexandria

PLEASE SUPPORT THIS BILL. I took in a feral 4 month old kitten, 4 years ago. We could find no one to TNR her and her brothers. I knew she would soon be impregnated and have several litters, so I took her in. Shortly thereafter we found a nonprofit who received TNR grants. They were able to TNR her brothers. No doubt, this prevented dozens of future litters. They still visit my sister and other neighbors, who continue to look out for them. Please support this Bill. Thank you.

Last Name: Green Locality: Fairfax Station VA

I support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal

Last Name: Winans Organization: Community Cats Rescue Network Locality: Max Meadows

I strongly support the bill SB 1390 in support of TMR and do not want another study done. Shelters should be allowed to assist residents with spay and neuter. Feral cats do not deserve to be euthanized simply because they are homeless. In most cases they been abandoned or left behind by humans. TNR saves cat’s lives by controlling the feral cat population.

Last Name: Thompson Organization: Franklin County Humane Society Locality: Franklin County

I strongly support the bill, I do NOT want a study, the issue has already been studied and I would simply like to allow shelters to assist community cat caregivers with spay neuter programs. Please help save lives!

Last Name: Cuthriell Organization: Virginia Society of Ornithology Locality: Smithfield

The Virginia Society of Ornithology (VSO) is opposed to Senate Bill 1390, Trap, Neuter, and Return of Cats, for a number of reasons. As Virginia’s leading bird conservation organization (founded in 1929 www.virginiabirds.org), our greatest reason for opposition is the fact that feral cats kill many billions of birds and wild animals each year in the U.S. alone. There are many well researched and reviewed scientific studies that have determined that cats are the number one anthropogenic cause of bird mortality. Free roaming cats are the cause of multiple extinctions of birds and other species worldwide. A large study recently published by the journal “Science” concluded that practically a third of all birds in America have disappeared over the last 50 years. Populations of many other wild species are similarly plummeting. Exempting cats and TNR volunteers from the laws that protect wildlife further erodes our ability to turn around this tragic loss. Exemption and lack of accountability is another reason VSO opposes SB 1390. This bill simply exempts feral cats and TNR volunteers from many of the good Virginia laws that not only protect wildlife, but pets and humans as well. You would believe that a bill titled Trap, Neuter and Return would require cats to be neutered, but, as written, this bill does not require sterilization of TNR cats. Unlike the explicit requirements for neutering an adoptive cat in section § 3.2-6546 of the Code of VA, there are no requirements in this bill to neuter or vaccinate against rabies any feral cat in the proposed TNR program. Likewise, there are no restrictions on where a cat can be returned – it might be the local wildlife refuge, or the local state park, or anywhere else. Public property should always be a safe haven for wildlife, never a place where releasing feral cats is allowed. The VSO believes that there are better ways to address the problem of overpopulation of feral cats. This bill seems more of a concession than an equitable solution to manage our cats in a way that doesn’t come at the expense of our wildlife and the natural heritage we leave to future Virginians. There are solutions to the feral cat problem. One solution is working with animals to make them adoptable. Legalizing the dumping of cats without any regulation or oversight has no precedent in the Code of Virginia, which strictly manages the treatment of wildlife and domestic animals for the welfare of Virginians and for the welfare of animals. The bill is lacking careful well-thought-out guidelines, and, if passed, the holes in this bill will be used, by some, to the detriment of human health, cats and wildlife. This bill is not the answer to the feral cat problem in Virginia. TNR is presently against the law in Virginia and it should remain that way until a well-conceived bill is crafted that addresses the concerns of those of us who care about cats, human health and wildlife. Virginia should not be passing legislation that represents one interest group – in this case TNR advocates. The problem of feral cats in Virginia should be addressed with the input of many stakeholders who have thoroughly reviewed all aspects of the issue. Making this bill law would severely weaken Virginia’s good regulations for responsible pet management, would not be an equitable solution to the problem of feral cats, and would abdicate our obligations to cats, our wildlife, and human health. Thank you

Last Name: Bishop Organization: All cat rescue organizations Locality: Spotsylvania

I am citizen in Virginia and support SB 1390. I want to see it passed. This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia. If affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal. I vote for animal rights candidates. We have had a lot to contend over the past 4 years with a terrible president. Let's do the right thing and set a strong moral example for Virginia residents. Virginia needs to be a front runner in animal protection and protect those without a voice. While you are at it, strict rules on leaving pets outside at night should be instituted. The disaster in Texas is a prime example of why laws have to be stricter for those without voices since people are really not too bright! Help those that can't help themselves. Pass the SB1390!

Last Name: Hoover Locality: Alexandria, Fairfax County

- I support SB 1390 - This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia - It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal It takes a village, and that also pertains to our feline friends!

Last Name: Welsh Organization: St. Francis Humane Association Locality: Richmond City

I Support SB 1390! This bill is good for the abandoned cats of Virginia by helping to control an unwanted population of feral cats without killing the current adult population. Until we have mandated and enforced spay and neuter in Virginia, this is the only humane option we have, SB 1390 affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal.

Last Name: Fies Locality: Waynesboro

Please vote against SB1390. The end result of this legislation will be more free-roaming cats in Virginia, not less. Don't let the proponents of this bill misrepresent the facts. Feral cats cause many issues for wildlife species, have human health implications (i.e. increased risk of rabies), and do not live a quality life. Domestic cats do not belong in the wild. Feeding activities of colony caretakers attract many other species of wildlife that cause nuisance issues to neighbors and the community. People who want to care for feral cats need to be held more accountable for their actions, not less accountable. Do not pass this bill. It's definitely the wrong thing to do for wildlife, people, and the cats themselves. Thank you!

Last Name: Will Lowrey Locality: Richmond

This bill simply affirms that TNR programs are legal and excludes them from many provisions that may otherwise interfere with the operation of the program. These programs are vital to the countless cats that live among us.

Last Name: Stewart Locality: McLean

Please support SB1390. I am a huge proponent of TNR (trap, neuter, return) programs- they are good for cats AND good for people. These programs are essential for managing cat populations, leading to fewer cats ending up in shelters. This bill affirms that TNR programs are legal.

Last Name: Smith Locality: Saint Paul

This is a very important bill for the health, safety, and numbers in the stray feline population

Last Name: Lucier Locality: Sterling

I support SB1390. This is good for savings and helping the lives of cats and for people. Virginia is for lovers.

Last Name: Foster Organization: Franklin County Humane Society Locality: Martinsville

Please consider pasing this bill. We have programs available for trap, neuter and release. The cats can remain in their colonies, no new births and new csts would be spayed or neutered. We are working hard to educate people to spay or neuter their pets, both cats and dogs. Thank you for support.

Last Name: Pierce Organization: Alley Cat Allies Locality: Springfield

Please support SB 1390. This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal Thank you. Margaret Pierce

Last Name: Bradshaw Locality: Annandale

I strongly support SB1390. Trap, neuter, return (TNR) works to control the homeless cat population. Cats should not be put down because they have no home. To do that is barbaric. I know for a fact that some cats are homeless because their owners didn't want them any longer and just threw them out. Who do we blame for that...the cats? I have been around feral cats. Their only sin is that they were thrown out or they never had a home to begin with. Is that there fault? Of course it isn't. TNR works!

Last Name: Hunt Organization: The Community Cat Alliance Locality: Frederick County VA

I strongly support this bill. We do NOT want a study, the issue has already been studied! I would simply like you to allow shelters to assist community cat caregivers with spay neuter programs. Period. They need it. I work on the fundraising committee to allow these cats to be helped. Let us do our volunteer work!

Last Name: Barclay Organization: ART Locality: Portsmouth

Re: 1390 I strongly support the bill, I do NOT want a study; the issue has already been studied and I would simply like them to allow ( not require) shelters to assist community cat caregivers with spay neuter programs.

Last Name: Janel and Tom Melgaard Organization: Alley cat Allies Locality: Bluemont, va

Please support bill 1390 this good for community cats and people.

Last Name: Henry Organization: Animal Angel Aid Locality: Prince William County

We wholeheartedly support SB1390. We are a 501c3 that does TNR in Prince William and Loudoun County. Our colonies are maintained daily, the cats are provided insulated shelters, food/water and regular deworming & when applicable - medical attention. We work year-round to rehome as many young kittens and friendly cats that are adoptable. In the last month we have reunited a dozen lost cats that were microchipped and found our colonies as a source of sanctuary and food from the freezing temps. This is common for us throughout the year. We strive for 100% spay/neuter of all our colony cats. We educate the public on why TNR is beneficial and how community cats can live peacefully among them. They are not a threat to wildlife or birds when they don't have to scavage for food - many of our cats live in wooded areas and they are not predators. TNR should be legal statewide to protect cats, and end senseless killing of kittens and cats in shelters. Many so-called feral cats are simply scared of humans, not a danger to them. They deserve a chance.

Last Name: Anders Locality: Fairfax County

Please pass this important bill to ensure it becomes legal. TNR has been effective in keeping colonies from growing by altering to prevent the birth of new kittens and preventing the spread of rabies (all are vaccinated). It reduces the number of cats/kittens in County shelters where the county bears the expense of holding the required time as potential strays. Many colony cats are abandoned pets and will adjust to and love being in a home again. So you are also inflicting more heartache on shelters workers that will have to euthanize those that don't "turn around" in temperament quickly enough or are simply to frightened of the smells, sights and sounds to adjust to being in a shelter. People that participate in TNR are devoted caretakers that care about the cats well being and will provide food/water, shelter and medical care at their own expense. Some people consider caretaking as their reason for venturing out when they otherwise may live a lonely existence. It provides them with a purpose in life. Passing this bill help people and the cats. It's been proven that when a colony of cats is removed others will come. But, when a colony is managed the numbers remain stable and decrease with attrition. Until you can make people spay/neuter their cats by educating them on the necessity, or requiring it by law, finding a way to make altering more affordable, and keep people from abandoning their pets there will always be stray, lost or abandoned cats that form colonies. Allowing TNR by law will allow the public to manage the issue. Thank you,

Last Name: Peyton Locality: Colonial Heights

I support SB 1390. This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia. It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal, which is correct. Thank you.

Last Name: Lantzy Organization: Myself Locality: Fairfax County

I am opposed to outdoor cats. They carry diseases and kill birds. They are not wildlife. They are destructive to nature and the environment.

Last Name: Stone Locality: Frederick County

Please support this bill. As proven in state after state, TNR programs are very effective in control the population of feral cats. It is much healthier for the animals and ensures that there will not be constant litters of kittens that require additional care and feeding.

Last Name: Hrovat Locality: Winchester

We don’t need a study done, there’s plenty of data, we just need the help

Last Name: MILLER Locality: HARRISONBURG

Support SB1390. This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia. It affirms that Trap/Neuter/Return for cats is legal. Best Wishes. Pamela MILLER

Last Name: Camden Locality: Franklin

I Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia, it is compassionate, thoughtful, and helpful. It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal and can continue

Last Name: Smith Locality: Va Beach

I support this bill and ask that you do the same. I’m a volunteer that takes in underage kittens and care for them until they are big enough to be adopted. Unfortunately the stray community contributes to the over population of cats/kitten. They didn’t ask to be put out there so the way to help control these populations is through spay/neuter/release programs. It has already been studied and is effective by other cites. Please take the first step in controlling the population of these strays by supporting this bill. Thank you. Stacy Smith

Last Name: Robertson-Inwood Locality: Ewing

Please do the humane thing and help organizations with trap, neuter and return.

Last Name: Strudwick Locality: Suffolk

Support SB 1390. This bill is good for the cats as well as the people of Virginia. It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal. According to allycat.org, Cats have lived outdoors for thousands of years—in fact, keeping indoor-only cats only became possible in the mid-20th century. Outdoor cats are part of our natural landscape. With Trap-Neuter-Return, you can stabilize the population humanely, improve the cats’ lives, save taxpayer dollars, address neighbors’ concerns, and help the entire community reach a solution that benefits everyone. The number one documented cause of death for cats in America is being killed in shelters. Over 70% of cats entering shelters are killed—a figure that rises to nearly 100% for feral cats, who cannot be adopted. For decades, animal control policy has wasted millions of dollars catching and killing outdoor cats, but populations of cats are still there, just as they always have been. Clearly, this cruel and costly system has failed.

Last Name: Browne Locality: Arlington

Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal

Last Name: Sedlock Locality: Alexandria

I support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal

Last Name: Murray Locality: Abingdon

I strongly support this bill for the sake of the cats and the people who care for them. We mistreat so many animals, it is essential to extend compassion to the ones we can.

Last Name: Jimmy Jackson Locality: Chesapeake

Please support SB1390 .

Last Name: Feild Locality: Ojai

TNR is the only humane way to control cat populations and over the past 20 years it has been proven to do so. Do you think the citizens of Virginia really want cats killed when there is a humane way to control them? They don't. Affirming the legality of this practice is the most positive thing to do.

Last Name: Jones Organization: Franklin County Humane Society Locality: Bedford

I strongly support this bill and believe that shelters should be allowed to support community cat caregivers with spay/neuter programs!! Further more we do NOT want a study, this issue has already been studied!

Last Name: Dailey Locality: Rockbridge county

Support SB1390 ! Community Cats need help.

Last Name: Landon Organization: cICumunity Locality: Chincoteague

This is a desperate need for our island...please pass

Last Name: Humphrey Locality: Fredericksburg

I agree that shelters should be able to assist community cat caregivers with spay neuter programs. Feral cats are a threat to birds and small mammals, but they should be humanely controlled. TNR programs do help keep the cat population in check.

Last Name: Brown Locality: Lake Frederick

No study needed! Just pass the bill, please!!!

Last Name: Demay Locality: Lexington

Just want to say this Bill must be passed. It makes sense!! Thank you Dianne DeMay

Last Name: Derby Locality: Frederick County, VA

I have personally seen the value of TNR in more than one community across the states of VA & NC. Their ability to trap, spay/neuter & release with continued care helps enormously to decrease the population first and to keep animals out of shelters where sources are already scares. Many communities also value these animals in their barns & communities to help with rodent control, a natural answer as opposed to chemicals. These organizations are taking on a task where others have failed these animals and need the support of all. We often base our views on how healthy a community is by how well cared for and healthy the animals are. We support TNR & ask that you do the same. Thank you. Monique S. Derby

Last Name: Smith Locality: Bedford

I strongly support the bill and I do NOT want a study, the issue has already been studied. I would simply like to allow shelters to assist community cat caregivers with spay neuter programs. Feral cats do have a job in the communities by keeping mice and rat populations down. TNR programs help keep the cat population in check while allowing populations of harmful rodents to be reduced.

Last Name: Amick Locality: Hampton

I strongly support this bill. I am actively involved with the care of a TNR cat community. The colony was started many years ago by greedy humans breeding all white cats. The property was abandoned and the cats were left behind. We have TNR'd all the cats. We provide medical care as needed and we feed daily. In three years we have had ZERO kittens and the colony is slowly, naturally shrinking due to old age. Please pass this bill.

Last Name: Firebaugh Organization: Animal Defense League of Washington County, Inc. Locality: Abingdon

The Animal Defense League of Washington County has had a TNR program for many years. Southwest Virginia is a rural area with many homeless cats and a TNR program is the only way to reach these homeless, community cats and have a positive impact on the cat over-population problem. These cats are homeless through no fault of their own. I strongly support SB 1390 TNR, and do not want a study, the issue has already been studied, and want to assist community cat caregivers with spay neuter programs.

Last Name: Lambiasi Locality: Fairfax Station

I strongly support the bill, We do NOT want a study, the issue has already been studied and I would simply like them to allow shelters to assist community cat caregivers with spay neuter programs.

Last Name: Wooten Locality: New Kent

I strongly support this bill without amendment or study. Thank you.

Last Name: Moffitt Locality: Fairfax County

I strongly support the SB1390 bill. Please do not study, rather simply allow the shelter to assist community cat caregivers with spay/neuter programs. Thank you!

Last Name: Levine Locality: Glen Allen

I volunteer in cat rescue. Please support SB1390. Please allow shelters to assist community cat caregivers with spay and neuter programs to help keep our feline population under control. If not, the number of homeless cats and kittens and community cat populations will become unmanageable. This bill will help keep populations in control!

Last Name: Morana Locality: Winchester

I support this bill. Please allow our local shelter to continue to do their work with community cats. Many people in the county have them and take care of them even if they are not house cats! It will keep them healthy and decrease the cat population.

Last Name: Thaxton Locality: Glen Allen

I strongly support the bill. Please allow shelters to assist community cat caregivers with spay neuter programs. More STUDIES ate not needed, we need ACTION at this time. Thank you from me and all the cats that can be helped through this bill.

Last Name: Kaczor Organization: SPCA Locality: Henry County

I support this bill. Please allow our local shelter to continue to do their work with community cats. Many people in the county have them and take care of them even if they are not house cats!

Last Name: Johnson Locality: Fairfax

I am a life-long Fairfax County resident and I support SB 1390. Trap-Neuter-Return is a proven, humane solution to reducing feral cat populations. This bill affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) for cats is legal. This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia.

Last Name: Kaczor Organization: SPCA Locality: Henry County

I support this bill. Please allow our local shelter to continue to do their work with community cats. Many people in the county have them and take care of them even if they are not house cats!

Last Name: Harrington Locality: Arlington

I strongly support this bill, and hope that you will decide to allow shelters to assist community cat caregivers with spay neuter programs. PLEASE NOT a new study, it has already been studied! Thank you!

Last Name: Nelson Locality: Suffolk

Hello- I strongly support this bill. I do NOT want a study- the issue has already been studied. I simply would like you to allow shelters to assist community cat caregivers with spay neuter programs. Thank you.

Last Name: Herndon Richard Locality: ALEXANDRIA

I strongly support SB1390. Please allow shelters to assist community cats spay and neuter programs. No more studies need to be done. Thank you, Richard Herndon

Last Name: Lasorso Organization: Citizen Locality: Hillsville, Carroll County

I strongly support SB 1390 bill. The issue has already been studied, no more studies needed. Allow shelters to assist community cat caregivers with spay neuter programs.

Last Name: HERNDON, Marsha Locality: Fairfax County

I strongly support passing SB1390. Please do not further study this issue and simply allow shelters to assist community cat caregivers with spay/neuter programs. Thank you!

Last Name: Hartzog Organization: Humanedominion.org Locality: Augusta County

A study does not need to be conducted. The benefits of TNR are on record of being a humane and viable option for viral cats.

Last Name: Betsy Martin Organization: Audubon Society of Northern Virginia Locality: Alexandria VA 22308

The Audubon Society of Northern Virginia urges delegates to set aside SB1390 and task a workgroup of stakeholders led by the Virginia Depts of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Wildlife Resources, and Health to come up with an improved bill balancing the welfare of cats, wildlife and people. SB1390 is flawed because it: -Allows untrained volunteers to trap cats and turn them over to a TNR program without ensuring the cats are unowned and cannot be returned to an owner. -Does not require a TNR program to provide food, water and shelter for the cats while in their custody, or after their release. -Does not require a TNR program to sterilize the cats or follow standard veterinary rabies vaccination protocols. It only requires that if the cats are vaccinated or sterilized, the program must keep records. -Permits volunteers to release cats where they were trapped, including on private property without the owner’s consent, and into parks and natural preserves where the cats prey on wildlife. -Does not give local or state government authority to license or regulate a TNR operation or set standards of care, or give them access to records of vaccination or other care, except in the event of a rabies outbreak. ASNV opposes returning cats to live outdoors as free-roaming cats, because: -Outdoor cats threaten wildlife. Cats are second only to habitat loss as the cause of a 30 percent decline in bird populations in the last 50 years. Cats kill 2.4 billion birds and 6 billion other animals annually in the U.S. Two thirds of the killing is done by feral cats. -TNR does not reduce outdoor cat populations, its central goal and justification. Unless a cat colony is small and confined, it is not possible to neuter a large enough fraction of outdoor cats to stabilize and reduce homeless cat populations. Cats’ high fertility allows reproduction by non-neutered cats to easily compensate for the neutering of a subpopulation. -Outdoor cats can pose a risk to public health. Even when TNR programs vaccinate against rabies – which SB1390 does not require – they do not provide effective rabies vaccination coverage of feral cat colonies, according to CDC. Both rabies and toxoplasmosis have been found in feral cat colonies in Virginia. -It is inhumane. Cats living outdoors are exposed to weather, disease, and dangers, and live shorter and more brutal lives. What’s the alternative? One possibility: continue the T and N part of the program, but replace the R (return) with a humane alternative, such as confinement in an indoor or outdoor cat shelter, where cats can be fed and housed and receive medical care, but cannot prey on wildlife. Audubon societies and animal welfare groups have successfully partnered in such programs, for example https://audubonportland.org/our-work/protect/habitat-and-wildlife/urban/cats-safe-at-home-campaign/ What should be done? SB1390 reflects the narrow interests of TNR proponents. It does not represent the valid concerns of other stakeholders, and is not informed by relevant science. We believe the General Assembly can and should do more to force stakeholders to reach a compromise. Although it would take commitment and negotiation to develop, a consensus alternative might receive broad support and could provide a more lasting solution to the problems this bill seeks to solve.

Last Name: Rogowski Locality: SMITHFIELD

I strongly support this bill. This matter has already been studied so no further studies are warranted. TNR will reduce the feral cat population naturally. People also need to make sure that they spay and neuter their animals. It also doesn't help the matter when people just dump their animals. This bill is very important. No only to the cats but to the cities and counties in this state. Thank you.

Last Name: Tomlinson Locality: Fairfax County, Herndon VA

I STRONGLY support the bill and currently care for a colony in Herndon, VA. I do NOT support another study, the issue has already been studied; and I am simply requesting that you allow shelters to assist community cat caregivers with spay neuter programs. WHAT IS SO DIFFICULT ABOUT THIS PASSING THIS BILL? COMMUNITY CATS ARE NOT GOING AWAY UNTIL WE GET TO THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM WHICH THIS BODY OR ANY HAVE BEEN UNWILLING TO ADDRESS. PLEASE HELP US.

Last Name: McCartney Locality: Henrico

I strongly support this bill. I work in the Animal Welfare field in Richmond and know first hand just how much our local shelters, and those all across the state, do not even come close to having the capacity to take in community cats. Trap Neuter Return is the most effective and humane way to manage homeless cat numbers everywhere, and we should support any shelter or community cat caregiver willing to help in this way. I also do NOT want a study done as the issue has already been studied more than enough for a long time. Now is the time act.

Last Name: Vicari Locality: Fairfax

I support this bill so feral cats populations can be controlled more humanely. Thank you!

Last Name: Maupin Organization: N/A Locality: Colonial Beach

I strongly support SB1390 and respectfully ask you to support it too. The issue has already been studied; no further studies are needed. The issue is simple — please allow shelters to assist community cat caregivers with spay and neuter programs. Thank you.

Last Name: Conway-Morana Locality: Frederick County

I'm a constituent living in Frederick County, and I urge your support on the House Floor of SB1390, the Trap Neuter, Return bill. This bill passed in the Senate yesterday (Feb. 2) and will be headed to the House for consideration. I have personally care for 4 cats in a TNR program to ensure these lovely creatures have had their appropriate shots to control communicable diseases such as rabies, and are unable to reproduce. This action will assist in controlling the feral cat population without destroying these lovely animals who have been turned outside by irresponsible owners through no fault of their own. In addition, while they continue to thrive, without the reproduction hormones, there is no aggression and they cohabitate not only with each other but with other wildlife, such as possums. Our small colony tends to stay hidden during the day and come out at night where we can enjoy them from our outdoor cameras. We provide them with food and water and shelter. Unfortunately, in getting our little colony neutered and vaccinated, we had to trap them and transport them two hours away to Harrisonburg for their procedure. This bill will allow local shelters to support this mission. Please know I strongly support this bill and I hope you will also support it, so responsible citizens, such as us, can care for these creatures and let nature control their population through inhibiting their reproduction. This bill does not need further study, the issue has already been studied and proven to be an effective way to humanely control their population. I would simply like for you to allow shelters to assist community cat caregivers with spay/neuter programs. Thank you for your consideration. Patricia Conway-Morana 155 Abrams Pointe Blvd. Winchester, VA 22602 703.859.3829

Last Name: Salser Organization: Franklin County Humane Society and myself Locality: Franklin County

I am a caregiver to a colony of cats, I practice TNR myself in the county to help control the cat population and volunteer at the humane society since 2013. It is proven WORLD WIDE that TNR works and is definitely more humane that killing the feral cats. Don't call it euthanasia. It is killing the innocent animals that had choice in where they live. Once TNR is started, the colony numbers stabilize and you have a healthier group of cats along with a committed caregiver to feed and check on their well being. There is no need to do a study because TNR has been proven to work right here in your community, county and state (and world). Also, to allow the shelters to be a part of the TNR program in their local community would be beneficial. This would mean less kittens coming in to the shelters (especially the 5013c). I support this bill and it needs to pass! "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated" -Gandhi

Last Name: Walker Locality: Monroe

I strongly support this bill; we do not need to replicate another study, we need to allow shelters to assist with and expand TNR programs across Virginia. Please move the bill forward without delay.

Last Name: McCabe Locality: Montgomery county

TNR such a valuable tool. It would be so helpful if shelters could assist the community people who care for cats that find themselves homeless due to irresponsible humans. We need to support these people who go the extra mile, every way we can.

Last Name: Delanty Locality: Norfolk

I strongly support the bill. I do NOT want a study, the issue has already been studied and I would simply like them to allow shelters to assist community cat caregivers with spay neuter programs.

Last Name: Payne Locality: VIRGINIA BEACH

I strongly urge you to support this bill. There is no need for further studies. TNR has been proven to be the most humane and effective way to help control cat overpopulation.

Last Name: Lewis Locality: Powhatan

I strongly support the SB 1390 bill. Shelters need to be able to support their communities with TNR programs. There is no need for further delay or study, the results can be counted in the animal lives saved from starvation and suffering. Please vote in favor of this bill, show compassion towards these unfortunate animals.

Last Name: Vrugtman Locality: Highland County

I support this bill, it is the logical thing to do and has been proven to work.

Last Name: McCoy Organization: SB1390 Locality: Bedford county

We do not need testing. I fully support TNR in my area. I care for a colony and rarely see them. They cause no harm. They just need someone willing to offer food and shelter.

Last Name: Bowers Locality: ROANOKE

I strongly support this bill. Unfortunately, people do not take their animals to shelters or get them spayed and neutered. This leads to overpopulation. TNR is a proven policy to help alleviate this problem. Please approve.

Last Name: Chauta Locality: Lynchburg

I strongly support this bill, it has already been studied and doesn’t need more time wasted on studies. I would like for shelters to be able to assist community cat caregivers and TNR programs

Last Name: Walker Locality: Monroe

I'm writing to express my strong support for SB 1390 to expand robust TNR capabilities throughout Virginia. Please vote in favor of this bill, which is critical to humane population control for cats, ensuring better conditions for them and communities, as well as protecting native wildlife from excessive predation.

Last Name: Doyon Locality: Winchester

I strongly support this bill! There is no need for a study because the issue has already been studied. Please allow shelters to assist community cat caregivers with spay neuter programs. Thank you!

Last Name: Hatcher Locality: Boones Mill

These bills are very much important and I urge considerations.

Last Name: Linn Locality: Alexandria city

I strongly support this bill and no study is needed. I want shelters to be able to trap and provided services for cats that are wild. Thank you.

Last Name: Owen Organization: residential listing Locality: Amherst

I have fostered some of the kittens that come from these colonies of cats and they have come to our shelter in rather poor condition. It would be far better if they could be spayed or neutered so they can't breed and produce more undernourished, and often unhealthy offspring. We don't have families willing to adopt the cats that come from these feral colonies (and sometimes that's not advisable anyway) and the kittens I have fostered are taken to no kill shelters in MA. and MI. to find homes. Far better to have their parents be able to live out their live out their lives without the stress that pregnancy puts on their bodies, and when they pass away the colony gets smaller.

Last Name: Davis Organization: Franklin County Humane Society Planned Pethood Locality: Roanoke County

I strongly support this bill! I do not want or think another study is needed. The issue has already been studied. I would simply like the shelters to be able to assist community cat caregivers with spay neuter programs.

Last Name: Heath Locality: Frederick County

The issues addressed in this bill have already been studied and additional studies need not be conducted. I fervently support this bill and the import work that TNR does for communities, and shelters should be allowed to assist with this.

Last Name: Lineweaver Locality: Augusta County

I strongly support this bill. I do NOT want a study because this issue has already been studied. It is essential that shelters be allowed to assist community cat caregivers with spay/neuter programs.

Last Name: Devine Locality: Parksley

I strongly support the bill, I do NOT want a study, the issue has already been studied and I would simply like them to allow shelters to assist community cat caregivers with spay neuter programs. Thank you.

Last Name: Morrow Locality: Frederick County, VA

I have a feral colony where I moved &, if it wasn't for The Community Cat Alliance coming in & doing the TNR with them, my 9 would've turned into at least 5 times that by now. I care for them & they keep my property rodent free! We need to keep TNR around furever! It's the best solution for population control. Thank you & God Bless!

Last Name: Ficerai Locality: Manassas

I strongly support this bill and we need our shelter's support. Our shelters want to help. Caregivers and rescue groups work tirelessly to spay and neuter and we need support please. No study is needed. The people doing it already know what is best from hands on trail and error. It is the most humane solution. Thank you.

Last Name: Dixon Locality: Frederick County

I strongly support this bill. I do NOT need a study done, this issue has been studied. By simply allowing shelters to help assist and participate with local TNR groups and community cat caregivers and spay/neuter programs this will greatly reduce the outdoor cat population and the strain on local rural shelters.

Last Name: Heitzler Organization: All TNR groups Locality: Chatham/ Pittsylvania County

Please support bill SB1390 without further study. a lot of studies have been done and they prove this is the best solution for community, feral cats. it is humane and the right thing to do. After all, they are feral due to human neglect

Last Name: Provenzano Locality: Oakton

As a volunteer for a local cat rescue, I learned about the catch and release program. In particular I learned of its effectiveness in managing outdoor cat colonies. Not only is it good for the cats whose health and feeding is regularly monitored, but also it's good for the human neighbors. Please vote for SB1390! Thank you. Mary Jo Provenzano

Last Name: Jones Locality: Chesterfield

I am writing today in support of SB1390. When I moved to my neighborhood in 2012 there were so many community cats in the area, and so many kittens every year. I have worked with the SPCA and Prevent-a-litter to TNR all of the cats, and they are now free to live out their lives in the neighborhood where they were born. The program works, I have seen it work in my own community. Of COURSE shelters should be able to assist community caregivers with TNR efforts. If you put a stop to the TNR programs the cats don't just go away, they will continue to reproduce and the colonies will become a much bigger problem. TNR is an effective way to control the population in a humane way. It improves the lives of the cats and decreases colony sizes over time. Please don't waste time with yet another study.

Last Name: Barnes Organization: Goochland Community Cat - TNR Locality: Goochland

I have been working with the group for 2 years and it is very rewarding to help these cats in the community. This has been a good thing for all to help these cats.

Last Name: Welsh Locality: Fairfax County

Good afternoon, I am writing to you as an active voter and small business owner in Fairfax county on behalf of the bill favoring trap, neuter, and release of cats in Virginia. As a long time supporter of animal rescue, volunteer with animal rescues, and the owner of a cat that was put up for adoption after he was picked up in a trap, neuter, and release program, I am writing to advocate for the passage of this bill. I understand that there are those who want studies conducted. I strongly feel this is unnecessary as many studies from around the country have been conducted. Peer reviewed studies with proven results. Not enacting this bill will lead to the needless and inhumane suffering and overpopulation of cats in Virginia. The round up and execution of these animals is not the solution. The prevention of future litters is. It is humane, it is effective. Please, pass this bill. Warm regards Laura Welsh

Last Name: Short Locality: Richmond

SB1390 Feral cat trap/neuter/return programs. I strongly support this bill, and no further study is necessary--this has already been done. We desperately need to allow shelters to assist community cat caregivers with spay & neuter programs. Our local volunteer organizations work tirelessly to address the feral cat/kitten population in Richmond, saving and rehoming hundreds of kittens who would otherwise perish, or continue this cycle of feral overpopulation. Returning a feral cat to its colony after spay/neuter is necessary and humane. The limitations we have seen with COVID decreasing the availability for spay/neuter appointments has been significant, and the increase in numbers of feral kittens was devastatingly obvious this past year. Preventing ongoing reproduction of feral cats is the best way to correct what began as 100% a human neglect problem--returning a feral cat to its habitat is not neglect and should not be interfered with or penalized. Continued efforts, outreach, and education are necessary to assist with these programs and need support, not further study or interference.

Last Name: Kingsbury Locality: Newport News

Please pass SB 1390!! I strongly support allowing shelters to assist community cat givers with spay and neuter programs. Please don’t just agree to study the issue. Thank you.

Last Name: Landry Organization: Garfield’s Rescue Inccommunity Locality: Northumberland

Community feline colonies are being managed humanely across the state by dedicated volunteers giving of their time along with providing financial support to see that the right thing is done. TNR is a proven approach to overall address the needs of this domestic animal population. An extremely large proportion of these cats and kittens are the direct result of humans failure to care for pets spay/neuter requirements and ultimately abandoning unwanted kittens as well as cats to merely be dumped. TNR allows for a managed approach to help mitigate some of the resulting problems, brings colonies to a healthy and reasonable size. And volunteers often get kittens and cats fostered and socialized and adopted out of the community environment. Please support the Bill.

Last Name: Marstin Locality: Brookneal

I strongly support this bill and do not want a study . Please allow community cat shelters to help cat caregivers, like my daughter, to spay and neuter!

Last Name: Davis Locality: Loudoun

NO

Last Name: Obrien Locality: Newport news

No more studies are needed. TNR reduces the number of feral cats effectively and humanely.

Last Name: Javins Locality: Greenville

I am actually baffled at the idea of a need for a study. As a rural resident that lives on a dead end road off of a dead end road surrounded by farmland, I know first hand that tnr is the only way to help cat colonies. I’ve had to assist many abandoned litters myself. It shouldn’t be so hard.

Last Name: Bell Locality: Virginia Beach

I am a Virginia Beach resident and I support the passing of SB1390. I support TNR and this bill supports cats and caregivers while establishing clear state guidelines.

Last Name: Willey Locality: Burke

Please support this bill. Please don't waste taxpayers money by forming a committee to talk about it. If the opposition wants to trap and euthanize, they still can but for us who use and support TNR, please pass bill so we can continue to use this method to effectively deal with the cat overpopulation.

Last Name: Barbour Organization: Richmond Animal League (RAL) Locality: Midlothian

I am one of their volunteers and I strongly support this bill. I don't think we need to study anything. Just let the shelters assist the very generous community cat care givers

Last Name: Hardy Organization: The Community Cat Alliance Locality: Frederick Co. VA

The Community Cat Alliance here in our community does wonders with the cats that find themselves homeless by no fault of the own, and unneutered, this is a wonderful organization getting them trapped and neutered and released back .

Last Name: Soderlund Organization: Garfield Rescue Locality: Kilmarnock

In this area of rural VA, people don’t bother neutering their cats. Think rabbits, who can actually take care of themselves in the wild. Cats cannot survive without human help. When people are overwhelmed with kittens, they abandon them. They dump these defensiveness creatures All the cats in our colonies have been “fixed” and are up to date on all vaccinations, including rabies. I’m willing to bet, the colony cats are better taken care of than your average barn cat. I strongly support the bill. A study isn’t needed, it’s already been studied. PLEASE allow shelters to assist community cat caregivers with spay neuter programs. Thank you. Sarah Soderlund

Last Name: Misch Organization: --None-- Locality: syria

This bill will ensure that feral cats are healthy and cannot reproduce (at least their population will be controlled to the maximum capability of their colony caretakers). As such it is critical. Sterile cats fight less, are less destructive, and are much less threatening to the bird population. Cats are classed as companion animals in Virginia. As such, it is unlawful to kill them. Accordingly, sterilization is critical to controlling their population. In many areas, these wild cats are an important part of the control element against mice, rats, moles, and voles as well. This issue has been the subject of many studies and hearings. I urge you to vote YES now. The action will pay dividends.

Last Name: Ray Locality: Nelson

I strongly support this bill, and I do NOT think a study is necessary, the issue has already been studied! I think you should allow shelters to assist community cat caregivers with spay neuter programs.

Last Name: Yelton Locality: Richmond

Please consider a “yea” vote in this bill. It is the humane thing to do. No study is needed as the information has already been obtained. I thank you for your positive consideration if this bill.

Last Name: Gong Locality: Charlottesville

I strongly support the bill. I do not want a study, the issue has already been studied, and I would simply like to allow shelters to assist community cat caregivers with spay neuter programs.

Last Name: Ivory Locality: Reston

SB1390 | Lewis | Cats; trap, neuter, and return programs, civil penalty. I strongly support any assistance to those working so hard to control and reduce the feral cat population. What are the humane alternatives? This is not a cat problem, this is a human problem.

Last Name: Seuntjens Locality: Centreville

Must!!!!!

Last Name: Poyhonen Organization: Orange County Humane Society Locality: Locust Grove

Please vote support SB 1390. I am one of your constituents. Like many other Virginians, I would like to see Community Cats cared for in the most kind & responsible ways possible. I volunteer helping to get these abandoned kitties neutered & vaccinated so that we can humanely reduce their populations. This Trap/Neuter/Return protocol is generally accepted worldwide as “best policy”. Many statewide organizations are working diligently with community caregivers on this issue & we are requesting your support on this Bill. Please support SB 1390. Orange Co. Humane Society, Secretary & Director

Last Name: Huls Organization: Prince William Animal Advocates Locality: Woodbridge

I strongly support SB1390. I personally have cared for community cats using trap neuter return for 17 years and can attest to its efficacy in controlling the feral cat population. I have read numerous studies on the issue and believe the existing data along with my own empirical observations unequivocally support the conclusion that TNR is the best way to manage outdoor cat populations as well as provide rescue organizations with a path to preventing too many cats from being euthanized in shelters. It is shameful the number of cats that are unnecessarily killed in shelters simply because there is no legal mechanism for shelters to participate in TNR. I am also the executive director of a new 501(c)(3) in Prince William County whose mission it is to support our local County Shelter by funding vet care to make shelter animals more adoptable. We are waiting and eager to work closely with our own shelter if and when this bill is passed to keep our own community cats healthy and safe and educate our community to make TNR an affordable and realistic practice among our county residents.

Last Name: capshaw Locality: albemarle county

thank you for considering-- i, along with all the folks on our farm, as well as so many in our charlottesville/crozet etc community, STRONGLY SUPPORT this bill. it does not require more study-- there's already been study + the outcome was clear. please allow our shelters to assist the communities' cat caregivers with spay/neuter. it really is so important, with exponentially larger + far ranging benefits. MANY THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO!!

Last Name: Dirting Locality: Winchester

I strongly support the bill, I do NOT want a study, the issue has already been studied and I would simply like you to allow shelters to assist community cat caregivers with spay neuter programs.

Last Name: Gorg Locality: Warrenton

I strongly support the bill, I do NOT want a study, the issue has already been studied and I would simply like them to allow shelters to assist community cat caregivers with spay neuter programs. I am a foster of kittens. I work with a private shelter that participates in the trap neuter return program and I've seen firsthand how it works! I have also volunteered at the neuter clinics and watched how these cats are cared for and the hours that volunteer vets and vet techs dedicate to these clinics to help prevent more cats being born outside. Our program (in just one area) fostered 243 kittens in 2020 alone. That was just the kittens we could trap and rehabilitate to make them adoptable. If shelters are allowed to help in this, then we can neuter more cats and return them to their community where they are cared for by volunteers, and prevent more litters. But right now, shelters are punished for returning them, so they are often euthanized due to over crowding and the inability to rehabilitate them. They need to be returned to their outdoor community. Please vote yes on this bill!! Megan Gorg Resident of Fauquier County Volunteer at Middleburg Humane Foundation

Last Name: DENNEY Locality: Frederick

TNR is a proven method to control the population of feral cats. Please support this bill so more can be done to control the population of those cats born and living outdoors.

Last Name: jefferson Locality: n. chesterfield

This needs to pass so we can help cats living outside. They can be TNR'd and given shots and live a better life.

Last Name: Zedek Organization: Community cats Locality: Winchester

This organization does great work. I have personally worked with them and with there help we have keep the feral cat number down in our neighborhood. They are amazing.

Last Name: Pires Organization: Self Locality: Herndon,VA

Dear Legislators, I fully support TNR programs. These programs are well-established in many counties and humanely and cost-effectively reduce the number of unwanted cats, while affording them the basic necessities of food, shelter and vet care. Denying these animals care is inhuman. Trapping and killing these animals is barbaric. Punishing community cat caregivers is expensive, incurring administrative, legal, and procedural costs. Community cat caregivers spare taxpayers the costs associated with such prosecutions and needless killings. Our taxes should go to assist the many humans in our communities who are hungry and without shelter as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Dedicating any taxes for killing costs is wasteful and stupid. Not to mention that the killing is often quite painful (imaging suffocating in a gas crowded gas chamber). Allowing individual citizens, shelters, and rescue groups to care for the the animals is a proven, cost-saving, and humane way to deal with community cats. Please read the literature produced by Alley Cat Allies, a National Trap, Neuter, and Return (TNR) nonprofit, that practices and promotes TNR throughout our nation. I strongly support and respectfully urge you to cast your vote in favor of community cats and their dedicated caregivers. Thank you.

Last Name: McLaughlin Locality: Danville

I strongly ask you to support this bill to become law now. It does not require a study as it has been studied already and there is plenty of data to show that TNR works. This bill will enable public shelters to take a more direct and active role and save lives while reducing overpopulation. Opponents do not offer any alternatives and the is a prove and Humane solution to a man made issue.

Last Name: Stacy Locality: Russell County

I am writing to strongly support this bill that would allow animal shelters in the state of Virginia to assist community cat caregivers with spay and neuter programs. Research has already been performed that affirms Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the only humane and effective approach for community cats. It improves cats' health, saves lives, addresses community concerns, stabilizes colonies, and helps cats and people coexist. Extermination of community cats is only a band-aid solution that always fails because of a natural and scientifically-documented phenomenon known as the vacuum effect. In short - when cats are removed, new cats move in, or the surviving cats left behind will breed to capacity. As a result of the vacuum effect, other approaches to community cats (i.e. catch and kill, adoption, and relocation) are not only cruel and pointless, they are also completely ineffective at stabilizing the cat population. Cats have lived outdoors for thousands of years and outdoor cats are part of our natural landscape. Cats that go through TNR programs are humanely surgically sterilized which reduces mating behaviors that are often the cause of most community complaints about free-roaming cats. Additionally, TNR programs are actually beneficial to animal welfare because they are vaccinated against Rabies, and their general physical health improves because these cats are no longer fighting over territory or having to go through the constant stress of pregnancy/raising kittens. Through TNR, communities are able to stabilize the population humanely, improve cats' lives, save taxpayer dollars, address neighbors' concerns, and help the entire community reach a solution that benefits everyone.

Last Name: Smith Locality: Lorton

I support this legislation, there’s no need for a study, the benefits are immediate and obvious. Please pass the bill and allow shelters to assist with spay/neuter & return programs. Thanks & best wishes

Last Name: Nye Organization: Myself and all Animal Rescue org.s Locality: Abingdon

Respectfully, Please, please, please vote for SB1390. This bill is good for cats and the people of Virginia. This bill affirms that trap-neuter-return (TNR) is legal. Having worked full time in animal rescue efforts for over 11 years, I can attest to how very important this bill is to continue our hard work. Now, we need your help. Vote for this bill SB1390. Please help us help the animals. Sincerely, Vicki Nye -Abingdon, VA

Last Name: Treloar Organization: Richmond SPCA Locality: City of Richmond

My name is Tabitha Treloar and I’m the Director of Communications for the Richmond SPCA. Support SB1390: The Richmond SPCA is a private, nonprofit humane society that supports supports a robust community TNR program and has done so for more than a decade by providing free sterilization surgeries, vaccination against rabies and other veterinary resources for unowned community cats throughout the Greater Richmond Area. We have always maintained that the community caregivers who trap and bring cats for our services are acting lawfully, and we ask that for your support of SB1390 to make clear that programs of TNR are permitted, that returning a cat after sterilization does not constitute abandonment, and to elevate the practice of TNR that reduces community cat populations. I anticipate that you will hear from opponents of this bill regarding concerns for wildlife. We share concerns for birds as we care for the welfare of all animals; however, blaming cats for the decline of bird populations that rests more broadly on human causes and environmental changes creates a false narrative that will lead to the preventable deaths of cats. You will hear euphemisms related to the removal of cats, but in very plain terms what that means is having them trapped and killed, which is neither humane nor is it an effective solution. It is not possible to trap and kill the entire free-roaming cat population, and it should go without saying that such an approach would be unethical. Unowned cats are already living outdoors, and without TNR, these cats remain unvaccinated and able to reproduce, which leads to exponential population growth. We should remove any perceived obstacles to the proven best practice of TNR, and that is why we ask that you report SB1390. Support SB1412: Please report SB1412 to prohibit anyone convicted of animal cruelty from owning or working at a pet shop or for a commercial breeder or dealer. Virginia code already requires that shelters and rescues such as the Richmond SPCA must obtain a certification from all staff, board members, volunteers and adopters attesting they have not been convicted of cruelty, neglect or abandonment. Currently there is no similar requirement of businesses that house animals sold for profit. SB1412 corrects that disparity in code. Support SB1417: We also ask you to report SB1417 to require animal testing facilities to offer dogs and cats a chance at adoption before euthanizing these animals. Virginia releasing agencies such as ours have the expertise and experience to care for these animals – addressing their medical and behavioral needs – to prepare them to be pets at the end of their time in research so that they can live out their lives in homes.

Last Name: Stone Locality: Norfolk

The number one killer of birds in the United States is not cats! The number one killer is humans. I strongly support this bill. However, there is not any need for a study! This matter has been thoroughly studied and examined; to do so would further delay real action. Please allow shelters to assist community cat caregivers with spay and neuter programs. As a volunteer with a rescue, I've seen the positive effects of trap, neuter and return programs!

Last Name: Pilch Locality: Henrico

I strongly support this bill. I do not support a study - a study has already been done. I urge the Senate simply to allow shelters to assist community cat caregivers with spay and neuter programs. This is a compassionate and life affirming program.

Last Name: Hansen Locality: PURCELLVILLE

Please Support SB 1390 to reduce the community cat and kitten population. This will lessen disease among the cats and reduce chances of zoonosis to people. If there are less cats and kittens being born because they are spayed/neutered, they will have less of an effect of wildlife. With TNR, community cats are returned to their home environments where caregivers feed and monitor them. This decreases shelter cat intake, needless euthanasia, and reduces the need for tax payer money being used to house cats that do not thrive in a shelter or home environment.

Last Name: Fields Locality: Frederick County Va.

Please support SB1390! This needs to be passed. I do not want a study done. This issue has been studied for years already. Allow shelters to offer assistance to community cats. If PETA and wildlife supporters want less cats outside then you must approve And pass SB1390 so there is more involvement in TNR. Tnr decreases the number of cats outside!! It makes perfect sense. Thank you.

Last Name: Christian Locality: Loudoun

I strongly support the bill as written! I do NOT want a study, the issue has already been studied and I would simply like to allow shelters to assist community cat caregivers with spay neuter programs.

Last Name: Hyatt Locality: Chesterfield

As an active participant in the TNR community and manager of a feral colony, I urge you to support SB 1390. Without the governance or support of any formal organizations, I have TNRed more than two dozen feral cats in the last few months alone, many of whom had long histories of endless litters of kittens. We've also rescued and fostered to adoption more than 3 dozen kittens from these communities. Once all cats in a colony have been neutered, the reproduction obviously stops. TNR is very effective at controlling the feral population, the claims that it isn't are nonsense. The claims that cats are a rabies risk is also ridiculous. There hasn't been a single case of cat-to-human rabies transmission in the United States in 40 years! Communities like Caroline County who are not supportive of TNR volunteers have the worst outcomes, with massive, uncontrolled colonies, riddled with disease and parasites. There is no way to round up all the cats and euthanize them, especially without the participation of seasoned trappers and none of us are willing to trap to kill. There are droves of people willing to trap to neuter and release and most of us continue to manage our colonies long-term, providing food and medical care as needed. Feral cats cannot be rehomed, so peaceful coexistence is the best possible outcome.

Last Name: WILLIAMSON Locality: Strasburg

I support this bill, we do not need a study period, now is the time to act to allow shelters to participate in the trap, spay and return program for community cats. Please help the communities help these animals and reduce the population by spaying/neutering and returning these animals to their communities so that the dedicated volunteers can continue caring for them. Thank you, Sincerely, Patsy Williamson

Last Name: Bedford Organization: Garfield's Rescue, Inc. (nonprofit home based feline rescue organization) Locality: Burgess, Virginia 22432

Dear Virginia Delegates and Delegate Ransone, Thank you for your service to the Virginia residents of District 99.  I am the President of Garfield's Rescue, Inc.,  a new nonprofit home based feline rescue organization serving Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond and Westmoreland Counties, the majority of district 99.  The Northern Neck of Virginia has an extensive homeless cat population as I am sure you are aware of.  The mission of Garfield's Rescue, Inc. is to eliminate the suffering of homeless cats on the Northern Neck.  There are two humane ways to reduce the suffering of homeless cats: spay/neuter and rescue/adopt.  The majority of homeless cats are social and friendly as they are abandoned pets.  These cats are not a challenge for rescue and adopt and in 2020 we rescued 221 cats.  Unsocial homeless cats must be trapped/neutered-spay/returned to a monitored site (TNR).  S. B. 1390 clarifies the process of TNR for everyone involved in rescuing unsocial homeless cats.  I am asking for your support and "aye" for S.B. 1390 during all of the votes this week. I can provide you with information to help inform your "aye" vote should you have any questions.  In Appreciation,Ann Bedford1023 Blackwells Wharf RoadBurgess, Virginia 22432, 540-748-2642

Last Name: Fauber Locality: Buena Vista

Please consider the following regarding this bill: I strongly support the bill, do NOT want a study, the issue has already been studied and I would simply like you to allow shelters to assist community cat caregivers with spay neuter programs. I volunteer locally with a program that practices trap, neuter, release (TNR) or adoption after neutering in many cases. Let us be able to assist other community cat caregivers. Penny Fauber, RN, BSN, MS, PhD Retired Nurse Educator

Last Name: Klahn Locality: Bedford County

I STRONGLY SUPPORT this bill! There.is no need for yet another study on this matter. The issue has been studied many times. I would simply like you to allow shelters to assist Community Cat Caregivers with spay neuter programs.

Last Name: Scott Locality: Marion, Virginia

I strongly support HB 1390 and see no need for further study. The efficacy of Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) programs has already been extensively studied. In rural Southwestern Virginia, I can speak firsthand to the need for shelters and community assistance for TNR programs. There is no other feasibly, humane option for controlling populations of community cats. Please support HB 1390.

Last Name: Brandt Locality: Springfield

I strongly support the bill and do NOT want a study. The issue has already been studied and I would simply like them to allow shelters to assist community cat caregivers with spay neuter programs.

Last Name: Hart Locality: City of Salem

I see so many feral cats around Salem. They get sick and have no medical care, they spread the disease and keep breeding. There are people who want to help. Please pass this so we can spay/neuter/vaccinate these animals so they can have quality of life and not keep multiplying Thank you

Last Name: Ryan Locality: Lottsburg

Please support and pass bill.

Last Name: Merino Locality: Alexandria, Fairfax County

I strongly support this bill. However, there is not any need for a study! This matter has been thoroughly studied and examined; to do so would further delay real action. Please allow shelters to assist community cat caregivers with spay and neuter programs. As a regular volunteer at a local animal shelter, I've seen firsthand the need for this type of assistance.

Last Name: Martin Locality: Norfolk, VA

I strongly support bill SB 1390! We do NOT need an additional study - this issue has already been studied. Virginia and community cats need this bill passed to allow shelters to assist community cat caregivers with spay neuter programs.

Last Name: Cofield Locality: Virginia Beach

Please pass the legislation that would allow good people to care for our community cats. T-N-R projects have already been PROVEN to work - stabilizing the cat population, and providing excellent rodent control. Virginia has lagged behind many other states in finally getting on track to care for community cats. It's time we were actually progressive in our actions, and not just giving lipservice. Thank you, Connie Cofield VB, Virginia 23462

Last Name: Fowler Locality: Bedford

Legislators: I'm writing to let you know I strongly support this bill, but I do NOT support a study; the issue has already been studied and further study would be yet another waste of taxpayers' money. Simply allow shelters to assist community cat caregivers with spay neuter programs; don't overthink the issue, just help! Dr. Kristi S. Fowler

Last Name: Hanrahan Locality: Lorton

I am writing in support of SB1390. This bill would allow animal shelters and rescue organizations to participate in trap, neuter and return programs for community cats. Currently, TNR programs are operated primarily by citizens and loosely organized groups so this bill would bring more expertise, structure and accountability to the program. This bill is supported by mainstream animal welfare organizations including the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies, the Humane Society of the United States, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Association of Shelter Veterinarians, the National Animal Control Association. This bill has some opponents. However, without this bill, we will continue the status quo, with various private individuals conducting their own TNR programs, displeasing opponents of the bill. Nor would animal shelters, rescue organizations or individuals participate in a program to round up and kill cats, an alternative some opponents propose, as this would be against the humane policy standards and missions of these organizations and individuals. The solution to the community cat issue is to spay and neuter them - this is how we got the numbers of animals euthanized in shelters down and it is how we will get the number of community cats down. Thank you for considering my views. Eileen Hanrahan

Last Name: Ruark Locality: Lexington

o Support SB 1390 o This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia o It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal I am writing to let you know that as a rural farm resident I support SB1390. Many cats are dumped nearby the dairy where I live. They seem to adapt to the situation they have been left in and provide an essential service of keeping the rodent population down among the the several barns in the area. I do not support any endevor that takes a life, especially when an alternative is available. TNR is that alternative for feral cats and for keeping the feral population at a standstill. Cat colonies are a natural social structure for felines in many situations and should not be an excuse for killing cats, but for managing them and protecting the people who provide some level of care for them.

Last Name: Lipchak Organization: GCC Locality: Goochland

Helping Community Cats not only helps keep the outdoor cat population numbers lower it also helps the surrounding community. These colonies are usually monitored on a daily basis. These cats are neutered, fed and vaccinated against rabies. They are no longer hungry and are not scavenging for food. Many less birds are caught and less nuisance behaviors are observed since mating is no longer a priority. Sick cats are re trapped and given veterinary care. The County Animal Protection receives less calls from concerned residents because its citizens know that these cats are being observed and cared for. Morale rates are higher for both residents and shelter workers. No one likes killing, especially when the only crime is just trying to exist in a world where eating (killing birds) can earn cats a death sentence. If we don't want cats to eat birds, then we need to at least provide them the daily sustenance we are denying. The endorsement and advocacy of a strong Community Cats Project can do much to alleviate countless hours that County shelters spend in answering and responding to citizens concerns about free roaming cats. Image the monies saved and the pride a Community can take in knowing that its County is doing humane work for these amazing companion animals.

Last Name: Landenberger Organization: N/A Locality: Midlothian

I strongly support SB1390 and have personally been conducting TNR since 2013. I have mostly paid out of pocket but also used low-cost and no-cost clinics to have over 130 cats sterilized and rabies vaccinations given (while I work full-time). Some cats and kittens I trapped/found were lucky and I found loving homes for them by using a network of trusted fellow animal lovers, sadly, some were too sick and had to be euthanized. I pay personally for all of the food I provide or the supplies I use while I foster since I do not work for a rescue group or animal shelter. I continue to feed every cat I’ve ever returned to their original site after I had them fixed which has now increased to seven cat colonies I manage by myself. I’m originally from Germany where mandatory spay-and neuter-your-pet laws are in place. I wish this could be implemented here in Virginia as well so that the many dumped animals at least would not reproduce while they are already struggling to survive. I think it is also sad to try and blame cats for destroying wildlife while we all know that it is human habitat destruction/loss and climate change that are causing the biggest negative impact on all species. Also, it is time to start reporting individuals that throw away their pets when they move or no longer want to deal with it and stop persecuting or making a mockery out of the “crazy cat lady” who is trying to help while others just want to point their fingers and judge without truly assigning the proper blame to the offender. Another recommendation is to make backyard breeding more restrictive to avoid any more unwanted litters of kittens and puppies while so many of them are killed in the shelters every year. All of us need to show a little more compassion towards animals and stop treating them as if they had no feelings. SB1390 is a first step in that direction and I strongly and respectfully urge the House of Delegates to pass it.

Last Name: Long Organization: Dewey Animal rescue Locality: Prince William county

Every cat deserves a safe community in which to live, WHEREVER they live. Some cats are thrown out like trash through NO fault of their own but because of the ignorance of human beings. Ignorance of NOT spaying and neutering the cats and ignorance that cats (ANY ANIMAL) is disposable when they have lost interest. Or because the animal was a gift or a whim WITHOUT thinking of the dedication to these beings. Or because they are not little and cute anymore; that they may have become old or sick. These animas have just as much right to a happy, healthy, and have a safe life as any other living, breathing, feeling, thinking being on this earth.

Last Name: Barker Organization: SFC Virginia Locality: Fredericksburg

To Whom it may Concern: My name is Ryan Barker, and I am the Executive Director of SFC Virginia, a Fredericksburg area animal rescue that works with under-resourced shelters across the state of Virginia. I have seen firsthand the overcrowding and killing of cats and kittens in shelters during peak seasons and the tremendous efforts of the few citizens and rescues that attempt to curb this problem every year via TNR efforts. As an individual and as part of the organization, I support this bill and hope to see expanded TNR efforts and acceptance in Virginia in coming years.

Last Name: Yarbrough Organization: Garfield's Rescue, Inc. Locality: Weems

My name is Charles Yarbrough and I am your constituent. Like many Virginians, I want what is best for community cats, and I enthusiastically support SB 1390. I ask you to SUPPORT SB 1390.

Last Name: Moore Organization: I'm a member of several groups that work to protect wildlife and domestic animals. Locality: Virginia Beach

SB1390 has been presented as a "humane and effective" way of managing "community cats," cats who have no known owners and are also called stray or feral or lost cats. Alley Cat Allies and other groups have tried for several years to get this bill passed, and, fortunately for cats and for wildlife here in Virginia, the bill has failed each time. The proponents of trap-neuter-return (TNR), having good intentions, have distorted the actual facts regarding TNR. SB1390 would strip the legal protections that cats now have, all in the name of TNR, which is anything but humane or effective. In each amendment of the present law, TNR cats are exempted. TNR cats could be abandoned, even though the bill calls it "returned;" it even states that such cats would no longer be considered to be "abandoned," which is now illegal. TNR volunteers admit they "are not the owners of or legally responsible for those cats;" nobody would be legally responsible for the cats. The only time the cats would actually see a vet would be shortly after they've been trapped or found; they would be neutered, their left ear would be clipped, and they would receive a rabies shot. Any "volunteer" with a TNR program would be exempt from present regulations according to the bill. TNR cats would not need to be re-vaccinated or licensed. Management of "colonies" is not mandated, nor is ongoing monitoring or follow-up care. In reality, and this is the most important part, it is a matter of opening up the crates and sending the neutered cats outside, where they face countless dangers and where they will kill birds and other wildlife. TNR advocates paint a rosy picture of "community cats," and they do not mention the true and actual horrors that cats outside face on a daily basis. Cats who are outside, whether they are pets or not, are at risk of injuries, diseases, parasites (worms, fleas), harsh weather (like what we are now having), malnutrition, and poisons. They receive no help when injured or sick. "Caretakers" mean well, but they can't control where the cats go or what the cats do, as the cats are not contained in an area but are free to roam. Another huge reason to oppose TNR is that cats are the biggest threat to birds in the United States. One TNR website actually refutes "the absurd notion that outdoor cats are the leading cause of bird species decline in the United States." The truth, according to many scientific studies, is that cats are, indeed, the biggest threat to birds, killing more than 1.4 billion birds every year in this country alone. One TNR website calls such studies "junk science," while denying that cats are a threat to birds or other wildlife. In their zeal to try to "save cats' lives," TNR proponents deny that while they are trying to "save" one species of animal, cats are killing hundreds of species of animals every day, all year. Despite what TNR says, cats are not a natural part of any ecosystem in the US; they are a non-native species. Cats kill more birds than the next few reasons combined, but TNR denies this and deflects the blame. Neutered cats kill birds. TNR programs have also been shown to be ineffective, in spite of what their "studies" say. Many groups worldwide have concluded that TNR "is a waste of time, money, and resources." I strongly urge you to vote against SB1390, for the sake of cats and for the sake of birds. Laws are supposed to protect animals, not harm them, and SB1390 would be disastrous, for cats and for wildlife.

Last Name: Miller Locality: Hampton

EVERY Animal DESERVES the Same respect Humans get. Abuse is ABUSE and anyone doing this to any life deserves to get their punishment. Homeless people are not being killed, people do try to help them. Homeless animals deserve the same respect and SHOULD be allowed to be helped and to LIVE.

Last Name: Maxwell Locality: Fairfax

A civilized society takes care of it's animals. Supporting SB 1390 is important for the betterment of Virginia as a whole.

Last Name: Kellam Organization: Eastern Shore of Virginia Birding and Wildlife Programs Locality: Northampton

This Bill lacks guardrails that would protect Virginia’s birds and wildlife. No feral cats should be released into nature preserves, natural areas, wildlife refuges and other conservation lands; that should be clearly prohibited in the Bill. It would be best to table and engage the experts in VDACS, VDH and VDWR to develop a comprehensive approach to reducing feral cats which could include a well-crafted TNR regulation with appropriate guardrails to protect Virginia’s birds and wildlife.

Last Name: Sizemore Organization: American Bird Conservancy Locality: Fairfax

On behalf of American Bird Conservancy and our over 12,000 members, I urge your opposition to SB 1390, “Cats; trap, neuter, and return programs; civic penalty.” This bill would jeopardize the health and safety of people and animals, while simultaneously undermining the effective care and control of domestic cats (Felis catus), a companion animal. SB 1390 Threatens Public Health 1. Cats are the #1 source of rabies among Virginia's domestic animals and across the U.S. and disproportionately expose people to this lethal virus. In Virginia between 2001 and 2018, cats accounted for 65% of all rabid domestic animals and outpaced rabid dogs by over 8:1. 2. Public health agencies recognize that “stray and feral cats serve as a significant source of rabies exposure” and advise that all animals be vaccinated initially, provided a booster after one year, and re-vaccinated in accordance with manufacturer recommendations. They further recommend that “stray dogs, cats, and ferrets should be removed from the community.” 3. SB 1390 fails to require even an initial rabies vaccination, much less the booster vaccinations necessary to protect public health, and instead purposely keeps cats roaming parks and neighborhoods. 4. A single cat can excrete hundreds of millions of Toxoplasma gondii oocysts, which remain infectious for months to years and can infect any bird or mammal, causing toxoplasmosis. 5. Toxoplasmosis is the reason pregnant women are advised not to change cat litter while pregnant, but for “community cats” the entire community is a litter box. Accidental exposure to T. gondii oocysts can lead to miscarriages, fetal deformities, deafness, organ failure, or death and impacts not just pregnant women but also immunocompromised individuals and otherwise healthy adults. 6. One study of “community cats” in Virginia found that over 22% of these cats tested positive for T. gondii, and another study found that over 50% of white-tailed deer near feral cat colonies tested positive for infection. 7. SB 1390 would enable ongoing human and animal (including livestock) infections of T. gondii by releasing “community cats” into the environment. SB 1390 Threatens Wildlife 1. Cats have contributed to the extinction of 63 species worldwide and are the top source of human-caused bird mortality in the U.S. and Canada. Every year, cats kill an estimated 2.4 billion birds in the U.S. alone. 2. In a study by The Wildlife Center of Virginia, cats were the second leading cause of bird deaths (behind “unknown”) and were the cause of harm for 64 bird species and 21 mammal species. Furthermore, 81% of all cat attack victims died, even after receiving first-rate veterinary treatment. 3. SB 1390 would kill wildlife, an introduced predator, by keeping cats on the landscape. SB 1390 Undermines Animal Care and Control 1. Under current Virginia law, any “finder” of a companion animal must make a reasonable attempt to notify the animal’s owner, notify the public animal shelter, and provide a certain level of care for that animal. SB 1390 exempts TNR program volunteers from these duties and would irresponsibly maintain these animals in a homeless state without adequate care. Given the potential for harm to people and animals, I urge you to lay this bill on the table to allow for a multi-stakeholder coalition to work collaboratively, with the input of experts from state agencies, to draft a comprehensive bill for next session.

Last Name: Oberg Locality: Richmond

I fully support SB 1390! I want what is best for Virginia’s community cats. Everybody wins. I ask you to support SB 1390 as well.

Last Name: Mathusa Locality: Stafford

Please support SB1390. Help keep feral kitten population down.

Last Name: Woodward Locality: Banco

“My name is Buddy Woodward and I am your constituent. Like many Virginians, I want what is best for community cats, and I enthusiastically support SB 1390. I ask you to SUPPORT SB 1390.” Thank you.

Last Name: O'Keefe Locality: Reedville

I am strongly in favor of this bill. I am requesting your support. I feed and care for a cat community in Northumberland County. I have the permission of the property owners, a private business. Since I have been involved all the cats there have been neutered or spayed. The number of them has not increased at all as they all have been spayed or neutered through T.N.R. If left without T N.R their numbers would have tremendously increased. T.N.R is a very successful program and a humane way to intervene with stray cats. There are passionate people willing to assist, tray and release. I am asking you, please for your support on this. Thank you for your attention. Mary J O'Keefe Reedville, Va

Last Name: Head Locality: Machipongo

TNR does work! Over the last several years I have personally trapped 7 cats and had them fixed preventing 2 cat colonies from forming. I still feed them where I originally trapped them but I don't actually know if they have stuck around. However, there are 4 females no longer having babies and 3 males that are not contributing to the problem of cat overpopulation. Two litters of kittens were tamed and I found homes for them to get them off the streets. The adults, however, are too wild to tame. Studies have shown that a cat colony remains about the same size. So if cats are taken from the colony another one takes its place and that one most likely is not fixed so the problem continues. By trapping, fixing, and releasing the colony stays about the same size but new kittens are not being added to the problem. Another lady has taken care of a cat colony for years just down the road from us. She trapped them all and got them all fixed. Through the years they have died off and she is now down to just one. The cats lived out their natural lives without contributing more cats to the problem. Please support this bill. TNR is a human way to solve the problem of overpopulation of cats without forced euthanization.

Last Name: ROWLAND Organization: ART Bily the Kidden Locality: Virginia Beach

I am writing to ask that you please support SUPPORT SB 1390. As a person who regularly feed feral cats, ii is so sad to watch the colony keep multiplying We trapped and neutered all of the ones in the colony nearby. I believe this is the best way to control the population. Thank you, Donna Rowland Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Last Name: Strain Locality: Chincoteague

This bill is critical to reducing cat over population while allowing for humane treatment of feral cats.

Last Name: Mullins Locality: Gloucester Courthouse

Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal

Last Name: Miller Organization: SB1390 Locality: Madison

I support TNR programs, it saves cats lives and helps with unwanted litters.

Last Name: Giglio Locality: Poquoson

The reality is we have a serious overpopulation of cats due to not enough strict animal laws (requiring every renter with an animal show PROOF that thier cat is fixed). TNR is not only 100% foolproof, but humane as well. I have seen trapping to euthanize, not only not work, be inhumane, but have the opposite affect. By this, the cat population increased. So finally coming around to TNR, it has not only decreased the population, it keep other unfixed cats from moving in, the cats keep the rodents at Bay, and because the cats are taken care of (food/shelter/vet care if and when needed) they are least likey to get diseases and spread them, they are therapy for caretakers, this program, when seen, promotes much needed critical education and awareness in order to teach people about animal responsibility, and no more unfixed starving, no more sick cats running around populating, eating diseased birds, no more cats getting hit by cars, etc.....The fact remains by implementing and working a TNR program it is 100% foolproof!!!! Respectfully, Lynn Giglio

Last Name: Evans Locality: Accomack

Please support SB 1390. It would allow rescues who do the critical work of TNR to be free from the fear of an abandonment charge for doing their work. TNR - trap, neuter, return - is effective and humane. Unless you are planning to make cats a huntable species (Please DON'T!), they are here already and reproducing rapidly and need to be addressed. The Accomack town of Chincoteague, a tourism hotspot for Virginia, is teeming with feral cats. Tourists are not over keen on starving, pest ridden, sick cats on a resort island. It is worse on the mainland Eastern Shore but without all the tourists to care. Please support this important bill. Thank you.

Last Name: Hernandez Locality: Norfolk

Please support SB 1390 so the organizations and individuals involved can legally work together to TNR instead of euthanizing. Thank you.

Last Name: Mondul Organization: Animal Defense League of Washington County Locality: Bristol, VA

I am definitely in support of SB 1390. This bill is definitely good and important for the cats and people of Virginia. The Bill affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal. This is especially important at this time during the COVID-19 Pandemic, when many veterinarian offices and animal shelters have been closed due to the Pandemic, and both domestic and especially community cats have been free to breed and have kittens even though there is not enough food, shelter or homes for them. Please consider this bill as being extremely important!

Last Name: Chambers Locality: Hanover

Please support SB 1390. Trap, Neuter, Return is the is most humane method of preventing cats from entering the shelter system and it’s the most effective per leading animal organization, Best Friends. TNR ensures the cats’ health and welfare. Once these cats are sterilized and vaccinated, they can live healthy, happy lives in their communities, where caring residents look out for them. Sterilization and vaccination provide a public health benefit to the community, too. Please support SB 1390 “the TNR bill”

Last Name: Scott Locality: Mount Crawford

My first spring on this 11 acre farmlet was 2019 I'd see at least 20 or 30 highly visible male goldfinches airborn over the fields any time I gazed out. I guessing that there had to have been HUNDREDS out there. No feral cats here then. Foxes and racoons but no cats. Now the foxes, and racoons are gone. They weren't eating all the songbirds. First feral cat I saw was a small dilute tortoiseshell crossing the road near my house with a small songbird in her mouth. I've only seen her crossing the road, ALWAYS with a bird in her mouth. I see at lest 5 or 6 more now, drinking at the stock tank, walking down my driveway or along the road, across the gully, under the cedar trees, everywhere. They're all different colors, as expected from a blue-cream mother. If I get them TNR-ed, I am told they can only be returned right back here, to continue the slaughter until they die out naturally. I highly doubt all can be trapped. I do not believe it possible to even slow down the destruction this way. Australia has an unfettered cull program against feral cats yet they are losing the battle to save their wildlife. Here, there are mice, moles, shrews, snakes, frogs, hatchling painted turtles and other potential meals for feral cats, but I believe that little blue-cream hunter has trained her children in her methods. The goldfinches nest in the goldenrod and thistles, in easy reach.  Maybe I'm wrong and they're killing off all these other animals too. I've seen the mother turtles coming up to lay their eggs, but I have never seen a single baby heading back down to the pond. This past spring I saw a total two male goldfinches, although, it could have been the same one twice.  This past spring the mocking birds failed to raise a single chick. This past spring I was excited to see an indigo bunting frequenting the old maple tree by the well. I saw him nearly every day for a couple months or so. He stayed long enough that I assume he had a less colorful mate, a nest and a family somewhere in that tree, but he vanished before I ever saw or heard any others. I have been searching the fields for the goldfinches' distinctive flitting, scalloped flight pattern, and have not seen one single goldfinch since this summer.  Not one.  In Australia they say one feral cat eats an average of three animals a day, over 1000 ANIMALS PER YEAR. Their vulnerable animals like quolls are mostly larger than what I have here. Almost 30 unique species have gone extinct there because of CATS. What else have they wiped out here? I haven't seen any red winged blackbirds, orioles or purple finches since my first year here either. What other less visible birds are missing?   You can not, in any way, convince me that the lives of maybe a half dozen completely feral cats are more valuable than the lives of the thousands upon thousands upon thousands of individual songbirds each Grendel cat will slaughter in its life. You shouldn't be able to convince anyone of that. It is completely illogical and unjust. To the small native prey animals, every kitty cat is a giant monster with jaws full of daggars and an insatiable blood lust. It mercilessly tortures each victim to death, whether it's actually even consummed or not. Where is their Beowulf?

Last Name: WESEMAN Locality: MANASSAS

This is a win, win bill for Virginia. It will decrease the amount of stray cats in the communities and end the suffering of cats forces to live on the street.

Last Name: Farthing Organization: Friends of Russell County Animals Locality: Russell

Please support SB 1390. Our rural counties NEED an answer to cat population which must be decided statewide- NOT at the county level. We need to be able to lawfully do this by means of Trap, Neuter, and Return. There will never be 100% agreement on how to solve a problem- but we need to start- period. This method is backed by science and proven by other municipalities to be effective and humane. Passing this law will enable us to apply for grant funding that we would otherwise not be eligible. Thank you for your service to our state and for listening to the citizens who represent Southwest Virginia. Charlene Farthing Rosedale, VA Russell County

Last Name: Dale Locality: Ashland

I support TNR and am a trapper and I manage a small colony of community cats in Ashland Va. TNR saves cats lives. By doing spay and neuter you are allowing cats to live a happy life and return to their environment and not reproduce. My colony was 15 and now there are 3. They have had a good life and I have provided them with vaccinations and medical care. TNR works.

Last Name: Shekmar Locality: Mclean

Please support tnr. It works in reducing feral births and at humanely managing outdoor cats. Please vote in support of tnr.

Last Name: Westfall Locality: Spotsylvania

Please support SB 1390. This bill helps save cats by affirming the legality of an evidence-based procedure through Trap-Neuter-Return. This bill also saves money for localities by reducing the number of stray cats by preventing reproduction.

Last Name: Korkalo Organization: Animal Resources of Tidewater Locality: VIRGINIA BEACH

On behalf of Animal Resources of Tidewater, we ask that you support SB1390 as it is a humane and effective way to help and control community cat populations.

Last Name: Goodyear Organization: Dewey Locality: Vienna

Please allow trap neuter for the wellbeing of cats and humans a like

Last Name: Coyle Locality: Delaplane

Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal

Last Name: Howard Locality: Suffolk

Please show your support for neighborhoods and for community cats by voting "Yes" on SB1390. Together, we can humanely care for neighborhood cats by trapping-neutering-vaccinating-returning them. This is a healthy way to interact with them and humanely reduce the population over time. Not only that, it benefits even people who are not fond of cats by reducing less desirable behaviors like fighting and yowling through neutering and care and keeps the population from growing. Too long have unsocialized cats been condemned to death in shelters as it can take years to adjust them to living in human homes. Give shelter workers some emotional relief by allowing them a chance to save these cats instead of putting them down. Thank you.

Last Name: Whitehill Organization: Feral Affairs Network Locality: Norfolk

Trap, Neuter, Return has been proven to be successful in reducing the overpopulation of community cats and improving their health. Rescuers spend a great deal of their time and money to help community cats get spayed/ neutered and immunized. Please support SB 1390.

Last Name: Flynt Locality: Aylett

We are in favor of TNR. It provides a costless solution for those who discard their animals that havent been spayed or neutered. colonies are vetted animals. They got "there" due to people discarding their animals for whatever their reasons are. Support TNR

Last Name: Gina Lynch Organization: Humane Society of Fairfax County Locality: Fairfax

Pls support SB1390 - for cats that have been disgarded and abandoned by their families - what is the solutilon? Kill them or Trap, Neuter and Return them. TNR is the only humane way to stop cats from producing more kittens. Humans have let them down once - now is the time for us to help them. There is no other solution - TNR ensures that the issue moves to a more common sense approach for management. Loving cats and loving birds are not mutually exclusive - it's mutually inclusive. We love all animals. One species does not have to suffer for another.

Last Name: Balow Organization: Meow Stories Locality: Stafford County

Please support 1390. Our Virginia Shelters are overrun yearly with cats and kittens looking for homes. The only way to stem the tide is for the state and localities to support TNR so that countless unwanted kittens and/or their mothers do not end up in our Virginia Shelters or reproducing uncontrolled in the wild. It has been proven that TNR works to reduce feral cat populations over time. In my county TNR is viewed as abandonment even if the colony is managed and I've had to pull back from any and all TNR activities to avoid possible consequences. Help us help those who have no voice and die needlessly in our Virginia Shelters. Look at the statistics alone for this year, it's deplorable. We can do better.

Last Name: Westfall Locality: Washington

Please support SB 1390. The bill is important to the continuation of the Trap-Neuter-Return program. This bill affirms that the Trap-Neuter-Return is legal. The Trap-Neuter-Return program is important to help reduce the reproduction of cats in feral communities. By returning altered cats to their territories, it prevents other feral cats from coming into the area. Since they are altered, they are not reproducing. This is beneficial to the communities in Virginia in order to manage the cat population. Thank you for your consideration in this matter. Susan Westfall

Last Name: Laub Locality: Midlothian

I strongly urge you to support SB 1390. This bill is a win-win for cats and the people of Virginia. Not only is it humane; it's legal and it works! Killing cats just leaves room for other cats to move into that area. The TNR program cares for the population humanely while preventing hundreds of unwanted births, sickness, and suffering. The number of cats will be reduced over time without causing cruelty and wanton, ineffectual killings. Please vote for the more effective and humane solution to the feral cat problem. Thank you.

Last Name: Lavin Locality: Kents Store

We live on a farm and own no cats. But on a regular basis unspayed and unneutered ones show up from who knows where. This has happened for the last 20 years. Before TNR groups were organized to serve the area, kittens -- some in unspeakable condition -- would appear then just as quickly disappear to an unknown but no doubt horrific fate. In the last 5 years, we have worked with TNR groups to have the adult cats altered and ear-tipped. These animals which got in this condition through no fault of their own don't deserve to go back to the bad old days -- and people who try to help them don't deserve to face civil or criminal penalties.

Last Name: Hansen Locality: Purcellville

Please SUPPORT SB 1390. Trap-Neuter-Return programs are crucial to reducing the cat overpopulation problem in our state. They are humane population control programs that reduce the number of free roaming community cats, and they reduce disease spread between outdoor cats and zoonotic disease spread to people. These programs have also proven to lessen the number of community cats and kittens entering city and county shelters, thus reducing tax dollar use to house and care for them in an environment where they will not flourish. Kittens are the most euthanized population of animals in our national shelter system today, and TNR programs spay/neuter cats who can start reproducing as early as 4 months of age. Supporting this bill will save taxpayers money, reduce the spread of disease, reduce euthanasia, and prevent further unwanted cats from being born.

Last Name: McPherson Locality: Hopewell

I have worked on TNR for community cats in my neighborhood, with nearly half of them kittens that were able to be adopted. The remainder can no longer breed. They are healthy, inoculated, and will live out their lives in their accustomed home territory. This is the most humane and ethical way to work with these animals who a after all owe their predicament to us. Yet no other creature seems to get less compassion and aid. Supporting TNR is the right thing to do.

Last Name: Flores Locality: Fredericksburg

I have worked with TNR programs of different counties, including , but not limited to Loudoun, Fairfax and Stafford; and I have experienced first hand the amazing work this program does for community cats! Not only is TNR a humane and ethical way to prevent community cats to continue from multiplying, but it also is a compassionate way to treat these animals which have found themselves being out on the streets by no fault of their own. Please do the right thing and support TNR. It saves thousands of innocent animal lives!

Last Name: Lee Locality: Carrollton

This bill is needed for the benefit of the cats and the community. These cats did not choose this life - we chose this life for them by being irresponsible pet owners - as a result we now must address the need to correct this situation as much as possible. TNR is the first step in resolving this issue in a responsible fashion as it allows groups and individuals to step in an begin to put a stop to the uncontrolled multiplication of these cats as well as providing the opportunity to vaccinate these cats which will not only protect them but will protect the community in which they reside. The alternative of simply letting them continue to breed is not beneficial as not only will the population continue to grow but the risk of unhealthy cats being left untreated is a risk - trapping and killing them is not only morally wrong but is in fact more expensive than TNR and leaves the area subject to the vacuum effect which will simply result in new cats moving into the areas the cats previous occupied. This bill allows us to take a long needed step in the right direction and deserves to be passed.

Last Name: Thompson Locality: Petersburg

I support this bill. Euthanasia is heartless. If there is an alternative, that IS better. This bill appears to address the animal/cat population without euthanasia as the go to solution. Please vote for organizations that will utilize a more humane way to manage the cat population.

Last Name: Isaacs Locality: Campbell

I have participated in cat TNR. Two of my cats are the result of TNR. Our street was full of feral cats five years ago. One neighbor had turned out his female cat without spaying first. It did not take long for the cat population to explode. The only problem: he only felt the need to feed his original cat. The others were left to fend for themselves and to interbreed. Some of the cats were very sickly and had eye issues. My sister-in-law and I used a local SpayNeuter clinic. We are very fortunate to have one that supports TNR at a reduced cost. They even give rabies shots at the appointment. We began to trap and release. I must say we were very successful in trapping the cats. We were even able to find homes for some of the kittens. Feral kittens can be socialized and tamed!! I’ve done it twice. It just takes patience and compassion. My sister-in-law still feeds and provides housing for several of the TNR cats we helped. One almost blind one follows her everywhere like a dog. I kept two kittens. My house is farther away, but two other neighbors also began to care for a few. Our street returned to normal and the feral cats found a better life even though they are still outside. TNR really works!

Last Name: DeVore Locality: Providence Forge

TNR is a humane treatment of cats that have been abandoned by the people. The are many people who are opposed to TNR but have no problem with people releasing cats in the wild as an alternative to responsibly raising and caring for their own pets. Currently there are no laws being enforced that prevent people from committing such atrocities so why would we try to prevent responsible people from helping these abandoned animals. I have fostered cats for TNR that go through the process of being spayed or neutered and properly vaccinated to help control the cat population before being released back to their communities. Often times, fostered TNR cats are able to be rehabilitated and rescue organizations can properly re-home these cats to responsible care givers. This bill must be passed to ensure TNR remains legal and for the protection of innocent living cats, who are currently homeless through no fault of their own.

Last Name: Madigan Locality: Henrico

As a volunteer independent trapped of feral cats in the West end of Henrico for over 4 years behind an apartment complex, I am highly in support of SB 1390. Many renters in apartment dwellings tend to move once their lease has expired, and sadly, if they cannot take their cat with them, the cat is then dumped in a colony of feral cats. Many times their owner failed to be responsible for spay/neutering their cat. This results in unwanted behavior of their cat spraying their apartment with urine as well as howling to be released outside. They falsely assume that the cat will fend for themselves in the colony. What ends up happening is an increase of feral cat population in the existing colony. Eventually the colony gets so big that renters complain to apartment management about unaltered cats yowling, growling, amd fighting at night. Also unvaccinated unaltered feral cats can pose a health hazard due to the spread of rabies. When a feral cat is brought to a vet for spay/neutering, the vet automatically gives the cat a rabies injection and removes the tip of the left ear to indicate that the cat has been altered. There are numerous cat loving renters who feed feral cat colonies regularly at feeding stations that I have set up easily in wooded areas on the complex's property. Also, cat shelters can be set up as a place a cat can use in inclement weather. Altered feral cats can have a decent quality of life remaining in their outdoor colony with the help of feeders and someone who can trap a feral cat in the event that a cat becomes injured. Many animal rescue organizations can easily contact a trapper in order for the cat to be properly vetted.

Last Name: Pilch Locality: HENRICO

I support TNR initiatives on anti-cruelty grounds. TNR reduces the population of feral cats over time while minimizing unnecessary suffering and loss of life of sentient animals. There is no need to euthanize feral animals when they can be cared for by community organizations. Many of these organizations work tirelessly to do just that. Compassion for animals is never misplaced. I ask that TNR initiatives be widely supported and encouraged

Last Name: Hosein Organization: Anna Rescues Kittens Locality: New Kent

I’m writing to you in hopes that you will feel in your hearts what we experience when helping cats. I started TNR last year to help a client with 30 cats on her property. I would tell her to reach out for help to get the cats spayed and neutered. For months she had no help. I decided we would do it together. It took me months also to figure out the process. With a great support from cat groups and volunteers, we safely and humanely trapped, neutered, and vaccinated all the cats on the clients property. It was an eye opener. The ancestors of these cats were domesticated by humans and now we have many who survive outdoors because of humans. It is not their fault they have to survive in our cities or neighborhoods. Who are we to say they cannot exist and live among us. Most come from homes where people abandon or drop off their unwanted pets. When we TNR, we also vaccinate and ensure all the cats are visibly healthy. I know some of you don’t view cats as companions but I ask that you spend time with them and you will see they are not a threat. I have several rescued outdoor cats that know their names when I call them, and they will show affection when their humans are with them. When forced to live outdoors they have to survive and it is the same for all living beings. It is their natural instinct. Killing an intelligent animal because they are in the way or you don’t want to see them is not who we are as humans. There are protections and laws for many species of animals. We need that protection for cats as well. We have a duty to protect them. We have a duty to protect the animals that were put here to live with us. With TNR programs we can reduce the population and vaccinate every cat who does not have a home. We know there are obstacles like lack of funding or sanctuaries to help relocate the TNR’d cats, but this bill will be a step in the right direction for all of us who advocate for the cats. With your support our future will have safe sanctuaries and shelters for these abandoned cats. We will be able to expand TNR programs to help reduce the populations and educate our communities on how they can help. We have to start somewhere. Killing cats is not the right solution, it is in humane and evil. If you can look into the eyes of these souls you will understand this. We need your help so we can help these cats. I am one voice of many and I chose my path to help speak for these cats. I ask that you listen to our voices. “All it takes for evil to succeed is for a few good men to do nothing.” E. Burke. Thank you so much for your time. Anna

Last Name: Constant Locality: Norfolk

Thank you. TNR is inhumane because cats are domesticated animals and it's not healthy for them to live outdoors like wild animals do. Infections and injury from fighting with wild animals may happen, and cats are subject to painful slow deaths. "Feral" cats are domesticated animals that have not been socialized. Euthanasia of cats that are not able to be adopted is not cruel and sometimes necessary. Every pet owner knows this is a necessary duty at times. Outdoor cats kill many millions of birds and other small animals. and this is why every reputable environmental organization is against the practice of releasing cats to live in the wild. Approving the release of cats gives the public the notion that cats it's ok to put cats out into the wild. Maybe they think cat colony people will feed them, or that they can fend for themselves. Rabies is always a concern. Basically cats should be treated like dogs and have licenses and live indoors. Exceptions can be made for "barn cat" pets, but all should be licienced so proof of rabies vaccination is available. Lastly, Natural History magazine had this subject as a cover article a few years ago. The researchers were frankly surprised when results of studies came in showing that TNR did not reduce cat population. So the claim that it does is misguided.

Last Name: McQueen Locality: Washington County

I urge you to vote for SB 1390 to keep the cats trap neuter release program legal. Thank you.

Last Name: Bove Locality: Loudoun

Please vote to support SB1390. Regardless of whether you are a cat-lover, a bird-lover, or both, it makes perfect sense to spay, neuter, and vaccinate any cat who is living outdoors. This actually should be common ground between both sides of the traditional debate, but the anti-TNR crowd doesn't seem to want to admit there is common ground nor to find a compromise solution. The bill doesn't mandate TNR as a on-size-fits-all solution for every locality and circumstance, it allows local government to assess and evaluate situations in their area and decide if TNR fits the need. The debate shouldn't be about whether cats should live outdoors - they are already living outdoors, and people put them there; and people will continue to put them there for purposeful benefits like rodent control, or for any number of reasons. It is essential that those cats be spayed or neutered so they don't reproduce outdoors. SB1390 is a good bill and it should be passed. Please don't allow the opponents of this bill to distract your focus. In summary: 1. The debate on the bill should be sharply focused on the text and intent of the bill - not on emotionally charged arguments that have historically been used to impede progress toward stemming growth of the community cat population. 2. The bill isn't a mandate to implement a TNR program - it simply would allow County and local government entities to implement what they think is best for circumstances in their area, and the bill would allow TNR to be one of the tools available to them. 3. The bill does not promote abandonment of cats - in fact by explicitly defining TNR in the bill it bolsters current laws against abandonment by requiring that cats be returned to the location where they were captured. 4. TNR is 100% effective on a cat-by-cat basis. Removing the ovaries and uterus of a female cat and removing the testes of a male cat is 100% effective at preventing those cats from procreating. 5. TNR does not put additional cats outdoors, the cats are already there. If you think it's better to spay or neuter and vaccinate a cat who is living outdoors, rather than leaving it alone to reproduce and give birth outdoors, then you must support the bill.

Last Name: DeBord Organization: Animal Defense League, Abingdon, Virginia Locality: Abingdon

Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal

Last Name: Pittman Locality: Abingdon

Please support SB 1390. We had a problem with stray cats in our neighborhood. I have buried three kittens in the past year that were hit in front of my house and left to die. One died in my arms as I got in the car to go to the vet. A neighbor was feeding them so they didn't starve to death. We all set up those houses made of storage containers. We were trying to keep them safe. Thankfully, a local TNR group agreed to help. Over a series of months, we were able to trap all of the strays, neuter/spay, and release them. I haven't seen a kitten since. The neighbor continues to feed those strays remaining. Without this program, lots of cats would have died painful deaths here. I imagine it's even worse in other areas. This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia. Trap-Neuter-Return programs are good for this region of the state. Please support SB 1390.

Last Name: Brown Locality: Abingdon

We support SB 1390, which will benefit cats and people who live in Virginia and the bill affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal statewide. Stephen and Johanna Brown

Last Name: Claire Jacobsen Organization: Alley Cat Allies Locality: Arlington

I wish to register my STRONG SUPPORT for SB1390. This bill IS GOOD for the CATS AND the People of the great state of Virginia! This bill AFFIRMS that Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) for cats IS LEGAL. PLEASE SUPPORT SB1390! Claire Jacobsen, Arlington, VA 22201

Last Name: Saunders Organization: Northumberland county animal shelter Locality: Northumberland

Pass this Bill.

Last Name: Beane Locality: Wicomico Church

Support SB1390. I can't believe people really care about birds if they don't want to control the cat population. Where's the sense in that?

Last Name: Powers Locality: Washington County

This is a good bill to protect those who are trying to do some good in the world. I'm convinced that this is the best way to deal with the stray/feral cat population as it enables people to humanely trap the cats, get them sterilized so that they aren't adding to the problem, and in some cases finding homes for the socialized ones. It's humane, and it's needed for both cats and people. Disney quietly maintains feral cats on its theme park properties: and if Disney thinks this is an efficient and effective way to deal with the issue, then I think enough said.

Last Name: Morris Locality: Chesterfield

Cats are abandoned every day from people who move, find it costly to own pet etc and because of that we should put the animal down. It's called homeless and we as a society should care for the homeless. We have become a throwaway society but let these animals live. There are many homeless cats but there is a community of people who feed, neuter, rabies shots and more. We need the compassion of your bill to protect these animals.

Last Name: Ross Locality: Glen Allen

SB1390 TNR works and, in time, greatly reduces the numbers of feral cats that people complain about. There are many people who feed and provide shelter and medical care for these cats and they want to be able to do that without repercussions. The majority of cats deemed feral are not. They are cats that were dumped by owners or strays who once had a home. We are a nation of quick and easy fixes which, in the case of homeless animals, is trapping and killing. We can be better than that.

Last Name: Vaden Locality: Norfolk

PLEASE SUPPORT SB 1390

Last Name: Williams Locality: Chesterfield

These animals need protection. They don’t ask to be here and is in humane to euthanize just because they are. TNR is a great program. I have TNR’s in my neighborhood and they are great for getting the moles from the yard!

Last Name: Plasse Locality: Henrico

SB1390 Please support those of us who believe the community cats’ lives matter. They didn’t choose this life and need our help and protection. We need protection so we can continue to do good in this world and make a difference. Thank you.

Last Name: Beane Locality: Northumberland County

I support SB1390. It is the most humane way to reduce the cat population.

Last Name: Ogburn Organization: Northumberland County Animal Shelter Locality: Reedville

I fully support SB1390 to help reduce the size of feral colonies that plague our poorer neighborhoods. Unless we address this problem the colonies will continue to grow in size. As in other species overpopulation will encourage disease and suffering. Even if you aren't a cat lover you can certainly understand the need for this control. Thank you, Lois Ogburn

Last Name: Bass Locality: Bristol

TNR works! Let's do it!

Last Name: Donovan Organization: Hanover community cats Locality: Hanover County

On behalf of myself and Hanover Community cats we support this bill. Until last September I was unaware how many feral cats were in my county. And surrounding areas. As volunteers, We came together with other rescues and TNR groups and created Hanover community cats we work in conjunction with Hanover AC to help with population control and rescue. Since September we have TNRd over a 150 plus cats and rehome 70plus kittens. What we do makes a difference. As far as bird, and environmental concerns of the feral cat colonies, multiple factors play into that all the new construction directly effects environment birds and wildlife are forced into smaller areas. Colony cats are supported by caregivers, who provide care food,& veterinary care. Please support this bill. TNR works!

Last Name: Williams Locality: Northumberland

Please pass this bill. It is the humane way to address the feral cat population.

Last Name: Turville Locality: Reedville

Please pass the SB1390 TNR bill as written. TNR is a humane solution to control the feral, homeless cat population. Local organizations and trained volunteers provide this service at no cost to our communities, freeing animal control employees to handle other needs. Homeless cats are spayed/neutered and vaccinated during the TNR process, gradually reducing the feral cat population and related diseases that can be spread to household pets. This is a good bill for humane treatment of homeless felines.

Last Name: Crawford Locality: Powhatan

Please vote YAY! TNR is the best and humane way of helping contain and reduce the feral cat population.

Last Name: Jones Locality: Manassas

I don’t understand how anyone can object to this Bill. This combined with community education regarding the importance of neutering pet cats is the only way to remove these cats from the wild.

Last Name: Ryan Locality: Lottsburg

Please bass SB1390.

Last Name: Rutherford Locality: Smyth County’s

DO NOT support this bill. The damage done by feral cats is devastating to endangered bird and small mammal species. This bill actually gives justification to irresponsible cat owners to dump there animals when they no longer want them.

Last Name: Justice Organization: Animal Defense League of Washington County Locality: WASHINGTON CTY. ABINGDON

I strongly support SB1390 for cats: trap, neuter, return program. This is best for cats, people and community. This is necessary to control cat population .

Last Name: Rountree Locality: Suffolk

I am writing to request that you approve SB1390. It is good for cats. It is good for Virginia. It has been proven that TNR is the best way to handle populations of feral cats. It is the most humane, and the most logical system of safely taking care of this issue. Thank you for your consideration.

Last Name: Harville Locality: Richmond

I support this bill for the good of cats and the people of virginia. Trap and neuter should be legal!

Last Name: Beane Locality: Heathsville

I fully support SB1390. It will prevent the birth of numerous litters of kittens thereby reducing the number of cats that kill birds and spread disease. I am a native of the Commonwealth, raised and live in the Northern Neck. This bill will help volunteer trappers to control the feral cat communities that plague our neighborhoods. By not supporting this bill, nothing will ever change and more kittens will grow the size of these communities.

Last Name: Elgin Locality: Bedford

I do not support this bill. Cats kill an estimated 1.3–4.0 billion birds and 6.3–22.3 billion mammals every year, in the United States alone.* Trap-neuter-release programs serve only to further this problem. It is high time we stop letting our short-term and anthropocentric views get in the way of hearing out science and preserving the ecosystems on which we all depend. *Loss S.R. et al. The impact of free-ranging domestic cats on wildlife of the United States. Nat. Commun. 4:1396 doi: 10.1038/ncomms2380 (2012).

Last Name: Lindbeck Locality: Spotsylvania

I fully support SB 1390. This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia. It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) for cats is legal.

Last Name: Stern Locality: Virginia Beach

I ask you to support SB 1390 for the benefit of the cats and the citizens of our Commonwealth. Passing this bill will help clarify the legality of TNR programs and is encouraged by several animal welfare organizations I support. Thank you.

Last Name: Peterson Locality: Yorktown

Please pass this bill so feral cats can be protected.

Last Name: goldrich Organization: Animal Resources of Tidewater Locality: Virginia Beach

SUPPORT SB 1390 .. how could we not support stopping pet overpopulation ! if not we spend millions euthanizing poor animals .

Last Name: Fox Locality: Newport Nees

TNR is the effective humane method of reducing overpopulation of feral cats. This reduces free roaming cat numbers and contributes to overall positive environmental impacts on birds, etc. Killing cats is not and should never have been a solution. Thank youu.

Last Name: Brown Organization: The Community Cat Alliance Locality: Winchester

Please support SB1390. I support the bill because it clarifies that public shelters and localities may fully participate in TNR activity and return sterilized, vaccinated community cats to their original location. This provision will provide our shelters with the option for a live outcome for these cats, which are now usually euthanized as they are generally unadoptable. SB1390 also clarifies that returning sterilized cats to their original location is not abandonment and therefore protects the volunteers and individuals doing this community work from that charge. I’ve been involved in organized animal welfare for over 40 years and am convinced of the benefits of TNR as the only humane and effective approach to reducing the number of free-roaming cats in our communities. Other approaches are neither humane nor effective. The provisions of SB1390 will result in more effective, efficient and higher quality TNR, benefiting our shelters, TNR practitioners, cat colony caregivers, wildlife (through reduced numbers of free-roaming cats) and our communities as a whole. I appreciate your consideration of my request to vote in favor of SB1390.

Last Name: Barclay Locality: Portsmouth

TNR is a humane, reliable, and successful method of controlling the feral cat population, and SB1390 is good legislation that enables Virginians to practice it . Please pass this bill; it is good for animals and people alike. Thank you.

Last Name: domer Organization: - Select - Locality: annandale

Trap neuter return is a very common sense approach to manage feral cats. It obviously reduces births. Therefore please support SB 1390 which makes clear that trap-neuter-release is legal. Reducing births of feral cats is good for cats and people, why would anyone oppose it ? Concerning birds, the primary causes of bird deaths are habitat destruction by people and birds killed by flying into large glass buildings. Also, all the poisons people dump on their properties contributes. Sporthunters kill millions.

Last Name: Woods Locality: Henrico County

I will keep this feedback short. I support SB 1390, an important bill which would affirm the legality of Trap-Neuter-Return in Virginia. I urge you to vote for this bill. This bill is good for the well being of cats as well as the people of Virginia.

Last Name: Meeker Organization: SPCA of Northern Virginia Locality: Arlington

I am writing to request that you approve SB1390. I have been involved in TNR since 1980 and have seen how it has reduced the number of cats (feral and domestic) euthanized in shelters where communities have embraced it. It has also reduced the number of kittens born throughout the year. TNR, when practiced responsibly, provides feral cats with shelter, food, and monitoring. Its goal is to reduce the number of feral cats over time and it does so humanely. It is vital that TNR be recognized as a legal feral cat management tool. It is when feral cats have been allowed to reproduce unchecked that they become a nuisance.

Last Name: Harding Locality: Louisa County

Please SUPPORT this very important bill, SB1390; Cats; trap, neuter and return programs. Community cats are a people-caused, ignorance based problem. It is up to caring, informed individuals to be a voice for and advocate for the health, welfare and quality of life for these cats. I am a foster "fur parent" for Chesterfield County Animal Services and also have personally adopted and cared for many abandoned cats over the years. They were all wonderful cats. Do the right thing and support this crucial piece of legislation. It has been proven all over the country by leading rescue organizations that Trap-Neuter-Return is the humane, compassionate, based on fact, best program for community cats. Thank you!

Last Name: Pectal Organization: Alley Cat Allies Locality: Chester

As your constituent and a voter, I strongly support SB 1390 and hope that I can count on your support. It is vital to keep trap/neuter/return legal and present in the Commonwealth. It serves the interests of both community cats and the people sharing their communities. Please support SB 1390!

Last Name: Richey Organization: The Community Cat Alliance Locality: Winchester

Please support LB1390 to provide cats to be trapped, neutered, and released in all areas of Virginia without civil penalty. TNR is so important for the community and the colony cats. We need this to be passed.

Last Name: Weygand Organization: Alley Cat Allies Locality: Springfield

I support SB 1390 I think it's good for cats and people Its VERY important for it to be legal I've been doing TNR for yrs and it humanely reduces the feral cat populations...

Last Name: Walters Locality: Richmond

I've been involved in animal welfare for over twelve years in the state of Virginia. We sorely need to continue TNR programs that are making a humane dent and keep track of homeless cats, often dumped by owners when they don't want them or move. Allowing TNR effectively vaccinates and curbs the increase in feral cat population. It is humane and necessary. Without it, and also that the state law doesn't require animal control to manage stray cats, Virginia will have a lot more homeless animals that are unsheltered and unvaccinated as well as not being actively trapped and fixed. Responsible TNR also tips and keeps track of the animals, and is aware of new ones in the colony. They responsibly pull kittens into foster care when appropriate- all responsible management practices.

Last Name: Fuchs, Nancy Organization: self Locality: Northumberland

Please support this bill. Cats reproduce because that's what animals do. Allow the local facilities to trap the cats, neuter them and return to the community. It's HUMANE.

Last Name: McCarthy Locality: Palmyra

Please support SB 1390. Trap-neuter-return programs are a humane and legal way to control Feral cat populations. They are good for cats as well as people. The numbers of feral cats are controlled in a safe and healthy way for the cats as well as for other animals and people. The cats do not overpopulate and since they are vaccinated, they also do not spread disaease. You do not need to be an animal lover to see the good sense of this approach. Thank you.

Last Name: Guertin Locality: Charlottesville

I want to voice my strong disapproval of this bill, and would like my representatives to vote against it. The abandonment of domestic cats outside, whether or not under the fig leaf of TNR programs, is harmful to both cats and the native wildlife they hunt and kill. Domestic cats are not meant to be part of the wild ecosystem - they kill large numbers of native songbirds and mammals, and they themselves are not evolved to survive. Abandoning them to the outdoors is cruelty masquerading as kindness.

Last Name: Clark Locality: Williamsburg

Some years ago a feral cat was trapped, neutered and returned to my property. She lived outside at my house for 11 years and gave me a great deal of pleasure although I never touched her. In 11 years I never saw any evidence that she had killed birds. What she did do was keep the mole and vole population down.

Last Name: Brinson Locality: Fairfax

Senator Petersen, I strongly support SB 1390 and I urge you to do the same. Both my husband and I, as well as our grown children, have adopted feral cats who have been "brought in from the cold." Yes, they are the beneficiaries of TNR efforts by Virginia volunteers. Sadly, I see much misinformation about feral cats, and wish to tell you from our personal experience, that TNR is the BEST way to show our humanity to these creatures. Killing them, as some have suggested, is beyond my comprehension. SB 1390 would codify TNR as legal, and it is the best and most humane solution for cats, as well as the residents of The Commonwealth. Again, we need your support. Thank you.

Last Name: Green Organization: None Locality: Purcellville

I am writing in support of SB 1390. As someone who has participated in TNR, I have seen first hand that it works to drive down stray cat populations. This is one piece of an overall approach that includes fixing cats, but it is an effective one. Banning TNR will only make caring for outdoor cats underground. No one wants stray cats not people or cats —and this is key to helping address this.

Last Name: Greer Locality: Oakton, VA

Chap....as the "parents" of two rescue cats, I speak from experience that the T-N-R efforts by volunteers in Virginia is humane, is good for cats, and good for the citizens of the Commonwealth. I strongly support SB 1390, and trust that you will, too. T-N-R is legal, is humane, and is the correct solution for all of us. Looking forward to your support.

Last Name: Fitts Locality: Culpeper

Please support LB1390 to provide cats to be trapped, neutered, and released in all areas of Virginia without civil penalty.

Last Name: Walsh Locality: Fairfax County//Annandale

Reference SB 1390: I support and commend the House of Delegates to follow suit in passing SB 1390 to affirm Trap-Neuter-Return is a responsible, humane, and proper approach to treating cats. TNR is a legal, compassionate, and fiscally responsible arrangement for communities. Approving this legislation is for the good of the Commonwealth. Passing this bill is long overdue. I have said for years, as I have cared for TNR’d cats, that Virginia can and should be a leader on animal welfare policies. With TNR we are playing catch-up — so let’s catch up and keep moving forward to lead.

Last Name: Kelly Organization: myself Locality: ALEXANDRIA

I write to support SB 1390. As an owner of cats, a member of the Audubon Society, and as someone who has participated in Trap-Neuter-Return programs, I see both sides of this dilemma. Most important, my observation is that TNR programs are very effective in reducing the number of feral cats. People who feed feral cats are important guardians of these animals' health and well-being and want what's best for them, hence their participation in TNR. Which is to say: these feral cats are not neglected upon their return to their original home but are fed and watched over. As an Audubon Society member, I treasure and delight in the lives of birds. I believe the accusation that BILLIONS of birds are killed by feral cats is a gross exaggeration, despite the supposed science behind the assertion, yes, even from the Smithsonian. Carefully read the "research" behind the accusation and you will see blatant bias against cats. Sadly, there are many reasons birds are threatened in the United States and around the world, and killing feral cats will not do much to help them. It's simply easier to blame cats than to look at our hostile built environment, destruction of natural habitat, and of course climate change. To summarize, SB 1390 protects feral cats and helps prevent growth in their numbers. I ask that you support the legality of this bill. Thank you.

Last Name: St. Pierre Locality: Norfolk

TNR is nothing less than abandonment. The science is very clear on the ecological damage that feral cats do; there is absolutely no reason to treat them differently than any other invasive species. Additionally, it is inhumane to the cats themselves- feral cats live difficult and often painful lives, and those that cannot be brought into a home setting should be contained in an outdoor enclosure or humanely euthanized. They are a public health risk; in addition to spreading toxoplasmosis, feral cats can transmit rabies. I work in the veterinary field, and I have seen cases myself where post-exposure vaccines were needed for many people spanning 3 separate towns because one 8 week old feral kitten who a good Samaritan tried to rescue ended up positive for rabies. The public health risk and ecological damage caused by these animals is not worth protecting and preserving the low quality of life that they have when they live their entire lives uncared for.

Last Name: Chipkin Organization: Legislative Leader for Humane Dominion, Licensed Veterinary Technician Locality: Stuart

I support SB1390 for the following reasons. The statistics are clear in Southwest Virginia that TNR reduces the population of feral, stray and community cats. Mt. View Humane sterilizes and gives rabies vaccinations to over 1,000 ferals/annually in the New River Valley. Angels of Assisi estimates 1,500 annually in the Roanoke Valley and surrounding areas. There are numerous private veterinarians sterilizing and vaccinating as well. These surgeries/vaccinations are done primarily at the expense of local humane organizations and private citizens, relieving stressed county budgets the burden of funding these programs. Fact: not all counties deal with cats. Example: Floyd County. If it weren't for the local humane society, hundreds of feral colonies, many at local green-boxes, would be breeding, devastating wildlife and potentially spreading rabies, completely unchecked. To assume that the public is going to purchase traps, go through the ordeal of trapping and transport, then pay an area veterinarian (many of whom will not euthanize healthy animals) an excessive amount of their own money to euthanize and dispose of these animals, is absurd. It will never happen in rural Virginia. The only humane solution is to allow TNR programs to continue. Thank you.

Last Name: Blackburn Locality: Salem

I support SB 1390. This bill is a good method to control the cat population in the long run without harming cats. It should be legal to trap, neuter, and return cats. People are doing a good thing by helping cats and some of these cats end up being adoptable after they are caught. Please support this bill.

Last Name: Frye Organization: Wildlife enthusiast, birder, and citizen scientist Locality: Chesterfield

This is a terrible bill. Cats already kill millions of birds, bats, native rodents, snakes, etc. Returning them to feral life is not good for many natives with populations that are in peril, and it isn't even kind to the cats. As one of the admins for a wildlife group on Facebook, I see almost every day the outcomes of cat-caught wildlife rehab situations. Our focus is education and finding rapid rehab for injured wildlife, and it is well known that many do not make it when they have the bacteria from a cat's mouth in their body. Please stop this bill!

Last Name: Heaps Locality: Suffolk

TNR is dangerous to Virginia's wildlife and especially it's migrating birds. This bill cannot proceed if we truly care about conservation. Please vote NO

Last Name: Elle Locality: Dobleau

Cats should NEVER be dumped, abandoned, and denied consistent access to medical care under the guise of TNR. SB 1390 needs to ensure that these cruel practices cease, and bring cat “rescues” into the modern world where sanctuaries are established and maintained, not leaving cats to be run over or poisoned!

Last Name: Turnicky Locality: Raphine, Rockbridge

Support TNR. I am a practicing physician and minimizing pain and suffering is not limited to humans. With diminishing resources it makes sense to engage the community/public in assisting human treatment at the local level

Last Name: VanWinkle Locality: Bedford

One of the saddest indicators of humanity is our attitude that living beings are expendable. Humanity's penchant for superiority is seen in its community response to eradicate homeless animals, and specifically cats. There is an alternative to mass killing homeless cats - - it is the Trap-Neuter-Release program which many communities are now humanely embracing. Instead of killing the homeless feline waifs, they are providing the feline communities the opportunity to live their lives without the burden of adding to its population. I highly support SB 1390, and encourage you to vote FOR it. This law will not only be good for the homeless feline population but it will also legally permit humane treatment for them. Humanity is charged with the stewardship responsibility for ALL living beings on this planet. SB 1390 will be a positive step in fulfilling our responsibility.

Last Name: Sydnor Organization: Garfield's Rescue, Inc. Locality: Town of Warsaw (Richmond County)

Please, vote "YES" to support SB1390 which was introduced by Senator Lynwood Lewis. I have been involved in TNR and fostering programs for the last three years and have seen the POSITIVE results of TNR - reduction in the number of unwanted, suffering, homeless animals in our county. It is a VALUABLE and EFFECTIVE program and needs your support in order to pass. Please vote "YES" and declare your support for these unfortunate, innocent animals. Mary Sydnor

Last Name: King Locality: Arlington

We support bill 1390. It is good for both cats and the people of Virginia. We support TNR, Trap/Neuter/Return!

Last Name: Donour Organization: The cats Locality: Norfolk

As a rescuer and participator in TNR for 30 years, I implore you to support SB 1390. The data is clear that TNR is not only the humane way to control the community cat population, it is the only proven way to do it. SB 1390 will make the job of the trappers, veterinarians, shelters and caretakers safer and easier while curtailing the explosive population of feral cats in our neighborhoods.

Last Name: Lee Organization: Garfield's Rescue, Inc. Locality: Warsaw

I urge you to vote "YES" in support of SB1390 Cats, TNR Program as introduced by Senator Lynwood Lewis. Thank You!

Last Name: Dean Organization: MAD CATS and Forthecatssake Locality: Madison

Bill SB1390 Please pass this bill. Be the voice for those that have no voice. Thank You!

Last Name: Miller Locality: Pittsylvania

Bill 1390 will be good for cats in VA. Please continue to help these animals.

Last Name: Hineman Locality: James City County

o Support SB 1390 o This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia o It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal

Last Name: Roberts Locality: Virginia Beach

Please vote YES for SB 1390 this will help not only save the lives of cats/kittens, but also reduce the destruction of wild life due to an over abundance of community cats. Do the math - each female cat can have 2 litters a year - w/ each litter having 4 surviving kittens, who will than reproduce at 6 months of age. This is how their numbers grow so quickly. By doing TNR and having shelters assist with this, those numbers will decrease significantly very quickly. Additionally, when concerned citizens bring a kitten or litter to a shelter believing they are "saving it", unfortunately, many of those kittens will be euthanized without a chance of adoption. Imagine if your constituents knew this was happening - they would be appalled. Rescue work is grueling, expensive and sad. When we catch kittens and socialized adults, we do everything in our power to get them adopted out. Only truly feral cats are released back into colonies - and only to cared for colonies where they are regularly fed. We are called upon by so many people who either have a colony in their neighborhood or business park, and they are happy to keep and care for the cats, they just need assistance managing their populations, which is what we do with TNR. Please assist us and your constituents who are trying to save helpless animals by voting yes to SB1390.

Last Name: LEWIS Organization: ALLEY CAT ALLIES Locality: CHESTERFIELD, VA

I have resided in Chesterfield County and performed TNR for nearly 30 years because of the number of abandoned cats, resulting in large feral and abandoned cat populations. Chesterfield is supposedly an affluent area, but it has many irresponsible pet owners and few resources to help reduce the unwanted cat population. SB 1390 will aid those of us who have to do more to compensate for the negligence of ours. Please support this bill. Please vote yes to the original bill and not the amendment which opposes TNR. Please legalize TNR activities. CATS DIDN'T CREATE THEIR PROBLEM - HUMANS HAVE THROUGH GROSS NEGLIGENCE. PLEASE HELP ME REDUCE ANIMAL CRUELTY. I DON'T WANT TO GO TO JAIL FOR HUMANE ACTIONS.

Last Name: Johnson Locality: Aylett

Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal VOTE FOR this BILL. I support TNR and saving cats.

Last Name: Danes Organization: Allie Cat Allies Locality: Leesburg, VA

Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal

Last Name: Nylec Organization: Humane Society of Loudoun County Locality: Sterling

To my elected representatives: I urge you to pass SB1390 because I have truly seen what a difference a strong TNR presence has on a community. We have several groups in Loudoun that have practiced TNR for years, and we’ve seen a big reduction in kittens flooding into the shelter for kitten season and that has made a big difference in euthanasia rates for our shelter cat population. The TNR’d cats that are returned outside have caretakers that care for their welfare. Because we’ve gained the trust of caretakers, they haven’t disappeared underground, like they used to when they had a more adversarial role with animal control. In many jurisdictions that outlaw or frown on TNR, the community has an adversarial role with their shelter and people don’t cooperate. A direct result in those communities is an explosion in numbers of cats. More cats equals more kittens, more disease, more problems. To me, it is a no-brainer to embrace TNR wholeheartedly because cooperation by the public and good public relations with city and county shelters with friendly policies towards cats IS ESSENTIAL in lowering the numbers of outdoor cats. It is working very well In Loudoun County, so we’ll in fact that we can take cats and kittens from swamped rural shelters who don’t have the resources we do. LETS GIVE THEM THE RESOURCES TO FIX THE PROBLEM! Thanks Sharon Nylec

Last Name: McCane Locality: Chesapeake

TNR is good for the community and good for cats. It stops the reproduction of unwanted cats and kittens being born to a life of misery and a tremendous saving to overburdened shelters and the high cost if euthanasias. Win win.

Last Name: Crowe Locality: Warren County

I support SB 1390 - this bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia. I have extensive experience in TNR and rehabilitation of cats in my county as well as other outlining counties - TNR is the best practice for managing feral and stray colonies to ensure that they are given humane treatment, reduce incidences of rabies among feral and stray cats, and ensure that their population is tapered off eventually.

Last Name: Chiatello Locality: Loudoun County

Please support SB1390. This bill is not only good for cats but for the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia as well. TNR is a humane way to help control community cat populations and should be legal and protected under Virginia law.

Last Name: Tomlinson Locality: Fairfax County, Herndon VA

This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia. It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal. Please, please, please support this bill.

Last Name: Endick Locality: Fairfax

I am commenting on SB 1390. TNR is the gold standard for the humane treatment of cats. It confirms our humanity and kindness, but most importantly as a practical matter it works. Cats have been with us since the dawn of civilization and there will always be some who live as community cats. They keep the harmful pest population in check and with TNR certainly do not threaten the viability of other species. Support TNR in Virginia.

Last Name: Kiselica Locality: Charlottesville

I am making a strong request that this bill be supported and passed. It affirms the legality of the Trap-Neuter-Return approach to handling feral cat colonies. This approach is not only effective and beneficial to feral cats, but also benefits the human communities in which the cat colonies live. Please support this important, needed bill.

Last Name: Sommer Organization: Dewey Animals, Inc. Locality: Manassas

Please vote YES for SB 1390 this will help not only save the lives of cats/kittens, but also reduce the destruction of wild life due to an over abundance of community cats. Do the math - each female cat can have 2 litters a year - w/ each litter having 4 surviving kittens, who will than reproduce at 6 months of age. This is how their numbers grow so quickly. By doing TNR and having shelters assist with this, those numbers will decrease significantly very quickly. Additionally, when concerned citizens bring a kitten or litter to a shelter believing they are "saving it", unfortunately, many of those kittens will be euthanized without a chance of adoption. Imagine if your constituents knew this was happening - they would be appalled. Rescue work is grueling, expensive and sad. When we catch kittens and socialized adults, we do everything in our power to get them adopted out. Only truly feral cats are released back into colonies - and only to cared for colonies where they are regularly fed. We are called upon by so many people who either have a colony in their neighborhood or business park, and they are happy to keep and care for the cats, they just need assistance managing their populations, which is what we do with TNR. Please assist us and your constituents who are trying to save helpless animals by voting yes to SB1390.

Last Name: Balser Locality: Covington

Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal

Last Name: Smith Organization: Retired Locality: Williamsburg

Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal

Last Name: Pm Draper Locality: fairfax county

cats and dogs deserve to live beyond the circumstances humans gave them. TNR controls the numbers cats, vaccines and altering control the quality of life, controlling the numbers control the number predators for birds and small mammals. all animal that have been subject by humans to testing, deserve to live out the rest of their lives in loving homes anyone convicted of animal cruelty or inhumane treatment of animals should not be allowed to own a pets shop or work with animals. thanks

Last Name: Henry Locality: Warren County

I support and ask for support of SB1390. This bill is not only good for cats but for the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia as well. TNR is a humane way to help control community cat populations and should be legal and protected under Virginia law.

Last Name: Conway-Morana Locality: Frederick County

Please support SB 1390 for the good of cats in VA. I care for a small colony of cats who have no home through no fault of their own. These cats have been trapped, neutered and released back to their home. They have had vaccinations and they are fed daily so they don’t prey on wildlife. In fact, I have seen on my doorbell camera them cohabitating with possums. Each cat should have the opportunity to be cared for. My neighbors support me in their care. Please protect their right to have people like me control their population humanely.

Last Name: McDermott Locality: Williamsburg

You MUST Support SB 1390! This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia and it 100% affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal!!!!

Last Name: Sommer Locality: Madison

I am working with a cat rescue in Madison County, we are actively doing TNR and assisting people who have had cats dumped on their farm/properties, who have multiplied to a point that the home owner cannot afford to feed them all. Previously, I assisted/fostered kittens w/ rescues in NOVA who engaged in TNR (trap, neuter, return). Rescues have been able to save millions of lives of cats and kittens with this program. Unfortunately, many shelters interpret the current law believing that any feral cat brought to their shelter needs and gets euthanized. So basically, when YOUR constituents find a cute kitten and bring it to a shelter, there is a very, very good chance it will be euthanized, often immediately w/out having a chance to get adopted. By voting yes on this bill, shelters will be allowed to set up and/or assist local rescues with TNR, keeping cats in the community while limiting their numbers. Additionally, local rescues will have more comprehensive and consistent guidelines for the important work they are already doing. Each cat can have 2 litters a year - w/ each litter being approximately surviving 4 kittens, who will than reproduce at 6 months of age. This is how their numbers grow so quickly. By doing TNR and having shelters assist with this, those numbers will decrease significantly very quickly. Rescue work is grueling, expensive and sad. Please assist us and your constituents who are trying to save helpless animals by voting yes to SB1390. Thank you, Amy

Last Name: Andersen Locality: Frederick

I urge the House NOT to support this bill. As a cat owner, wildlife rehabilitator, & overall animal lover, this bill as it stands is a "quick feel good" band-aid to a problem that is rapidly deserving of better & more thorough legislation. Many supporters of this bill believe that the only solutions available are TNR or mass euthanasia, when this isn't the case, & should not be the reason this bill gets forced into legislation. TNR touts that removal of cats doesn't work - but a major part of what TNR orgs/volunteers do is just that - they remove cats. They either remove them to be euthanized due to illness, or to rehome friendly adults & kittens. Any articles touting the efficacy of TNR relies on this - that the direct removal of cats DOES in fact work. TNR organizations & their many volunteers, instead of reabandoning cats to fend for themselves & putting them at risk, could focus on rehoming the cats they trap & neuter and for any cats who cannot be homed can have outdoor enclosures erected on caretakers' property. This would allow FAR better care of these cats - they would no longer be at risk to depredation and other dangers, like cars or inclement weather, and would allow caretakers to reliably observe and treat any illnesses or injuries to all cats in their care, vs just "hoping" they find all the cats in their colonies in those areas. We don't treat any other animals this way - if there isn't room in a shelter or rescue for a dog, we don't encourage people to just turn their dogs loose and hope for the best. We enforce laws and regulations that take into account not just the dog's safety and wellbeing, but also the safety and wellbeing of the other animals (wildlife, pets, livestock) and humans as well. There is absolutely no logical or scientific reason for us to treat cats any differently - especially since TNR programs show us that removal is just as efficient. At the very least, this bill needs to be amended to include regulations requiring records, paperwork, assigned responsibility (especially in the case of property destruction/disease spread, most notably rabies and toxoplasmosis complications). Free-roaming cats are a strain on the tax payers, as cats are a health risk to people and pets as disease spreaders. More people require rabies prophylaxis after encountering a feral cat than they do for any other animal in Virginia - this requires time and funding from the state for recovering of the animal, evaluation of the situation, and testing. When feral cats are hit by cars, poisoned, or attacked, and local animal control officers must go out and retrieve them, this is just further putting strain on county-run shelters that are the only ones left to foot the bill, since these cats have no one claiming responsibility for them. Encouraging TNR will only increase this issue, as TNR is even encouraged by many TNR organizations as a better solution for people with unwanted cats as opposed to relinquishing to their local shelter - this only makes people more likely to dump these cats, and with this legislation, it only solidifies that people should take the irresponsible route since they'll be "better off." Lastly, TNR touts itself as a "humane solution" to the problem of outdoor cats - but this relies on the death of these cats, which we all know is often not humane for them. Responsibly owned cats are taken to a vet for euthanasia when they get old/have fatal issues - these cats aren't allowed that, and they deserve better.

Last Name: Williams Locality: ALEXANDRIA

I support SB1390. This legislation is beneficial to cats and the citizens of Virginia by affirming the legality of TNR programs.

Last Name: Snyder Locality: Virginia Beach

Please support and pass this vital bill. It is the most humane way to protect cats and prevent unwanted litters of kittens. Pass this bill now. It is long overdue!!

Last Name: Murrie Locality: Floyd County

I support SB 1390, this bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia, it affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal.

Last Name: Sullivan Locality: Henrico

Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal

Last Name: Waters Organization: Alley cat Allies Locality: Scottsville, VA

I believe TNR is the humane way to treat stray cats. It allows them to live their lives without increasing the population and, eventually, the population will decrease. We have only to look at the success Key West, Florida has had in handling their stray cat population.

Last Name: Burch Locality: Alexandria

To Whom It May Concern: Please support SB 1390. This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia and it affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal. Sincerely, Linda Burch

Last Name: Decker Locality: Gloucester

Please Support SB 1390. This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia.

Last Name: Horn Locality: Mathews County

I write to you in support of SB1390. TNR not only helps cats by reducing the population but by doing it in a scientific and compassionate way. We have relied on the services of cats for generations, so let us have the goodness in our hearts to control their overpopulation by the only tried and true method that works. TNR has been proven it works so please make it possible for caring people and animal welfare organizations to continue this practice free of any civil penalty.

Last Name: Varga Locality: Annandale

Support SB 1390. It helps the community as well as the cats.

Last Name: Foster Organization: SB 1390 Locality: Martinsville

This bill is good for cats and people please pass it

Last Name: Ackley Locality: Roanoke, VA

TNR does not work! I urge your opposition to SB 1390, “Cats; trap, neuter, and return programs; civic penalty.” This bill would jeopardize the health and safety of people and animals, while simultaneously undermining the effective care and control of domestic cats (Felis catus), a companion animal. SB 1390 Threatens Public Health 1. Cats are the #1 source of rabies among Virginia's domestic animals and across the U.S. and disproportionately expose people to this lethal virus. In Virginia between 2001 and 2018, cats accounted for 65% of all rabid domestic animals and outpaced rabid dogs by over 8:1. 2. Public health agencies recognize that “stray and feral cats serve as a significant source of rabies exposure” and advise that all animals be vaccinated initially, provided a booster after one year, and re-vaccinated in accordance with manufacturer recommendations. They further recommend that “stray dogs, cats, and ferrets should be removed from the community.” 3. SB 1390 fails to require even an initial rabies vaccination, much less the booster vaccinations necessary to protect public health, and instead purposely keeps cats roaming parks and neighborhoods. 4. A single cat can excrete hundreds of millions of Toxoplasma gondii oocysts, which remain infectious for months to years and can infect any bird or mammal, causing toxoplasmosis. 5. Toxoplasmosis is the reason pregnant women are advised not to change cat litter while pregnant, but for “community cats” the entire community is a litter box. Accidental exposure to T. gondii oocysts can lead to miscarriages, fetal deformities, deafness, organ failure, or death and impacts not just pregnant women but also immunocompromised individuals and otherwise healthy adults. 6. One study of “community cats” in Virginia found that over 22% of these cats tested positive for T. gondii, and another study found that over 50% of white-tailed deer near feral cat colonies tested positive for infection. 7. SB 1390 would enable ongoing human and animal (including livestock) infections of T. gondii by releasing “community cats” into the environment. SB 1390 Threatens Wildlife 1. Cats have contributed to the extinction of 63 species worldwide and are the top source of human-caused bird mortality in the U.S. and Canada. Every year, cats kill an estimated 2.4 billion birds in the U.S. alone. 2. In a study by The Wildlife Center of Virginia, cats were the second leading cause of bird deaths (behind “unknown”) and were the cause of harm for 64 bird species and 21 mammal species. Furthermore, 81% of all cat attack victims died, even after receiving first-rate veterinary treatment. 3. SB 1390 would kill wildlife, an introduced predator, by keeping cats on the landscape. SB 1390 Undermines Animal Care and Control 1. Under current Virginia law, any “finder” of a companion animal must make a reasonable attempt to notify the animal’s owner, notify the public animal shelter, and provide a certain level of care for that animal. SB 1390 exempts TNR program volunteers from these duties and would irresponsibly maintain these animals in a homeless state without adequate care. I urge you to seek the input of Virginia’s Departments of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Public Health, and Wildlife Resources and to focus on cat management strategies from a One Health perspective, benefitting cats, wildlife, and people.

Last Name: van Es Locality: Great Falls

Please support 1390. It is good for the cats and for people. Trap Neuter Return must be legal.

Last Name: Foster Organization: Trap Neuter and Return Locality: Martinsville

I support ability of cats to remaim in place with Trap Neuter and Release. Please pass this bill

Last Name: Osborne Locality: Gainesville

Speaking as an ecological professional, TNR does not and will not solve the problem at hand. Florida does not neuter and release pythons back into their state so why is it so hard to convince the general public that stray cats are wrecking just as much havoc on the ecosystem. TNR benefits the conscious of those willing to trap the cats. It does little for the health and wellbeing of the animal. There is nothing humane about letting cats starve, get hit by cars, attacked by dogs and other wildlife like coyotes. The house of delegates would be wise to do adequate research on the topic. Feral cats are detrimental to small mammals and birds not to mention the diseases spread in the environment. If the state government is serious about taking steps to curb the feral cat population I highly encourage eliminating feral cats. The risks are far to high to allow TNR to be the only option. Putting a bandaid on a broken leg won't solve anything. That's exactly what this bill is. If this bill passes, it affirms to all wildlife professionals, wildlife rehabbers and environmental professionals that science isn't being used to make sound decisions.

Last Name: Schmucker Locality: Chester

Support SB1390 This affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal. This bill is good for the cats and residents of Virginia.

Last Name: Stutzke Organization: Alley Cat Allies Locality: Springfield

I strongly support SB1390, trap, neuter and return programs are beneficial for cats and people; killing is egregious. Please vote in favor of this bill. Thank you.

Last Name: McKague Locality: City of Danville

My husband and I love cats. We use TNR program and save cats from overpopulation. Please Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal Thank you

Last Name: Simpson Locality: Goochland

Please Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal

Last Name: Fields Organization: Support 130 Locality: Williamsburg

This bill is good for cats and the people of Virginia. It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal.

Last Name: Latkin Organization: Alley Cat Allies Locality: Fairfax county

TNR WORKS. I manage a cat colony at a vacation home in another state. From a peak of 20+ cats, and over the course of many years it has become a colony of about 8 healthy, neutered, vaccinated cats with no kittens seen last spring . Natural attrition and natural predators take their toll, but these cats are healthy, nurtured and sheltered for the duration of their lives. And there are no rats, snakes or other unwelcome critters near my house. WE ALL WIN! Cats and humans! Keep TNR legal!

Last Name: Staley Locality: Sterling

Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal

Last Name: Patton Locality: Fairfax County

Cats; trap, neuter and return program is definitely necessary everywhere in Virginia. This program controls the cat population and cats are fed and cared for by people who care.

Last Name: Killik Locality: Prince William

I support SB 1390 It's good for cats and people of Virginia.

Last Name: Paulsen Locality: Frederick county VA

I believe in trap, neuter, vaccinate and return for the feral cats. People created this problem, not cats. We need to be humane. By TNVR, the feral cat colonies will be reduced and, over time, some will disappear. I love animals & am a responsible pet owner. TNVR is the humane way to deal with this problem irresponsible pet owners created. Please vote FOR TNVR. Our communities are better for it. I have done TNVR near my office (approx. 12 cats in 12 years) and am now down to 2 cats. We feed & care for them. TNVR works! SB 1390

Last Name: McLingberg Locality: Blacksburg

Support SB 1390 as is. This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia. It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal. TNR has been vital to cats and people in my area and is a humane way to help the cats as well. Many people and businesses support TNR here and have seen the best results by working together has a community. Working with and educating people in this area about TNR has lead to a decrease in the cat population even though this is a college town. These community has many managed colonies through the New River Valley and surrounding areas that work to keep the cats fixed and healthy. People work together to support TNR and I hope that you work to help those people.

Last Name: Warren Locality: Fairfax

I strongly support this bill to protect the cat population.

Last Name: Mercer Locality: Virginia Beach, VA

I want our representatives support SB 1390 because this bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia. I support TNR and saving cats. I lived in many different countries that cats and people share same environment and coexist. They do not cause a major health issues. We do not need to kill cats. SB1390 affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal.

Last Name: Benson Organization: Middleburg humane. MAD cats of Madison county Locality: Fauquier

I urge support for this bill. As a volunteer with 2 TNR groups I have witnessed the value of TNR. Cats reproduce very quickly. As colonies grow, food sources dwindle and disease and fighting escalate . The TNR program respects the lives of these animals whom their no fault of their own live in this outdoor setting. If they are lucky enough to have a caretaker who provides food, water, and shelter, their life’s are improved by TNR. No more litters of helpless kittens many of whom do not survive their first few months, the rabies and distemper vaccines given within the process protect the animals from death by disease and colony growth is stopped. If they are not lucky enough to have a caretaker, their lives are compromised by the continual search for food and shelter. Controlled colonies of community cats are valuable to their communities as rodent control. Please support the TNR bill. Many of us in the field highly believe in the benefit to the animals and to their community. .

Last Name: Hyder Organization: - Select - Locality: Alexandria

As a veterinary professional, I am writing to affirm my support for SB1390. This bill is a win-win, and is good for the cats and people of Virginia. T N R (Trap Neuter and Return) is a well-documented way of controlling cat populations and letting these animals live out their lives without adding to the numbers of free-roaming cats. The process is harmless and absolutely legal. Killing cats does NOT solve any problems as nature abhors a vacuum. Killing cats only opens up more room for other cats to take their place. Please support SB1390. Thank you.

Last Name: Siegfried Locality: Richmond

Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia

Last Name: Jacqueline Simerly Organization: Senior Citzens Locality: Russell County

We have a true problem in our county, This program is needed badly. I have 5 to 10feral cats that hangs around that does not belong to me . I'v e seen as many as 30 feral cats in my woods . They are double faster each yr, I have seen all my neighbors going through the same problems . Pl.ease passed a bill giving us a chance to get this mess clean up

Last Name: Jacqueline Simerly Organization: Senior Citzens Locality: Russell County

We have a true problem in our county, This program is needed badly. I have 5 to 10feral cats that hangs around that does not belong to me . I'v e seen as many as 30 feral cats in my woods . They are double faster each yr, I have seen all my neighbors going through the same problems . Pl.ease passed a bill giving us a chance to get this mess clean up

Last Name: Witschie Locality: Alexandria

I support SB1390 as it it an effort to curb a huge numbers of cats from being born with no homes and no medical care, most importantly, vaccinations and rabies shots. Our communities are in dire straits working to eliminate an explosion of unwanted animals. The animals become feral and compete for food. This bill supports that explosion and helps keep communities without the diseases and infections of unharmed cats.

Last Name: Morey Locality: Fairfax, McLean9

I strongly support bill SB1390. TNR is necessary to help the feral cat population. Its legal. SB1390 is good for the cats and for Virginia.

Last Name: STEININGER Locality: ROANOKE

Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal

Last Name: Studevant Organization: Alley Cat Allies Locality: Chesterfield

SB1390 | Lewis | Cats; trap, neuter, and return programs, civil penalty. This should he allowed so that the population is kept down and it avoids mistreatment of animals. Cats do help with rodent problems offer comfort for loneliness. Thank you.

Last Name: Johnson Organization: SB 1390 Locality: Lynchburg

This bill is good for the cats and the people of Virginia. It affirms that the trap-neuter-returns for cats is legal.

Last Name: Secor Organization: Spay/Neuter All Pets, Inc. Locality: Louisa

We strongly support SB1390. Over the years our organization has facilitated the sterilization of more than 15,000 animals. TNR is the only way to control and reduce the stray cat population. It is good for all Virginia. We have done TNR many times, and we feel it must be affirmed that it is legal.

Last Name: Esposito Organization: Alley Cat Allies Locality: Hentico

Please support SB 1390. It is important to legalized TNR. It is good for the community and cats! Many cats are left be

Last Name: Holmes Locality: Fluvanna

Please support this bill. Support SB 1390 it reduces the feral cat population in a humane way allowing cats to live their lives yet not make more. TNR is practiced by compassionate people who you should want in your community because we really need more compassion towards all life. Please help us all continue our work to help animals. Thank You.

Last Name: Stiff Locality: Alexandria

It has been proven over and over again that TNR is best for all stakeholders, including birds and other wild life.

Last Name: Epatko Organization: Select Title Locality: Herndon

Please support SB 1390. This bill is good for cats and people of Virginia. It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return is legal. Thank you

Last Name: O'Malley Locality: Alexandria

I Support SB 1390 This bill is good for the cats and people of Virginia It affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return for cats is legal

Last Name: Duke Locality: Midlothian

SB1115-I support this because marijuana should be legalized now. SB1390-I support because this bill helps cats in Virginia by affirming Trap-Neuter-Return.

Last Name: Bloudoff-Indelicato Locality: Reston

SUPPORT 1390. Not a single opponent to this bill offers an alternative solution to the outdoor cat population. TNR is the MOST EFFECTIVE tool to protect wildlife and reduce outdoor cats. TNR is only as effective as the resources towards it allow it to be, thus allowing shelters to fully participate in this activity will only result in more effective and more quality TNR benefiting wildlife, cats, cat caretakers and the general public.

Last Name: Chess Locality: Accomac

Delegate Bloxom, Though newly transplanted from Colorado, I am getting up to speed on the current VA legislature session & bills I want to voice & spread support. I have shared the information on SB 1390, of which State Senator Lewis (now my State Senator!) is the patron, to neighbors, other district constituents, animal businesses, & veterinary practices in your district. As you sit on this very important committee dealing with many laws that impact animals, I believe you can be an advocate for the voiceless creatures God has given us dominion over while we share the earth with them. Cats have been particularly neglected, but this trap & neuter can not only improve their lives, but over time, tremendously decrease their numbers in communities in every area of Virginia. There are still people who believe this is illegal & want to outlaw it—for irrational & unjustified arguments! This will only positively impact all creatures, great & small, human & animal! Please support SB1390 in your Sub Committee, Committee, & House of Delegates. v/r, Cathy J Chess, RN, LTC, USA (retired)

Last Name: Delroy Locality: BEDFORD

TNR is an effective, humane and honorable process to prevent kittens and help reduce the overpopulation of feral cats in Central and Southwest Virginia. Please pass this forward-thinking bill and help the hundreds of volunteers dedicated to TNR in our region, hoping to provide additional resources that includes Animal Control and other municipalities to implement a return to field program. There are so many cities that have adopted successful TNR programs - we are long-overdue for the same here.

Last Name: Brockman Locality: Sandston

I strongly urge your support of SB1390. TNR is proven to be an effective and humane method of controlling the overpopulation of community cats.

Last Name: Dorr Locality: Amherst

Those opposed to TNR claim that cats are a major cause of wildlife depletion & present a risk to public health, but that is just not true. Humans are the #1 cause of wildlife depletion, and aside from that, the goal of TNR is to ultimately REDUCE the community cat population and improve the cats' health. Furthermore, without TNR the only alternative option for controlling the cat population would be euthanasia. TNR HAS HELPED tremendously in many parts of my county without it we are simply overrun both in shelters rescues and neighborhood's! You simply cannot expect in a low income area for people to pay to spay or neuter animals they either cant afford or dont care so the animals go outside to reproduce over and over and over again. With tnr not only do you drop the number of animals born but the sick, injured,or tame animals are more than likely kept to be adopted out or euthanasied for there sake. Please dont let this lifesaving tool for both cats and wildlife die!

Last Name: Slisz Locality: Richmond

Please support SB1390 and authorize any public or private organization to operate a TNR. It just makes sense as a solution to help humanely control cat overpopulation.

Last Name: Stein Locality: Richmond

help the kitties!!!

Last Name: Sizemore Organization: American Bird Conservancy Locality: Fairfax

On behalf of American Bird Conservancy and our over 12,000 members, I urge your opposition to SB 1390, “Cats; trap, neuter, and return programs; civic penalty.” This bill would jeopardize the health and safety of people and animals, while simultaneously undermining the effective care and control of domestic cats (Felis catus), a companion animal. SB 1390 Threatens Public Health 1. Cats are the #1 source of rabies among Virginia's domestic animals and across the U.S. and disproportionately expose people to this lethal virus. In Virginia between 2001 and 2018, cats accounted for 65% of all rabid domestic animals and outpaced rabid dogs by over 8:1. 2. Public health agencies recognize that “stray and feral cats serve as a significant source of rabies exposure” and advise that all animals be vaccinated initially, provided a booster after one year, and re-vaccinated in accordance with manufacturer recommendations. They further recommend that “stray dogs, cats, and ferrets should be removed from the community.” 3. SB 1390 fails to require even an initial rabies vaccination, much less the booster vaccinations necessary to protect public health, and instead purposely keeps cats roaming parks and neighborhoods. 4. A single cat can excrete hundreds of millions of Toxoplasma gondii oocysts, which remain infectious for months to years and can infect any bird or mammal, causing toxoplasmosis. 5. Toxoplasmosis is the reason pregnant women are advised not to change cat litter while pregnant, but for “community cats” the entire community is a litter box. Accidental exposure to T. gondii oocysts can lead to miscarriages, fetal deformities, deafness, organ failure, or death and impacts not just pregnant women but also immunocompromised individuals and otherwise healthy adults. 6. One study of “community cats” in Virginia found that over 22% of these cats tested positive for T. gondii, and another study found that over 50% of white-tailed deer near feral cat colonies tested positive for infection. 7. SB 1390 would enable ongoing human and animal (including livestock) infections of T. gondii by releasing “community cats” into the environment. SB 1390 Threatens Wildlife 1. Cats have contributed to the extinction of 63 species worldwide and are the top source of human-caused bird mortality in the U.S. and Canada. Every year, cats kill an estimated 2.4 billion birds in the U.S. alone. 2. In a study by The Wildlife Center of Virginia, cats were the second leading cause of bird deaths (behind “unknown”) and were the cause of harm for 64 bird species and 21 mammal species. Furthermore, 81% of all cat attack victims died, even after receiving first-rate veterinary treatment. 3. SB 1390 would kill wildlife, an introduced predator, by keeping cats on the landscape. SB 1390 Undermines Animal Care and Control 1. Under current Virginia law, any “finder” of a companion animal must make a reasonable attempt to notify the animal’s owner, notify the public animal shelter, and provide a certain level of care for that animal. SB 1390 exempts TNR program volunteers from these duties and would irresponsibly maintain these animals in a homeless state without adequate care. I urge you to seek the input of Virginia’s Departments of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Public Health, and Wildlife Resources and to focus on cat management strategies from a One Health perspective, benefitting cats, wildlife, and people.

Last Name: Reidler Locality: Harrisonburg

I am writing in support of SB 1390. I have been working to control the population of free-roaming cats in Harrisonburg and at the James Madison University (JMU) campus for over 22 years. When I started, JMU had over 300+ cats roaming the campus. I took it upon myself to help as many as I could. Long story short, it took me 5 years to get the population down to 10. Then with university construction, the number went to 3. Those remaining 3 remained on campus for 15 years. I took care of them each and every day regardless of weather. If they were ill, they were treated. Rabies shots were updated. In all that time, I never had another kitten born on my side of the campus. Since I needed to have back surgery, I removed the remaining cats to my home. (I had lost one before I moved them). Right now, I only have one left living in my home. Since I removed those cats from their location, no new ones have taken residence in their old spot. I do regularly check the hill for such activity since a vacuum was formed when I removed them. This is what Facilities Management at JMU had to say about the use of TNR on campus in controlling the cat population: "What is sustainable from our experience, however, is the use of TNR as a humane way to treat feral cats and arguably the most effective way to control feral cat population growth. While the university does not have a formal campus TNR program, we are extremely pleased that our caring faculty, staff, students and partners such as yourself continue to unofficially TNR the cats who find their way to our campus. It is a critical component to controlling the population of free roaming cats on the campus." The common use of catch and kill is NOT an effective way of controlling the free-roaming cat population. It opens a vacuum for new cats to come in so you are continually using resources over and over to 'control' the problem. Cats born outside are in my opinion, much healthier than those in a home. Stray cats, those who once had an inside home, do not do as well since they have no idea how to survive on their own. It is easy to tell the difference. Feral cats can live as long as your inside cats with proper care. Most of mine have lived beyond 10 years. So saying they die early, is just not true. Genetics make that determination. Also, cats once TNR'd are returned to a managed colony with a caretaker who takes charge of their daily and medical care. Cats are NOT abandoned as some suggest. That is inhumane and is not tolerated by those who use TNR to control the free-roaming cat population. Using TNR is the ONLY effective and humane way of controlling the free-roaming cat population. There are haters who will say this does not work, but they are wrong. Those of us who have been doing this for years know this is true and will continue to provide this service in our community. With stray and feral cats spayed and neutered using TNR, there will be less born, meaning less free-roaming the community.

Last Name: Rogers Locality: Richmond

As a lifelong Virginia resident and cat lover, I STRONGLY agree with this bill. Allowing more organizations to conduct humane TNR would begin to cut the number or strays born each year by the THOUSANDS. There are hundreds of thousands of animals living and dying each day in our shelter system. This is an easy way to reduce the number of new animals coming into that system. This is simply a no brainer!

Last Name: Patricia Cake Locality: Fairfax City

I have been a caretaker for 3 community cats colonies for over a decade. TNR is the effective and humane method of controlling the overpopulation of free-roaming and abandoned cats. I strongly urge your Committee to pass SB 1390 which affirms that Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs are legal in every community in Virginia.

Last Name: Fly Locality: Chesapeake

I am opposed to this bill as it is written. I have worked with feral cats for close to 20 years, 11 of those as an Animal Control Officer. You could maybe call me a crazy cat lady, but I am an advocate for all animals and their humane treatment. Virginia has amazing animal laws that cover the duties of owners and caretakers. We are a leader in animal welfare, SB 1390 would be a slide backwards, for both the treatment of cats and people. Not everyone loves cats as I do, and I can respect that. SB 1390 would force cats to live in environments where they are not wanted. Leading to horrific deaths at the hands of humans who do not want them there and neighborhood conflicts between those who released the cats and those who do not want them. Even worse, SB 1390 does not require those who are participating in TNR to report cats they trap, sterilize and release. Or to even keep any sort of documentation, scan for a microchip, etc! If your cat gets out and is trapped by a TNR participant, you will NEVER know. Your cat will be dumped in another area, far from home, to fend for itself like any other wild animal. Which it is not. Cats are not wildlife, let's not try to pretend they are. They cannot provide for themselves and when they fail to thrive, who will be held responsible for putting them in that situation? SB 1390 removes the duties of care that 3.2-6503 affords Virginia's pets. As an Animal Control Officer, I respond to calls for injured/sick cats on an almost daily basis. I have seen how horribly cats suffer when left to fend for themselves and fight with wildlife, traffic and other dangers. Cats with their entire faces ripped off, yet still alive. Cats dying slow, horrific deaths from ingesting rat poison and yes, even rabid cats. Taxpayer dollars are being spent to treat and/or euthanize these cats that should not have been there to begin with. If no one is required to provide care for them, who do we think will end up dealing with this and footing the bill? As an Animal Control Officer, if I catch a non-native species of wildlife, it is illegal to release it back into our wonderful eco system. Which is as it should be, we owe it to the beauty that is Virginia to protect it. But yet, we can release cats to wreak havoc on our native birds, lizards and other small animals. Ask any licensed wildlife rehabilitator what their number one cause of injury to small wildlife is and they will tell you free roaming cats. Most cats do not hunt to survive, that was never a part of the domesticated felines make up. This isn't even bringing into play the spread of disease, both to wildlife and humans. Rabies, toxoplasmosis and other parasitic diseases. All which can wreak havoc on our delicate eco system and on human's health. This bill encourages and enforces, the disposable mentality that is currently how cats are regarded by society. Instead of encouraging the abandonment of animals, we should be encouraging responsible pet ownership. SB 1390 does not do that. Lastly, I am not against "working cats". In the right environment cats can serve a purpose, rodent control and offer companionship. But in those situations, they have caretakers to provide them with vaccinations and vet care when needed. Regular food, water and shelter. All requirements under 3.2-6503. TNR,unchecked, is NOT how we end this countries homeless pet crisis, it is how we create another one. It is the equivalent of a Band-Aid on a dam break.

Last Name: Wright Organization: Loudoun community cat coalition Locality: Loudoun Co

Please support Bill 1390 . I volunteer with an Org in Loudoun Co who provides TNR services in and around our community. Our work provides a great service to the community reducing the cat population. We provide neuters, vaccines and medical care all with donations . Supporting this bill will allow us to continue to serve our community and care for cats and kittens living outdoors . Thank you for your time .

Last Name: Roberts Locality: Prince William County

This bill will help stem overpopulation of feral cats. I trap cats for people who feed them and it will provide much needed support. TNR is the only HUMANE way to stop outside cats from breeding!

Last Name: Dodc Locality: Loudoun County

Please support this bill. TNR is a humane way to control the community cat population. Cats are NOT abandoned after being spayed and neutered. There is a colony caretaker who makes sure they have food, water and shelter. There are too many myths floating around about TNR - please educate yourself and realize supporting this bill is the right thing to do!

Last Name: Miletta Organization: Pets Ltd. Animal Allies Locality: Fairfax Station

I strongly urge your support of SB 1390 on behalf of the two organizations of which I am president, Animal Allies Inc. and Pets Ltd. Inc. These organizations use TNR to humanely control and reduce the population of feral cats. Pets Ltd. Inc. operates a low cost/free spay/neuter clinic. We have 3 veterinarians and a network of other organizations (Dewey Animals, Four Paws, Loudon County Cat Coalition, Helping Homeless Felines etc.) that support this legislation. They ensure that the cats trapped are feral when returned to a managed colony where caretakers/feeders ensure that they have shelter and food for the lifetime of that colony. These cats are altered, vaccinated and some even micro-chipped. Any that may seem friendly are checked for a micro-chip, and if a micro-chip is present, we will seek the owner. Kittens are removed and rehabilitated. Those who oppose this legislation offer no reasonable alternative. Do they really think that this enormous network of volunteers and responsible citizens whose efforts are directed into saving animals, are going to trap them and kill them instead? Who is going to take on this monumental task? Will paid personnel be needed? Or, should the feral cat population be allowed to proliferate without vaccinations, shelter or a food supply? Pets Ltd. and Animal Allies have been a resource to individuals who have said that our services have been a blessing to them. Please respond to the concerns of those who wish to encourage and support civic responsibility and humane treatment of animals by supporting SB 1390. It is the right thing to do and it is much overdue

Last Name: Korkalo Organization: Animal Resources of Tidewater Locality: VIRGINIA BEACH

Please support SB 1390. TNR has been proven to be an effective and humane way to control and eventually reduce feral cat populations. There are so many organizations and individuals willing to offer their time and resources to help these cats via trapping, neutering/spaying and managing these cat colonies. Managed colonies will eventually reduce in numbers while the cats are well taken care of, fed, vaccinated and given medical care when needed. Our state and localities should support the kind people willing to give these cats a chance at life. It is a waste of time and taxpayers money to round up and systemically kills these cats as these measures do nothing to reduce the populations nor control the problem. The time and resources of animal controls in VA should be used to assist citizens and organizations in their TNR efforts. So many citizens want to help these colonies but feel impeded by the risk of fines and/or surrendering the cats to a certain death. TNR supports a humane, successful way to reduce the number of cats from (1) being born and (2) ending up in shelters.

Last Name: Genberg Organization: (None) Locality: Fairfax County

I am writing to urge you to oppose SB 1390, a bill that encourages the release of unowned cats into the environment. The bill would have profound impacts on public interest, public health, wildlife, and the rights of private property owners. I am a resident of Fairfax County in Northern Virginia and I nurture a haven for wildlife on my small property by planting locally native plants and practicing other environmentally sound practices. Unfortunately, my habitat also attracts free-roaming cats; cats that kill the very birds and other small animals that I’m attempting to support. These cats also defecate in my raised vegetable beds, causing unsanitary conditions and rendering the beds unusable. It’s important to understand that domesticated cats are an invasive exotic species that did not evolve in Virginia and do not belong in the wild. SB 1390 should be rejected because currently there is NO REGULATION of TNR programs in Virginia. There is no protection for property owners, no limits on where cats can be released, no accountability for those operating these programs. The bill does not address these issues and only promotes less oversight. Animal shelters are notoriously over-crowded with unwanted cats. We should not allow these organizations, including “no kill” shelters and other individuals, to take in these cats only to dump them with impunity into an already pressured environment. Additionally, TNR has been studied intensively and it’s been proven that it does not work to reduce the populations of feral cats. Cats procreated exponentially; between 71% and 94% of cats in a population would have to be neutered to stabilize or bring about a decline in numbers, which is not possible unless the population is small. In typical TNR programs, outdoor, unowned cats do not receive regular veterinary checkups, consistent food or other care. The animals constantly face the dangers of automobiles, predators and diseases and are additionally subjected to the cruelty of human beings. Trap, neuter and release is the definition of animal cruelty and abandonment—and the people involved in this practice should be held accountable, not given free reign. Free-ranging cats kill high numbers of native birds and small mammals: Cats are a leading cause of bird declines, second only to habitat loss. Recent studies show that free-ranging domestic cats kill 1.3–4.0 billion birds and 6.3–22.3 billion mammals annually and unowned feral cats cause approximately 89% of these deaths. The passage of SB 1390 would surely cause more harm to our already threatened wildlife. Cats harbor diseases that can be transmitted to humans: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that feral cat populations can harbor many zoonotic diseases (those that can be passed from animals to humans), including toxoplasmosis and rabies. Rabies is now far more prevalent among cats than dogs. According to the CDC, “Maintaining adequate rabies vaccination coverage in feral cat populations is impractical, if not impossible.” Data proves that we can no longer ignore the problems associated with free-roaming cats and trap, neuter and return programs. Priority should be made to maintain public safety for all citizens and to protect our wildlife. Please do not support SB 1390. Thank you for your time and thoughtful consideration.

Last Name: Peake Organization: Valley Rescue Allies Locality: Rockingham

Both as a member of a local rescue group and as a voter in my community, I fully support this bill. I hear often from members of our community frustrated with feral cats breeding out of control both in our cities/towns and in the rural areas of our county. People are understandably upset with cat fights, breeding, sick cats and dead kittens. If this were any other non-rodent species, these situations would never be tolerated. Organizations that conduct trap-neuter-return deserve this bill/support. The problem is acute.

Last Name: Walthers Locality: Arlington

TNR is the ONLY program available to remove cats from living outdoors that has shown results with a long-term solution. There is no other effort in place that will eventually remove the unsocialized (feral) cats from the environment. Thousands upon thousands of volunteer hours have contributed to reduction of outdoor cats and while there are many more hours needed to reach them all, there is no other effort taking place via another solution with demonstrated results. There will never be the volunteer hours required to catch and kill all of the outdoor cats while they continue to reproduce. And, no tax dollars will be budgeted to hire enough animal control officers catch and kill the outdoor cats, nor would one be able to find employees to perform the role even if the budget existed. Animal Welfare Advocates have the same goal as the groups fighting against TNR - the removal of outdoor feral cats. All cats should be living indoors with families. The only program that has been successful in achieving that goal is TNR. TNR programs eliminates the births of new kittens. It provides feeding programs to eliminate cats from hunting for food. And, it does provide care for the cats when medical treatment is needed. It removes cats who can become indoor pets. The caretakers are dedicated to these outdoor cats with the same devotion of any other pet owner as their efforts are a labor of love. The least you can do is give them a platform to continue these efforts. Please support the TNR efforts so that we may achieve the goal of humanely removing outdoor cats from the local communities. Thank you

Last Name: Pittman Locality: PORTSMOUTH

I am reaching out to you today for just a moment of your time to speak to you about the importance of SB 1390, the TNR bill. Prior to getting involved with animal rescue I had never heard of TNR. Then I was educated, and a huge lightbulb went off for me. It made perfect sense. When a cat goes through the TNR process, they are Trapped, once sedated they are Neutered/Spayed, they are given a rabies shot and their ear is tipped off so that they can be recognized on sight that they have been through the process. Then the Return part happens after some time for recovery. Some of the things you realize once you get involved with TNR is that after the cats are done with TNR that the benefits go beyond that day. The cats become less stressed of course during mating season. Their need to “find a mate” stop and of course that means ultimately LESS KITTENS, and that is a wonderful thing! Less kittens of course means the population gets under control. But beyond that, let’s say someone found those kittens before they became feral. That still means those kittens need to find homes, get fixed and vaccinated, that is costly. If the person that found them couldn’t do it themselves, those kittens end up in a shelter and it costs the taxpayer to get it done. It all could have been prevented if the cat had been involved with TNR. After TNR, cats become better neighbors to the community they live in. Their behavior improves. Less roaming and yowling during heat time and less spraying and fighting. Once you get a colony all done with TNR the population stabilizes and with time it will decline. Depending on the location of the colony, those TNR cats provide free rodent control. SB 1390 gives localities & public shelters the option of participating in TNR and it also makes it clear that private agencies and citizens that are involved with TNR are not threatened with “abandonment” when they return cats to where they trapped them. THE PAST: Catching cats, taking them to animal control to euthanize them is an inhumane, heartless, and an ineffective way to control cats. It also is a poor utilization of animal control staff; it takes precious space at the animal shelter facility and is a wasteful use of the taxpayer’s money. Attempting to catch cats and transition them to adoptable is time consuming, stressful to the cat and has a very low success rate. Relocating community cats feels like the right thing to do but it is unnecessary stress to the cat because of the sudden and traumatic change and hardly ever is successful because the cat is so confused. THE FUTURE: Ultimately the future for community cats in Virginia will be affected by SB 1390 so I am asking you to please vote YES TO SB 1390 you can be a part of the change that will make a difference with community cats in Virginia.

Last Name: Coleman Locality: Culpeper

Please support SB1390

Last Name: Cooper Locality: Chesapeake

I oppose this update. These cats are being put back out onto the street to fend for themselves and die in potentially horrific ways. I have seen them hit by cars, attacked by dogs, shot, poisoned, found with gaping maggot infested wounds, etc. I understand that there's no easy solution to feral cats, but it is unfair to them to turn them back outside rather than give them the dignity of a humane death. No matter how well these colonies are managed, it is impossible to keep track of every cat without confining them. There are also no studies that I can find showing what happens to these animals once they are released. Please do not condemn these cats to needless suffering.

Last Name: Schad Locality: Melfa

This is a very important Bill. It is the best way to curtail the growing problem of over-population and controlling disease in feral cat colonies.

Last Name: Barger Organization: Lynchburg Humane Society Locality: Lynchburg

Please support

Last Name: Scothorn Organization: Brittany Scothorn Locality: Loudoun

Being involved in cat rescue of all kinds for over 15 years, We see first hand what happens when cats are allowed to procreate frequently because they are not neutered or spayed. The males fight one another & sustain life threatening injuries. Females go into heat constantly and have a number of litters each year. All of these cats, including the kittens, have shortened lifespans due to disease, car strikes, and lack of nutrition. It is imperative that feral cats be spayed & neutered so there are fewer & fewer cats running around. TNR works! Thank you.

Last Name: Marshall Locality: Warrenton

I urge the Virginia House to pass SB 1390 validating Trap, Neuter and Return for feral cats in Virginia communities. The program has proven to be a humane way of regulating the feline population in the State and has been successful in numerous other locales across the country. These graceful and enigmatic creatures bring joy and pleasure to many individuals and deserve a place in our society.

Last Name: Ward Locality: Arlington

This bill is very important to the humane management of outdoor cat populations in VA. Please vote in favor of SB 1390, without amendments. Thank you for your consideration.

Last Name: Suddoth Locality: Loudoun

Please support this bill. We support TNR. It is the most humane way to manage the cat population. Plus, when cat colonies are managed, cats are well fed and don’t go after birds.

Last Name: Brooks Locality: Culpeper

Please support this bill.

Last Name: Norris Organization: HOWS Project Locality: Greene

HOWS Project works with outside dogs in need in Charlottesville and surrounding counties. It is common for our clients to have a need for TNR for the outside cat population on their properties. We partner with local groups providing this service to help our clients. This is a vital service for the animals and the community at large. Please support SB1390! It is well worth it!

Last Name: Altman Locality: Arlington

Please support this important bill which will is critical for the wellbeing of so many cats who are in need of the life-saving measures that TNR programs provide.

Last Name: London Organization: Loudoun County Cat Coalition Locality: Leesburg

Our organization is involved with TNR in Loudoun County. We see first hand what happens when cats are allowed to procreate frequently because they are not neutered or spayed. The males fight one another & sustain life threatening injuries. Females go into heat constantly and have a number of litters each year. All of these cats, including the kittens, have shortened lifespans due to disease, car strikes, and lack of nutrition. It is imperative that feral cats be spayed & neutered so there are fewer & fewer cats running around. TNR works! Thank you.

Last Name: Karek Locality: Henrico

I support TNR!

Last Name: Bragg Locality: Henrico

I fully support TNR and believe it helps to keep feral cats healthy, as well as keeping the population down. I personally have trapped several cats, and taken them to be spayed/neutered. We have heated shelters in our backyard and feed currently 3 ferals twice a day. I volunteer at a monthly clinic where veterinarians volunteer their time to spay/neuter, about 80-100 cats in a day. I know of many people who feed colonies at various locations. Many individuals work hard, giving time, money and skills to get feral cats spayed/neutered and some are caretakers for colonies that have been TNR’d. Kittens are often fostered to be socialized and adopted after trapping. When cats are not TNR’d but instead removed it has been found that new cats fill the vacuum. Whereas a TNR colony can remain relatively stable with regard to the number of cats. TNR is a humane method for managing cats who live free outdoors.

Last Name: Heishman Locality: Loudoun

Please support Bill 1390. As a volunteer with a cat rescue, we get a lot of pleas to rescue kittens born to outdoor cats. It is difficult and time-consuming to trap the cats and supporting TNR programs would benefit the cats and the communities. In addition, often the kittens aren't trapped early enough and end up semi-feral and harder to adopt or they end up starving and have a terrible life. By supporting TNR, we will have less cats roaming around. Numerous veterinarians are supportive of this and consider this a humane and essential service they provide, particularly in rural areas.

Last Name: Ferrer Locality: Norfolk

I do TNR so I see the good that comes out of fixing the outdoor cats. Spay/neuter reduces the population of unwanted kittens. By fixing the females this helps stops the male cats from viciously attacking the females. When the males are fixed it stops the males from fighting each other to get to the females. I personally take the kittens and socialize them, fix them at 12 weeks and adopt them out to their forever homes. Please support this bill. Many of us do this on our own time and spend our own money to make a big difference for our community. Thank you

Last Name: Vest Locality: Nelson

TNR is the most effective and compassionate way to protect and save cats who are stray or feral through no fault of their own. I have participated in TNR for a number of years and wholeheartedly believe in its efficacy.

Last Name: France Locality: Chesterfield

Please pass SB1390. I fully support TNR. Cats do not deserve to live in the elements (heat/cold/rain/snow), be hungry and thirsty. be scared, or be lonely, etc. Also, the more stray/feral cats there are, the greater the financial burden is for people who take care of them (food/medical care). Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.

Last Name: Nathan Locality: Clifton, VA

PLEASE pass the TNR bill. It is the most humane and effective way to manage community cats in Virginia and studies show it is supported by the bulk of Virginians. Some will argue that cats kill birds and should be eliminated. True cats kill some birds and we should manage the cat population to minimize this fact. But trapping and killing them is not the most effective, and certainly not the most humane way to do it. Please do the right thing.

Last Name: Gorczyk Locality: Purcellville

Please support bill 1390. I’m a feline rescue volunteer and the number of kittens born to abandoned cats would be absolutely staggering without the dedicated efforts of rescue and TNR groups. Spaying one cat can prevent up to 24 kittens a year, all of whom can start having litters of their own or impregnating other cats before they are 6 months old. Most cat colonies are populated with dumped and abandoned pets who are left to fend for themselves. Volunteers work 365 days a year for free to keep the population as low as humanly possible, to get vet care for sick animals, to vaccinate the cats for rabies and to tag the cats so the population can be tracked and managed. All of this labor is at NO COST to the public. Nearly all of this vet care is covered by donations that the volunteers also raise. The positive impact of a low feral population on local, county and state funded shelters cannot be overestimated. Those of us in rescue and shelter work would prefer a world where no pet is turned outside to fend for themselves, but we live in a world where pets are abandoned daily, and this effort is a proven effective way to mitigate the impact of that cruelty and neglect, all at no cost to the taxpayer. Please support this bill and support TNR efforts in your district. We need your help to ensure that fewer kittens are born outside where they are unwanted, uncared for, and many succumb to illnesses and injuries that are never treated. Thank you for your consideration.

Last Name: Long Organization: Culpeper Humane Society Locality: Culpeper

I support SB1390. I know how important the Trap, Neuter, and Return program is in this community. This prevents overpopulation and unnecessary suffering.

Last Name: Smith Organization: Garfield's Rescue Locality: Reedville

I support SB1390. Being a member of Garfield's Rescue I know how important it is to Trap, Neuter and Return cats. This prevents over population but also allows the cats that may not be adoptable to live a quality life.

Last Name: Landry Locality: Northumberland

TNR is the mainstream approach in Virginia and across the nation that is saving the lives of cats and kittens every single day. If SB 1390 passes, it will assure everyone in Virginia that TNR is lawful. That means more potential for lifesaving programs to take hold across the state. Please VOTE FOR this BILL. I support TNR and saving cats. Since 2008 as a volunteer with an Animal Welfare League in VA I have been doing TNR. I am passionate about this program and at 78 years young I hope to continue to slow down the kitten population for as long as my health allows. Six days a week I also manage cat colonies so they stay well fed, have shelter, & get medical vet attention as needed. It is very gratifying to watch cat colonies decrease naturally in numbers over a slow period of time rather than see the population increase quickly due to birth of kittens. TNR works... Eliminating the ambiguity in the law about the widespread and successful approach that is TNR is a win for your constituents, a win for animal shelters, and a win for cats. Please vote YES on SB 1390. Thank you for your time and consideration. Sincerely, Ginger Landry, volunteer Garfield’s Rescue, Inc.

Last Name: Swope Locality: Fairfax Station

Please support SB1390 which would allow, but not require TNR programs for community cats. This bill would benefit both cats and communities as it would expressly state that TNR programs are legal. As an animal lover and cat parent, I don't like the idea of cats living outside on their own. However, cats live outside for many reasons and must be protected as much as possible. TNR allows communities to take the proper steps to spay or neuter the cats which will help cut the cycle of outdoor cats if they cannot have kittens. The current bill would not require communities to have such programs, but would make clear that such programs are legal in Virginia. Unless these poor cats are killed there is really no other viable and humane option. Most shelters will not take community or feral cats as they are usually considered a poor candidate for adoption; if cats are taken into shelters and not adopted they are either killed or live out their life in a cage. While this TNR solution is not perfect, it is the best solution until all cats have a home.

Last Name: Allanson Organization: myself Locality: Clarke County

I feed & manage 2 feral cat colonies in the town of Berryville. I have been doing this for over 20 years now because people, unfortunately, find it good area to dump unwanted cats. I have worked with Middleburg Humane Foundation (Marshall) & with Community Advo-cats (Winchester) to spay/neuter these cats. Last year I even went to a location across the railroad tracks from my colonies & trapped & neutered 6 cats that a kind person was feeding, but not managing & they would have continued to breed with intervention. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE vote yes on this bill. Please make it easier for us to do this work!

Last Name: Smith Locality: Centreville

TNR may not be the ultimate solution to our feral cat problem, but it has proven to be effective in reducing the feral population and is certainly more humane than euthanasia. Assuring that it is legal is critical to it's continued practice. Please support this bill.

Last Name: Harris Locality: Loudoun

SUPPORT. SB1390

Last Name: Grunwell Locality: Lynchburg

Please vote yes!! SB 1390 TNR means if you do the math alone it is staggering how many unwanted feral (and domestic) cat births and escalating medical conditions can be avoided simply by having the cats spayed/neutered and vaccinated. One pregnant cat can have one to nine kittens, averaging four to six per litter. That one cat can have at least three litters per year, just this one female kitty can produce between six and 24 kittens in a single year. With their offspring starting their reproduction as young as 4 months old for the females, the numbers increase exponentially. With the numbers of one cat versus the potential six to twenty-four cats and their potential six to twenty-four cat offspring, etc. it doesn’t take a genius to know that lower numbers help the colony and the community they are within. Even the ASPCA supports TNR - https://www.aspca.org/animal-homelessness/shelter-intake-and-surrender/closer-look-community-cats. TNR is a cost effective, environment friendly and health insuring measure that can only benefit Virginia communities.

Last Name: Ney Locality: Haymarket

My name is Ashley and I'm employed by Middleburg Humane Foundation. My position is the Community Cat Coordinator and head of Kitten College. We have taken in 1000's of kittens over the last 20 years. This is the direct result of unfixed cats that are breeding outside. Ignoring the issue is not going to work. We must be proactive, which means allowing TNR to take place. Allowing these female cats to give birth over and over is not moral. Not to mention kittens are being born and suffering and dying. What needs to happen is for us to fix these community cats, stop the breeding and eventually the colony will die off. Caregivers love these cats, they name them and care for them. When medical needs arise we assist with medical care. The bulk of these kittens entering shelters are coming from outside! Aka...community cats and TNR. If you know of anyone who adopted a kitten from a shelter guess what! TNR!!! Please please think long and hard about your vote, the cats aren't going to go away they will continue to breed, and shelters are going to have to continuously pick up the cost of vetting kittens.

Last Name: Wells Locality: Suffolk

As a permitted wildlife rehabber and a cat lover, I would like to see a bill that addresses the needs of both wildlife and abandoned cats. No bill should go forward that does not include specific guidelines on how feral cat colonies will be maintained, and by whom. Simply making it legal to TNR is not enough. Vaccinations, worming, and other ongoing vet care for these cats is required to avoid outbreaks of illness among the cats that have the potential to then be passed on to other companion animals, wild animals, or even humans. Rabies for example. Each colony should have an animal welfare organization that is held reponsible for providing such care and preventing such outbreaks. Simply neutering them and dumping food out is not enough. Please go back and add some more specifics to this bill.

Last Name: Peterson Organization: Garfield’s Rescue, Inc. Locality: Northumberland county

I am writing to urge you to vote yes in support of SB1390 (TNR Bill) as introduced by Senator Lewis. I am a volunteer with a cat rescue, foster to adopt organization. We rescue homeless community cats in the 4 counties that comprise the Northern Neck of Virginia, provide for spay/neuter/vaccination, and if adoptable, placed in our foster to adopt program. If they cannot be socialized, the healthy cat is returned to their home in the location where they were trapped, where they can receive well managed care (food, water, shelter) by a volunteer. The NN area is approximately 880 square miles, with apprx. 72.5% in crop lands and 18.25% in woodlands. Quite the fertile breeding grounds for cats if TNR is disallowed that humanely reduces the overpopulation of these community cats. TNR is a non lethal strategy for humanely reducing the number of community cats. It involves humanely trapping community cats, spaying or neutering them and vaccinating them against rabies. The healthy cats are returned to their homes outdoors, I.e., the location where they were trapped. Caregivers such as with Garfield’s Rescue provides daily food, fresh water, shelter and monitors for any needed medical attention. This reduces the need for community cats to roam in search of food. The proposed legislation provides that the release of the healthy community cat after spay/neuter/vaccination is not abandonment. Once reproduction stops, so do the mating behaviors. Trap and kill policies where outdoor cats are trapped and impounded in a shelter are a failed practice funded entirely by taxpayer monies. It is ineffective and in humane. Most TNR programs, such as ours, operate using private monies to undertake TNR and volunteers to handle the daily workload and costs of the care for the community cats., humanely and effectively. TNR programs are highly effective in humanely stabilizing feral (community) cat populations through sterilization, reducing shelter costs and their euthanasia rates, and improving overall health of outdoor cats through vaccinations and well managed and monitored cat colony caregivers who provide daily food, fresh water and shelter. All kittens and adoptable cats are immediately removed and placed into adoption programs which immediately decreases a colony’s size. TNR stops the breeding cycle without removing the cats from the ecosystem and preserves and protects life. A 2010 “State of the World” report concludes that “more than 6.8 billion human beings are now demanding ever greater quantities of material resources, decimating the world’s richest ecosystems, and dumping billions of heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere each year.” “Human activity such as habitat destruction, pollution, climate change and the use of toxic chemicals is the cause of declining bird and wildlife populations ...not cats”. The 2013 “State of the Birds” report says the primary cause of declining bird populations is due to habitat loss, agricultural expansion, climate change and pollution (see also N. A. Bird Conservation Initiative, 2013). BOTTOM LINE: Garfield’s Rescue and myself supports and embraces TNR as the humane, most effective and a best practice, and urge you to do the same by voting “YES” in support of SB1390 as introduced by Senator Lynwood Lewis and passed by the Senate.

Last Name: Levine Organization: CARE Locality: Henrico

Please support SB1390. I volunteer with CARE, a cat rescue in the Richmond area. Community cats are an ongoing problem in our community and nation. Although we do not work with community cats often, CARE does work along side of local animal control and dedicated members of the community that provide TNR to help keep the population of unwanted felines in our comunities under control. Many of the community cats brought into our shelters are euthanized needlessly because they are not manageable. We all need to work together to manage this problem.

Last Name: Willey Locality: Fairfax

Please support this bill. The reason TNR is effective is because communities and county governments can get volunteers trained to participate in TNR programs. These volunteers are free to the communities and in some cases pay to participate in the TNR program. History has shown communities and county governments can not get this participation from volunteers or employees to trap to euthanize cats. Paying employees to trap and euthanize leads to low morale among the employees. That is why trap and euthanize programs don’t work.

Last Name: Grebe Organization: Audubon Naturalist Society Locality: Fairfax County

The Audubon Naturalist Society asks that you oppose SB1390. Cats are not only beloved pets, they are also unfortunately an invasive, non-native species which do not have a place in, nor belong in, our natural environment. Would we want to take this approach for other domesticated animals, such as dogs, ferrets, pot-bellied pigs? It becomes quickly obvious that the answer is no and we should hold the release of free-roaming cats to the same standard. While TNR programs would be successful in the long term in a closed system if all cats were sterilized, this bill does not require sterilization and our natural environment is anything but a closed system. In addition, feral cat colonies too often encourage additional abandonment contributing to the problem. Forcing a domesticated animal to live outside is not a humane way to address the issue of an overpopulation of cats . This bill does not does not specifically require that TNR programs vaccinate feral cats against rabies, which puts cats and wildlife at risk. And, in general, the life expectancy of feral cats is drastically reduced due to death from trauma, disease, starvation, and weather extremes. In addition, feral cats are a danger to human health, with colonies able to harbor many diseases, including those that can be transmitted to humans. Diseases include rabies, tularemia, pathogenic E. coli, toxoplasmosis, plague and many others. Lastly, TNR excludes feral cats from Virginia laws that are in place to protect domestic and wild animals and human health and would thereby weaken those established laws and set back the work of Virginia agencies such as the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Conservation and Recreation. It has been well publicized that feral cats kill billions of birds and other wildlife each year in the U. S. Cats are a leading cause of declines in bird populations, second only to habitat loss. We must not legalize a practice which unnecessarily puts additional pressure on the very natural resources that help sustain a healthy planet for human habitation. Available resources should be used in support of neutering and vaccinating cats. Resources should also be used in support of education about feral cats and in support of fully enclosed stray cat sanctuaries on private property. Thank you, Renee Grebe, Northern Virginia Conservation Advocate, Audubon Naturalist Society

Last Name: Fields Organization: The Community Cat Alliance Locality: Lake Frederick

Please support HB 1390! I have worked with TNR organizations for 20 years and I have seen the positive results first hand. If TNR organizations partner with local shelters the impact will greatly increase. Catch and kill does not work. It is time to allow all shelters to have TNR programs so they can better serve their communities with options that are proven effective. Thank you.

Last Name: Werick Organization: Culpeper Humane Society Locality: CATALPA

Asking all the Delegates to please support Bill SB1390! Thank you!

Last Name: Willey Locality: Fairfax

Please support this bill! TNR is the most effective and humane method of dealing with the cat overpopulation.

Last Name: Ballenger Organization: Cat Action Team Locality: Charlottesville

As president of Cat Action Team (CAT), I am writing in support of of SB 1390. After reading many of the comments from people opposing the bill, I am struck by how many say there is no proof that TNR slows feral cat population growth. In actuality, there are many such studies. One opposition writer even goes so far as to call the support of TNR for feral cats as the "BIG LIE," when in fact it is the many studies that show cats are repsonsible for killing all the birds that are inflated or downright skewed. In reality, it is humans (depleting habitat, buildings with windows and, of course, highways and cars) who are responsible for killing millions of birds. But it's much easier to blame the cats. In 2020, CAT was able to TNR 726 cats (410 females/316 males) who were returned to managed colonies and will be provided with food, water and shelter. In addition, 87 kittens and stray cats were taken in, vetted, and rehomed. That makes 813 cats who will not resproduce unwanted kittens who would probably live short, miserable lives. TNR works! It is the humane answer. Please vote to pass this bill and support the many volunteers who practice TNR at no cost to the public, thus freeing up Animal Control for other duties.

Last Name: Kelly Locality: Springfield

Support SB 1390 to allow humane trap, neuter, return programs in VA. It is the only effective way to manage feral cat populations. As retired US Army Colonel I have seen these programs work around the world. Here in VA they are paid for by nonprofits vs. using taxpayer funding! It is a win-win for all.

Last Name: stewart Locality: vienna

Please support the above bill (SB 1390) that offers a common sense approach to controlling the feral cat population -- a problem that has eluded reasonable solutions such as this bill. Thank you for considering my feedback.

Last Name: Allin Organization: Sully District Animal Services Authority Commission Locality: Fairfax County

I am a the Sully District board member to the Animal Services Authority Commission, as well as a volunteer for several organizations that foster cats and kittens. These rescue groups have captured many homeless cats throughout the Northern VA was well as areas in West VA. Many of these cats are unspayed mothers with kittens, or unneutered males from feral cat communities. We need TNR! The ability to trap, neuter / spay and Return these cats to their original location, with managed caregivers, is desperately needed. Please help us all with our efforts to rescue these cats and kittens by endorsing SB1390. This will help to reduce the number of homeless cats in our area and our communities. Essentially murdering healthy cats and kittens just because they were born outside a home environment should not be an option or even considered unless the cat is diseased and cannot be helped. Thank you for your consideration.

Last Name: Gallagher Locality: Fairfax

I support the TNR Bill. My cat is one of the lucky ones, trapped and spayed and returned but who came inside finally to live. Every cat needs a chance at the good life. This bill will give them this chance.

Last Name: Filson Locality: Lynchburg

Please support Bill SB1390 !! TNR volunteers in my area, the Spay/Neuter Clinic and the Lynchburg Humane Society work tirelessly to help reduce the feral cat community. As a foster volunteer, I see the number of kittens that arrive at our shelter each Spring and it can be overwhelming for them. With the help of the TNR program, there is hope of lowering that number and saving cats that need help. Many have provided statistics for you on this comments page ... please take time to review them and let them sink in.

Last Name: Riley Locality: Clarke County

I am writing to request that you oppose SB1390. I am a veterinarian with a strong interest in public health and this bill, though well-intentioned, will have severe consequences on feline welfare, wildlife populations, and human health. The proposed exemptions effectively remove accountability from TNR volunteers and encourage them to continue and expand efforts that have been proven to be ineffective at decreasing outdoor cat populations. Though it may “feel good”, TNR does not reduce numbers and it is NEVER a humane option for cats. Putting cats back out in the wild, even if neutered, is a serious welfare issue as these animals consistently live shorter lives, riddled with disease, and subject to horrific trauma. The one rabies vaccine that some receive (but is not mandated) is not effective long term – that’s why we don’t allow a single rabies vaccine for pet requirements. Restrictions on TNR need to be made stronger, not loosened, to support cats and keep wildlife, ecosystems, and Virginian residents safe. We should be encouraging all pet owners to have their cats spayed/neutered and discouraging owners from allowing their cat to roam freely (as we do with dogs). Stray cats should be captured whenever possible, and placed in homes after neutering. Those that cannot be placed for health or behavioral reasons should be humanely euthanized. The process of anesthetizing a cat for a neuter starts off the same as the euthanasia process (euthanasia is merely an overdose of an anesthetic). The animal peacefully falls asleep in both cases. In one case, the animal has its ovaries/uterus or testicles removed and is adopted out or, in line with the proposed bill, abandoned outside to live a brutal life. In the other, it simply does not wake up. Euthanasia is certainly not the worst thing that could happen to an animal, it is a gift that veterinarians can provide when there is no other humane alternative. There is a reason we don’t let packs of feral dogs roam and a reason that Virginia doesn’t have a TNR program for feral hogs. Cats are sentient beings and deserve the same respect we give to dogs and hogs. Toxoplasmosis and rabies are two of the most common diseases with zoonotic potential that are spread by cats (cats are the definitive host for toxo). Allowing these colonies without mandated caretaker responsibility for the impacts of public health is grossly negligent. Diseases that impact wildlife, including rabies, canine distemper, feline panleukopenia, mange, and more are all things that spread where animals congregate to feed – often at feral cat colony feed sites. Well-fed cats still hunt as that is their natural instinct. By feeding them, we give them an unfair advantage over other predators, native predators, and this bill will create an increase in cat numbers that further decimates wild populations. We cannot sacrifice our ecosystems and environmental health for ineffective attempt at saving a single domestic species that is already overpopulated. The changes proposed to the current law are a serious threat to native wildlife, humans, and the environment. Please do not simply accept this legislation at its well-intentioned, feel-good face value. The effects on One Health, the overwhelming scientific evidence that TNR does NOT work to reduce populations, and the welfare issues this legislation would create make it impossible to support SB 1390.

Last Name: Thomas Locality: Spotsylvania

I'm writing in support of SB 1390. Regardless of the opposition against the bill and the valid points brought forth, the cats are already in the area where they are captured, altered, and released. The ferals find shelter, food, and water with or without human assistance. The previous trap and kill era has not stopped the growth or spread of disease, so why not try a legal TNR solution. At the very least, the cats will not breed(adding to the problem) and receive the first rabies vaccine.

Last Name: Torrence Locality: Madison Heights

Please consider this bill by saying yes..so many feral cats deserve this. Thank you

Last Name: Lynch Organization: Humane Society of Fairfax County Locality: fairfax

SB1390 passage will prevent the birth of many kittens throughout the Commonwealth. Cats that have been abandoned by their families and forced to live outside will reproduce if not spayed/neutered. This bill allows the inclusion of shelters and rescues in working toward the reduction of so many births. Not voting for this bill will continue the endless cycle of births. This is the only humane way to stop unwanted births of thousands of kittens - stop their births. It's a win/win situation for everyone. Thank you for supporting this bill.

Last Name: Gaebel Locality: Newport News

Greetings, I'm writing in support of SB 1390. Trap/Neuter/Return was not on my radar until just over a year ago, when I moved to the Newport News area and noticed the sheer size of the feral cat population here. It is clearly the most strategic option for cat population control - simple removal, the status-quo option, does not ultimately solve the problem long-term. It is vital to encourage TNR programs across the Hampton Roads region, not only for the financial benefits ($50 to neuter/return vs. $100 to euthanize) but for humane reasons, as well - feral cats can have long, healthy lives if neutered and simply left alone. V/r, Christina Gaebel

Last Name: Yarbrough Organization: Garfield's Rescue, Inc. Locality: Weems

I am a volunteer with Garfield's Rescue Inc. From May - Dec 2020, we rescued over 300 homeless cats on Virginia's Northern Neck. More than 75% of these were kittens born to unspayed "community" or "feral" cats. We need TNR. To be able to Trap, Neuter and Return these cats to their original location, with managed caregivers, is desperately needed. Please! Help us with our rescue efforts by endorsing SB1390 and help to reduce the number of homeless cats in our area AND our Commonwealth. Thank you very much.

Last Name: Watson Locality: Accomack, Chincoteague, Virginia

I completely support SB1390 bill. Chincoteague has an enormous feral cat population. TNR not only is humane, it helps slow the population growth and suffering of the cats. Please vote to pass this bill land those who support TNR efforts.

Last Name: Shaut Organization: Floyd County Humane Society Locality: Floyd

Please pass bill SB1390 for the benefit of the cats. All of you do not see what we see when cats keep having kittens and they are sick or before you know it or pregnant again. Overpopulation. Spaying and neutering them will over time delete the colony with no addition to it. To know what is happening go to a rescue and have them take you out to an area and see for yourself how sad it is. We can not stop people from throwing away their cats but we can stop a over population of of cats that suffer with sickness do to over population. What is the purpose of letting them suffer and dying an awful death?

Last Name: Haurand Organization: Garfield's Rescue, Inc. Locality: Weems

I am a volunteer with Garfield's Rescue Inc. From May - Dec 2020, we rescued over 300 homeless cats on Virginia's Northern Neck. More than 75% of these were kittens born to unspayed "community" or "feral" cats. We need TNR. To be able to Trap, Neuter and Return these cats to their original location, with managed caregivers, is desperately needed. Please! Help us with our rescue efforts by endorsing SB1390 and help to reduce the number of homeless cats in our area AND our Commonwealth. Thank you very much.

Last Name: Thompson Locality: Culpeper

Please support SB1390

Last Name: Schmidt Organization: Feral Affairs Network Locality: Norfolk

Please support SB 1390, the trap-neuter-return (TNR) bill. My husband and I are thrilled that it passed the Senate 26-13 on 2/2/2021 and now is headed to the House. This bill would remove any obstacles to TNR for private entities and allow public shelters to participate fully in TNR. We foster cats and kittens for private rescue Feral Affairs Network (FAN) whose mission is TNR in Hampton Roads, and also for the city of Norfolk’s municipal shelter, Norfolk Animal Care Center. We wanted to be a part of the solution by volunteering and to be advocates for community cats. TNR helps local shelters by reducing the seasonal influx of kittens, and we can make a significant difference for the cats and for the community as a whole. FAN helped well over 300 adult feral (community) cats in 2020 through our TNR program, and over 200 feral kittens were rescued —and adopted out— through our foster-based adoption program. Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the only really viable solution to successfully managing feral cat populations so that all species can live in balance. Not only does targeted sterilization of colonies stabilize (and over time REDUCE) their population, it also helps remedy problem behaviors such as spraying, fighting, and yowling that bothers neighbors. Private groups practicing TNR in conjunction with municipal shelters are saving taxpayer’s money. Thank you —in advance— for supporting the TNR bill. We e personally fostered 67 cats & kittens since May 2018!

Last Name: Zirbel Locality: Culpeper

Please protect the animals. Thank you.

Last Name: Bedford Organization: Garfield's Rescue, Inc. Locality: Northumberland County, Burgess, VA

The state of Virginia suffers from large numbers of homeless cats often referred to as community cats. This is a statewide issue. Since the state provides no support to reduce the numbers of homeless cats, local animal welfare organizations have taken it upon themselves to humanely reduce the number of homeless cats through rescue/adopt along with sterilization. While most homeless cats are social (friendly due to being abandoned) a percentage are unsocial and must be trapped to be sterilized. S.B. 1390 does an excellent job of clarifying the legislation for those organizations involved in trap/neuter-spay/return process. I am requesting that all voting legislators who care about the humane treatment and reduction of the statewide homeless cat population vote "aye" on S.B. 1390. Thank You for your support.

Last Name: Donna Essig Organization: Franklin County Humane Society Inc./Planned Pethood Clinic & Adoption Center Locality: Franklin County, Rocky Mount

The Franklin County Humane Society wholeheartedly supports TNR programs to reduce the outside cat population. TNR reduces the number of kittens and cats brought to shelters and pounds every year and will reduce the number of outside cats. Reducing the number of outside cats is the same goal that wildlife organizations have. TNR is the humane method of reducing the number of outside cats. Rounding them up and killing them in pounds is not humane and not effective. And to that matter PETA should have no say in the humane treatment of TNR cats as they kill most of the animals they take in every year (over 12,000 in the last ten years). But that said, organizations and individuals who are performing TNR for their communities provide care for the cats after the TNR. The Franklin County Humane Society oversees several colonies in which the cats numbers have been reduced humanely through TNR and adoption.

Last Name: Dams Locality: Roanoke

Please vote YES on TNR bill SB1390. This bill gives our animal shelters the option to adopt humane methods for handling feral cats in our state; it does not require it and each community can still decide if it makes sense for them from there. This bill just opens the door to that conversation! Did you know that the suicide rate among animal rescue workers is the highest in the country - a rate that is only shared by firefighters and police officers? These incredible people, who usually join an extremely underpaid field because of their great love for animals, are often forced to euthanize perfectly healthy animals due to overcrowding and sociability (AKA too many feral cats who can't be adopted to indoor homes). TNR (Trap-Neuter/vaccinate-Return) is an option that would help with outdoor cat populations by stopping the reproduction cycle, helps our neighborhoods by cutting back on nuisance behaviors like yowling and fighting caused by the hunt for mates, and offers a compassionate option for our citizens who work in these animal shelters.

Last Name: Kingry Locality: Richmond

I fully support SB1390, which is a common sense bill that makes clear that returning unowned community cats, who have been humanely trapped for the purpose of having them spayed or neutered and vaccinated against rabies, to the outdoor environment where they have been living is not abandonment. Trap-Neuter-Return programs are empirically demonstrated to reduce the size of community cat colonies and prevent the spread of disease. TNR is widely accepted as the best practice for the management of community cat colonies, and it is also the only effective and humane solution to reducing their numbers. These programs already exist in dozens of localities across the Commonwealth (and all over the country) with great success. This bill does not mandate that any locality or individual engages in TNR. It simply makes clear it is not illegal for them to be doing so. More than 70 releasing agencies in Virginia have indicated their support for this crucial bill. Opponents of this bill offer no viable or ethical alternative to TNR.

Last Name: Johnson Organization: Culpeper Humane Society Locality: Culpeper County Virginia

I am commenting on bill SB1390. This works really well on all the fereal cats we have in Culpeper County Virginia. Please pass this bill.

Last Name: See Organization: Advocates for Valley Animals Locality: Harrisonburg

Please vote YES on SB 1390 and support TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) in Virginia. The majority of citizens want non-lethal measures to control the outdoor cat population and many throughout the Commonwealth are engaged in feeding outdoor, unowned cats in their communities. TNR is the humane solution to overpopulation of community cats: spay/neuter is performed to eliminate unwanted litters and rabies vaccinations are given for public safety concerns.

Last Name: Robinson Locality: Washington County, VA - Abingdon

TNR is vital to control the community cat overpopulation. According to "Animal Rescue Professionals Association" : ...in just seven years, a single pair of cats and their offspring could produce a staggering total of 420,000 kittens... The average mature cat can have 3 litters with a total of 12 kittens per year. Out of those litters of kittens, about 4.7 of them are females, which in turn means they will most likely have litters of their own ... Cats that are roaming the communities are more susceptible to injuries, cruelty by humans and being brought to shelters to ultimately be put down. This is a huge cost to towns / cities and it's completely unnecessary. TNR is an effective and humane way to control overpopulation where cats can survive without adding countless kittens to the mix. I support the work of humane organizations / rescue groups that are practicing TNR. I, myself, trap and manage a colony. The above numbers are staggering and that is just 2 cats. I respectfully request that we come together and SUPPORT SB1390. Thank you!

Last Name: Withers Locality: Fredericksburg

Please VOTE YES to SB1390. Working in the animal welfare industry and managing a No Kill Shelter and Spay-Neuter Clinic over population of cats is a huge problem. TNR has proven to be a very successful humane way to help control the feral cat population and make sure these cats get a rabies vaccine and returned to their natural habitat. Without TNR we would not be able to help with the over population of stray cats. We are in full support of SB1390.

Last Name: Smith Organization: Orange County Humane Society of VA Locality: Orange

Please pass SB1390 TNR bill as written. TNR is the only humane solution to control feral, homeless cat population. TNR is a service provided by organizations at no cost to communities, completed by trained volunteers leaving animal control to handle other needs. TNR reduces the amount of nussaince issues related to homeless cats. Also in most cases these cats are vaccinated during the TNR process helping reduce disease that can be spread to pets. As weeks go by after sterilizing, these feral, community cats become passive. When a feeder provides food for these cats, they will live out their life in pease and not continue to be a problem for neighborhoods. We have sterilized over 3000 of these community cats in the last 5 years; 3000 left in tact would have grown to 20,000 or more. These cats did not cause this problem, humans did.Please help us help to provide a humane solution for these feral, homeless cats. These is no other program to handle this issue, animal control mostly does not get involved. Please consider SB1390 as essential and pass this bill. Thank you.

Last Name: Clark Organization: Wildlife Center of Virginia Locality: Augusta

As the president of one of the world's leading wildlife hospitals, I have seen first-hand the carnage inflicted on wildlife by outdoor cats. We have treated thousands of cat victims, representing more than 80 species of native Virginia wildlife. There is nothing about TNR, as it is currently carried out, that is good for wildlife. SB1390 makes it worse. The national TNR advocacy group behind SB1390, have perfected public campaigns predicated on "The BIG LIE"--a set of false or unproven statements that are repeated often enough, and loudly enough, that they are eventually accepted as articles of faith by people who become blind to any objective examination of these beliefs, and who demonize, demean, and attack anyone who does not agree with them. SB1390 is a manifestation of how dangerous BIG LIE movements can be. So what are the BIG LIES on which SB1390 is based? -BIG LIE #1 - "TNR is the only humane response to cat overpopulation." First, there is absolutely no scientific evidence that this strategy actually reduces cat populations. All support is anecdotal and opinion-based. More importantly, there are many humane responses to cat over-population, and many comprehensive programs in place across Virginia, which include much more than TNR. Despite the demonization by TNR advocates, those of us who question the efficacy of TNR are not all cat-hating, "trap and kill" advocates. The supporters of SB1390 have used such broad-brush rhetoric to polarize the debate, and portray all TNR decisions are black and white. TNR is NOT the one-size-fits-all answer for feral cat overpopulation. Nevertheless, SB1390 closes down any possibility for more tailored and customized approaches which may differ from community to community. - BIG LIE #2- "SB1390 was developed in consultation with wildlife interests"...... I am one of the people with whom several TNR supporters met to discuss the broad issue of outdoor cats--not to discuss this legislation. I am the one being thrown under the bus by the disingenuous and misleading claim that I had input on SB1390. Over the last several months, I met with TNR advocates, to get acquainted and start a civil conversation. What supporters of SB1390 fail to mention in this specious assertion is that SB1390 essentially acts in direct contradiction to the input they received from men and other wildlife experts. Yet, without my knowledge or permission, they paraphrased a few minor recommendations from a white paper I created on the subject of TNR, and are now implying that this proves my support for this bill . I condemn any suggestion that I knowingly had any role in the creation of this bill, or that I support its goals, as the bad-faith betrayal of trust it is. In summary, the supporters of SB1390 speak about how wonderful TNR is, yet simultaneous seek to exempt TNR practitioners from any legal or regulatory oversight which would enable localities to prevent TNR, as defined by outsiders, from being forced upon them. The process of developing and promoting SB1390 has been a litany of false statements, bad-faith, and ulterior motives. SB1390 needs to be defeated, and a true honest process needs to be initiated to gather the actual facts about the impacts of TNR and outdoor cats. Only then can legislation and regulation be created that will protect the public's interests, property interests, wildlife, and indeed the cats themselves.

Last Name: Hervey Organization: Martinsville-Henry County SPCA Locality: Martinsville

The explosion of unwanted cats and kittens in and out of shelters is heartbreaking. While the Animal Control and Animal Welfare world has worked hard at solving the unwanted dog problem, much remains to be done for the feline problem. One of the main issues is that many people feel as if they don't "own" the cat. Yes they have been feeding it and yes they have been providing it shelter but its not "their" cat. "It just wondered up 3 years ago. "What would Jesus do? Not feed it or give it a place to sleep?" By providing more opportunities for cats to get fixed and vaccinated gives that cat a fighting chance to be rehomed once the family moves and doesn't take the cat they never "owned" with them. Fixed cats don't produce more cats. Fed cats don't (generally) prey on wildlife. Rabies titers last longer than we even know. The only responsible way to control this problem/opportunity is through population control. Opposing this bill is not going to change people's behavior in regard to a cat they never believed they owned. Reduce the population so that the number of cats more closely resembles the number of people who want them in their family. That is the answer. Opposing this bill without an alternative solution to the ongoing cat/kitten overpopulation is simplistic.

Last Name: Altman Locality: Vienna

Please vote for SB 1390 which helps community cats get spayed and neutered and controls tbe population of feral cats. The bill is vitally important to shelters and the volunteers who take care of these animals. The shelters and volunteers need our support. Please vote for SB 1390. Thank you.

Last Name: Fritsch Organization: Animal Defense League of Washington County, VA Inc. Locality: Abingdon

I fully support the TNR bill and urge all Delegates to do the same. The Animal Defense League has had a TNR program for many years. Spaying/neutering community cats is the most humane action to save lives of cats living in our area. If kittens are never born, they never suffer the inhumane actions of cruel people, or they do not starve to death, freeze to death or get hit by vehicles. Cats are very good at procreating and TNR helps to stop the overpopulation. It will be many years before there are no community cats. Southwest Virginia has a huge overpopulation problem of companion animals that is not the fault of cats. It is through the efforts of humane organizations, shelters and concerned citizens that care enough to help promote correct TNR programs. Please support this bill.

Last Name: Kirkland Organization: Cat's Cradle of the Shenandoah Valley, Inc. Locality: Staunton

I support this bill and encourage its passage. Trap Neuter Return is the only humane way to control cat overpopulation, reduce shelter intake and euthanasia. Our organization can attest to the HUGE difference TNR makes in the quality of life for community cats - -their health, reduction of aggressive and nuisance behaviors, and in the dramatic reduction of shelter intakes when TNR is practiced aggressively. Cat's Cradle assists 100s of colony caretakers/property owners each year to bring their feline colony populations under control - - saving tax dollars and lives. We support this bill and urge its passage. Adoption of most ferals is not generally realistic, so when they are trapped and taken into public shelters, euthanasia is the most likely result - - a non-humane end and a cost to taxpayers that could be avoided if caretakers were allowed to participate in Trap Neuter Return programs.

Last Name: Lee Organization: Garfield’s Rescue Inc. Locality: Richmond, Westmoreland, Lancaster, Northumberland Counties

Please support Trap-Neuter-Return bill 1390 so our rescue along with surrounding rescues and shelters can continue to reduce the consequences of overpopulation resulting in homeless and suffering cats on the Northern Neck of Virginia. Thank You

Last Name: Davis Organization: No More Chasin Tails Spay/Neuter Clinic in Newport News Locality: Hampton

We TNR'd 1200 feral cats in 2020 with the help of rescuers and the public who take care of these cats. I support this bill and their compassionate TNR efforts. I support the expansion of more robust TNR programs which allow us to work together to control the feral cat population and lets us place adoptable cats & kittens in homes, and manage colonies of unadoptable feral cats (as many volunteers across the state are already doing). We need to expand these efforts, and SB 1390 will empower us to do that.

Last Name: Dokes Organization: Community cat advocates Locality: Winchester

I have a colony of 13 feral cats that I care for on 47 private acres. If not for TNR there would be alot more. They were a dropped of litter of mother and 7 kittens 3 years ago. They were also vaccinated for rabies which is very helpful with the fox population that I have in my area. I was able to keep the population controlled with donations to them, which was also very helpful to me.

Last Name: Muir Locality: Lynchburg

Voicing my support for TNR bill. This is the only humane way to reduce the stray cat population. These individuals do much needed work for our communities. Vote YES

Last Name: Cyrus Locality: Concord

TNR IS SO IMPORTANT AND THEY NEED HELP TAKING CARE OF THE CATS AND KITTENS.

Last Name: Burnley Organization: Garfield’s Rescue Locality: Kilmarnock, Va

I worked for 40 years in veterinary medicine and have seen some very sad outcomes for unwanted kittens. Many homeless cats are just looking for a home, but many are not suitable for socializing. All unspayed female cats can produce up to 35 offspring in a year. Unneutered males, many more. So many kittens die of starvation, or other horrific deaths. Trap, Neuter(spay),Release for kitties unable to be socialized into our society is the only humane thing to do to prevent kittens that meet an unthinkable death.

Last Name: Whitehill Organization: Feral Affairs Network Locality: Norfolk

Please support SB1390. Trap, Neuter, Return is a proven successful program for controlling the community cat population problem and enables outdoor cats to live healthier lives. Thank you!

Last Name: Ackerman Organization: Homeward Trails Animal Rescue & Loudoun Community Cat Coalition Locality: Fairfax County

Support 1390. Female cats can have up to a couple hundred kittens over their lifetime, which then produce hundreds of kittens, etc. I requested help from Loudoun Community Cat Coalition to TNR the small colony from which I adopted a kitten. Both females survived the operation and were seen well after some time. I honestly believe the quality of life of those cats were improved. Considering the growth of towns and cities, TNR becomes more important to prevent overpopulation of feral cats to a point they become vermin and are treated as such. I don't see any other humane option. Support 1390. I do not know the stance 4Paws Rescue Team CFC #34517 holds on this bill, they are primarily domestic cat rescue advocating for and organizing foster homes and adoptions for cats, but I know they work diligently, constantly to find homes and fosters for kittens. They found homes for four kittens and mother cat I fostered. There will always be kittens, there will always be pets left behind by irresponsible owners or owners who unexpectedly pass away or unexpected accidents or intentional breeding. TNR will not prevent an overwhelming amount of kittens being available for adoption, but it will prevent even greater amounts of kittens not making it to adoption centers. Again, there is no humane alternative to TNR and I do not know a rescue that does not require alteration. Additional argument for supporting this bill is preventing the spread of feline leukemia and FIV, which inhibits the adoption of multiple animals and diminishes the quality and length of life of cats. I have reviewed and agree wholeheartedly with this entire statement as offered by HT Animal Rescue: SUPPORT 1390. Not a single opponent to this bill offers an alternative solution to the outdoor cat population. TNR is the MOST EFFECTIVE tool to protect wildlife and reduce outdoor cats. TNR is only as effective as the resources towards it allow it to be, thus allowing shelters to fully participate in this activity will only result in more effective and more quality TNR benefiting wildlife, cats, cat caretakers and the general public. Wildlife advocates were fully consulted on the creation of this bill, provided input and verbally recognized that TNR was not going away and thus, this bill could make it more effective. TNR proponents worked with wildlife advocates to create a bill that indeed includes important quality control measures for the benefit of all. TNR proponents did not create the outdoor cat problem. They are simply trying to solve it humanely and effectively. TNR proponents are equally concerned about wildlife as cats. Without TNR the cat population will continue to increase. TNR has proven effective with the data to support it. Wildlife proponents offer NO OTHER SOLUTION.

Last Name: Meinzer Organization: Virginia Federation of Humane Societies and Homeward Trails Animal Rescue Locality: Alexandria City

Dear Chairman Plum and Committee Members: I ask you to SUPPORT SB1390. This bill does three important things. First, it clarifies that public shelters and localities can participate in all aspects of TNR, including the "return" part, like private organizations and individuals can. Second, this bill clarifies that properly conducted TNR does not constitute "abandonment." Third, this bill places minimum requirements on a TNR program for the first time ever. When you look at the opposition's claims, you will realize that they do not offer any form of solution. TNR is the simply the most effective and humane solution for community cats, and is being used with incredible success throughout the Commonwealth. Please vote in support of SB1390. Sincerely, Heidi Meinzer, President Virginia Federation of Humane Societies and Homeward Trails Animal Rescue

Last Name: Pugh Locality: Amherst

SB1390 Please support this bill. TNR is a proven method for reducing the feral cat population long term in addition to being the most humane.

Last Name: Rosman Locality: Arlington

I wholeheartedly support this bill. It is vitally important to enable local shelters to enable community volunteers to control the local feral population.

Last Name: Altman Locality: Vienna

This bill is critically important to enable local shelters to mount substantive programming to help community volunteers work to care for and control feral cats. Please pass this vitally important bill.

Last Name: Calderone Locality: Arlington

TNR needs to pass, without TNR the cat population will continue to increase. Full participation will result in more effective TNR benefiting all parties

Last Name: Landau Locality: Orange County

It is high time the feral cat problem got under control. TNR is the proven way to diminish indiscriminate breeding. Many kittens die of horrible untreated infections, etc. Unchecked literally hundreds of cats roam neighborhoods digging in and soiling gardens and searching desperately for food. The numbers of kittens one female can have in a year is staggering. Not to mention the health hazards to humans when these cats have had no vaccines. TNR programs always include rabies vaccines which make our communities safer and neutering/spaying curtail the out-of-control breeding. The TNR programs in place statewide are doing a great community service. Please please pass this legislation.

Last Name: Miller Locality: HARRISONBURG

Please support Bill # SB1390, the TNR bill.

Last Name: Green Locality: Lynchburg, Virginia

SB 1390 is a good step to not only be humane, but also provide for a safer environment for wildlife and outdoor cats. As a biologist, I completely support this method.

Last Name: Cravey Organization: TNR Locality: Bedford

To not have TNR would be a death sentence for many cats and kittens that are just trying to live without breeding. These babies depend on the humans that support their colony by feeding them and taking care of medical if needed out of their own pockets. This keeps the population of cats down. Saying they kill birds and other animals is like saying kill birds so they do not poop on cars and houses or kill dogs so they do not kill other dogs or cats. Keep the TNR programs going, everywhere!

Last Name: Marstin Locality: Brookneal

Please support this bill. This is the only HUMANE way to help these animals. Where this is done has made a difference.

Last Name: Hullings Locality: Lynchburg

The TNR program should be essential in a caring and humane society. These cats are well cared for and at no expense to the tax payers. It is all done by volunteers, out of their own pockets or through an animal rescue, using their funds. This program helps to prevent additional unwanted kittens, unhealthy, sick animals wondering the neighborhood, the spread of rabies or hungry animals hanging around people's homes looking for food and digging through trash cans Euthanasia should not even be considered as a solution. Not only is it inhumane, it also uses tax dollars to catch these cats as well as the cost of the drugs that are used to kill them. TNR is a win win program for all; the cats, the volunteers and the communities they live around. All cats, including any new ones that join the colony, are trapped, spayed/neutered, treated for any medical issues they may have and vaccinated against diseases. They are fed and closely monitored and any issues are dealt with immediately. We need this bill passed.

Last Name: Compter Organization: Central VA Regional Rescue Locality: Bedford

Please pass this bill. The goal of TNR is to ultimately REDUCE the community cat population and improve the cats's health by neutering and giving rabies vaccinations. Without TNR the only alternative for controlling the cat population would be having to catch them and euthanize them, time consuming and costly. There are numerous colonies across the state at this time. Rescue organizations already have volunteers in place that are working to reduce the feral cat populations without cost to the government or the public, win/win.

Last Name: Ryan Locality: Fairfax County

SUPPORT 1390. Not a single opponent to this bill offers an alternative solution to the outdoor cat population. TNR is the MOST EFFECTIVE tool to protect wildlife and reduce outdoor cats. TNR is only as effective as the resources towards it allow it to be, thus allowing shelters to fully participate in this activity will only result in more effective and more quality TNR benefiting wildlife, cats, cat caretakers and the general public.

Last Name: Anita Bloom Organization: Chincoteague Island Community Cats Locality: Loudoun

I fully support TNR 1000 %. There have vern numerous studies done to show concrete evidence that it works. Alley Cat Allies has quite a few case studies that they have on their website. PLEASE help by supporting our efforts.

Last Name: Nowell Organization: citizen and supporter of animal rights Locality: Lynchburg

I am in support of SB1390. Locally, our TNR has been successful and there have been kittens that have been trapped but then were able to be adopted through the local animal shelter. A lack of responsibility by pet owners should not preclude having this bill passed. Additionally, but not mentioned specifically in the comments, cat owners who allow their cats to be outdoor cats or indoor/outdoor cats should not be overlooked as contributing to the small wildlife concern. This bill does provide a decrease in population and many individuals provide care for these cat colonies. Other feral cats have been caught and then taken home with volunteers that have earned the cat's trust. This bill is beneficial as a whole, even if some specifics have to be changed at a later time. Waiting for a more perfect solution does nothing. Preventing population increase and taking initial steps for protection is a positive starting point. Not doing anything is the least beneficial in addressing this very realistic concern. Thank you for your time and consideration to this important matter.

Last Name: Zebrowski Organization: Friends of Loudoun County Animal Services Locality: Loudoun

As President of the Friends of Loudoun County Animal Services and volunteer for countless animal welfare organizations in Loudoun, I've seen firsthand both the benefits of TNR as well as the issues that arise when TNR is NOT implemented. Cat populations explode without something to keep their reproduction in check and trapping and killing has been proven to NOT work. It's only when TNR is implemented wholly, ie at the Shelter, rescue groups and general public levels, can the number of unaltered and reproducing cats be reduced. This bill is imperative to enable the shelters to be able to officially get on board with these activities which are already occurring.

Last Name: Bota Locality: Arlington

Please SUPPORT SB1390. Please vote in favor of this proven effective bill to enable rescue organizations to fully implement the TNR program. Your constituents want it.

Last Name: Ford Locality: Lynchburg

Please support this bill to promote the TNR programs. I have witnessed first hand the success of TNR working their best to humanely trap those cats that need to be spayed or neutered to prevent hundreds of unwanted kittens from suffering without home, food, love or veterinary care. The TNR program works with dedicated volunteers who sacrifice time and energy to transport these cats to the clinics for care when necessary and then return them to their original colony.

Last Name: Grant Locality: Lynchburg

Please support SB 1390 and Trap-Neuter-Return in Virginia! The cats and kittens across Virginia NEED this, their lives may very well depend on it. Without TNR, the cat population in Virginia would explode, resulting in more cats, more kittens, more costs for taxpayers. A female cat can produce over 100 kittens in her lifetime. When those kittens are born outdoors or abandoned, they will either become community cats, end up at a shelter, or will not survive. Female cats can go into heat as early as 3-4 months old – this means that an unspayed, female kitten could become pregnant at 12 weeks old. Littermates can & will mate with one another. And, female cats can become pregnant while still lactating from a previous litter of kittens. Feral and stray cats are the #1 source of cat overpopulation in the U.S. According to the Humane Society of the United States, it’s estimated that less than 3% of community cats are spayed/neutered. TNR is the only way out of this problem.

Last Name: Kidd Locality: Amherst

Please support SB 1390 and Trap-Neuter-Return in Virginia. TNR is not a new concept in the U.S. and is already widely practiced with real, validated results. To put it simply - TNR works! The current legislation in Virginia makes it difficult for organizations such as municipal shelters to provide resources to their community to help control the stray and unowned cat population. As a result, shelters and rescues are flooded with sick kittens, stray and feral cats every year. This gets exponentially worse the longer that nothing is done. What's the consequence of not having TNR options and programs in Virginia? The outcome is dire. Stray and unowned cats will continue breeding in the wild, kittens suffer and die, diseases and rabies run rampant, and our shelters and rescues will continue fighting a never-ending, costly, problematic cycle. TNR breaks that cycle and presents a real solution.

Last Name: Schissel Locality: McLean, Fairfax County

SN1390 is a proven effective program to HUMANELY reduce the feral cat population while protecting wildlife. TNR programs have been shown to actually REDUCE the costs to cities of removing feral cats. Wildlife supporters were consulted in the making of this bill. Opposition to this bill has not presented any alternative solutions. Please vote in favor of this proven effective bill to enable rescue organizations to fully implement the TNR program. Your constituents want it.

Last Name: Klahn Locality: Bedford County

This bill MUST PASS! TNR does NOT pose a risk to public health as some claim. If anything, it improves public health. The released cats receive Rabies vaccinations as required by law. And many, many colony caretakers revaccinate as expected. It improves the overall health of the cats. It eliminates population growth. It eliminates the need to round up and euthanize, which costs tax payers money. There are so many benefits to TNR, it would be the worest decision to not pass this bill!!!!

Last Name: Smith Janzen Locality: Arlington

TNR is one of the most effective ways to control feral populations, and 1390 was written in consultation with wildlife experts. Please support this bill.

Last Name: Pfau Organization: Homeward Trails Locality: Falls Church

SUPPORT1390!! TNR proponents are trying to HUMANELY and effectively solve the outdoor cat problem. TNR has proven effective and there is data to support it. NOT A SINGLE opponent to this bill offers an alternative solution to the outdoor cat population. the outdoor cat population is a problem, so let those with a humane solution help solve the problem!

Last Name: Chauta Locality: Lynchburg

I support this bill and compassionate TNR efforts. I support the expansion of more robust TNR programs which allow us to work together to control the feral cat population and lets us place adoptable cats & kittens in homes, and manage colonies of unadoptable feral cats (as many volunteers across the state are already doing). We need to expand these efforts, and SB 1390 will empower us to do that.

Last Name: Sweat Locality: Herndon

Like any idea that has ever existed, opponents of this bill find it easy to criticize. What's their alternative? Is the status quo an alternative? The status quo seems to be a problem that needs solved, not a solution. If superior alternative solutions exist let this bill's opponents state them. If they don't have a better idea, let's get something done.

Last Name: Brown Organization: Independent feral cat trapper Locality: Woodbridge, Prince William County

Please support this bill. I work with many rescue organizations as well as individuals who feed and maintain feral populations. I help them with TNR. There is such a need for this program to maintain and reduce the VA feral cat population. There are so many feral cats that need help!

Last Name: Brate Organization: Homeward Trails Locality: Alexandria

Important for us to take responsibility for and take care of animals in our area.

Last Name: Lastowska Locality: Manassas Park

Please support this bill! TNR proponents did not create the outdoor cat problem. They are simply trying to solve it humanely and effectively, Wildlife advocates were fully consulted on the creation of this bill, provided input and verbally recognized that TNR was not going away and thus, this bill could make it more effective. TNR proponents worked with wildlife advocates to create a bill that indeed includes important quality control measures for the benefit of all.

Last Name: Murray Locality: Bedford

Please support SB1390. TNR volunteers are cat lovers in the truest definition of the phrase. TNR programs are responsible and well thought out. Not only do TNR programs help community cats, they also support the caretakers. These colony caretakers are desperate for help. We all believe these cats have a right to live, and we know they live a healthier life once they are altered and vaccinated. Community and feral cats only exist because humans failed them. TNR programs step up to right that wrong. Just because these cats exist does not mean they should be euthanized. For those concerned about wildlife, the long term purpose of TNR programs is to humanely decrease the population. Any responsible TNR program only releases healthy cats back to their colony, they continue to work with the caretaker, they ensure the caretaker has food and shelters for the colony, and they maintain long term contact with the caretaker to provide future help as needed. No cats are trapped without permission. TNR programs only assist caretakers who want the help.

Last Name: Hines Locality: Springfield

Support this bill! TNR proponents did not create the outdoor cat problem. They are simply trying to solve it humanely and effectively TNR proponents are equally concerned about wildlife as cats Without TNR the cat population will continue to increase TNR has proven effective with the data to support it

Last Name: Bell Locality: Fairfax County

I support this bill and ask you to do the same. SB1390 offers a humane path to controlling the feral cat population and was written in consultation with wildlife experts. Please support SB 1390.

Last Name: Galvin Locality: Arlington

I fully support SB1390. TNR is the MOST EFFECTIVE tool to protect wildlife and reduce outdoor cats. TNR is only as effective as the resources towards it allow it to be, thus allowing shelters to fully participate in this activity will only result in more effective and more quality TNR benefiting wildlife, cats, cat caretakers and the general public. Wildlife advocates were fully consulted on the creation of this bill, provided input and verbally recognized that TNR was not going away and thus, this bill could make it more effective. TNR proponents worked with wildlife advocates to create a bill that indeed includes important quality control measures for the benefit of all. TNR proponents did not create the outdoor cat problem. They are simply trying to solve it humanely and effectively TNR proponents are equally concerned about wildlife as cats Without TNR the cat population will continue to increase TNR has proven effective with the data to support it Wildlife proponents offer NO OTHER SOLUTION

Last Name: Priest Organization: Homeward Trails Locality: Alexandria

This bill is vital for providing humane support to feline population control to ensure cats do not suffer needlessly. Please support this bill! Thank you very much. SUPPORT 1390. Not a single opponent to this bill offers an alternative solution to the outdoor cat population. TNR is the MOST EFFECTIVE tool to protect wildlife and reduce outdoor cats. TNR is only as effective as the resources towards it allow it to be, thus allowing shelters to fully participate in this activity will only result in more effective and more quality TNR benefiting wildlife, cats, cat caretakers and the general public. Wildlife advocates were fully consulted on the creation of this bill, provided input and verbally recognized that TNR was not going away and thus, this bill could make it more effective. TNR proponents worked with wildlife advocates to create a bill that indeed includes important quality control measures for the benefit of all. TNR proponents did not create the outdoor cat problem. They are simply trying to solve it humanely and effectively TNR proponents are equally concerned about wildlife as cats Without TNR the cat population will continue to increase TNR has proven effective with the data to support it Wildlife proponents offer NO OTHER SOLUTION Wildlife proponents offer NO OTHER SOLUTION Wildlife proponents offer NO OTHER SOLUTION

Last Name: Coirolo Locality: COLONIAL BEACH

PLEASE SUPPORT 1390. Not a single opponent to this bill offers an alternative solution to the outdoor cat population. TNR is the MOST EFFECTIVE tool to protect wildlife and reduce outdoor cats. TNR is only as effective as the resources towards it allow it to be, thus allowing shelters to fully participate in this activity will only result in more effective and more quality TNR benefiting wildlife, cats, cat caretakers and the general public. Wildlife advocates were fully consulted on the creation of this bill, provided input and verbally recognized that TNR was not going away and thus, this bill could make it more effective. TNR proponents worked with wildlife advocates to create a bill that indeed includes important quality control measures for the benefit of all. TNR proponents did not create the outdoor cat problem. They are simply trying to solve it humanely and effectively. TNR proponents are equally concerned about wildlife as cats. Without TNR the cat population will continue to increase. TNR has proven effective with the data to support it. Wildlife proponents offer NO OTHER SOLUTION.

Last Name: Knight Locality: Lynchburg

I fully support this bill

Last Name: Dean Locality: Danville

Please oppose SB1390. Alternatives have been presented, but those who support TNR don't acknowledge them. This bill will lead to cruel consequences for cats and wildlife. You have been led to believe that only healthy feral adults are "released back." This is not true, and I have pictures and testimonies to prove it. This bill will wipe out decades of telling the public that abandonment of a companion animal is cruel and illegal. It will also send us back to the 1950s and 1960s when most shelters didn't take accept cats. Labeled as "progressive," this bill is regressive in the truest sense of the word. It probably won't be in my lifetime, but I believe that in years to come, history will not be kind to the TNR movement and future animal welfare workers will unite in saying, "what in the world were they thinking?"

Last Name: Green Locality: Lynchburg

I fully support this bill,SB1390. TNR programs have been proven time and time again to be an effective way to safely control the cat population in many cities and counties across the country. We need feral cats thriving and living in our communities, and they should be protected to do so. They do no harm and are key to limiting a mice and rat infestation ,something none of us want on our property or place of business. The TNR program is just good common sense and a win win for feral's , humans, and the environment.

Last Name: Bell Organization: Homeward Trails Animal Rescue Locality: Fairfax Station

SUPPORT 1390. Not a single opponent to this bill offers an alternative solution to the outdoor cat population. Not a single one. TNR is the MOST EFFECTIVE tool to protect wildlife and reduce outdoor cats. TNR is only as effective as the resources towards it allow it to be, thus allowing shelters to full participate in this activity will only result in more effective and more quality TNR benefiting wildlife, cats, cat caretakers and the general public. Wildlife advocates were fully consulted on the creation of this bill, provided input and verbally recognized that TNR was not going away and thus, this bill could make it more effective. TNR proponents worked with wildlife advocates to create a bill that indeed includes important quality control measures for the benefit of all. TNR proponents did not create the outdoor cat problem. They are simply trying to solve it humanely and effectively TNR proponents are equally concerned about wildlife as cats Without TNR the cat population will continue to increase TNR has proven effective with the data to support it Wildlife proponents offer NO OTHER SOLUTION Wildlife proponents offer NO OTHER SOLUTION Wildlife proponents offer NO OTHER SOLUTION Support SB1390!

Last Name: Allen Locality: lynchburg

This is a vital service for the feral cats. Without this program we would be over run! To trap, neuter, and return should not have any penalties associated with it as this is vital for the safety and health of all cats and humans within the communities. Please do not add an "abandonment" fine onto this! SB1390

Last Name: Rena Hooss Locality: Lynchburg

have also helped with feeding feral local cats. It is necessary and I enjoy helping to control the population and keeps sickness under control.

Last Name: Frazier Locality: Campbell

I support this bill. TNR provides a way for compassionate People to control the population of feral cats. This results in a safe and healthy environment for both the cats and people.

Last Name: Carmack Locality: Richmond (City)

I write in support of this bill. Cat populations need management but, unfortunately, so do people!

Last Name: Walker Organization: Owner Locality: Monroe

I strongly support this bill and the positive outcomes for cats, people, and wildlife that are an outcome of humane and compassionate TNR efforts. I support the expansion of more robust TNR programs which empower organizations and individuals to collaborate to control the feral cat population, place adoptable cats & kittens in homes, and return feral or otherwise unadoptable cats to managed colonies (as many volunteers across the state are already doing). We need to expand these efforts, and SB 1390 will empower us to do that.

Last Name: Evans Organization: Central Virginia Regional Rescue Locality: Campbell County, Virginia

TNR programs are essential to controlling the community cat population. Euthanasia shouldn’t be the suggested alternative as these cats live perfectly healthy lives once spayed or neutered and community members take care of them and monitor their health once altered. These Cats should be given an opportunity to live their lives as they’re not hurting anyone or anything. The community cats that i help take care of would much rather have the Canned wet food i offer Them than kill a cardinal or other bird. The only life they’ve ever known is one on the streets and that wasn’t by choice. By allowing all city & counties to offer TNR programs it will ensure the cat population stays low and allows all hands to be on deck to help with the process. Whereas now only a small handful of people / groups can help with tnr which is not only discouraging but also exhausting. Please allow all shelters to help with this so we can continue to enrich the lives of the community cats we care so deeply about.

Last Name: Hoyle Organization: Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA Locality: Albemarle

Please support SB 1390. Through TNR, unsocialized cats that would not be appropriate or happy as indoor pets are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, ear-tipped, and returned to their home. We support and embrace TNR as a best practice. The Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA and our community have greatly benefited from TNR. Since starting the Community Cat Program in 2011, the feline stray intake has dropped by 72%, allowing us to increase feline transport to save the lives of friendly cats and kittens at neighboring shelters who would otherwise be euthanized. This program has been especially effective at reducing the number of stray kittens being found outdoors in Charlottesville and Albemarle county. While most open admission shelters without TNR programs dread “kitten season” (spring, summer, and early fall months where kittens are born outdoors and brought to shelters at overwhelming numbers often resulting in euthanizing healthy kittens and cats due to lack of kennel space), we are able to transfer in kittens from neighboring shelters throughout this time. We attribute this to the success of our community cat program and the amount of support that we receive from our community who embraces TNR. Through our Community Cat Program, 508 cats from Charlottesville and Albemarle County were spayed or neutered at no cost to the caretakers in 2020. All of these efforts result in a reduction in unwanted litters, healthier outdoor cats, fewer cats coming into the shelter, and taxpayer savings. TNR is the only humane solution. Catch and kill methods do not work. If they did, we would not be having this conversation today. Please support this bill and make it clear that all shelters are able to embrace TNR if they choose. Thank you, Rachel Hoyle Community Cat Manager Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA

Last Name: Kirby Locality: Lynchburg

I am in favor of bill SB 1390 TNR is an outstanding solution to feral cats. These cats are spayed/neutered and vaccinated. They have a colony caretaker who provides food and makes shelters for the winter:). The term “feral” is a word for a cat that was not social enough to enter at a local humane society. Do the answer there is TNR for safety reason for people and the cats’health. When a cat is fixed is makes them calmer, healthier and they are vaccinated. The feral cats that are already living outside that are not being TNRrd are having so many unwanted kittens everywhere snd are unvaccinated. So many sick kittens that have a high percentage of being very ill and dying. So the Solution is TNRing feral cats. I have been doing TNR for 10 years and every place I do, I have a complete plan. That plan being regular feedings, and making shelters for the winter months And overseeing if any new ferals enter the colony to get it spayed and neutered snd vaccinated right away! This is such a good program. And any kittens snd friendly cats I work with Lynchburg Humane Society to get them in their no kill shelter. People are the number 1 problem for destroying the habitats of so many cats/animals by cutting down forest trees to make all these townhouses, ect... and so many people are killing woodpeckers , groundhogs, possums, squirrels, snakes and birds much more than any cat could do! I wholeheartedly support the bill SB 1390 snd ask my delegate Wendell Walker to please support it with us! Thank you so much:)

Last Name: Osborne Locality: Campbell

Please support this bill. TNR is a way to reduce the cat population. No more litters will be born. This is a humane way to take care of cats and ensure that no more are born. Those that are TNR’ed can leave happy, healthier lives. Thank you so much. Please....in a world of misery and discord, act humanely. Be kind. We are stewards of the world. Thank you.

Last Name: Smith Locality: Lynchburg

YES to bill 1390

Last Name: K Organization: CVRR Locality: Bedford, County

Please vote YES on SB 1390 and support Trap-Neuter-Return in Virginia.

Last Name: Marstin Organization: Central Virginia Regional Rescue Locality: Lynchburg

I urge you to vote YES to SB 1390 and support Trap-Neuter-Return in Virginia. This bill will support humanely and effectively reducing the number of community cats, as well as the nuisance behavior, public health and wildlife predation concerns associated with them. It will also reduce the number of community cats who are impounded and killed in municipal and private animal shelters and improve the welfare of community cats across the state. TNR is already widely practiced across Virginia and supported across the country. This bill will help establish requirements and guidelines for anyone participating in TNR, and would allow bigger organizations with more resources to engage in TNR - this would result in better, more organized, high-quality TNR programs and education being available to everyone in the state. TNR is supported by many Virginia shelters, as well as the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies and Humane Dominion. National organizations that support TNR include The Humane Society of the United States, Alley Cat Allies, the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the Association of Shelter Veterinarians, Best Friends Animal Society, Cat Fanciers’ Association, Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, and the National Animal Control Association. I would like to make this clear - the ultimate goal of TNR is to REDUCE the community cat population and to IMPROVE the health of community cats. The only proposed alternative to the cat overpopulation crisis we face is euthanasia. Euthanasia is more costly than TNR, a burden that would fall on the Virginia municipal shelters and taxpayers, and many studies have proven that it's ineffective in controlling and reducing the cat population. I am a volunteer and the TNR Program Manager for Central Virginia Regional Rescue. I have experienced first-hand the cat overpopulation problem we face in central Virginia and have witnessed colony numbers stabilizing and reducing, as a direct result of TNR. I created a TNR program that receives requests from caretakers, concerned citizens, and business owners - they reach out to us for help. We provide education, resources, supplies, volunteers, and reach out to property owners (if needed), to assist with the TNR of stray and un-owned community cats. Cats that are trapped get spayed/neutered, vaccinated for rabies, ear-tipped for identification, and treated for any medical problems, then they are released in the same area where trapped with permission from the property owner. We also assist with lining up food sponsors and caretakers for colonies that need it, and provide resources for on-going support. I hope that you will support and pass SB 1390. This would make a difference in the lives of so many cats and kittens who will otherwise suffer and be unfairly euthanized across Virginia. Thank you for your time and consideration. Kristin Marstin

Last Name: Mays Locality: Lynchburg

Please vote YES on SB 1390 and support Trap-Neuter-Return in Virginia. It only makes sense.

Last Name: Bailey Locality: Goode

I am asking for the general assembly to preserve the bill SB1390- TNR feral cats. I have a colony of feral cats. They deserve to live. There are many groups and individuals who help to trap neuter and release feral cats.This keeps the population down and keeps the cats healthy. Rabies shots are given at the time they are spayed or neutered and if sick or injured the cats are cared for. There are many groups who do TNR. Bedford Cares is one such group in the Bedford County area that is very good and very caring. They also try to find homes for the cats or individuals who have colonies the cats can join with. You very seldom see wild cats out on their own that have been TNR . If there are feral cats wandering around they won’t last long on their own between starving or predators. But they deserve to live out their lives and the caring people who TNR need to be able to do their job without any repercussions.

Last Name: Hurst Locality: Campell County

Cats should be sterilized and returned to their habitat .This will help reduce the population. It just makes sense.

Last Name: Wilkins Organization: All Virginia TNR Programs Locality: Lynchburg

Please vote YES on SB 1390 and support Trap-Neuter-Return in Virginia. It’s the only humane way to control / reduce community cat population. Community cats thrive and live happy healthy lives. They are not the cause for decreased bird and wildlife populations, habitat destruction and pesticides are the number one cause.

Last Name: Kendall Locality: Bedford

Please vote yes!! Let the feral kitties live their lives in the places they call home!

Last Name: Rogerson Organization: Volunteer, Foster and Staff member at Lynchburg Humane Society Locality: Lynchburg

I like so many animal advocates am urging the VA Delegates to vote YES on SB 1390 and support Trap-Neuter-Return in Virginia. Our state need this bill to be in place so together we can work towards a No Kill VA. Those opposed to TNR claim that cats are a major cause of wildlife depletion & present a risk to public health, but that is just not true. Humans are the #1 cause of wildlife depletion. I've studied ecology and the effects of invasive species but while it isn't ideal humanity made this problem, and TNR is the only humane means of gaining balance in the long run. The goal of TNR is to ultimately REDUCE the community cat population and improve the cats' health. TNR has been shown to do this in time and with the accessibility of a low cost spay and neuter clinic we have already seen this occur in the Lynchburg area through the practice of TNR. Furthermore, without TNR the only alternative option for controlling the cat population would be euthanasia. These cats are not just spay/neutered and thrown back outside, why would we put the money and effort into spaying these pets if we didn't care about their continued welfare. No infact we make sure to either return TNRd cats to their original residence or establish them with a caretaker. Cat colony caretakers who support TNR, vaccinate their cats at spay/neuter, provide them fresh food water and shelter and seek veterinary care when they are ill or injured. When trapped and taken to a shelter with the appropriate resources, some cats can be rehabilitated and placed in adoptive homes. I have seen countless senior cats be pulled in off the streets with scars, missing teeth, masses and cancers turn into the most docile and loving cats when they realize all we want to do is help them. All of this reduces the cat population in the long run, and in the meantime cares for the welfare of individual lives. I have dedicated my life to advocating for voiceless cats. The TNR work that we do as private and public organizations in the community needs this support of the VA state. The current legislation limits what rescues and shelters can do, which leaves it in the hands of individuals who lack training, funds and capacity. Allowing shelters to directly assist will be more effective and done correctly. If we don't, Shelter kennels will continue to fill up with feral cats where there will be no choice but to euthanize. Even if they are not euthanized, I have seen cats so terrified that they loose the will to live while we search and search for a barn cat adopter. What kind of life is that. I hope that you will support of SB 1390. We can make a difference in the lives of so many cats and kittens who will otherwise suffer and be unfairly euthanized across Virginia. So again we ask that you support TNR and pass this bill. Thank you for your time and for serving our community. Kiera Rogerson

Last Name: Rogerson Organization: Volunteer, Foster and Staff member at Lynchburg Humane Society Locality: Lynchburg

I like so many animal advocates am urging the VA Delegates to vote YES on SB 1390 and support Trap-Neuter-Return in Virginia. Our state need this bill to be in place so together we can work towards a No Kill VA. Those opposed to TNR claim that cats are a major cause of wildlife depletion & present a risk to public health, but that is just not true. Humans are the #1 cause of wildlife depletion. I've studied ecology and the effects of invasive species but while it isn't ideal humanity made this problem, and TNR is the only humane means of gaining balance in the long run. The goal of TNR is to ultimately REDUCE the community cat population and improve the cats' health. TNR has been shown to do this in time and with the accessibility of a low cost spay and neuter clinic we have already seen this occur in the Lynchburg area through the practice of TNR. Furthermore, without TNR the only alternative option for controlling the cat population would be euthanasia. These cats are not just spay/neutered and thrown back outside, why would we put the money and effort into spaying these pets if we didn't care about their continued welfare. No infact we make sure to either return TNRd cats to their original residence or establish them with a caretaker. Cat colony caretakers who support TNR, vaccinate their cats at spay/neuter, provide them fresh food water and shelter and seek veterinary care when they are ill or injured. When trapped and taken to a shelter with the appropriate resources, some cats can be rehabilitated and placed in adoptive homes. I have seen countless senior cats be pulled in off the streets with scars, missing teeth, masses and cancers turn into the most docile and loving cats when they realize all we want to do is help them. All of this reduces the cat population in the long run, and in the meantime cares for the welfare of individual lives. I have dedicated my life to advocating for voiceless cats. The TNR work that we do as private and public organizations in the community needs this support of the VA state. The current legislation limits what rescues and shelters can do, which leaves it in the hands of individuals who lack training, funds and capacity. Allowing shelters to directly assist will be more effective and done correctly. If we don't, Shelter kennels will continue to fill up with feral cats where there will be no choice but to euthanize. Even if they are not euthanized, I have seen cats so terrified that they loose the will to live while we search and search for a barn cat adopter. What kind of life is that. I hope that you will support of SB 1390. We can make a difference in the lives of so many cats and kittens who will otherwise suffer and be unfairly euthanized across Virginia. So again we ask that you support TNR and pass this bill. Thank you for your time and for serving our community. Kiera Rogerson

Last Name: Ramsey Locality: Monroe

Please vote Yes on SB1390. TNR has been proven to effectively manage the homeless pet population. Please give our unowned cats a chance to live in peace.

Last Name: Mayberry Organization: Central Virginia Regional rescue Locality: Campbell

Please vote Yes to preserve the ability to trap neuter and return cats. It's a proven program across the country with many volunteers who care for cats on a regular basis. Without this bill the only other option is euthanasia which is cruel.

Last Name: Hall Organization: Trap-Neuter-Return VA Locality: Lynchburg City

Vote yes

Last Name: Moyer Locality: Lynchburg

I am in favor of SB1390. The community needs the TNR program to help control the population in a healthy way. These cats are not a threat to anyone in the community. This is the best way for us to coexist without letting their population continue to grow

Last Name: Spanich Locality: Lynchburg

Please support SB1390. The support of individuals who participate in the trap-neuter-return of strays provides a truly important role in our community's efforts for the humane management of cats without homes. The ability to continue this work means a lot to those who care about animals. Thank you D Spanich

Last Name: Rubin Locality: LYNCHBURG

I am in favor of SB 1390. Community cats need our help as does the wildlife that a fed cat does not hunt.

Last Name: Goodjohn Organization: Humane Dominion Locality: Lynchburg

Please support this bill. Cat colonies that are not managed as part of a TNR program and supported by volunteers protected from prosecution as provided by SB1390 are unhealthy, a nuisance, and predate wildlife. TNR, as provided in Lynchburg for example, vaccinates, feeds and monitors community cats leading to a reduction over time in numbers and a lessening of public nuisance issues. PLEASE allow our volunteers to continue their good work. If the law requires to be tightened in any way, let's pass this bill NOW and tighten/improve through additional bills voted on in future assemblies. At least three volunteer groups in Lynchburg are desperate for the support SB1390 provides. The bill has the support of the Lynchburg Humane Society AND of the National Association of Animal Control. Bunny Goodjohn / Humane Dominionn Legislative Leader / Lynchburg. (Del Wendall Walker)

Last Name: Roseberry Locality: Henrico

SB1390 is a bad bill for cats and a far worse bill for wild birds and mammals. Many folks with far more credentials than I have spoken to this in these excellent comments. I live in a neighborhood where free-roaming “community” cats negatively impact my enjoyment of my property due to their excrement in my yard (and on the bottoms of my shoes) and their litters of kittens in my garage that I must call the county to remove. I don’t feed wild birds anymore because I don’t want to inadvertently lure them to their deaths. Oh, I do have a cat – he’s indoors, where he belongs.

Last Name: Mellinger Locality: ROCKINGHAM

Please do not pass this bill. I am writing on behalf of the Virginia Animal Control Association (VACA) and 16 other groups who oppose SB 1390, the feral cat bill.