Round Rock, Texas: Oppose a Harmful TNR Ordinance

This action is ONLY for residents of Round Rock, Texas.

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Update: December 21, 2018

Alley Cat Allies is disappointed to announce that the Round Rock City Council passed the amendment to its animal control code that will harm cats by penalizing their caregivers and creating barriers to Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR).
Our expert staff and advocates on the ground worked hard to improve this ordinance, but unfortunately it still contains restrictive language that will make it harder for compassionate people to care for cats. We thank everyone who took action to help us fight this dangerous change and we will continue to monitor the situation.

Update: December 12, 2018

Last week, the Round Rock City Council passed the first reading of an amendment to its animal control code that would harm cats by penalizing people who care for them and by creating barriers to Trap-Neuter-Return. If the amendment passes the second reading on Dec. 20, it will become law. Alley Cat Allies, and the cats of Round Rock, need your help to defeat this!

Urge your council member to oppose the amendment using the form below, even if you have done so already. Also, please attend the City Council meeting on Dec. 20 to speak out against this ordinance at its second—and final—reading.

WHEN: Thursday, December 20, 5 p.m.
WHERE: City Council Chambers
221 East Main St.
Round Rock, TX 78664

Tell your officials to oppose this bill and speak out at the City Council meeting on Dec. 20.

Update: October 26, 2018

Good news! The Round Rock ordinance was tabled for further review. It will likely be after December when it is brought for its first reading at a City Council meeting. Alley Cat Allies will continue to follow this ordinance and provide updates.

Original Message

The Round Rock, Texas, City Council is considering an ordinance that would be harmful to community cats and their caregivers. Restrictions that are contained in Ordinance No. 2018-6037 would interfere with Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), the only humane and effective approach to address community cat populations.

Under this ordinance, community cat caregivers would be required to register with the city to carry out TNR, get written permission from the property owner where the cats live, and do recordkeeping. These requirements are burdensome and time-consuming for good Samaritans who are simply trying to help cats. In addition, the ordinance requires cats to be removed if they are perceived as a nuisance, without asking residents to first try effective humane deterrents.

Urge your City Council member to oppose the bill using the form below and attend your City Council meeting tomorrow to speak out against this ordinance.

Tell your officials to oppose this bill in Round Rock and speak out at the City Council meeting on Oct. 25.

Recipients

  • Your Municipal Officials
  • Mr. Will Peckham

Message

Please Oppose Ordinance No. 2018-6037

Dear [Decision Maker],

As a resident of Round Rock, Texas, I respectfully ask that you oppose Ordinance No. 2018-6037. This ordinance contains changes to the animal control code that include harmful language about Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), the only humane and effective approach to address community cat populations. The provisions in this ordinance are restrictive and would interfere with the program rather than support it.

Under this ordinance, community cat caregivers would be required to register to carry out TNR for the cat colonies they care for, get written permission from the property owner where the cats live, and do recordkeeping. These requirements are burdensome and time-consuming for good Samaritans who are simply trying to help cats and their community. These requirements would deter caregivers' efforts to spay and neuter the community's animals, and sometimes make TNR impossible to do or force caregivers to operate in secret.



Another provision of the ordinance would require cats to be removed if they were perceived as a nuisance--without residents first trying effective humane deterrents. It is stressful for cats to be removed from their outdoor homes, and when they are taken to animal shelters, most never make it out alive. They are killed because they are not socialized to people and therefore not adoptable.

Ordinance No. 2018-6037 does not support community-based spay and neuter programs. Rather, it continues to set up hurdles and criminalize the compassion of Round Rock residents. Please oppose this harmful ordinance.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]

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