Illinois Residents: Help Cats at Risk at Your State University

ADV_IL_UIS_TNR_344.jpgThis action is ONLY for residents of Illinois

Officials at the University of Illinois-Springfield issued a shocking mandate a few months back that banned caregivers from carrying out Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) or caring for cats on campus. The university has failed to reinstate the program.

The university cited health and safety concerns. Yet there is no evidence to suggest that community cats are a public health risk. In fact, TNR benefits public health, because cats receive vaccinations and veterinary care as part of the program. Many cats on campus have already been spayed or neutered. Now they’re at risk of being taken to a shelter, where they will be killed, because they are not socialized to people and are therefore not adoptable.

Attend the University of Illinois Board of Trustees meeting and ask them to reinstate the TNR program.

WHEN: Thursday, November 15, 8 a.m.
WHEN: Michele M. Thompson Rooms B and C
UIC Student Center West
828 S. Wolcott Ave.
Chicago, IL 60612

If you plan to speak at the meeting, you will need to submit a request to comment by Nov. 9, by email, mail, fax, or in person to one of the following:

352 Henry Administration Building, MC-350
506 S. Wright St.
Urbana, IL 61801

Phone: 217-333-1920
Fax: 217-244-2282

The Board of Trustees Office is open from at 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays.

If you can’t attend the meeting, please contact the Board of Trustees and university administrators using our form below.


  • Mr. Charles Coderko
  • Dr. Clarice Ford
  • Chancellor Susan Koch


Please Reinstate University TNR Program

Dear [Decision Maker],

As a resident of Illinois, I respectfully ask that you allow the successful Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program on the University of Illinois-Springfield campus to continue. I hope that this matter is discussed at the next Board of Trustees meeting because it is a serious concern for students, staff, and the public.

The University of Illinois-Springfield would be moving backward if it returned to an outdated and ineffective catch and kill program. I respectfully ask that you please allow the campus TNR program to continue.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

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


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