This action is ONLY for residents of Vermont.
Thank you for everyone who took action on this bill! The 2019 Vermont Legislative Session has ended, however, this bill will carry-over into the 2020 legislative session. We will provide more updates soon.
The Vermont House Committee still hasn’t taken up this bill. Please, continue to show support to pass House Bill 158 by writing to your House Committe!
The Vermont House Committee on Agriculture and Forestry is considering House Bill 158, which creates lifesaving changes for community cats and protects their caregivers. The committee will discuss the bill at a meeting at 9 a.m. on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14.
HB 158 saves community cats' lives by supporting Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), the only humane and effective approach to address community cat populations. This bill clarifies that the "return" in TNR is not considered abandonment under the law because cats are returned to their original outdoor homes where they live and thrive.
The bill also protects community cat caregivers by clarifying that they are not owners of community cats. Caregivers are good Samaritans who volunteer their own time and resources to help cats. If HB 158 passes, caregivers will also have access to reduced-cost rabies vaccinations for community cats, which benefits the cats and the public.
Ask your legislators to pass HB 158 to save cats and protect caregivers.
You can also attend the Vermont House Committee on Agriculture and Forestry meeting in person to testify in favor of this important bill.
Attend the hearing:
|WHEN:||Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.|
|WHERE:||Vermont Legislature: Room 32
115 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05633