Feral Cat Ordinance

August 2, 2012 · Filed Under Events and News 

Fort Worth Code Compliance is endorsing a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program for feral cats, and will present a proposed ordinance to City Council for consideration in the coming weeks.

The program is a mechanism to stabilize and/or reduce existing feral cat populations in Fort Worth, and comes following a community dialogue and a series of six public meetings that took place from November 2011 through July 2012. A majority of the public feedback received favored the program.

An estimated 3,000 feral cats come through the city’s animal shelter annually, but currently there are no tools in place to monitor or address continued breeding and population growth of Fort Worth’s feral cats.

The proposed ordinance provides for the implementation of a TNR program within Fort Worth city limits and assigns accountability and responsibility for managing the program as part of a collaborative effort between the Code Compliance Department and community sponsors and caretakers.

Download Feral-Cat-Ordinance.pdf


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