This sample letter text provides a starting point for advocating for community cat care and TNR in your community.
I’m writing to share my support for community cat care and Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and vaccination efforts in [NAME OF COMMUNITY]. These efforts are humane for outdoor cats and effective for communities.
Hundreds of communities have community cat programs, and research supports that they are effective at shrinking outdoor cat populations over time, while minimizing euthanasia. Studies also show the cats in community cat programs typically have low rates of disease and enjoy healthy life spans.
By trapping, spaying/neutering and vaccinating healthy community cats, and returning them to their outdoor colonies where volunteers support them with food, water and monitoring, communities reduce shelter overpopulation. They also stop wasting time and money trying to catch or control cats that thrive outside.
Some cats can live happy, healthy lives outdoors. Ignoring community cats only causes their population to grow. Trying to round them up and kill them isn’t cost-effective, doesn’t solve the problem and is not representative of the caring, pet-friendly community that [NAME OF COMMUNITY] wants to be.
[IF YOU HAVE PERSONAL EXPERIENCE WITH A COMMUNITY CAT OR TNR PROGRAM, SHARE IT BRIEFLY HERE, AND THE IMPACT YOU BELIEVE THE PROGRAM HAS HAD.]
I am proud of the committed people of [NAME OF COMMUNITY] who offer their time to care for our community’s free-roaming cats. With [EXPLAIN SUPPORT NEEDED], this is one more way we can be a leading city that does what’s right for people and pets.
[YOUR NAME, ADDRESS AND ANY OTHER INFO REQUIRED]
Want to know more? Check out our Community Cat Toolkit for an overview of community cat care, case studies, tools for citizens and more.