VICTORY!! Thanks to everyone who signed this petition urging the Town of West Haverstraw, NY to cancel plans to kill a colony of feral cats. After I delivered the petition and an email to the mayor, local cat rescue group, Four Legs Good, posted this on Facebook:
Representatives of Four Legs Good met this afternoon with Mayor John Ramundo of the Village of West Haverstraw and he has given his word that the killing of cats in his village has stopped. He was very responsive, very cordial and willing to allow us to lead a major TNR effort in his community. We cannot thank all of you enough for calling, faxing and emailing him. He has tried personally to respond to all emails about this matter. Please send him a brief note thanking him for his willingness to seek a more humane alternative to the management of feral cats. You guys rock big time. So many of you have offered to help%u2014we will need you more than we ever have if this project is to be successful.
We will need more trappers (and we will be offering workshops for those who have never trapped before), transporters to the spay/neuter vans, volunteers with garages or sheds to help recover the animals, and volunteers to socialize any young kittens that we catch. We will need funding for additional traps and for the spaying and neutering. This is a huge challenge but I know that together we will be up to it.
Let%u2019s roll people, let%u2019s do it for those who have no voice.
Great job everyone! The cats thank you and have their lives thanks to great people like you! :)
target: Howard T. Phillips, Jr., The Town of Haverstraw, NY
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by August 12, 2012
Attention cat lovers. This is urgent...
Local cat rescue group Four Legs Good has spent years successfully spaying, neutering, vaccinating & monitoring a feral colony in West Haverstraw NY.
They recently learned that a few residents who live near the colony have complained to the town, and these healthy animals are now scheduled to be trapped and killed by heart stick. They will die at the hands of the person weilding the painful lethal injection to the heart. (Often, heart-sticks administered through animal control are delivered in a less-than-skilled manner, resulting in multiple stabs to the chest. It is cruel and inhumane.)
Within the next week or so, village employees are going to start trapping and killing feral cats on Overlook Dr. and Hillside Dr. in the neighborhood above Blockbuster/Taco Bell on Route 9W in the Village of West Haverstraw.
Please contact the town of West Haverstraw, letting them know you oppose this deathly plan.
Call, fax or email the mayor and the village trustees. Please be respectful, but tell them you oppose this unnecessary and inhumane method of euthanization! Tell them there is a better way to manage feral cats. Tell them local organizations and volunteers will help them.
If you are a West Haverstraw resident or if you know any animal friendly people in West Haverstraw, call them. You are the only voice these animals have!
Village phone: 845-947-2800; Village fax: 845-947-1560; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please share and cross-post far and wide. Thank you. Sharon
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