Connolly says that the current North Tonawanda ordinance that outlaws feeding and maintaining stray community cats is not changed or modified by the proposed new ordinance, making TNVR practically impossible to practice, and that requiring permits with annual fees is "an outmoded approach to community cats" and in some cases will discourage volunteers who serve the community with time and financial commitments to manage community cat populations.
When volunteers practice TNVR, it costs individuals about $60, but costs the City nothing.
MEOW Now is a 501 (C)3 non-profit organization incorporated in the State of Florida, designed to implement an effective TNVR (Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return) program for community cats in Pinellas County.
To support MEOW Now's mission by raising funding to provide TNVR to local community cats, they hold fundraisers throughout the year, such as the Wine Making Demonstration.
Volunteer-based, non-profit MEOW Now provides TNVR to the free-roaming community cats in Pinellas County.
MEOW Now is dependent on donations and community support to continue providing TNVR to Pinellas County.
To combat this proposal, the Humane Society and Cat Crusaders Tampa, with the support of Talk Fusion, are circulating a petition to maintain TNVR in Hillsborough County and beyond.
“We are encouraging animal lovers to sign the petition and tell our local lawmakers that you support TNVR and to save the cats from being needlessly euthanized,” Reina said.