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Author: Don Obrien

Trap-Neuter-Release ordinance moves to the Medina City Finance Committee for approval


MEDINA – On Tuesday, the city’s special legislation committee voted in favor of moving an ordinance to fund a Trap-Neuter-Release program for feral cats within the city on to the finance committee for approval.

Bill Lamb worked with the Medina SPCA, members of the community, Mission Possible and others to bring this Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) program about. It originally came up as a result of discussions about a wildlife ordinance but it was made clear that feral cats didn’t belong in the same ordinance.

“The greatest thing about it … is actually, the funding is all that needs to pass. What we put together was a program somewhat resembling how we work with the SPCA,” said Lamb.

A 501c3 called “Medina Meow Fix” was formed. Lamb is proposing that this 501c3 TNR program be funded by the city with $10,000 as a one-year pilot program.

In addition to the funding, the organization would need to recruit volunteers, grow their membership and engage in fundraisers.

“The greatest thing about it … is actually, the funding is all that needs to pass. What we put together was a program somewhat resembling how we work with the SPCA,” said Lamb.

He explained that the city would fund the 501c3. The nonprofit is organized to take care of the collection of cats. The SPCA would help provide the traps for this. The nonprofit would then take the cats to Mission Possible who would take care of the neutering and vaccines and the nonprofit would pay them.

“The funding is necessary to pay for the spay-neutering. That’s the key,” said Lamb about the program.

He explained that he is confident that this TNR program would work.

“The TNR Program is really the only way you can reduce the population,” said Lamb. “The statistics show that if you work at it, you can reduce the feral cat population in two years by about 66 percent which is huge.”



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