Trap, Neuter, and Return programs; permits operation of formal program relating to feral cats. (SB359)

Introduced By

Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Trap, Neuter, and Return programs.  Permits the operation of a formal program of trapping, sterilizing, and returning feral cats to their colonies and excludes participants in such a program from the definition of "owner." Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12
01/11/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12101483D
01/11/2012Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/18/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB359)
02/02/2012Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2012Committee substitute printed 12104833D-S1
02/06/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2012Read second time
02/07/2012Reading of substitute waived
02/07/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12104833D-S1
02/07/2012Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB359S1
02/08/2012Read third time and passed Senate (31-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB359S1)
02/13/2012Placed on Calendar
02/13/2012Read first time
02/13/2012Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/20/2012Assigned ACNRsub: Agriculture
02/27/2012Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
03/10/2012Left in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 1 minute.


Charles Tinsley writes:

These are people who are taking care of forgotten, abandoned and otherwise helpless cats who would otherwise perish.
God bless these people. They need all the help they can get.

Susan Parnell writes:

These poor animals have already been abandoned once - please don't force the kind volunteers trying to right the past wrong to abandon them again.

Julie Falconer writes:

Regardless of how you feel about cats, TNR is a commonsense solution to permanently reducing feral cat populations. It's very time-consuming to trap cats. My community has one animal control officer with a large territory and a heavy caseload that doesn't give him time to focus on cats. In any community, you're going to have fewer cats (and healthier, vaccinated cats) over time if you empower animal lovers to trap and sterilize hundreds than if you task a lone overburdened public employee with trapping a few dozen for euthanasia. TNR also saves taxpayers money, since the work is typically done by volunteers with funds from private donors. I care about all animals - including wildlife - and I've come to see firsthand that TNR is the only thing that makes a real difference in cat numbers over the long term.

Waldo Jaquith writes:

These poor animals have already been abandoned once - please don't force the kind volunteers trying to right the past wrong to abandon them again.

Susan, this bill would not "force" anybody to do anything at all. This bill simply allows localities to trap and fix cats without implicitly taking ownership of those animals by doing so. That's all.

Lesslie Gresh writes:

Been doing TNR and feeding feral cat colonies since 1995. If you like/love cats it is a terrific system to end needless suffering. If you dislike/hate cats it is a terrific system to keep the numbers of stray cats way way down.

Diane Novak writes:

TNR is a fiscally sound alternative to Trap & Kill methods that do not work anyway. ACO never catches ALL the cats. As opposed to caretakers who will ear notch and feed and manage those needing updated rabies vaccines, they will make sure new cats wandering to the colony is sterilized on their DIME and their Time.
It's common sense - would we rather waste money and ACO's time doing this? Use the volunteer's and have them register with the county if that would make ACO feel better. This will not put ACO out of business- we can work together for the benefit of all the community members - human and animal- working together- what a concept!

Bobbie Galford writes:

TNR Works! Please support and pass this important legislation to improve the lives of feral cats living among us now and reduce the number of homeless cats in the future. This is a win-win bill -- it benefits cats and communities, and it is humane and compassionate!

Woodsman writes:

How to reduce feral-cats THE-TNR-WAY without having to trap & sterilize:

1. Aim your car for cats when it's safe for all else to do so.

2. Put out poison for cats (Acetaminophen pain-killers (the most cat-species specific), antifreeze, vermin-poisons, poisonous plants or animals -- the ways that all TNR'ed cats succumb to "attrition" by poisons).

3. Infect them with deadly diseases.

4. Turn your dogs or other large predators loose on them.

5. Starve them to death.

6. Let them die of thirst.

7. Put them in heated boxes until they die of heat exhaustion (emulate hot weather).

8. Throw them in freezers until they are dead (emulate a harsh winter).

9. Scratch the cat's eyes and gash their skin to emulate a cat-attack so they slowly die of infections. (Justifiably the same way they destroy all native animals. Though that involves more skinning-alive and disemboweling-alive so the cat can enjoy their play-toy writhe and twitch to death. The longer it takes an animal to die of wounds the more a cat enjoys it. The cat-lovers themselves also greatly enjoy this, or they wouldn't let their cats do it.)

10. Trap and drown.

11. Shoot them.

Can you think of more ways that *ALL* TNR'ed cats die?

NONE of them die of old-age you know!

Any of these are the "natural" ways that TNR'ed cats die, according to TNR-Advocates' own definition of how their cats die through "attrition", so TNR-advocates should have NO problems when you destroy their cats this way!


It's how they're doing it! TO EVERY LAST ONE OF THEIR TNR CATS.

If you kill their cats this way and they complain, they're just being whiny hypocrites. That's all.

The ONLY difference in destroying them immediately in the manner that ALL TNR'ed cats die; instead of trapping and sterilizing them first; is that some money isn't going into an HSUS board-member's pocket, veterinarian's pocket, cat-food company CEO's pocket, or a drug-company CEO's pocket. That's the ONLY difference.

Woodsman writes:

TRAP & KILL FAILED FOR THE VERY SAME REASON THAT TRAP & STERILIZE IS AN EVEN BIGGER FAILURE! (A bigger failure because you haven't stopped cats from destroying native wildlife nor stopped them from spreading their diseases.)

Think REAL hard now. If you can't trap them faster than their breeding rates to kill them, what makes you think you can trap them faster than their breeding rates to sterilize them?

IT DOES NOT WORK. I analyzed over 100 TNR programs around the world -- trapping rates against present feral populations and breeding rates. NOT ONE TRAPPING PROGRAM HAS EVER MANAGED TO TRAP MORE THAN 0.4% OF CATS IN THAT REGION. MORE THAN 99.6% of cats are ALWAYS BREEDING OUT OF CONTROL EVERYWHERE.

Whereas, "Hunted to Extinction" WORKS. It is the ONLY method that is faster than a species can out-breed and out-adapt to. Especially these MAN-MADE INVASIVE-SPECIES cats that breed 2-3X's faster than any naturally occurring cat species.

Woodsman writes:

TNR-Advocates "Vacuum Effect" is an absolute 100% LIE.

There's an interesting study done by the Texas A&M University on TNR practices. They started out with about 12 sterilized cats. At the end of 9 months they had over 30. An increase of more than 200%, all moved in of their own volition. This isn't due to any mythical "vacuum effect" that cat-advocates spread and lie about so often. You would have had to remove cats to create a vacuum for others to replace them. The exact opposite happened in this study.

Simple reason being: CATS ATTRACT CATS

Cat scents attract cats. This is why they spray everything; to attract mates, rivals, and mark territory. Cat sounds attract cats. Mewing kittens will even attract stray toms who kill the kittens if they are not their own (basic feline behavior of any cat species).

If you want more cats, keep some around. More will find you. Get rid of them all and there's no reason for other cats to come to that area. I proved this myself by getting rid of every last cat on my own land, HUNDREDS of them. ZERO cats moved in to replace them for OVER TWO YEARS now.

Another interesting finding, sterilized cats very poorly defend their territory. Any new cats see this as easy-pickings and move in to take over. If that cat-colony is being fed then non-sterilized cats will actually overtake the sterilized colony's food-source because the non-sterilized cats are not as docile and complacent.