Community cats, helped and supported by pet lovers and people caring for the life and well-being of animals, have a chance to receive legal backing in depending on their benefactors’ good will. Forced to live as homeless cats because of human negligence, indifference, recklessness, abuse or cruelty, community cats are able to overcome their dire and often deadly situation thanks to community cat programs. However, without a legal source to protect community cat programs, these unfortunate cats are in constant jeopardy of losing their only lifeline.
Now, two members of the Florida House of Representatives are trying to give the community cat program in Florida a legal basis. Sponsored by Holly Merrill Raschein and cosponsored by Linda Stewart, the 2013 Bill HB 1121 Community Cats, supporting the work of community cat caretakers, is a step toward guaranteeing homeless cats receiving food and care as well as medical intervention to reduce the cat overpopulation, mainly accomplished through the procedure of trap-neuter-return. To help the bill become a law, people who are in favor of community cat programs should contact state senators and state representatives for their votes on the bill.
For the text of HB 1121 - Community Cats General Bill, click here.
To contact a Florida state senator, go to: http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/
To contact a Florida state representative, click here.
Note: The book “The Richest Dog In Town” by Bruny Hudson, a collection of humorous stories featuring Hobo Hudson, a small terrier mix, is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other bookstores. To order at amazon.com, click here. The book is also available at the Three Legged Poodle, a pet food and supplies store, at 16621 U.S. Highway 301 S. at the southwest corner of U.S. Highway 301 and state Route 674 in Wimauma, Fla.