Wake County Tweaks Proposed TNR Ordinance

Wake County Commissioners continued to discuss adding a Trap-Neuter-Return option to the county's animal control ordinance Monday. While commissioners seem to have agreed to include the option, they have not yet finalized the ordinance's wording.

The current policy requires animal control officers who are responding to a feral cat complaint to trap the cat and bring it to the Wake County Animal Shelter. The cat is held there for three days in case officers accidentally trapped a lost pet. After the three-day hold, the cat is put down. Because feral cats are not socialized, they are considered unadoptable.

Adding the TNR program would allow residents to decide if they want animal control to pick up a feral cat or have a nonprofit group trap the cat, spay or neuter it and then return it back to its colony. The program would be a minimal cost to the county because the cat advocate groups would take on the TNR responsibility.

While county officials have been working very closely with those in favor of TNR, there have been some sticking points to the law's wording.

County staff want to include a mandatory registration for the caretakers of feral cat colonies so someone could be notified if there is a problem. Cat advocates argued the requirement should be encouraged, but not mandatory, because it puts an extra burden on caretakers who already feel intimated by animal control.

Commissioners also discussed a requirement that, if called, an animal control officer would take a cat in. Advocates want to give the officer the flexibility to either bring the cat in or call a TNR group, especially if the cat had a clipped ear, which would indicate the animal had been vaccinated and neutered.

Commissioners discussed some compromises, including making registration encouraged, but added that any unregistered colony would be picked up in the case of a problem. Cats with clipped ears will not be picked up by animal control and that the term “feral” will be included in the county's definition of community cat.

Commissioners will vote on a final version of the ordinance at their next meeting June 4.

Panhandling Ordinance Changed
Minor changes are coming to the county's panhandling ordinance following a six-month review of the policy.

The law, which went into effect Dec. 1, requires panhandlers to obtain a permit before soliciting. Panhandlers can only solicit donations from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and not within 100 feet from an ATM or bank. They cannot give false information, cannot approach groups of three people or more and cannot ask for donations from drivers.

The seven-day permit will now be extended to six months. Panhandlers will no longer have to show a photo identification or a Social Security card to obtain a permit. But they must still show an acceptable form of identification.

4 thoughts on “Wake County Tweaks Proposed TNR Ordinance

  1. FACT: Trap & Kill failed because cats cannot be trapped faster than they exponentially breed out of control.

    FACT: Trap & Sterilize (TNR) is an even bigger abject failure because they cannot be trapped faster than they exponentially breed out of control, and they also continue the cruelly annihilate all native wildlife (from the smallest of prey up to the top predators that are starved to death), and the cats continue to spread many deadly diseases that they carry today — FOR WHICH THERE ARE NO VACCINES AGAINST THEM. Many of which are even listed as bioterrorism agents. (Such as Tularemia and The Plague — Yes, people have already died from cat-transmitted plague in the USA. No fleas nor rats even required. The cats themselves carry and transmit the plague all on their own.)

    FACT: Hunted To Extinction (or in this case, extirpation of all outdoor cats) is the ONLY method that is faster than a species like cats can exponentially out-breed and out-adapt to. Especially a man-made invasive-species like these cats that can breed 2-3X’s faster than any naturally occurring cat-species.

    FACT: Alley Cat ALL-LIES have only managed to trap 0.024% to 0.08% of all feral cats in their own city, thereby allowing more than 99.92% to 99.976% to continually and exponentially breed out of control. Alley Cat ALL-LIES can’t even reduce the number of feral cats in their own city, yet they promote it as a worldwide solution, then even bigger fools fall for it and promote it.

    FACT: When researching all the most “successful” TNR programs around the globe, JUST ONE OF THEM has managed to trap more than 0.4% of cats in their area. Oregon’s amazing 50,000 TNR’ed cats (the highest rate I found) is only 4.9% of all feral-cats in their state. Yet, by applying advanced population growth calculus on the unsterilized 95.1% of cats they will have trapped only 0.35% of all feral-cats in their state sometime this year. <0.4% is a far cry from the required 80%-90% to be the least bit effective.

    FACT: Their mythical "vacuum effect" is a 100% LIE. A study done by the Texas A&M University proved that any perceived "vacuum" is just the simple case that CATS ATTRACT CATS. Get rid of them all and there's no cats there to attract more. I proved this myself by shooting and burying hundreds of them on my own land. ZERO cats replaced them FOR OVER 2 YEARS NOW. If you want more cats, keep even one of them around, more will find you. That university study also found that sterilized cats very poorly defend any territory. Non-sterilized cats, being more aggressive, take over the sterilized cats' resources (shelter & food if any). If there is any kind of "vacuum effect" at all, it is that sterilized cats cause non-sterilized cats to restore their reproductive void.

    FACT: During all this investigation I have discovered something that is unfaltering without fail. Something that you can bet your very life on and win every last time. That being — IF A CAT-LOVER-HOARDER IS TALKING THEN THEY ARE LYING. 100% guaranteed!

  2. Since you are all such fine and upstanding people in favor of TNR, would you like to address another aspect of TNR that few seem to be aware of?

    I recently learned that TNR cat-hoarders practice a form of “TNR-On-A-Budget” (my name for it). TNR cat-hoarders who want to keep feeding their cats but can’t afford all that tedious mucking-about and getting them sterilized or vaccinated just trap the cats and clip the cats’ ears themselves. Then release them again right after clipping their ears. Doing their best to hide all evidence of where they keep these colonies and telling few about them. This way the cat if trapped again just gets released right there so the cat-hoarder can continue to dote-over and feed their unsterilized and unvaccinated cats. Plus everyone else who might happen on their secret cat-hoarding locations thinks those cats are sterilized and vaccinated so they have fewer concerns about them still overbreeding or spreading deadly diseases. The TNR cat-hoarder feeder just tells them, “Oh, don’t worry. See that clipped ear? They are sterilized and vaccinated. Perfectly fine and legal!”

    Thanks to these “TNR-On-A-Budget” people, clipped-eared cats must be trapped and euthanized or destroyed on-site — the only affordable and sane solution for everyone.

    If you doubt what I claim about TNR-cat-hoarding addicts practicing “TNR-On-A-Budget”, then perhaps you might enjoy this post I found to again prove everything I say is 100% true. They don’t talk about this practice too openly, just like they like to hide their cat-hoarders’ colonies and how they attempt to do so (also revealed in the thread this post was taken from, verifiable link below).

    “Chris Cook
    We had a culling of the neighborhood cats 2 years ago when there were only 10 or so (I lost 4 under my care in the same week). Now there’s over 25 – that I know about (about half fixed)… it’s just a matter of time before someone decides they have the ‘solution’ to the cat ‘problem’. All I can do is get them tipped (in case Animal Services gets them, there’s a small chance they’ll release them back to the area they caught them) and hope for the best by making my own yard a hidden sanctuary of sorts. At least my HOA knows I’m TNRing them and not just feeding them so they (for now) look the other way while slamming the feeders-and-breeders who contributed to the problem getting out of hand and refusing any and all offers of assistance.”

    from: (Google for: “chris cook” “story_fbid=295067530554567″ (include quotes))

    Not only is this criminally irresponsible TNR practitioner hoarding and feeding unsterilized cats, she even attracted MORE cats to keep reproducing — which again disproves their oft-spewed “vacuum effect” LIE. While also lying to her HOA to boot. She even believes that what she is doing *is* TNR, that’s just how demented these people are. I’d say this person reflects the norm rather than the exception, since TNR advocates relentlessly lie about so much and so often.

    Hint: for those of you permanently solving cat-hoarder’s ILLEGAL TNR invasive-species colonies by stepping up their rate of “attrition” (i.e. death by any means); look around for any game/field/trail-cameras that might be hidden from immediate view, then collect them as a souvenir and payment for your well-deserved efforts.

  3. And one more thing, lets hope that those commissioners have set up enough liability insurance for any injuries, health problems, diseases, and vehicular accidents that those TNR’ed cats WILL cause. If not? I hope when the time comes for lawsuits, that they all get sued so hard and deep that none of them will recover from the debt for the rest of their sorry and criminally-irresponsible lives.

    There’s an interesting case in Texas lately, where a whole town had to deal with a rabies outbreak from a TNR colony of cats. 50 healthy pets and many livestock had to be euthanized (along with all the TNR’ed cats of course) and dozens of people received and paid for their own rabies shots. I haven’t heard who got sued there yet. I hope all of them associated with their TNR program and those who allowed it to happen are now all drowning in courts.

  4. I would urge anyone who is interested in adopting TNR program do some research and find out how it has affected other counties in the country. In my county the TNR program and supporters have been given great latitude and now we are over run with colonies in public parks, in housing communities, on private and commercial lands. It encourages cat drop off. Once a cat is trapped and released it is hard to re-trap and inoculate for diseases. Non neutered cats are randomly abandoned and continue to repopulate. It is an introduced predetor that many native species cannot defend against, such as birds and their young, rabbits and their young, small mice and their young, turtles and their young. Feral cat proponants are a powerful force and have national organizations that fight any attempt to supervise them. They don’t readily release numbers so it can be studied for it’s effectiveness. They aren’t required to reveal their locations so random colonies pop up. Please study the issue and do not allow the TNR proponants to intimidate the public so that the problem becomes too large for small communities to handle. No one wants to harm a beloved pet or be cruel to an abandoned animal but neither should a community be forced to accomodate an introduced predetor at the expense of the public and precious native wildlife. I am writing this in hopes that you don’t rush to a decision. Keep cats inside!