On May 19, animal advocate Jessica Monroe spoke out about some Greenville County ordinances that do not reflect the morals of the Greenville community. This includes trap/neuter/return (TNR), which is the only proven effective way to control stray cats in the community.
There are ordinances that don’t support this, resulting in Greenville County Animal Control wasting their time going out and picking up cats that have already been vaccinated and spayed and neutered, then finally euthanizing the cats, costing county residents by using their tax dollars.
Greenville Animal Care Services, located on Furman Hall Road, is responsible not only for the euthanasia of feral cats, but also of cats who are simply lost and terrified in a shelter environment. Many cats are labeled “feral” when they are not.
This is a waste of taxpayer dollars in the Greenville community, because there are many feral cat colonies in the area, with cats already vaccinated and spayed/neutered. These colonies have caregivers who are willing to give of their time and money to go out and keep these feral cats fed and keep them safe.
“I’m fighting so very hard to see a lot of positive changes happen here for Greenville County because I know we can do better.”
What if Greenville County Animal Care Director Shelly Simmons agreed to accept assistance in a TNR program, which was offered to her in the past. Imagine the lives that would be saves, as well as tax dollars, if a successful TNR program could be put in place involving the Greenville shelter working with the community.
The city of Spartanburg has seen significant results from their grant funded TNR program. It’s past time for the feral cat colonies in Greenville to be given the opportunity to live out their lives in peace, instead of being killed at the shelter. These cats don’t have to die because they won’t make good “pets.”
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A lot of people unfamiliar with TNR aren’t aware that Animal Control could go in and trap every cat in a feral colony, and in two weeks there would most likely be just as many cats move in to take their place. Trapping, neutering and then returning a cat to an area it considers home, where it can be provided for, is the only way to curb the cat population in any given area.
It’s time Greenville County put that knowledge to use, instead of killing the feral cats brought in by Animal Control and private trappers. It’s also time the Greenville community knows their taxes are being spent to kill these cats, when a better solution is available.