Investment in TNR In Yonkers, NY After Animal Cruelty
After what has been described as the worst case of animal cruelty in the history of Westchester when the dead bodies of 25 cats and kittens were found in black plastic bags hanging from a tree in a wood, the city of Yonkers has acted constructively and proactively in allocating $15,000 towards trap-neuter-release programs to help reduce the number of homeless cats which are ultimately potential victims of the nasty people who like to abuse animals.
The city of Yonkers deserves to be applauded because this is a very constructive and an enlightened decision. It also promotes the concept of TNR as a means of controlling stray and feral cat populations humanely.
An organisation called Animal Defenders of Westchester are delighted because the decision sends the right message about dealing with community chats: humanely and compassionately. It sends the message that the city of Yonkers, New York cares about the vulnerability of community cats and wishes to do the right thing for them.
There is, I believe, a very gradual acceptance that TNR is the way to go in the long-term to control homeless cat populations but it will not work on its own. There needs to be a parallel changing of behaviour by the less responsible cat owners to slow the creation of unwanted cats.
One last point: I don't believe $15,000 is enough but we can't be critical.