Thursday, March 12, 2009

Cats in Petaluma, CA Still in Trouble

In February 2008, we posted a blog about the situation concerning feral cats residing in Petaluma, CA. Recently, we learned that the situation has not improved and the cats still need our help!

Since passing the feral cat ordinance in 2004, cats have been banned from most areas of the City of Petaluma and the situation remains the same―desperate! Each year, since the passing of the ordinance, hundreds of cats are trapped and killed, as Animal Control’s and the City’s method of handling the situation. Therefore, local rescue groups, like the Petaluma Coalition for Feral Cats, have been fighting to stop the killing and persuade city officials to implement TNR programs to control feral cat populations. And they can use all the help they can get.

HOW TO HELP:

Visit Care2’s website to sign the petition to stop the killing: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/5/stop-killing-the-feral-cats-and-bees-in-petaluma

Contact the members of the City Council to express your disapproval with their method of controlling feral cats:

Pamela Torliatt, Mayor
707-763-6825

Karen Nau, Vice Mayor
707-778-4521
KPetersonnau@aol.com

Mike O'Brien, Council
707-778-4525
petalumamike@aol.com

Mike Harris, Council
707-773-3196
mike4pet@aol.com

Teresa Barrett, Council
707-953-0846
teresa4petaluma@comcast.net

David Rabbitt, Council
707-971-0272
david@davidrabbitt.com

Samantha Freitas, Council
freitaspr@comcast.net

Eric Danly, City Attorney
707-778-4362
attorney@ci.petaluma.ca.us

Mike Bierman, City Manager
707-778-4345
citymgr@ci.petaluma.ca.us

4 comments:

EveryoneThinksThey'reGoodDrivers said...

Hi, I'm on day 2 of a TNR project. I'm photographing and blogging the experience so please visit my blog, comments, opinions and advice welcome!

Bella said...

I think this is a really good project.

Please give us details if there any volunteer programmes as the bizymoms Petaluma community would love to attend.

Alley Cat Rescue said...

Hello Bella,

I suggest you contact this group and see if you can volunteer to help them with any TNR projects they may have going on. They might be helping the Petaluma cats.

Forgotten Felines of Sonoma County
PO Box 6672
Santa Rosa, CA 95406
www.forgottenfelines.com
For information regarding our feral cat spay/neuter clinics, or advice on trapping or feral cat management, please call: (707) 576-7999

Elle said...

Update about Petaluma feral cats. Read the following letter to City of Petaluma Council Members:

There was a celebration of sort in Petaluma when we heard that animal shelter manager resigned several weeks ago. We had hopes for Petaluma animals - specially homeless and feral cats.

After being turned down several times by this city, Jennifer Kirchner, Executive Director for Forgotten Felines, was talked into getting involved again and she pleaded for Petaluma homeless and feral cats. Last Monday evening, this council turned down the help of Forgotten Felines again. We were all so surprised. I gave each council member a video "Born Feral" about the work of Forgotten Felines. I was hoping you would look at it. It was your duty to educate yourself. I have done everything humanely possible to save our homeless and feral cats.

Something stinks at Petaluma City Hall and it is not cats. It is dirty politics and we need to make some drastic changes. We, the people of Petaluma, need to wake up and take charge of our government. The general population expects our animals treated fairly. Many of us worked so hard toward these goals.

I am so heartbroken - and embarrassed to be a resident of Petaluma where river docents and dear friends of this council talk about killing or getting rid of everything that get in their way. What is left for me to do is to work at replacing this council because I think Petaluma deserves better.

Last Monday I heard a Shollenberger docent complaining about the lack of visitors. What they (docents) don't understand is that birdwatchers are disappointed after one visit. They go back home and they tell their friends that what they read about Petaluma River and wetland was not what they experienced. Birdwatchers are like everyone else. They are not dumb people and they don't want cats or white swans killed. When the rest of the country hears that again Petaluma failed to protect animals, tourists may stop by but won't be staying in Petaluma.

I am so, so disappointed. Poor Cats!!! crying
Elle
http://www.petalumaferalcats.com