Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Hempfield, PA Cats Need Your Help

On Monday, a resident of Beech Hills in Hempfield, PA presented the township supervisors with a petition, requesting something be done about the feral cats in the neighborhood. The woman says there are about 30 free-roaming cats in the area; one of which allegedly clawed another resident. Neighbors complain of individuals feeding the cats, saying that is the reason for their breeding.

The supervisors voted to modify their contract with Hoffman Kennels in Delmont, the township's animal control officer, to allow the company to start trapping feral cats. Though there is no report of what will happen to the cats after being trapped, ACR encourages Animal Control to implement a trap-neuter-return (TNR) program. Rather than trapping and killing the cats, those who are socialized should be placed into an adoption program and those who are truly feral be sterilized, vaccinated, and returned to the neighborhood. Residents with particular complaints (cats on their property, fighting, attracting other wildlife) can alleviate these problems by following a few simple steps, with TNR being a big step.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

Encourage the Hempfield Township Supervisors to implement TNR instead of trap and kill. Below is a list of contact information.

JOHN SILVIS
Chairperson
Phone: (724) 834-7232 or (724) 864-7378
Extension: 114
E-mail: jsilvis@hempfieldtwp.org

JOHN BOSSI
Vice Chairperson
Phone: (724) 834-7232 or (724) 864-7378
Extension: 116
E-mail: jbossi@hempfieldtwp.org

R. DOUGLAS WEIMER
Secretary
Phone: (724) 834-7232 or (724) 864-7378
Extension: 118
E-mail: dougweimer@hempfieldtwp.org

TOM LOGAN
Treasurer
Phone: (724) 834-7232 or (724) 864-7378
Extension: 117
E-mail: tlogan@hempfieldtwp.org

BOB DAVIDSON
Member
Phone: (724) 834-7232 or (724) 864-7378
Extension: 115
E-mail: bdavidson@hempfieldtwp.org

Hempfield Township Board of Supervisors
1132 Woodward Drive, Suite A
Greensburg, PA 15601
Phone 724.834.7232
Fax 724.834.5510

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I wished I had seen this earlier, I am hoping that they have decided to TNR My strong belief is that by "taking" away the cats on a permanent basis more will fill the spot. By TNR they will keep down the population, keep down noise levels, fighting, and the rodent population.

Anonymous said...

That's ridiculous. TNR is nothing but an emotional response. The PA Game Commission and countless other biologists have already concluded that TNR does not prevent the spread of disease nor control the damage done to wildlife or property by feral cats. I'm not advocating inhumane treatment of animals, but sometimes the best answer just isn't what people want to hear.

Alley Cat Rescue said...

TNR is not an emotional response, it is a responsible response. Just because humans have the ABILITY to kill other species does not mean we have the RIGHT to decide which species live and which species should die.

And countless veterinarians, biologists, and animal behaviorists have concluded that TNR does prevent the spread of disease and reducing their populations does reduce any impacts they may have on wildlife.

Furthermore, countless biologists also believe that cats are being wrongly accused of the earth's environmental ills, when in fact human activity (land development, pollution, pesticides) are responsible for the decline in wildlife populations. Homosapiens are the largest "invasive species" on the planet. "No other animal has swarmed across the globe in such numbers or displaced so many other life forms in the process...Our ability to invade new habitats is unsurpassed." says biologist Tim Low.