Released on March 26, 2012 - 4:38pm
Mar 26

Mayor Craig A. Moe has indicated his support for a Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) program for the City of Laurel and has asked City staff, along with the creation of an AdHoc Committee, to begin reviewing the possible implementation of a TNR program in the City of Laurel. City staff is working with Prince George’s County and neighboring jurisdictions to see what it would take to implement a <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />TNR program in Laurel. Mayor Moe is looking forward to opening up lines of communications with Prince George’s County, since many of the laws that govern animals fall under the Prince George’s County code.

TNR is a non‐lethal method to reduce the number of feral and stray cats in a community. TNR is a comprehensive, ongoing program, in which stray and feral cats are humanely trapped, evaluated, vaccinated, and sterilized by veterinarians. They are returned to their original location to live out their lives.  TNR has been found to be a successful long‐term strategy for humanely controlling the population of feral or free roaming cats. A sterilized colony of feral cats will stabilize and eventually decline in numbers through illness, accidents, and old age.

Once City staff and the AdHoc Committee has completed its comprehensive review of what it would take to begin a TNR program, they will make their recommendations to the Mayor and City Council for support legislation that will provide needed changes in the City of Laurel Code. 

Mayor Moe also has asked City staff to work with the Prince George’s County Animal Management Department to create a satellite office to accept and issue pet licenses in the City of Laurel.

Mayor Moe wants the residents to know that both are in the early stages of review and the evaluation process could take several months, but he will be sure to send residents an update once the evaluation process is complete via press releases, Facebook and Twitter.

Mayor Moe would like to thank the many residents, business owners and non-profit organizations for their information and support for the TNR program in the City of Laurel. 


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