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Animals In Print
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From 11 July 2002
Special Edition

OPTION ONE:
CHAP submitted to Akron Council as humane, successful alternatives to their kill/kill, nonproductive ordinance

Program Description:
A comprehensive program, which includes education on responsible pet care and the importance of spaying and neutering companion animals.  Also included is complaint mediation, free spay/neuter services for low-income persons, and a trap-neuter-return program.

This plan is modeled after a similar program in Toledo, which is described
below:

OPERATION FELIX will provide sterilization surgery for 1,000 cats in a
one-year period and is run by a Coalition of humane organizations.

The City of Toledo provides partial funding through a Community Block
Grant.  Additional funding is provided through private donations.

The program targets low-income census tracks. Spay/neuter services are
offered at no charge to residents. A monthly weekend clinic is held where 100
cats are sterilized (with some surgeries being done during the week at vet
offices).

The program also provides surgery for feral cats. Caretakers can bring
the cats in at no charge. The Coalition also assists in trapping.

Volunteer vets, coordinated by The Toledo Veterinary Medical Association,
do the surgery in community centers, VFW halls, etc.

Volunteers provide transportation for needy persons.

A part-time coordinator handles the scheduling of clinics and volunteers.
The coordinator also oversees promotion of the program and mediates as
necessary between neighbors with cat disputes.

A general spay/neuter education campaign is part of the program with
print, TV public service announcements, radio ads, billboards and flyers.

Expenses:
$10,000   Public Education Program on Importance of Spay/Neuter
$25,000   Sterilization surgeries and supplies
$15,000   Part Time Coordinator Salary (independent contractor)
$50,000   Total

Staffing:
The City of Akron could choose to rework these numbers depending on need. 
Based on the experience of Toledo finding the need for full-time or
additional coordinators, we would recommend structuring the Coordinator’s
position to full-time or two part-time coordinators and increasing the salary
accordingly.  This position could be divided between two people with one
handling the coordination of the spay/neuter services and one mediating cat
complaints and developing the education campaign.

***We recommend allocating $75,000 for this program.
***When we discuss mediating cat complaints, here is a sample of what       
       we are referring to.

MEDIATION
Animal Control or Designated Coordinator would receive initial complaint
call. Determine if complainant knows to whom the cat belongs and what the
problem is.   If the cat is owned, Animal Control/Coordinator talks to the
owner and the complainant In order to establish what can be worked out to
remedy the situation. 

Sample Problem:

Sample Solution:

Cats getting into gardens provide information on cat-proofing gardens
Cats leaving paw prints on car he purchase of car cover for
complainant
Cats yowling and fighting spay/neuter greatly reduces
these behaviors
Too many cats spay/neuter - Friendly strays placed in adoption program
Hoarder/Collector Humane Agent has ability to investigate as cruelty case
Cat getting into garbage show homeowners how to secure garbage
Feeding of cats select one neighbor to be the caretaker and have set feeding locations and times. Tell others not to feed.

                     
A last resort option is relocation of select problem cats to barn homes.  Once TNR (trap/neuter/release) is explained and residents understand that the population of cats will decrease and that a managed colony will keep new cats out, provide food, shelter, and vaccinations for the colony members they are usually willing to allow the cats to stay.

Go on to Option 2

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