Animals In Print
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From 11 July 2002
CHAP submitted to Akron Council as humane, successful alternatives to their kill/kill, nonproductive ordinance
The City of Akron would contract with Humane Organizations to provide
sterilization services and trapping assistance for feral cats. This program
is based on a successful program in Cleveland.
This would be dependent upon the amount of services required. Below is a
breakdown of how different cities in the Cleveland area set up their program.
* Cleveland pays the Animal Protective League (APL) $75 per cat and APL employees perform TNR
* Parma Heights has City employees do the trapping and log the numbers. The APL checks the logs and oversees the program. The APL spay/neuters the cats and Parma Heights pays $16 per cat.
* South Euclid has volunteers trap the cats and bring them to the APL for spay/neuter.
* Oakwood Village has the APL perform a mass trapping in the spring for three weeks. They did 30 cats in April.
* The APLís goal is to spay/neuter 1,000 cats the first year. They may revise their goal after careful review of the number of cats sterilized and the number of complaints. The APL has experienced very little public opposition to this program.
* Mr. Matt Granito, the APL Director, speaks to city councils in
Cuyahoga County to gain support for non-lethal cat control measures, but the APL will not provide services of picking up and destroying cats unnecessarily anymore.
* This plan includes a $10,000 education program on responsible pet care and spay/neuter.
Once again, this depends upon the setup of the program. This option could
entail Animal Control being involved in the trapping or it could be arranged
directly with a humane organization.
Go on to Option 4
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