Tuesday, December 15, 2009


FixNation wants you to know about an important development in Los Angeles concerning TNR. Last week a local judge issued a ruling in response to a lawsuit filed against the City of LA by wild bird extremist groups, ordering that the City of Los Angeles is suspended in supporting and promoting Trap-Neuter-Return as a means to help homeless cats.

As you are personally aware, TNR is a community-based, humane approach to controlling homeless cat overpopulation. It involves concerned citizens humanely trapping feral cats, getting them spayed and neutered (at clinics like FixNation), and then returning them to their natural environment so they can live out their lives. It is the humane alternative to trapping and killing cats at our city shelters, which is inhumane, consistently does not work, not to mention very costly to us taxpayers like us.While the city isn't stopping private citizens from doing their own TNR, this ruling will suspend the city shelters from distributing our clinic flyers to educate people about TNR or allowing shelter employees to encourage TNR as an alternative to people as they are there dropping off cats at the shelter. It also ceases any city coupon funding that our clinic can use towards homeless cats, which is critical in helping us cover the cost of spay/neuter services to make them free for you.

Without TNR and spay/neuter, the homeless cat populations in this city will explode exponentially, which means many more cats will end up being killed at our city shelters. TNR has been the "unofficial" policy for years, until just last week when this judge forced the city to suspend it. Already our city shelter euthanasia rates are through the roof due to a bad economy and home foreclosures. This will seriously exacerbate the situation. We have been happy to provide you free and low-cost spay/neuter services in the past. However, we now need your help in return. Here is what you can do today:1) Please take a moment to sign our petition to show your support for TNR, and please share this with your friends and friends so they are aware.

2) We want to hear your great stories about how TNR has helped you and your neighborhood! If you have TNR'd homeless cats and have personally witnessed the positive difference this has made in your community, please take time to send us your story. info@fixnation.org

3) Finally, if you live in Los Angeles, contact the mayors office, your city council members and city representatives. Make sure they clearly know that you do not support this ruling, you do not support the killing of more homeless cats and that you DO support TNR.

Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa

Los Angeles City Hall

200 N. Spring Street

LA, CA 90012

Phone: (213) 978-0600 Fax: (213) 978-0750

Carmen A. Trutanich, City Attorney

200 N. Main Street 8th Floor

LA, CA 90012

Phone: (213) 978-8100 Fax: (213) 978-8312

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