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June 24, 2011


Peter J. Wolf

Indeed, the Henrico County Board of Zoning Appeals is to be praised for its decision. Even setting aside the animal welfare issues involved, it’s clear that years of trap-and-kill efforts have gotten us nowhere.

“There’s no department that I’m aware of,” says Mark Kumpf, past president of the National Animal Control Association, “that has enough money in their budget to simply practice the old capture-and-euthanize policy; nature just keeps having more kittens.” Traditional control methods, he argued, in a 2008 interview with Animal Sheltering magazine, are akin to “bailing the ocean with a thimble.”

Thankfully, communities across the country—fed up after years of fruitless “bailing”—are turning to TNR. It may not be an ideal solution, but it most cases, it’s the best option we’ve got.

Peter J. Wolf

Elke Landenberger

I'm very thrilled to hear that this ruling allows the "cat lady" in Henrico to continue taking care of her colonies without any added red tape. Now I wish the officials would take a closer look and realize how much money could be saved by implementing TNR programs as opposed to catching and killing abandonded and feral cats at the shelters.

Ed Moore

I commend the volunteer caretaker in the article as being responsible in her efforts to trap, neuter and vaccinate the cats. However, I am very concerned about other people who are not as responsible. They feed feral colonies, but nothing more, and the colonies continue to grow. A lady in my neighborhood does this. Despite continued attempts by other neighbors to convince her to look into a TNR program, she says "there is nothing wrong with what she's doing". The neighborhood has grown so tired of the many, many cats (some sickly) roaming the area. We have contacted the SPCA to see if someone could just go talk to her and discuss TNR, but the SPCA said no, they don't do that. Next, we will be contacting animal control to see if they can help.

Tamsen Kingry

Ed, thank you for your post. We would be happy to work with your neighbor to get her the materials and guidance she needs to be successful in establishing a TNR program for this colony. We provide this type of assistance to the community regularly. Please have her call 804-521-1312 or if you prefer, you are welcome to email her contact information to me directly at so that I may follow up. Feral cats exist throughout the community, and their humane and effective management is only accomplished through TNR.

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