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Ask New York City’s JFK airport to implement

Cats have been living on the airport property for years. In the summer of 2007, two local cat rescuers were leaving a JFK airport parking lot after sending a family off on their plane home. They saw a cat running behind a stairwell which is where they found her with hours-old kittens. Over the course of a few days, those kittens and others were removed as part of a typical nonlethal and humane Trap-Neuter-Return plan. It was then discovered that dozens of cats reside on the property which is thousands of acres.

Over the course of several months, volunteers came together to Trap-Neuter-Return the dozens of cats residing on the property. In August, the Mayor’s Alliance for New York City’s Animals presented a proposal to the airport management. In response, the management launched a catch and kill scheme. When the public sent them a clear message of disapproval and the media covered the issue extensively the catch-and-kill efforts were suspended.

Many organizations—including Alley Cat Allies—have offered airport and Port Authority officials expert assistance, experienced feral cat program managers and free veterinary care from local mobile spay/neuter vans but they have not accepted or even acknowledged our offer. We need your help in convincing them to carry out humane Trap-Neuter-Return for the cats.

Countless volunteers are standing by to help.  Within a few weeks, a tremendous difference could be made with Trap-Neuter-Return. Airport officials just need give the green light for this humane program to begin again on the 5000 acre property.

Trap-Neuter-Return works. Atlantic City officials have experienced the success of Alley Cat Allies’ and volunteers efforts at the Atlantic City Boardwalk. Just last year, we assisted the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, VA with their outdoor cats.

“I think that if Susan Baer the General Manager of JFK really wants to have an effective, humane and no cost TNR program at JFK she can make that happen and I remain hopeful that given the information we presented to her she will do so. The fate of the cats rests in her hands.” 
                                         ~Jane Hoffman, Mayor’s Alliance for New York City’s Animals
The general manager and the Port Authority have in front of them a solid proposal that will completely address all of their concerns at zero cost to them. Ask them to adopt a pilot program and accept expert advice from Alley Cat Allies and others. As we do with all campaigns to protect outdoor cats where we have been unable to make headway on our own, we now call upon our many advocates across the country to send letters and speak out against trapping and killing feral cats. Please take a moment to send a letter expressing your discontent with the Port Authority’s current policy of trapping and killing the cats residing at JFK Airport. The letter will be sent to Anthony R. Cosica, Chairman, Board of Commissioners for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Henry R. Silverman, Vice-Chairman, Board of Commissioners for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and Susan Baer, General Manager, JFK Airport.

Alley Cat Allies · 7920 Norfolk Avenue · Suite 600 · Bethesda, MD 20814-2525 · www.alleycat.org
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December 5, 2007 - Posted by | Rescue

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