New York State bill S. 1081 would provide funding to trap/neuter/vaccinate/release (TNVR) programs in New York State under The New York State Animal Population Control Program (APCP). APCP currently provides funds for communities to help manage populations of homeless and unwanted companion animals through low-cost spay/neuter programs offered by animal shelters, animal control, or animal welfare not-for-profit organizations. It is administered by the ASPCA for the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. TNVR programs are not currently eligible for APCP grants.
S. 1081 would allocate a portion of APCP funds for TNVR programs, which humanely manage feral cat populations by spaying and neutering feral (community) cats so that they cannot reproduce. The New York State Senate must pass this bill before the end of the legislative session on Thursday, June 17 2015. This bill unanimously passed the Assembly earlier this year. Locally, Spring Farm CARES and the R-CATS Program have TNVR programs that could benefit from this legislation.
To support this bill, New York State residents are encouraged by the ASPCA to call their senator’s office, as well as that of Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan at (518) 455-2071and politely encourage these elected officials to act quickly on this legislation.