Alley Cat Allies was proud to be present in Delaware. Governor John Carney signed a bill in law on Monday, May 14th, 2009 at 9:00 pm. Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) , and benefits communities and animal shelters.
Governor Carney is surrounded by cats and kittens, as well as human supporters, as he puts pen to paper to make the official bill at a signing ceremony. Alley Cat Allies attorney staff Molly Armus said a few words about Delaware 's new law protecting cats.
"Alley Cat Allies started in 1990 specifically because they were falling through the cracks. Animal shelters were simply not made for them, "Armed told legislators and expected at the ceremony. "Trap-Neuter-Return and other programs are both humane and effective. Delaware continues to be a leader in this movement. "
Alley Cat Allies advocated tirelessly for this bill, H.B. 235, every step of the way. Our expert staff sends a letter of support to Delaware officials and mobilized Delaware citizens to contact their legislators and urge them to pass the bill. Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies, wrote a letter to the editor published in the Delaware State News.
The hard work paid off and Delaware heard us loud and clear. Joining Armus at the signing ceremony, which was hosted by Alley Cat Allies Feral Friends Network™ Faithful Friends Animal Society, was a crowd of advocates and representatives of animal welfare groups and shelters. State Representative Michael Mulrooney, the primary sponsor of H.B. 235 for four years, and Senator Nicole Poore, an additional sponsor, were also present.
Mulrooney praised the TNR advocates who will work to help.
"It's going to take a while but it can be done. They're out there day and night. They are very passionate people and dedicated, "Mulrooney reportedly told news organization WHYY.org.
The new bill will save lives by supporting TNR and Shelter-Neuter-Return (SNR) programs. Shelters can now be exempted from the law. This is important because they are stressful and dangerous places for community cats. These are not socialized to people and are therefore not suitable for adoption. Most communities are killed in shelter environments.
Under H.B. 235, shelters can spay and neuter communities and return to their homes immediately, saving the cats lives and freeing up shelter and resources for adoptable animals. The bill clarifies that Delaware's animal cruelty laws protect them from abuse, whether they're owned or unowned or live indoors or outdoors.
The bill also protects the caregivers by stating that they are not the owners. Defining caregivers as owners argue well-meaning people from caring for cats and practicing TNRs because they worry about the costs. With H.B. 235 signed into law, Delaware 's caregivers can breathe their local authorities.
Delaware's cats can now live along, they live in communities, communities, and shelters. Alley Cat Allies is thrilled to have made this humane change possible.