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Fwd: I need your help in finding TRAPPERS for TNVR in PINELLAS COUNTY.

From: Andrea B.
Sent on: Monday, May 20, 2013 11:15 PM
Marilyn Weaver

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From: marilyn <[address removed]>
Date: Sat, May 18, 2013 at 4:38 PM
Subject: I need your help in finding TRAPPERS for TNVR in PINELLAS COUNTY.

An ambitious project is being considered by a soon to be Non-Profit (501 (c)3) Welfare Advocacy Organization, of which I am a member, to use TNVR (trap, neuter, vaccinate, return) as a long term solution to the over population of outside community cats roaming and producing kittens, year after year. In that context, I am hoping to attract a network of trappers (or new recruits to trapping) throughout Pinellas County.
I am under the impression that there are many cat lovers in our county who are aware and others unaware of the issue of overpopulation and would be interested to learn how they can help, if only they knew what they could do. In that regard, I am requesting your assistance in using your newsletter data base of members of your various organizations to put an "AD" in requesting if there is interest in helping with trapping. All expenses will be paid; only the time and labor of community caring people is needed.
1. Training would be provided at no charge. It is easy to set a trap.
2. Traps provided at no cost to trappers. Food provided as well.
3. Gas expense will be reimbursed. Transport to local veterinarians and spay/neuter clinics is required, though not necessarily by the trapper, but by other volunteers with suitable vehicles.
4. Spay/Neuter will be paid for by the committee.
The success of this undertaking is dependent upon having enough trappers throughout the county to make a meaningful dent in reducing the overpopulation of the estimated 200,000 free roaming cats in Pinellas County. This project will save taxpayer money currently being used to euthanize the free roaming cats brought to Pinellas County Animal Services. It is a win win situation in so many ways for both taxpayers, homeowners, businesses, shelters, animal services and "the cats". We can expect euthanasia rates of cats to drop which will appeal to the many compassionate people in our community.
I need your help in assessing if there is enough interest in our county in participating actively in trapping. Please advise if you can offer this assistance, as I am hoping to target our search through reaching people already helping animals as members of your organization. Feel free to reach others who may not be members of your organizations. "It takes a village. I am optimistic that we can be one."
Thank you.
Marilyn Weaver, Executive Director
League of Humane Voters-FL

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