NEW PHILADELPHIA Dover, Oh

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Dover City Council appears closer to establishing a trap-neuter-return program for the community’s feral cats. Council President Shane Gunnoe says city officials will explore potential options for allowing approved volunteers to trap feral cats, have them spayed or neutered, and then return them to the place they were trapped.

“I think we’re all on the same page in that we want to be supportive of some kind of TNR program in the city, but we also know that we need to have guide rails on who’s doing it, where they’re permitted to operate, if they have the consent of the landowner, and all of those kinds of things and where are they taking the animals and bringing them back,” he says.
  
City council had a special meeting Monday night, a week after 15 people spoke to them about the city’s growing feral cat population. Marilyn Graef, who spoke in favor of a trap-neuter-return program, says she saw progress at the meeting.

“I think that its clear that the council knows that they need to address the problem and that they’re willing to do anything they can to help us. We just need to fine tune. We just need to work out some details,” she says.

Gunnoe says city officials will review some other city’s ordinances regarding trap-neuter-return programs and come back to council at a future meeting with legislation that council can vote on. 

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