Ordinance update may include Trap-Neuter-Return for feral cats

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Bowling Green may be updating its Code of Ordinances.

These updates will ensure that Bowling Green residents have the option to use Trap-Neuter-Return as a way of managing the feral cat population.

Under the proposed ordinance update, a person caring for a community cat will not be considered the owner of that cat.

Akisha Townsend Eaton, a Legislative Attorney for Best Friends Animal Society, says TNR is a common-sense, cost-effective solution for controlling feral cat populations by preventing additional births instead of trying to house, feed and euthanize more cats.

Eaton says, TNR programs protect human health, reduce shelter admissions and euthanasia rates, and reducing nuisance complaints.

“So many community members are willing to step up to the plate and solve these issues and it’s really about the community being willing to do that. It saves taxpayers money and it helps me animals so it’s a win-win situation,” said Townsend Eaton.

Best Friends Animal Society is operating more community cat programs in various towns throughout the nation than any other organization in the country.