Advocates discuss spay, neuter program

WEBSTER CITY — Monica Becker, a representative and board member of the Hamilton County Animal Advocates organization, spoke with members of the City Council of Webster City Monday night about the possibility of a pilot Trap-Neuter-Return program in Webster City.

The TNR program would consist of members of the HCAA taking inventory of unowned cats in a given area, setting traps with the property owner’s permission, taking the cats to the local vet to be fixed, vaccinated and ear tipped for identification, and returning the cats to the same place they were trapped.

“We just want to be able to tell the community that it’s okay that we’re doing TNR for reasons that that allows me to apply for grants to pay for it. That allows us to publicize it and allow community members to come forward,” said Becker.

Although members of the council were in favor of the pilot program, no action was taken due to concern of the program violating city ordinances.