On Monday, December 17, the Des Moines City Council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance change that allows for a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program to humanely and effectively reduce community/feral cat colonies in Des Moines.
The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) has committed to dedicating staff and financial resources to implement a successful TNR program, so once the ordinance becomes effective on March 1, 2019 we will begin altering, vaccinating, ear-tipping, and returning healthy community cats to the areas where they've already been living and thriving - and therefore preventing more generations from taking their place. The program will ensure that cat colonies have a caretaker who feeds them and will focus on cats who are happiest living outdoors and are not candidates for in-home adoptions.
Trap-Neuter-Return programs are the best practice among communities across the country and Des Moines is now the largest city in Iowa to allow for such a program. City staff and the ARL worked with Alley Cat Allies during this process, a national leader in community cat programs.
If you are a caretaker of a cat colony, or if you know the location of a cat colony, please use the form below to contact us.