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Resolution sets stage for Buffalo to join the ranks of nation's No Kill communities
Just one week after the Legislation Committee unanimously passed a No Kill resolution, the measure moved to the entire Buffalo Common Council, who quickly followed suit with their unanimous support. North District Council Member Joseph Golombek, Jr, lead the effort to begin moving the city to a more progressive model of animal control.
Next week, the City's Cat Task Force will meet for the first time to begin outlining recommendations for managing the city's free-roaming cat population. No Kill supporters are hopeful that the city will adopt Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR) as its standard response to calls regarding cats. The antiquated model of "catch, remove, and kill" has obviously done little to address the problem after decades of the policy. Increasingly, TNVR has been embraced across the country as the most effective and least expensive method to stabilize populations of unowned cats living at-large. TNVR also reduces and even eliminates unwanted behaviors like yowling, marking, roaming, spraying, and fighting — behaviors almost exclusively linked to the cats' mating and reproductive behaviors.
The Legislation Committee can now turn its attention to reviewing city ordinances that are at odds with progressive animal control methods. And there may be ordinances written and added to the code that will ensure the more humane and effective management of the city's animal control function.