On April 7, 2017, an updated ordinance regarding feral cats went into effect in the city of Mentor, Ohio (section 501.01). The legislation bans the feeding of these animals unless caregivers are practicing responsible colony care and registered with an approved animal welfare organization (section 505.30).
Mentor Community Cats is happy to announce that we have partnered with the city to promote the humane care and management of stray and feral cats. We encourage all caregivers to contact us 440-973-6867 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to register.
Questions and Concerns
I don’t know a lot about feral cats or this “trap-neuter-return” you keep mentioning. No problem! Head to our FAQ page to learn all about the wonderful world of TNR!
This feeding ban is unfair! I’m not going to stop caring for my cats! You don’t have to! The law is not meant to punish anyone taking care of feral cats, but rather prevent potential nuisance situations and ensure everyone is healthy, happy, and properly cared for.
What constitutes “responsible and humane colony care?” Glad you asked! Check out our Caregiver Commandments to get a better idea of your responsibilities.
Why should I register with your organization? If you are not registered with an approved group, you are not allowed to feed per the new ordinance. There are a lot of benefits to working with us, though – here’s a quick list.
My cats are already all TNR’d/I’m only feeding one cat, not a colony. Do I still need to register? Yes, this law applies to all cats within city limits.
How can I help your organization? We are always looking for volunteers to help trap, transport, and recover! Contact us at the email address or phone number listed above!