The problem here is that I'm in Texas.  Killing is the State Sport. 
Unfortunately, most of the Animal Control Officers don't even know the new 
rules, which include acceptance of TNR as a way to control outside cats.  They 
are still terrorizing people who have a small batch of backyard cats who are 
spayed/neutered and have their rabies shots. They are counting these cats in 
the 8 cat limit when the new code states specifically that they are NOT 
included in the cat limit rule.  They recently reduced the number of cats/dogs 
allowed to 8 from 10.  This makes no sense except when you realize that they 
will now charge for an "excess animal permit".  Then it makes sense to reduce 
the legal limit so that a number of people are now over the limit and have to 
purchase the permit.  Nasty little tricks.  People who have received a citation 
in the past for having over the permissible limit of cats/dogs are prohibited 
from purchasing the permit.  More
 nonsense.  It would help if all the ACO's were required to read the new codes 
and then be tested on whether or not they understand them.  The citizens of 
this city don't know the rules either.  Cat haters are terrorizing cat caring 
neighbors, threatening them with reporting them when there's nothing to report 
because the cat caregivers are actually in compliance.  I think that ignorance 
is our worst enemy. Even when we get good ordinances, they don't work because 
no one knows about them.

 From: Kathryn Hargreaves <>
Sent: Sunday, June 3, 2012 5:28 PM
Subject: [Felvtalk] Fwd:  Cat shelters

I trimmed this so maybe it will go through. . .

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From: Kathryn Hargreaves <>
Date: Sun, Jun 3, 2012 at 2:24 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Cat shelters

One approach you can take with the bosses (usually the city councils) of the 
pounds is to point out that the current staff is most likely permanently 
mentally damaged by participating in the old methods---much the way soldiers 
are by combat---and that they either need intensive (life-long?) counseling to 
change their attitudes, or retirement.   This I gleaned from HSUS' (not a big 
proponent of No Kill) book on compassion fatigue in the animal care community: 

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