From the ASPCA website:
ILLINOISâ€™ COOK COUNTY MAKES HISTORY WITH ITS APPROVAL OF HUMANE FERAL CAT ORDINANCE
On October 16â€”the day recognized by animal advocates as National Feral Cat Dayâ€”the Cook County Board of Commissioners passed landmark legislation making Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) the approved method for managing the countyâ€™s feral cats, whose numbers are estimated as high as 800,000. The ordinance will take effect on November 15, 2007.
â€œThis is great news for ferals in Illinois,â€ says Ledy VanKavage, Esq., ASPCA Senior Director of Legal Training & Legislation. â€œAnimal lovers throughout the state should demand that their city and county councils adopt feral cat ordinances like Cook County. If your city or county recognizes feral cat caretakers, then farmers and caretakers can get their cats vaccinated and spayed or neutered for only $15 through the Illinois Public Health and Safety Animal Population Control Program.â€
Illinois advocates, please call and write your legislators today and ask that they recognize feral cat caretakers in your local ordinances.