Press Release For Immediate Release: September 3, 2010 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org FELINE RESCUE AND REHOME (FuRR) APPEALS TO NORTH LITTLE ROCK PARKS AND THE CITY OF NORTH LITTLE ROCK: LAUNCHES EFFORTS TO SAVE BURNS PARK CATS NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR – After receiving numerous pleas from patrons of Burns Park, FuRR, Feline Rescue and Rehome, a non‐profit cat only rescue group in Central Arkansas, launched efforts to immediately stop the trapping and killing of feral cats living in an established colony behind the tennis center. FuRR, well known for its expertise in feral cat colony management and devotion to the welfare of Arkansas’ feral cat community, became very concerned by these sudden negative actions against a program that had been approved by park officials for years. Patrons of the park have financially and lovingly cared for these cats since 2005 and sponsored a Trap‐ Neuter‐Release (TNR) project for these cats in 2008 to insure all of the cats were sterilized, vaccinated and ear tipped, a universally accepted practice of identification. FuRR embraces TNR best practices that are part of a huge movement in communities nationwide as opposed to costly and inhumane “catch and kill” policies. On Wednesday this week, FuRR representatives met with Park officials, Bob Rhoads, Director of North Little Rock Parks and Recreation and Jeff Brack, Director of Burns Park Tennis Center, whose concerns included having the cats in such close proximity of the tennis center and other heavy traffic areas of the park. They also explained that communications had broken down regarding the cats, leading to the trapping and killing of some of the cats. Park officials agreed to allow the cats currently living in the park to remain there and to contact Bill Grace, Director of North Little Rock Animal Control and ask him to stop trapping cats in the park. Signs will be posted in the park directing the general public not to feed the cats so they will be encouraged to maintain a close proximity to the feeding stations. Mr. Rhoads plans to add an action item to the next Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting agenda to be held on Monday, September 20th, 2010 referencing the new policy for the Burns Park Cats. FuRR will continue to provide TNR support and colony management education. In collaboration with park officials, FuRR will determine designated feeding areas and instruct caregivers as to proper maintenance of these areas. Park officials’ “good faith” efforts to change policies and mindsets regarding the feral cat population will maintain the reputation of North Little Rock and show respect for the sentiments of the residents who love these animals. FuRR has sent a letter to Bill Grace, Director of North Little Rock Animal Control requesting a moratorium for the Burns Park Cats and the release of intake records for the cats trapped at the park over the past 6 weeks. A memorial is planned to honor these cats and donations to their memory will support the Burns Park Cats and future TNR projects.
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