Don't make it illegal to feed Anaheim and Disney cats
Cats are starving and dying in Anaheim due to a new city code that went into effect at the start of the year. The law makes it illegal to feed any feral cat in the city of Anaheim unless contracted with the city. Not only is it hurting the cats, it is turning good-hearted people into criminals. Even Disneyland, who has its own famous feral cat community it cares for, will no longer be allowed to care for its cats. A city code that hurts animals and makes criminals out of good people is a bad city code.
The Anaheim Fix Project, a group dedicated to spaying and neutering feral cats, started this petition calling on the city of Anaheim to amend city code 1301 to allow non-contracted groups to care for the cats.
The Anaheim Fix Project became aware of the problem when people working to help the cats were being threatened with fines or even jail time. Our own group uses feeders to help us collect cats for spay and neutering. The work we do is essential in keeping the feral cat population lower. This new code says our work is illegal because we are not contracted with the city. That is wrong and does more harm than good.
Not only do a number of non-contracted groups do much of the needed work to care for and keep the feral population down, they save taxpayer money by providing these services through donations and volunteers. If this city code is allowed to stay in place the taxpayer will be forced to foot the bill and many of these cats will die.
We don’t have to make that choice. Let’s work together to help prevent these animals from suffering. By amending the code to include all groups like the Anaheim Fix Project and corporate citizens like Disney, we can ensure these animals are cared for and their population controlled.
Please join us in calling for the city of Anaheim to amend city code 1301 to allow non-contracted groups to care for the cats.