This bill encourages spaying, neutering, and vaccination in order to limit the number of unwanted cats and protect the public from rabies and other diseases carried by unvaccinated animals. The bill defines “free-roaming cats” and also “free-roaming cat caretakers,” who are one or more persons who may provide food, shelter, or medical treatment for free roaming cats without becoming an “owner” for legal purposes. These cats may be released back into the community with an “ear-tip” to mark them as a vaccinated and spayed/neutered. It also adds free-roaming cats to the list of qualifying factors for participation in the state low-cost spay/neuter fund.
Signed by Governor
Passed By Senate. Votes: 21 YES
Passed By House. Votes: 40 YES 1 NO
Amendment HA 1 to HB 235 - Passed In House by Voice Vote
Amendment HA 1 to HB 235 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
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