TNR Program Responsibilities
1. The City will comply with Florida Statute Section 828.27 relating to local animal control or cruelty.
2. Deltona Code of Ordinances, Article VII. Trap, Neuter, Release program; Section 14-280 -authorizes a trap, neuter and release program to address concerns about feral cats in Deltona. Utilizing the following policies and procedures a proactive program has been developed to deal with both dog and cat issues as reflected in the City Code.
3. The City conducts a sterilization program as to both cats and dogs. The City’s Program for cats is titled as the TNR, or Return to Field (RTF) Program and for dogs as the Spay & Neuter Program. Cats or dogs running at large will upon capture, be scheduled for an evaluation of sterilization by the City. A “managed” cat found running at large, upon capture, will be scheduled for sterilization, vaccinations and will have their ear tipped and returned to the location (RTF) where found and to become part of the closest volunteer management area. Prior to sterilization every dog and cat will be checked for a microchip to identify possible ownership.
4. The City’s TNR/RTF Program began on June 4, 2013 and works in partnership with the Halifax Humane Society, Redinger Clinic, Volunteer Area Managers and various veterinarian clinics that provide services to sterilize, vaccinate and ear tip the community cats as an alternative to euthanization. The program assures that cats are humanely trapped, sterilized, medically treated and then returned to the field (RTF).
5. The City TNR/RTF Program provides as deliverables the following; (a) spay or neuter; (b) rabies and distemper shots; (c) ear tipping and pain medication; (d) additional charges for a pregnant cat; (e) payment for flea medication if cat is infested with fleas and requires treatment prior to surgery; (f) City provides birth control for managed area cats if funding is available; (g) City supplies traps to Volunteer Area Managers if available.
6. The City TNR/RTF Program does not pay for the following; (a) feline leukemia/FIV tests; (b) feline leukemia shots; (c) microchipping; (d) worming; (e) flea medications (unless required for surgery); (f) any other veterinary costs not related to the TNR/RTF Program.
7. The Volunteer Area Managers are responsible for trapping the cat, transporting the cat to the veterinary clinic, rehabbing the cat and returning the cat to the closest volunteer management area (RTF).
8. All tipped ear cats that are trapped by a City Animal Control Officer or residents of the City will be released unharmed in volunteer management areas – closest to where initially found (RTF). The City Animal Control Officer shall document where the cat was picked up/trapped to better locate the (RTF).
9. The City or the Designated Volunteer Area Manager will be notified of all tipped ear cats that are brought into the Halifax Humane Society (HHS), Southeast Volusia Humane Society (SEVHS) or by a resident. Information about the location where the cat was picked up should be provided so that the cat will be returned to that location (RTF).
10. Every effort will be made to assess cats and kittens for possible placement in foster care for eventual adoption in coordination with Volunteer Area Managers.
11. Cats found suffering with terminal or untreatable illnesses or injuries are transported to HHS or SEVHS or a local veterinary partner for evaluation, treatment or humanely euthanized in consultation with the Designated Volunteer Area Manager whenever possible. If this occurs after hours or on the weekend every attempt will be made to contact the Designated Volunteer Area Manager before transporting to the above-mentioned agencies. If the cat is a part of a volunteer management area, then the City will discuss costs and payment with the Designated Volunteer Area Manager. Communication between all affected parties is essential in all circumstances, but always when an emergency has occurred.