Help Protect Knoxville's Community Cats

The city council of Knoxville, Tennessee is considering an ordinance that will drastically reduce the killing of cats in the municipal shelter there by allowing for trap-neuter-return (TNR) of community cats. The ordinance passed the first reading by council, but still has to pass a second reading at the next city council meeting on Jan. 15, 2019. We need your help to convince council members to approve the ordinance!

Animal shelters are no place for community cats, who are most often feral and unsocialized toward most people. These cats are terrified and highly stressed in the confined spaces of animal shelters, making them dangerous for staff to handle and too often they're killed because they are unadoptable. TNR programs stop these cats from ever coming into shelters by sterilizing and vaccinating them and returning them to their outdoor homes. This is safer for shelter staff, and more humane for the cats.

The number of TNR programs is rapidly increasing all around the United States. Cities like Houston, Denver, and Washington, DC have seen dramatic decreases in the number of cats killed in their municipal animal shelters through TNR programs that are endorsed by local government and animal control agencies. Most importantly, this ordinance is supported by the local animal shelter, the Young-Williams Animal Center, which contracts with the City of Knoxville and Knox County to intake stray animals, which will be positively impacted by this change.

Please join us is asking the Knoxville city council to pass the proposed TNR ordinance to protect community cats.

What YOU Can Do — TODAY:



Please call and email Knoxville Council members asking them to protect cats by supporting the proposed trap-neuter-return (TNR) ordinance.

1) Make a quick and polite call. When you call, you can simply say, "Please support the proposed trap-neuter-return (TNR) ordinance to protect Knoxville's community cats."

Vice Mayor Finbarr Saunders - At Large Seat C

Stephanie Welch - 1st District

Andrew Roberto - 2nd District

Seema Singh-Perez - 3rd District

Lauren Rider - 4th District

Mark Campen - 5th District

Gwen McKenzie - 6th District

George C. Wallace - At Large Seat A

Marshall Stair - At Large Seat B

2) Submit our letter in support of Knoxville's TNR ordinance.


Personalize and submit the letter below to deliver your comments to:
  • Knoxville city council


(Valid Tennessee street addresses only - P.O. Boxes cannot be used*)

* our advocacy software requires actual street addresses in order to determine voting districts. Although we acknowledge that a P.O. Box is a valid mailing address, for advocacy purposes it cannot be used. We may also have additional required fields in order to meet legislative contact requirements. Thank you for your understanding.

IDA - Facebook IDA - Twitter


Please Pass the Proposed TNR Ordinance

Dear [Decision Maker],

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]


*Required fields

If you take action and have not already registered, you will receive periodic updates and communications from In Defense of Animals.