Senate bill S6182 would amend the agriculture and markets law in relation to authorizing the trapping, neutering or spaying, and releasing of feral cats (https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2017/s6182), but NYSVMS has no official position on this.
Local laws regarding community cats and TNR may vary from place to place. New York City’s Local Law 59 endorses TNR and includes vaccination against rabies and identification (eartipping) in its definition of TNR.
The AVMA policy on “Free-roaming Abandoned and Feral Cats” can be found here. AVMA revised their policy in 2016 (see https://www.avma.org/News/JAVMANews/Pages/160301c.aspx), and they offer these additional informational resources:
- Association between a shelter-neuter-return program and cat health at a large municipal animal shelter (Feb. 1, 2016)
- AVMA considers revising policy on feral cats (Jan. 1, 2016)
- Targeted feral cat sterilization yields lower euthanasia rates (Oct. 15, 2014)
- Cats may be greater threat to wildlife than first thought (April 1, 2013)
- Economic study estimates costs of feral cat control (June 1, 2010)