Tell Loews Universal Orlando to Keep TNR Program

Feral Cat - Photo: Ally Cat Allies

Photo: Ally Cat Allies

For the last five years, Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando Resort had unofficially allowed the operation of a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program to manage their feral cat population.  The cats were trapped, spayed/neutered and vaccinated, and then returned to a managed colony on the resort’s grounds. But last week, Loews announced it would stop the program for liability reasons.

Riverfront Cats has asked animal lovers to contact both Loews Hotels and Universal Orlando Resort and request that the program be reinstated.

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Why It Matters

Feral Cats - Photo: Ally Cat Allies

Photo: Ally Cat Allies

Known for its slogan “Loews Loves Pets”, the once pet-friendly hotel and animal lovers are at war. Loews Portofino Bay Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Resort, located at Universal Orlando Resort, are at the center of this battle.

For years, Lowes employees followed the proven practice of TNR and reduced a large colony of feral cats down to a manageable number. Then suddenly, Loews management announced that all cats were to be removed and a pest control company was contracted to trap the cats.

TNR programs are the proven best practice to reduce the number of feral cats in a given area. This practice is advocated by hundreds of animal welfare groups across the country, including the ASPCA and Humane Society of the United States.

Disneyland Resort has had a successful TNR program for the past 25 years. Disneyland has set an example as a corporate giant, embracing the cats as an integral part of the park’s everyday operations. Disneyland’s TNR program proves that large, high-profile organizations and feral cat colonies can not only peacefully share the same property, but also strike up a mutually beneficial relationship that improves conditions for both parties.

Contact Loews Hotels and Universal Orlando Resort and ask them to reinstate their TNR program – the only proven solution for managing feral cat populations. Other contact information is available Riverfront Cats.

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  1. Sue Sorensen
    Sue Sorensen01-23-2012

    The only way to stop the problem is to deal with the issue of population, not a death sentence. TNR is the ONLY ONLY ONLY way that will work. Feral colonies help keep down rodents that are unwelcome and if they have supplemental food sources, they will stay where they are, and they won’t multiply.

    Educate people and try to stop the abandonment of pets. Moving and leaving them is awful for the animal. Public Service announcements, bill boards, school programs. Instill empathy and compassion in our children and other people that just don’t think.

  2. kristine darmohray
    kristine darmohray01-23-2012

    It is so important in today’s world of rising violence and indifference to take a stand on behalf of others who do not have the strength or ability to do so for themsleves. Let’s raise the next generation with compassion – let’s give them the tools to stem the problem, not put a bandaid on it – let’s regard all life with respect and dignity – not cause confusion and suffering in these animals who were already put through it when 1st abandoned – let’s make a difference – you used to care – show you still have a heart – continue the TNR –

    In addition, I echo the sentiments of another supporter:

    The only way to stop the problem is to deal with the issue of population, not a death sentence. TNR is the ONLY ONLY ONLY way that will work. Feral colonies help keep down rodents that are unwelcome and if they have supplemental food sources, they will stay where they are, and they won’t multiply.

    Educate people and try to stop the abandonment of pets. Moving and leaving them is awful for the animal. Public Service announcements, bill boards, school programs. Instill empathy and compassion in our children and other people that just don’t think.

  3. Christine
    Christine01-23-2012

    Dear Vicki,
    I’m so honored that a Be The Change for Animals award winning blog is sharing this important story. It’s amazing how this cause to save 20 cats has ignited a national conversation and awareness/education campaign even among cat owners who are not familiar with feral cats and how happy they are to live outdoors. Ignorance is not bliss. This story has brought together bloggers, animal lovers, media and we hope to unite more of them and to keep fighting for these and other harmless, voiceless cats.

    Christine

  4. Dorian @ Your Daily Cute
    Dorian @ Your Daily Cute01-27-2012

    We have created a Facebook page just for this: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-Loews-Hotels-from-relocating-and-traumatizing-harmless-cats/310197372357031

    Please like that page and leave your comments there, so they are public and in a place Loews can’t delete them (like they have been on their own Facebook pages). We can’t let them give up on these kitties!

  5. Christine Michaels
    Christine Michaels03-31-2012

    Vicki,
    Thank you so much for sharing this important story with your readers!! I am so deeply touched and inspired to see hundreds of cat owners, animal lovers, and countless others rally around this cause and as one other person stated above,to ignite a national conversation. THAT IS ONE OF THE GOALS. So few people, even cat owners, know about feral cats. There are varying degrees of “feral”. Some feral cats now let me pet them, even pick them, but do not adapt to indoors or even a new outdoor environment. Outdoor cats form a bond with their environment and defend it–even from other strays and predators.

    A new Facebook page was create: http://www.facebook.com/SavesLoewsCats. We’ve had 825 Likes in less than 48 hours! We need more. We plan to fight this all the way. Just like Jack the Cat, we will not forget these cats, and pray the handful of Loews management opens their minds and hearts.

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