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<br />Orozco, Norma <br />From:Romina Y <> <br />Sent:Tuesday, July 20, 2021 3:02 PM <br />To:eComment <br />Subject:Orange county Animal Care center situation <br />Hello, <br /> <br />My name is Romina and I am an independent Cat trapper and rescuer. I help with the efforts of TNR (Trap, <br />Neuter/Spay and Return) particularly in the city of Santa Ana where I reside. <br /> <br />The community cat population has increased exponentially every since OC Animal Care stop their TNR/RTF <br />program - Since then cats have continued to have kittens and a lot of those kittens are endinging up at the <br />shelter, which is overwhelming the system, and also overwhelming us rescuers, trappers and fosters because we <br />don't want to see them put to death..... Not only that, the city of Santa Ana is probably paying astronomical fees <br />to OCAC for boarding, medical care and euthanasia....where all of this could be prevented by alloting a small <br />portion of what you are already paying them to actually prevent cats from procreating by SPAYING AND <br />NEUTERING. <br />By safely re-introducing a TNR/RTF program back to OCAC, these cats can be brought in, spayed, neutered, <br />vaccinated and chipped and returned to their original place within 24 to 48 hrs. This can cost the city <br />significantly less than what they are paying now AND not only that, but the shelter won't have so many sick and <br />injured kitties coming in because the birthing cycle will be stopped. <br /> <br />Andi Bernard and Monica Schidmt have refused to meet with our team on more than one occasion. They seem <br />to prefer charging the cities astronomical fees without any care of actually fixing the problem from the root. <br /> <br />I would like the city of Santa Ana to consider meeting with our group of trappers and rescuers to come up with <br />a solution that will not only help the thousands of cats in the streets, but also would create a more sustainable <br />and animal welfare oriented animal shelter. <br />This opportunity can also help the residents of Santa Ana greatly by providing actual no cost/low cost spay and <br />neutering services. <br /> <br />Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions or if you want to discuss a possible meeting. <br /> <br />Thank you so much, <br />Romina Yamashiro <br />1 <br /> <br />