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Dec 30, 2015

Why is Return to Field not considered abandonment?

Dear Million Cat Challenge,

Why is Return to Field not considered abandonment? We keep running into that question. – Legal Eagle

Dear Legal Eagle,

Abandonment refers to releasing an animal who has been in the care of someone and who depends on that person.

RTF is simply TNR of cats that have been thriving in their neighborhoods. The cats were already there, we are simply providing them with birth control and vaccines. The public policy and legal considerations of cat management programs are discussed extensively in this review.

Dr. Julie Levy