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THE CITY OF WASHINGTON STATEMENT ON FREE-ROAMING CATS

In concurrence with statements issued by the Humane Society of the United States, the American Bird Conservancy & the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the City of Washington Animal Control Department issues the following statement concerning free roaming cats. OUR POLICY MUST BE, NO FREE ROAMING CATS IN THE CITY LIMITS OF WASHINGTON Free-Roaming cats—owned cats allowed to go outside as well as stray and feral cats - often are hit by cars or fall victim to disease, starvation, poisons, attacks by other animals, or mistreatment by humans.  Free-roaming cats also prey on small mammals, songbirds, and other wildlife; spread zoometric diseases such as rabies; defecate on other people’s property; and cause car accidents, among other problems.