As a frequent victim of "cat dumping," I feel the need to speak out.
On a recent day, after cleaning my front yard of feces due to "cat(s) dumping" in it, I removed Christmas decorations from my home. I then found a mess with my shoe I'd missed earlier. During summer months, "cat(s) dumping" in the flower beds creates an offensive stench, an embarrassment when guests arrive.
As a disabled person, I have a hard enough time performing household chores, and I've never had a cat owner offer to clean up after their free-roaming animal in my yard.
One way to create positive behavior change in people is to make it easy to do the right thing. I suggest making it easier to drop off a cat for free, than to abandon it somewhere. Pet stores come to mind as drop-off places, since it's inconvenient for most people to go to the animal shelter. Costs should be covered through mandatory cat licensing fees.
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Any pet owner not responsible enough to care for and license a pet has no right to complain about forcing neighbors to take action to protect their rights against "cat dumping."