Texas Tech University Feral Cat Colony 2014 Operating Policy & Procedure

Operating Policy and Procedure

OP ______:    Texas Tech University Feral Cat Colony

DATE:           March 1, 2014

PURPOSE:  The purpose o fthis Operating Policy/Procedure (OP) is to establish the guidelines for the successful control and management of the Texas Tech University feral cat colony.

 

REVIEW:     This OP will be reviewed in March of each year by the associate vice president of research integrity (AVPRI), the Texas Tech Chief of Police and the assistant vice president of Operations Division, with substantive revisions forwarded to vice president for administration and finance and chief financial officer.

POLICY/PROCEDURES

 

  1. General Purpose

     

The intent of this policy is to outline and establish guidelines for the successful control and management of the campus feral cat colony. In addition, a committee of campus delegates will oversee the management of the colony.

 

Feral cat colonies are a natural part of any inner city habitat. This OP is set out to manage, control and sustain a healthy, non-threatening co-habitation of the feral cat population and the campus community.

 

  1. Committee Appointment and Composition

     

    The Feral Cat Management Committee (FCMC) will be composed of five members. The assistant vice president for operations division will chair the committee. The assistant vice president for operations will appoint one other delegate, either from the Texas Tech University community, Lubbock community, Texas Tech University Student body or Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. The current president of the Texas Tech University Feral Cat Coalition (TTUFC) will sit on the committee with up to two co-sponsors of record for the sanctioned Student Government Association (SGA) organization.

     

     

  2. Committee Operations

     

  1. The assistant vice president for operations will set a meeting each semester (fall, spring and summer) to review the current status, needs and requirements of the Texas Tech University campus, campus community and the feral cat population.

 

  1. All communications to any individuals or groups including the Texas Tech Feral Cat Coalition, the Lubbock community or any other entity will be through the SGA President of the Texas Tech University Feral Cat Coalition.

     

  2. If permissible or available, the Texas Tech University feral cat population must be a registered feral cat colony with the City of Lubbock. A copy of record must be filed with the assistant vice president for operations.

     

  3. The Texas Tech University Feral Cat Coalition must be a registered Student Government Association.

     

  4. Feeding Stations:

 

  • All feeding stations, the station itself and the locations, must be approved by the FCMC and will be the responsibility of the Texas Tech University Feral Cat Coalition. (Attachment A)
  • All stations must have a sign (provided at no charge by the Texas Tech University Operations Division) securely attached to the station designating it as an approved Texas Tech University feral cat feeding station.
  • All stations must be kept clean, presentable, covered with access for the cats and must be changed out when broken, or showing signs of normal wear and tear.
  • Procedures for feeding stations set up within prohibited areas:
    • The Texas Tech University Feral Cat Coalition President and co-sponsors of record will be notified. There will be a 24 hour time period to correct the violation.
    • If after 24 hours the violation is not corrected, the Operations Division will pick up and dispose of the feeding station.
    • Repeat offenses will be dealt with to the extent allowable by the Texas State Law and the Texas Tech University System.
  • Any form of food distributed on the ground, placed within ground cover or any other areas not allowed by this policy will be confiscated and disposed of accordingly.
  • Feeding stations are only allowed in the FCMC approved locations.
  • Feeding stations will not be allowed within 600 feet of the following locations:
    • Residence and/or dining hall(s)
    • Human Sciences Cottage
    • Child Development and Research Center
    • Animal Science
    • The Burkhart Center
    • Student Union Building
    • Or any location with access to children, USDA regulations, d___ facilities, student housing or any area deemed not acceptable due to review or accreditation status.

       

  1. Winter Shelters:
  • Winter shelters may only be provided during the winter months and within FCMC approved locations. (Attachment B)
  • Shelters must be kept clean, presentable, covered with access for the cats and must be changed out when broken, or showing signs of normal wear and tear.
  • Procedures for winter shelters set up within prohibited areas:
    • The Texas Tech University Feral Cat Coalition President and co-sponsors of record will be notified. There will be a 24 hour time period to correct the violation.
    • If after 24 hours the violation is not corrected, the Operations Division will pick up and dispose of the shelter.
    • Repeat offenses will be dealt with to the extent allowable by the Texas State Law and the Texas Tech University System.
  • All shelters must have a sign (provided at no charge by the Texas Tech University Operations Division) securely attached to the station designating it is an approved Texas Tech University feral cat feeding station.
  • Any other form of shelter materials distributed on the ground, placed within ground cover or any other areas not allowed by this policy will be confiscated and disposed of accordingly.

 

  1. Feeding stations or winter shelters provided by students, staff or faculty not approved or coordinated through FCMC are prohibited. It will be the responsibility of the Texas Tech University Feral Cat Coalition to work with these individuals to abide by the policies stated within this OP. If any individual does not adhere to or abide by the policies and procedures herein, Texas Tech University may act to enforce these policies to the extent allowed by Texas State Law and the Texas Tech University System Operating Policies.

     

  2. For the safety of the cats and the Texas Tech University community, cats are not allowed within, under or on top of the Texas Tech University building(s). If a cat(s) is identified within a prohibited area, it is the responsibility of the Texas Tech University Feral Cat Coalition President to coordinate with the Operations Division to trap and remove any identified cat(s). This includes mechanical rooms, the tunnel system, crawl spaces, cellars, basements or attics. If, after being contacted by the Operations Division, the President of the TTUFCC is not able to or is unwilling to trap and relocate these cats within 24 hours, the Operations Division has the right to safely, humanely, and professionally trap and relocate the identified animals.

     

  3. It is the goal of the Texas Tech University Feral Cat Coalition and Texas Tech University to trap, spray or neuter, and vaccinate all feral cats on campus. Any cat showing signs of nursing or taking care of a litter may be excluded from this requirement.

     

  4. It is the responsibility of the Texas Tech Feral Cat Coalition to maintain accurate information on the feral cat population to include but not limited to: total number of animals, locations and territories, and the number and identity of spayed, neutered and vaccinated cats. This information must be provided to the assistant vice president for operations division in September, December and May of each year. In support of this requirement, the Operations Division will purchase, maintain and check out to the Texas Tech University Feral Cat Coalition President, two wildlife cameras. These cameras will be used for the sole purpose of monitoring the feral cat population and their activities.

     

  5. The approved number of cats allowed on campus is _______. This number is an estimate of the population, must be the registered number on record with the City and must be submitted to the assistant vice president for operations in September, December, and May of each year.

     

  6. It is the responsibility of the TTUFCC to trap, spray/neuter, tip ears, and vaccinate 5 cats per semester (fall, spring and summer) and place those animals up for adoption or return to an approved habitat on campus. This information (picture/vet record) must be filed with the assistant vice president of operations in September, December and May of each year.

     

  7. TTUFCC will be responsible for trapping and placing for adoption, once weaned, all litters of kittens located on campus. If the TTUFCC fails to respond or is unable to respond to this charge within 48 hours, the Operations Division will have the right to trap and relocate or place for adoption.

     

  8. In the event of an aggressive, diseased or injured animal, the Operations Division and/or the Texas Tech Police Department has the responsibility to the feral cat and campus population to use any and all means necessary in controlling a situation.

     

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