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About the SAVECats Program 

In early 2018, Anne Arundel County passed the Community Cat Bill (96-17), which allows Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) countywide and gives protection to community cats who are brought to animal control. The bill, introduced by Anne Arundel County Councilman John Grasso, was the result of many years of hard work by Rude Ranch Animal Rescue and countless other animal advocates and organizations.   

To build on the momentum of this important victory for community cats, Rude Ranch Animal Rescue partnered with several other animal welfare groups in the county to create the SAVECats program:  

  • Cats R Us  
  • Friends of Anne Arundel County Animal Care & Control, Inc.  
  • SPCA of Anne Arundel County  
  • Sunshine's Friends Cat and Dog Rescue  

The SAVECats program strategically focuses  its  efforts on targeted TNR projects – both on a colony and community-level. Targeted TNR is trapping every cat in a single area – such as a colony, neighborhood, or zip code – in order to achieve maximum results. Targeted TNR has shown to be much more effective in stabilizing/reducing the population than trapping cats “here and there.”


To significantly, humanely, and permanently reduce the community cat population in Anne Arundel County while improving their quality of life.


Community cats and best practices are embraced by the public and private sectors of the county.