Trap-Neuter-Return programs. So when I heard that Loews Universal Orlando had reversed its policy regarding TNR, I was (to say the least) distressed.
Loews Portifino Bay Hotel, located at Universal Orlando Resort, had a model TNR program. They were a great example of how the program works, and they had even built "cat mansions" as feeding stations.
Then Loews decided to end the TNR program, and they hired a company to trap and remove the cats. One mother and four kittens have already been trapped at a sister property, Hard Rock Hotel. They were sent to a kill shelter and euthanized!
On their Facebook page, Loews Portifino Bay Hotel stated:
“Loews Hotels is a pet-friendly hotel brand and we support the humane treatment of animals. It is important to share the facts surrounding this issue. Feral cats at our Orlando hotels are being humanely trapped and taken to a local shelter. For liability reasons, we were advised not to maintain a cat colony in our hotel environment. All cats that were part of an established colony on property are being safely re-located. Our commitment to addressing this issue in a humane and responsible way will continue.”
I don't see sending cats to a kill shelter as being a humane and responsible way of addressing the issue. Remember these are cats that Loews had been caring for - they are friendly and trust humans! These cats are spayed/neutered and vaccinated - they pose no health risk to the guests or staff.
Loews General Manager David Bartek has stated that the decision was made by the property's landlord Universal Orlando Resort. I am asking you to contact Loews and Universal and tell them that sending these cats to certain death is not the way to address this issue. Let them know that you do not support their decision and consequently you will not support their businesses.
Please be polite and respectful in your communication. Contact information is listed below:
General Manager David Bartek: 407-503-9000, email@example.com
Director of PR Jennifer Hodges: 407-503-9090, firstname.lastname@example.org
Loews Universal Orlando Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/LoewsUniversalOrlando
Loews Hotels CEO Jonathan Tish: email@example.com
Loews Hotels Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/LoewsHotels
Loews Hotels Twitter account: http://twitter.com/Loews_Hotels
Universal Orlando Director of PR Vince Laruffa: firstname.lastname@example.org
Universal Orlando Resort Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/UniversalOrlandoResort
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