Downtown dumpster kittens

8/7/2008:

Here’s an email from Hoboken411 reader Martha:

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Wild pack of kitties

“Hey, Hoboken411—

Cat owners should know that there is a small but persistent cat presence amongst the dumpsters on the city lot at the end of Willow, between Observer and Newark. This Sunday I spotted two cats, one friendly, one not, walking around the lot. The smaller, friendlier one actually ventured into the parking lot next door, and seemed pretty friendly to my husband and me, despite the fact that we were walking with our cat-disliking dog.

Someone or someone’s leaving a lot of food for these cats…I didn’t take any pictures of that, but there was a fresh plate of dry food laid out for them on the sidewalk, and lots of water-logged cat food cans. Maybe one or both of these cats once belonged to someone, or maybe not. However, it’s definitely a place to check if you’ve lost your cat, as there seems to be a plentiful supply of food there, and easy places to hide amongst the dumpsters.

Keep up the good work!”

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24 Comments on "Downtown dumpster kittens"


Journey
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Journey
8 years 1 month ago

I’ve sent the low cost spay/neuter place that I know of an email. I know at one point they ran a T-N-R feral program.

They also had this article on there page:

http://members.petfinder.org/~NJ17/outsidecats.htm

Journey
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Journey
8 years 1 month ago

I did some checking. Hoboken contracts with the (in)Humane society out of Newark. Hoboken neither will capture the cats or provide cages for you to capture the cats. You can get a cage at Home Depot. Once collected the cat goes into the ‘wild cat cage’. This shelter is kill-shelter, which means after 7 days if no one takes the cat home, it is put to sleep.

abcdefg
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abcdefg
8 years 1 month ago

I saw all of these kittens last night, as well as a few larger cats ( on August 10th) – this morning I called animal control of Hoboken. The lady was nasty and told me there was nothing they can do about it. She told me to catch the cats/kittens myself then call them so they can pick them up – she said they don’t put their officers in danger. I thought their job was to help rescue animals?… I guess not.

Journey
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Journey
8 years 1 month ago

Face it folks no single solution will make a huge change, while a combination of shelter, rescue/foster, trap-neuter-release, low cost neuter for adopted pets will help.

My own cats were rescued from a kill-shelter, then fostered, and my adoption agreement included a promise of having them fixed. It also included that the rescue org could take them back if I proved to be an unfit ‘parent’.

trueblue11
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trueblue11
8 years 1 month ago
[quote comment=”98219″][quote comment=”98193″]shelters are not the answer, trap, spey/neuter, and release is the way to go. that may very well have had happened as one reader mentioned with the ear clipping. If they are fixed, then by all means sustain them as a feral colony(which someone may already be doing)with food and shelter. as far as cats walking on your car, it could be worse, you could be parking on the street and have drunken revelers walking across the hood and roof of your vehicle. in all seriousness , car parkers, have some compassion for homeless animals, animal lovers, be mindful to feed the cats in an area that is out of sight or away from peoples cars( example: putting cans of cat food under a car when it’s raining).[/quote] Trap, spay and neuter? Uh… they’re small mammals that can breed at the age of six months, and go into heat repeatedly throughout the year. (Thanks, Wiki.) At a litter size of four kittens, that’s the potential for one momma cat to create sixteen grandkittens in one calendar year. Yeah, now multiply that out a few years into the future. No way you can keep up with those kinds of numbers. For every cat you catch and spay there will be a zillion you don’t.[/quote] they do pediatric spey/neuter. and once you DO spey/neuter, whether they go into heat or not doesn’t matter, they wont reproduce! the cats that are there , well, they’re there, what I’m saying, and sorry… Read more »
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