The Neighborhood Feral Cat Initiative

2012 Workshop Dates for Neighborhood Feral Cat Initiative

Companion Animal Trust announces the 2012 Neighborhood Feral Cat Initiative’s monthly feral cat Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) training workshop schedule for Hudson County residents.

Workshops will be held from 12 noon to 3 pm in Downtown Jersey City on the following dates: March 10, April 14, May 12, June 16, July 14, August 11, September 8, October 13 and November 10.

Attendees will learn the steps in setting up a managed cat colony including establishing good community relations, feeding, building and placing shelters, arranging vet care, safely handling feral cats, and trapping. All attendees will become TNR certified and Hudson County residents will gain access to low cost spay/neuter and trap rentals.

Reservations are required as is a $10 fee payable the day of the class. Call 201-884-9649 to reserve your seat.

What is the Neighborhood Feral Cat Initiative program?

The Neighborhood Feral Cat Initiative program was launched in February 2009 to raise public awareness about the community feral cat crisis and to provide practical ways to deal with the issue through free Trap-Neuter-Return training workshops. Since that time, over 270 Hudson County residents have become TNR certified and over 1200 feral cats have been spayed and neutered.

Feral cats are free-roaming cats that are untamed and unsuitable for adoption. If left alone, they keep reproducing and can become a neighborhood nuisance prompting well-meaning community members to call animal control to take care of them. However, this just means that the cats are removed and killed, prompting new cats to take over the territory.

In the process of Trap-Neuter-Return the cat is humanely trapped, then transported to a vet where it is spayed or neutered, ear tipped and rabies vaccinated. Then the cat is released back to its original outdoor location and managed by a caregiver. The benefits of TNR to the community are many.

  • A caregiver manages the colony and maintains a clean environment through controlled feeding.
  • TNR will permanently reduce the colony size through attrition.
  • Nuisance behaviors such as male spraying and fighting are dramatically reduced resulting in less calls to Animal Control
  • Less cats and kittens are brought to an overburdened shelter resulting in reduced costs associated with housing and euthanasia

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2011 Workshop Dates for Neighborhood Feral Cat Initiative

6/21/2011 Update:

Companion Animal Trust announces the 2011 Neighborhood Feral Cat Initiative’s free monthly feral cat Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) training workshop schedule. Now in its third year, the 2011 program has been awarded grant funding from both the ASPCA and a private donor to pay for the veterinarian costs associated with TNR spay neuter.

Workshops are held from 12pm to 3pm in Downtown Jersey City on the following dates – June 25, July 9, August 13, September 24, October 15. Reservations are required. Call 201-884-9649 or email workshop@neighborhoodferalcat.org to reserve your seat.

Become Trap-Neuter-Return Certified!

Workshop attendees will learn the steps in setting up a managed cat colony including establishing good community relations, feeding, building and placing shelters, arranging vet care, safely handling feral cats, and trapping. Attendees will become TNR certified and Hudson County residents will gain access to low cost spay/neuter and trap rentals.

The Neighborhood Feral Cat Initiative program was launched in February 2009 to raise public awareness about the community feral cat crisis and to provide practical ways to deal with the issue through free Trap-Neuter-Return training workshops. Since that time, over 200 Hudson County residents have become TNR certified and 1,000 feral cats have been spayed and neutered.

Monthly Workshops start March 28th, 2009

Feral Cat Trap-Neuter-Return Training Workshops Offered Free to Hudson County Residents

Companion Animal Trust, Inc., a New Jersey non profit corporation, announces the formation of a new program entitled The Neighborhood Feral Cat Initiative. The mission of the Neighborhood Feral Cat Initiative is to raise public awareness about the feral cat crisis in Hudson County and provide practical ways to deal with the issue through free Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) training workshops, starting March 28th in Jersey City.

Feral cats are free-roaming cats that are untamed and unsuitable for adoption. These cats are either born in the wild or have been abandoned and become wild.

In the process of Trap-Neuter-Return the cat is humanely trapped, then transported to a vet where it is spayed or neutered, ear tipped and rabies vaccinated. Then the cat is released back to its original outdoor location and managed by a caregiver. The benefits of TNR to the community are many.

  • A caregiver manages the colony and maintains a clean environment through controlled feeding.
  • TNR will permanently reduce the colony size through attrition.
  • Nuisance behaviors such as male spraying and fighting are dramatically reduced resulting in less calls to Animal Control
  • Less cats and kittens are brought to an overburdened shelter resulting in reduced costs associated with housing and euthanasia

Free Monthly Workshops (2009)

See official flier here.

The free monthly Trap-Neuter-Return training workshops begin on March 28th. Attendees will learn all the steps in setting up a managed cat colony including establishing good community relations, feeding, building and placing shelters, arranging vet care, safely handling feral cats, and trapping. All workshop attendees will become TNR certified and Hudson County residents will gain access to low cost spay/neuter and trap rentals.

The 2009 workshops will be held from 12 noon to 3pm in Jersey City on the following dates:

March 28, April 25, May 30, June 27, July 25, August 22, September 26, October 31 and November 28. For reservations and location information call 201-884-9649. Leave a voicemail and someone will call you back.

More information about feral cats and Trap-Neuter-Return can be found on the following websites:

Neighborhood Cats

Alley Cat Allies

About Companion Animal Trust

Companion Animal Trust, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non profit animal welfare organization located in Jersey City.

About the ASPCA

Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. One million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org.
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39 Responses

  1. Journey says:

    Yoda Not yoga. Autocorrect is curse and a blessing.

  2. Journey says:

    one google search reveals the extent of Woodsman’s obsession with cats and t. gondii.

    If someone posts a story about cats, he shows up and rants.

    Please seek professional help.

    • sasha says:

      I’ts obvious Woodsman has an obsessive hatred of cats beyond the norm– possibly a
      fear from childhood- they are the most beautiful animals in the world: very independent
      and wise. He should stop his ranting- it’s borderline insanity.
      [quote comment=”211711″]one google search reveals the extent of Woodsman’s obsession with cats and t. gondii.If someone posts a story about cats, he shows up and rants.Please seek professional help.[/quote]

      • Woodsman says:

        Oh? Didn’t I post the “Moral to the Story” here? Well, in case you missed it, here it is. Be SURE to read (and comprehend?) at least the last paragraph. LOL! 😛 😀

        Moral of the Story:

        I wasted 15 YEARS of my life arguing with demented cat-lovers. During which time THEIR _INVASIVE_SPECIES_ CATS DESTROYED ALL NATIVE WILDLIFE ON MY LAND. All native prey became tortured cats’ play-toys, all native predators STARVED TO DEATH. Those that became neither died of cats’ diseases they spread everywhere (which not only includes the potentially deadly and mind-altering Toxoplasma gondii parasite, but rabies, hookworm, the plague, flea-borne typhus, and now tularemia; they are nothing but 4-legged bags of deadly infestation today).

        It wasn’t until I STOPPED arguing and on advice of the sheriff finally did what needed to be done — SHOOT ALL CATS — that my land, all the wildlife on my land, and my life itself started to return to normal. I no longer have to go out twice a day on cat-patrol to shoot more cats nor waste more time and energy burying them to protect wildlife from the diseases they carry. Much to the chagrin of manipulative TNR LIARS that spew their psychotic “vacuum effect” bullsh**. NO CATS have replaced them. The native predators and all other native wildlife THAT BELONGS HERE replaced them!

        Learn from this. You can argue with the Toxoplasmosis parasites in the cat-lovers’ brains until you are blue in the face and your whole planet is destroyed by their cats, but it’ll never get rid of the cats that have destroyed your life and all wildlife.

        JUST DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE — DESTROY THEM.

        Cats listed in The TOP 100 WORST INVASIVE-SPECIES OF THE WORLD in the “Global Invasive-Species Database”:
        issg.org/database/species/ecology.asp?si=24&fr=1&sts=sss

        Cats are _NOT_ exempt from invasive-species laws!

        IT IS YOUR CIVIC AND MORAL RESPONSIBILITY TO DESTROY ANY INVASIVE-SPECIES WHEN FOUND AWAY FROM SAFE CONFINEMENT IN A NON-NATIVE HABITAT.

        In fact, it is against the law to NOT destroy an invasive-species on-sight. Since cats are genetically engineered through selective-breeding and no longer have ANY native habitat ANYWHERE on earth these laws include cats. Much to the dismay of all criminally irresponsible and psychotic cat-lovers who are desperately trying to raise them to some absurd level of “Community Cats”. If they do that then I’ll just raise “Community Pet Piranha” and release them in all your lakes and pools, or “Community Pet Black-Mambas” and release them in all your backyards and parks, then claim the exact same protections for them as cat-advocates want for THEIR INVASIVE-SPECIES CATS. It’d only be fair! (Are you starting to see just how absurd and ludicrous these cat-people are yet?)

        Only later, AFTER your land and life are 100% free of these invasive-species cats, can you have fun trying to educate the ineducable. Use the time you got back from their invasive-species taking over your life to share the best ways to destroy all cats — without harming any other wildlife or humans. Then if you want, make YOUR life THEIR problem. Just as they made THEIR cats YOUR problem for all these many years. It’s only fair! Because that’s what it’s really all about, isn’t it. It’s not about cats at all. They only want to control your life with their cats. You can put a stop to that immediately by destroying their cats. And there’s NOT ONE THING they can do about it if you do it right. They’ll no longer have any part of your life.[quote comment=”211712″]I’ts obvious Woodsman has an obsessive hatred of cats beyond the norm– possibly a fear from childhood- they are the most beautiful animals in the world: very independent and wise. He should stop his ranting- it’s borderline insanity.[/quote]

      • Journey says:

        81 on the list. lets see what other mammals are worse…

        39 the goat
        50 the red deer
        51 the red deer
        52 the red deer

        Lets look at birds
        5. Acridotheres tristis (The common myna)
        6. Acridotheres tristis (The common myna)

        Should I list the snakes, reptiles, amphibians, trees, insects, fungi that all beat the cat?
        [quote comment=”211721″]Oh? Didn’t I post the “Moral to the Story” here? Well, in case you missed it, here it is. Be SURE to read (and comprehend?) at least the last paragraph. LOL! Moral of the Story:I wasted 15 YEARS of my life arguing with demented cat-lovers. During which time THEIR _INVASIVE_SPECIES_ CATS DESTROYED ALL NATIVE WILDLIFE ON MY LAND. All native prey became tortured cats’ play-toys, all native predators STARVED TO DEATH. Those that became neither died of cats’ diseases they spread everywhere (which not only includes the potentially deadly and mind-altering Toxoplasma gondii parasite, but rabies, hookworm, the plague, flea-borne typhus, and now tularemia; they are nothing but 4-legged bags of deadly infestation today).It wasn’t until I STOPPED arguing and on advice of the sheriff finally did what needed to be done — SHOOT ALL CATS — that my land, all the wildlife on my land, and my life itself started to return to normal. I no longer have to go out twice a day on cat-patrol to shoot more cats nor waste more time and energy burying them to protect wildlife from the diseases they carry. Much to the chagrin of manipulative TNR LIARS that spew their psychotic “vacuum effect” bullsh**. NO CATS have replaced them. The native predators and all other native wildlife THAT BELONGS HERE replaced them!Learn from this. You can argue with the Toxoplasmosis parasites in the cat-lovers’ brains until you are blue in the face and your whole planet is destroyed by their cats, but it’ll never get rid of the cats that have destroyed your life and all wildlife.JUST DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE — DESTROY THEM.Cats listed in The TOP 100 WORST INVASIVE-SPECIES OF THE WORLD in the “Global Invasive-Species Database”: Cats are _NOT_ exempt from invasive-species laws!IT IS YOUR CIVIC AND MORAL RESPONSIBILITY TO DESTROY ANY INVASIVE-SPECIES WHEN FOUND AWAY FROM SAFE CONFINEMENT IN A NON-NATIVE HABITAT.In fact, it is against the law to NOT destroy an invasive-species on-sight. Since cats are genetically engineered through selective-breeding and no longer have ANY native habitat ANYWHERE on earth these laws include cats. Much to the dismay of all criminally irresponsible and psychotic cat-lovers who are desperately trying to raise them to some absurd level of “Community Cats”. If they do that then I’ll just raise “Community Pet Piranha” and release them in all your lakes and pools, or “Community Pet Black-Mambas” and release them in all your backyards and parks, then claim the exact same protections for them as cat-advocates want for THEIR INVASIVE-SPECIES CATS. It’d only be fair! (Are you starting to see just how absurd and ludicrous these cat-people are yet?)Only later, AFTER your land and life are 100% free of these invasive-species cats, can you have fun trying to educate the ineducable. Use the time you got back from their invasive-species taking over your life to share the best ways to destroy all cats — without harming any other wildlife or humans. Then if you want, make YOUR life THEIR problem. Just as they made THEIR cats YOUR problem for all these many years. It’s only fair! Because that’s what it’s really all about, isn’t it. It’s not about cats at all. They only want to control your life with their cats. You can put a stop to that immediately by destroying their cats. And there’s NOT ONE THING they can do about it if you do it right. They’ll no longer have any part of your life.[/quote]

      • Journey says:

        And if you sort the list by habitat type cat is 110 in urban environments.

        Look who gets #64 in the cities:

        Canis lupus (mammal) English français
        Canis lupus (the dog) is possibly the first animal to have been domesticated by humans. It has been selectively bred into a wide range of different forms. They are found throughout the world in many different habitats, both closely associated with humans and away from habitation. They are active hunters and have significant negative impacts on a wide range of native fauna.
        Common Names: domestic dog, feral dog, guri, Haushund, kuri, kurio, pero, peto, uli
        Synonyms: Canis dingo Blumenbach, 1780, Canis familiaris Linnaeus, 1758 [quote comment=”211732″]81 on the list. lets see what other mammals are worse…39 the goat 50 the red deer 51 the red deer 52 the red deerLets look at birds 5. Acridotheres tristis (The common myna) 6. Acridotheres tristis (The common myna)Should I list the snakes, reptiles, amphibians, trees, insects, fungi that all beat the cat?[/quote]

      • Woodsman says:

        And there are laws in nearly every, if not EVERY, state of the USA where it is MANDATORY for ANYONE to shoot ANY dog ON SIGHT, someone’s pet or not, that is harassing wildlife. This is probably why there’s not 150 MILLION feral-dogs roaming everywhere destroying everything like cats do. And cats have an even larger prey-base than dogs do. Meaning that cats can and DO destroy even MORE species than dogs ever will.

        And your problem is?

        I know what it is.

        You’re an idiot cat-c_nt-licking moron.

        [quote comment=”211733″]And if you sort the list by habitat type cat is 110 in urban environments.Look who gets #64 in the cities:Canis lupus (mammal) English français Canis lupus (the dog) is possibly the first animal to have been domesticated by humans. It has been selectively bred into a wide range of different forms. They are found throughout the world in many different habitats, both closely associated with humans and away from habitation. They are active hunters and have significant negative impacts on a wide range of native fauna. Common Names: domestic dog, feral dog, guri, Haushund, kuri, kurio, pero, peto, uli Synonyms: Canis dingo Blumenbach, 1780, Canis familiaris Linnaeus, 1758[/quote]

      • animal_lover says:

        People who hate cats willl come back as mice in their next life – Faith Resnick[quote comment=”211751″]And there are laws in nearly every, if not EVERY, state of the USA where it is MANDATORY for ANYONE to shoot ANY dog ON SIGHT, someone’s pet or not, that is harassing wildlife. This is probably why there’s not 150 MILLION feral-dogs roaming everywhere destroying everything like cats do. And cats have an even larger prey-base than dogs do. Meaning that cats can and DO destroy even MORE species than dogs ever will.And your problem is?I know what it is.You’re an idiot cat-c_nt-licking moron.[/quote]

      • wiskeytango1 says:

        animal lover..If one has an allegry to cats dogs ,how do you answer that? [quote comment=”212322″]People who hate cats willl come back as mice in their next life – Faith Resnick[/quote]
        [quote comment=”212322″]People who hate cats willl come back as mice in their next life – Faith Resnick[/quote]

      • Woodsman says:

        Destroying cats is NOT “hating cats”.

        Why do mentally-unbalanced and psychotic cat-advocates always presume that if someone is removing a highly destructive, deadly disease spreading, human-engineered invasive-species from the native habitat to restore it back into natural balance that they must hate that organism? Does someone who destroys Zebra Mussels, Kudzu, Burmese Pythons, African Cichlids, or any of the other myriad destructive invasive-species have some personal problem with that species? (Many of which are escaped PETS that don’t even spread any harmful diseases, unlike cats.) Your ignorance and blatant biases are revealed in your declaring that people who destroy cats must somehow hate or fear cats. Nothing could be further from the truth.[quote comment=”212322″]People who hate cats willl come back as mice in their next life – Faith Resnick[/quote]

  3. Journey says:

    Now that I have played around with the site that our not local cat hater listed I see it does not rank them well. They do it by alphabetical order. So who knows were cat and dog are on those lists.

    • Journey says:

      Here is an interesting note on how a critter got on the list.

      * Species were selected for the list according to two criteria: their serious impact on biological diversity and/or human activities, and their illustration of important issues surrounding biological invasion. To ensure the inclusion of a wide variety of examples, only one species from each genus was selected. Absence from the list does not imply that a species poses a lesser threat. For any queries to do with this database, please contact: issg@auckland.ac.nz[quote comment=”211734″]Now that I have played around with the site that our not local cat hater listed I see it does not rank them well. They do it by alphabetical order. So who knows were cat and dog are on those lists.[/quote]

  4. BE2011 says:

    For those who have been plagued by “Woodsman” (clearly a disturbed individual) as our local publication recently was, you may wish to review the final analysis on him.

    presspublications.com/opinionscolum...-readers-to-weigh-in-with-solutions

    Please continue with TNR – it can work for you..

    • Woodsman says:

      Again you have things wrong. If you wanted to be believed, then you should have stated “… you may wish to review BE2011’s final analysis on him.”

      Again, just like with every last one of your responses, you view the world through a cherry-picked tunnel-vision myopia that leaves you looking like a fool everywhere that you display your thoughts, conclusions, and values.

      Thanks for posting that link. Now I won’t have to repost everything there, here.

      Enjoy shooting yourself in your own head, do you?

      LOL![quote comment=”212274″]For those who have been plagued by “Woodsman” (clearly a disturbed individual) as our local publication recently was, you may wish to review the final analysis on him.Please continue with TNR – it can work for you..[/quote]

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