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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