National Feral Cat Day a success!
I told her we’ll make up a better photo for the next event…
Hope for feral cats yet!
“Just a quick note to let you know the Fix A Feral Cat Fundraiser was a huge success – more than I ever imagined! Thanks again for posting the event on Hoboken411!
Hoboken411 reader Patricia wants everyone to know about more animals in crisis in Hoboken…
Fundraiser at Louise & Jerry’s on 10/22
In honor of National Feral Cat Day that is recognized today, October 16 (and in light of the recent 411 report about the conditions of the Newark animal shelter) , we are trying to raise awareness of the feral cat crisis that exists in Hoboken. Companion Animal Trust is a non profit that supports Trap-Neuter-Return and has TNR’ed numerous cat colonies already in the city.
Litters of kittens are born every day in backyards, behind restaurants and empty lots. Cats dart across streets, scurry into alleys and hide under cars. Sadly, many suffer and die under the worst conditions.
We are hosting an event to raise money for and awareness of the feral cat crisis on October 22, 2009 at Louise and Jerry’s in Hoboken (2 hours open bar). I have attached a flyer to this email outlining the details. Additionally, I have provided information below on the importance of Trap-Neuter-Return! Please consider posting this information on Hoboken411 to help us spread the word about the importance of addressing this issue.
SEE “CAT FACTS” AFTER THE JUMP!!!
(Feral Cats, continued…)
- Cats reproduce several times a year
- Kittens can have their first litter as young as six months old
- Estimates are as many as .5 cats per household on the street
- Hoboken households – more than 19,000
- Hoboken has thousands of feral and stray cats living on streets
The Problems of Stray and Feral Cats:
- Quality of life concerns (noise, smell, property damage)
- Public health concerns (rabies, sanitation)
- Humane issues (cats and kittens suffer from the elements, illness and humans)
- Burden (financial and otherwise) on the costs for animal control and animal sheltering
- Shelter killing increases
- The effective strategy for the permanent reduction of feral and stray cat populations is Trap-Neuter-Return (“TNR”). Trap-Neuter-Return is a humane and non lethal program for the management of feral cats.
The TNR Process:
Cats are humanely trapped and:
- rabies vaccinated
- returned to the original trapping location
Caregivers then feed and care for the colony on an ongoing basis
- TNR permanently reduces the number of cats
- Nuisance behaviors such as male spraying, noise (mating or fighting) and roaming are dramatically reduced resulting in less complaint calls to Animal Control
- Attrition reduces the colony numbers over time
- Caregivers manage the colony and maintain a clean environment (controlled feeding)
- Less cats brought to overburdened shelters (reduced costs)
If you are unable to attend the fundraiser and would like to make a contribution, you can do so at http://www.firstgiving.com/pattydrumgoole
Thanks for your consideration.