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Brick Township’s “T-N-R” Program to be Handled by Popcorn Park Zoo in Lacey

Lacey Township-based animal refuge to perform veterinary services for local "Trap-Neuter-Return" program

At Tuesday evening’s meeting of the governing body, it was decided that veterinary medical services for a program to manage the population of feral cats in Brick Township and the surrounding area would be conducted by the Popcorn Park Zoo in Lacey Township.

The “Trap-Neuter-Return” program, or “T-N-R” for short, is one that involves the safe trapping of unaltered feral cats, having them spayed or neutered, then releasing them back into the location where they were first collected. The procedure is endorsed by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) as the most effective and humane way to control the growth of feral cat colonies.

The Popcorn Park Zoo's services in this area were approved by the township council for a one-year contract, beginning this past Wednesday and concluding on Aug. 7, 2013.

“The price structure is attached to the resolution; $75 for spaying (or) $50 for neutering, $5 for post-operative antibiotic injections, $20 for vaccination against rabies and feline leukemia, $25 if the animal needs to be euthanized and $40 for an emergency care visit,” said Administrator Scott Pezarras.

Council President John Ducey said that of the 16 bids that went out into an applicant pool, only one was returned, which was that of the Popcorn Park Zoo.

Councilman Dan Toth asked who would bring the cats down to Lacey Township for the T-N-R treatments, and Councilman Domenick Brando replied that the transportation was covered by the volunteers on the T-N-R committee in Brick, who Brando termed as “a great group of people.”

Later, Former Councilman Michael Thulen thanked the governing body for using the applicant pool system from which the choice for the T-N-R program was decided.

“Last year, we did put together one other applicant up in Hillside, New Jersey. The program there would be to bring a trailer down and do 15 cats at a time, and it was $100 apiece, which is very expensive,” said Thulen.

Thulen explained that creating a pool of applicants allowed them to get an affordable overseer for the program, such as the Popcorn Park Zoo.

On the bid process, Thulen said that he would like to see it offered up once again later in 2012, to find additional veterinarians to be involved in the T-N-R program.

“I would like to do it again in a couple of months, to try and get ourselves up to a pool of 4 or 5 vets (for the program),” Thulen said.

The former councilman added that the local T-N-R committee has $1,000 in a rider account set aside for use in the program, and that all the T-N-R treatments for feral cats in Brick Township thus far have been taken care of by volunteers with their own money.

“We’re looking forward to being able to use this in the near future, but in a couple of months, let’s put it out again and see how many more vets we can put in this pool,” Thulen commented.

parkway August 13, 2012 at 02:50 AM
All of us who are trying to help these animals are doing it at our own expense for your information
parkway August 13, 2012 at 02:51 AM
great they can have water and be starved to death.
parkway August 13, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Everyone of these animals deserves a chance and these colonies are taken care of by people who care about them. These cats are not out in the streets they are not starving they are trapped spay- neutered given shots and any medical care and released to the only home they know. Furthur more many of the kittens are socialized and found homes. Most become loving gentle pets.
parkway August 13, 2012 at 02:57 AM
The volunteers do this because they love animals and want to help them. Most is paid out of their own pockets.
parkway August 13, 2012 at 02:59 AM
great suggestion.
parkway August 13, 2012 at 03:03 AM
When these cats are trapped they are brought to a facility and fixed then recovered and released. They do not go to a shelter at all. Furthur more with a TNR program a shelter cannot euthinize them without contacting the TNR to see if anyone is missing a cat. These are registered colonies with colony caretakers. These are not cats roaming the streets.
Mark Story Jenks August 13, 2012 at 03:56 AM
July 18, 2012: Paul Gaylord, a welder from Prineville, Oregon contracted the infamous bubonic plague that killed 75 million Europeans, wiping out a third of the whole population, in the 14 century, trying to save Charlie, a stray cat his family had adopted, from choking on a dead rodent. The cat bit him. He may lose his fingers and toes. Read more at http://www.medicaldaily.com/news/20120718/10941/cat-bite-black-death-bubonic-plague-fingers-toes.htm#Gjgyvtq7557li6sl.99
2much2say August 13, 2012 at 08:34 AM
PARKWAY I am gals to hear that when the TNR is In place that the aniamls are now registered that's great news. So, if these idiots with-out experience try tand trap a cat & wind up trapping wildlife (after they are find) and if they do trap a cat where ever these non-experience people bring it I the cats have been thru TNR they will know? Is a chip implated? PARKWAY I'll you be attending the meeting on the 20th at the civic center in brick off of chamberbridge road. I don't think people understand the amount of work & our own personal money to get these cats healthy. Hope to see you at the meetin
2much2say August 13, 2012 at 08:38 AM
Typos sorry:(
Darl August 13, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Parkway.....Thanks for your comments....I will be attending the meeting too. I have lots of questions. Hey people, STOP COMPLAINING & GO TO THE MEETING. It's at the Civic Center on August 20th at 7:30
Mike Thulen August 13, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Sorry that I have not responded sooner, but I was away from my computer over the week end. I believe there might be some misunderstanding with regard to what the Popcorn Zoo will be doing for the Brick T-N-R committee. “The price structure is attached to the resolution; $75 for spaying (or) $50 for neutering, $5 for post-operative antibiotic injections, $20 for vaccination against rabies and feline leukemia, $25 if the animal needs to be euthanized and $40 for an emergency care visit,” said Administrator Scott Pezarras. The township will pay for Vet services only with money raised and given by the T-N-R committee. The Popcorn Zoo will not be the T-N-R service in town, they will be part of a pool of vets and at this time is the lowest cost available to the committee. “Thulen explained that creating a pool of applicants allowed them to get an affordable overseer for the program, such as the Popcorn Park Zoo.” I at no time said that PPZ will be any sort of overseer. The funds in the rider account were raised by the committee and will be used to further the organization and to control the cat population. All are welcome to come to the next meeting of the committee, already posted on this blog. We are looking for volunteers to help with the cause and to help raise funding to control the cat population.
parkway August 14, 2012 at 01:52 AM
I will be at the meeting
Michele Murphy August 14, 2012 at 12:57 PM
@D5557 And there you are being rude on yet nother topic
Bertha August 14, 2012 at 02:12 PM
I love it when perple are called "IDIOTS" for trying to help wildlife. But isn't this always the way, the people that sit around and do nothing except complain always chastise those that do. I wonder who is the IDIOT?
parkway August 17, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Could not have said it any better
2much2say August 19, 2012 at 01:31 PM
I'm the one who called someone a idiot b/c he didn't read my post & commented nasty in return. I in fact help these cats. So, by me calling someone an idiot that makes me one! I'm so sorry I shouldn't have used that word. What would be better?
Mark Story Jenks August 19, 2012 at 07:00 PM
2much2say August 19, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Darl August 22, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Where were all the people who said they were going to show their support at the Brick TNR meeting? Not one of you came to the meeting Monday night. I think it's a shame you couldn't spare 1 hour of your time. We need volunteers so badly and need to clean up some of these colonies before they start reproducing again. Where are all the concerned cat lovers?
Mark Story Jenks August 22, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Maybe they are beginning to realise that TNR is not the answer. It puts a band-aid on the problem, but the band-aid has no adhesive.
parkway August 22, 2012 at 11:00 PM
TNR is the answer it stops reproduction and the colonies can live a peaceful life. Those of us involved will see to it and all of you with your stupid comments can just sit and judge
2much2say August 22, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Darl, I had to address my CRF 16 yr old, she's not doing well. She now has a UTI and on anti-biotics. She's my baby. Ive been a mess to say the least. Can I contact you via email if you wish to share or can you tell me how I can help??????
Darl August 23, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Even a small dent is better than nothing...there are just not enough people who care enough to help. Most people voice how much they care but I never see anyone coming forward to volunteer. I am disappointed in people.
2much2say August 24, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Darl where you at? I can help!
2much2say August 25, 2012 at 04:34 AM
Oct. 16th is national feral cat day! I would lime to host an event. Any ideas? Would love to raise some money to help this kitties. The only event listed in NJ is in vorheeves that crazy. I couldn't believe it. http://nationalferalcatday.org/?all=1mething
Darl August 29, 2012 at 04:59 PM
I don't know how to get in touch with you.
2much2say August 31, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Darl would you mind posting your email? If not, I can come to the next meeting which is the 17th right? I can't post my email. Any other ideas's? Or if you want just tell me what I can do here. What's ever best for you.
2much2say September 01, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Darl contact me here DLbar520@Gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you & I will get in touch with someone I know who has point under control. Did hear she gave up in brick b/c of the politics I heard it was too much but being she knows so much I'm tring to get in touch with her. I'm hard to push away, I don't give up. Perhaps we can go meet with her together. Let's try to get something started so we can help out on the 16 national feral cat day. If not coffee. Contact me asap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2much2say September 12, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Tabaroo are you out there? I'm ready, when can I get started? I'll call you @ work or cell??????? ? I need to do something
Scott Jeffrey July 15, 2013 at 08:55 AM
Our friend the administrator needs some math lessons. $100 per animal is the same as 75 for spay, +5 for antibiotics, plus 20 for rabies shot. HELLO


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