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Volunteers Sought for 'Trap, Neuter, Release' Program

Program aims to help control feral cat population in Brick

Township officials are seeking residents who can provide volunteer support and donations to the Trap, Neuter, Release (TNR) Committee in the continuing effort to manage feral cat colonies in Brick.

The TNR program, which got its start in Brick in 2010, involves trapping stray cats, sending them to a veterinarian to be spayed or neutered, then releasing them. It is intended to be funded through donations and fundraising, officials have said.

Volunteers would assist with "colony caretaking," fostering cats, planning and coordinating trapping efforts, transporting cats to and from veterinarians, adoptions, fundraising and more, said Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis in a statement Thursday.

"Colony caretakers" are volunteers in town who are responsible for getting the TNR program started in their neighborhoods. The colony caretakers must take classes to learn about the program and how it is administered. After cats are spayed or neutered, the colony caretakers look after the cat until it is released.

Additionally, there is a need for food and supply donations including crates, cleaning materials, cat litter and similar items, officials said.

"Since 2010, the TNR Committee has worked with shelters and residents to identify the colonies and remedy this situation in a way that eliminates health threats to our neighborhoods, while also acting in a manner that is humane,” said Acropolis. "Volunteers and donations are critical to this effort."

In August, it was decided that veterinary medical services for the program would be conducted by the Popcorn Park Zoo in Lacey Township. The zoo's services were approved by the township council for a one-year contract, with payments on a per-cat basis.

The TNR Committee meets ar Brick Township Civic Plaza on the third Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m. Its next meeting will be this coming Monday, Oct. 15.

Anyone interested in volunteering can attend a meeting. For more information please call 732-262-1076 or email miannarone@twp.brick.nj.us.

clamdigger October 15, 2012 at 02:36 AM
WOW, just too much to say here. First they are known as FERAL cats,Feral cat colonies....aka WILD cats. 2nd; as for the comparision to the people in tent city, "Parkway" wants to euthanize people, so my suggestion to help PEOPLE instead of wild cats seems to be a little stronger argument. These are PEOPLE with no home,not CATS. Cats that have been living in the WILD for who knows how long,have probably been born in the wild and are going to continue to live in the wild even after getting "fixed". you people need to feel good about something and feeding and caring for these cats does it for you have a great time, but I swear, if I come across one post by any person who bitches and moans about how bad the economy is, how hard it is to pay their bills, how high their taxes are,how much gas costs or any other thing about the economy and the struggles they are having, I'm going to throw this right back in your faces and the money you all are wasting on this crap. capture them and put them to sleep,end the problem instead of perpetuating it because it will never come to a complete stop. you are doing these animals no good by prolonging their lives and forcign them to be dependant upon you all. Oh BTW, I love the part where capture them,bring them to a facility,have them fixed then when they are all better,send them back out to the WILD. So any cat that might have been domesticated and a spark of hope brought back to its life has now been shot once again.
parkway October 15, 2012 at 02:54 AM
The animals taken care of by people tained to care for them are not returned to the wild they have shelters food vet care and are fixed so they do not add to the population nor do they wander, if people were responsible for their pets there would not be an overpopulation. I do not ever complain about the money aI spend on these animals it is my choice and my right. as far as you continueing to mention tent city it is another personal choice. I imagine you are helping them greatly at least I hope so since you really need something positive in your life. Why don't you just stop posting and leave us alone. Knowone wants your donations or your input.
parkway October 15, 2012 at 02:54 AM
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2much2say October 15, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Parkway you're welcome and I truly value people like you. You are a person who makes a difference in this world. I wish there were more people like you around, we wouldn't have so much anger. It makes me sick to think we have people here that really just want to harass and argue about this program that they now nothing about. People in tent city are on drugs and have other issues to that they CHOOSE to live that way. This a-hole doesn't know anything and if he is who I think he is as Herb mentioned prior, this guy once said to me he likes to go to meetings just to start shit. He is what is wrong with the world. I'm disabled living on one income my spouse is smart and well rounded. Basically let him be angry and continue to Bitch & complian & continue to be dumb!
Darl October 16, 2012 at 03:20 PM
If Brick TNR has been around since 2010, then why is very little getting done? These volunteers should not be paying for the spaying/neutering of these cats out of their own pockets. Our mayor and his TNR council people are clueless about what goes on at these meetings because they do not attend any of them. Shame on all of you. This program is still not up and running for over 2 years. Why does it take the TNR council people (who work for the township) so long to respond to a request from the TNR committee? Seems they don't think this is an urgent matter or important enough. This town is overrun with cats and these volunteers are actually working for FREE to clean up the township (with no help from them). ENOUGH TALK AND MORE HELP.
parkway October 16, 2012 at 06:18 PM
2much 2say thank you for supporting TNR, Darl it actually is up and running. Those of us that have been paying out of our own pockets do so because we care. As of now there are certified colony caretakers who have to take a test to do so. If you are a caretaker you can call the rec department and make arrangements to take the cat to popcorn park zoo. as far as funding we will be doing fundraisers in the very near future. I don't get involved in the politics but I do know the commitee is working very hard to get this in full swing. I do not work for Brick townshio and never have. I am just someone who has always loved animals. The meeting has been rescheduled for the last Monday of this month at 730 if anyone is interested in attending.
Darl October 16, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Brick TNR needs to get some local vets. PPZ is only doing cats 1day/week. I heard they still don't have a place to recoup these cats. What happens if a cat gets sick or needs medical attention? Did they work that out yet? I'm all for the hard working volunteers, I just don't think the council members appreciate what they do or really know what is involved. It's not easy.
Darl October 16, 2012 at 10:58 PM
You must be one of the attendees at the TNR meetings since you know it's been rescheduled to the last Monday this month.
Darl October 16, 2012 at 11:03 PM
No one is asking anyone (especially Brick Township) to foot the bill.....that's what fundraisers are for. These volunteers pay for food and shelters out of their own money.
2much2say October 17, 2012 at 12:34 AM
I agree. I comment here as this is something I think has been planned out for me. I have plenty on space that is currently not being used at my home to attend the recovering process that takes place. I'm sure from personal experience with my kitties. I only have one that currently has CRF, I'm treating her wilth fluids & pills. So i have extreme confindece thru the help of my Vet, who is completely amazing. I never met ppl that care and willing and do go out of their way to help their patients and their parents-) I'm not a big fan of meetings but I see it's necessary to get certified and to really learn what's going on and most of all where the problems are & how to lend a hand.
parkway October 17, 2012 at 01:08 AM
I do attend the meetings. we also have a place to recover the cats , If there is a sick cat it will be taken to the vets.
2much2say October 17, 2012 at 11:14 PM
How many volenteers are there? What takes place @ the meetings. Can we speak? And can we bring donations to the meeting? Food, litter etc?
WMS826 October 17, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Cats kill a lot of animals and birds. They will also cause traffic accidents as they Over populate and run into the roads. What liberal feel gooder had ths idea.
parkway October 18, 2012 at 12:36 AM
you can talk, you can bring donations, we discuss new business fundraising the colonies, whatever needs to be discussed. If cats are fixed and taken care of then they do not overpopulate. they stay in their colonies. people cause accidents, the poor deer ,possums, and other animals do not have a chance.
WMS826 October 18, 2012 at 12:51 AM
I thought people in the western civilizations had health laws in place for a reason. My mistake. So what do we do with these things when they get sick or spread sickness to pets and people who approach them. How manis too many. I certainly do not want you making that call.
parkway October 18, 2012 at 01:44 AM
feral cats in colonies with caretakers are spaded have their shots and treated when sick just like any cats that are pets. many people have outdoor cats. feral cats that are not taken care of would be euthanized in a shelter. it is because of people not fixing their pets that there is this problem.
2much2say October 18, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Parkway you're great. How do the ignorant survive in the world? Their level of thinking is so far fetched. Accident PLEASE--I'm disabled from carless DWI drivers. I suffer everyday. And FYI people don't get into accidents anymore b/c of animals, they plow right over them and most likly don't know it because they are in a hurry to get to the next red light, talking on cell phones and texting which drives me nuts. How many people drive & die b/c of the phone. A lot. For people out there who don't understand I suggest you attend a meeting, and but your energy and help the cats, donate time, help out, What happened that makes people do this? You do know it's people that do this right? Parkway look forward to meeting you and I do have some items to bring I will be at this meeting on the 29th @ the civic plaza and am willing to help with anything I can.
2much2say October 18, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Oh, talk about spreading sickness, not with cats, but I'm sure you'll catch something from the person who sneezes with-out covering their mouth and open mouth coughing while walking right by you so you can inhale their sickness. I'd rather spend my entire life tending to animals than dealing with the human race.
WMS826 October 18, 2012 at 01:51 PM
I would rather you live with animals too. Your ideas put humans last it appears. If it was my neighborhood i would trap and bring to a shelter as many as i could neutered or not.
parkway October 18, 2012 at 03:27 PM
I did not create this problem I am helping to fix it. Try reading about TNR before you make your comments. You want to trap cats and bring them to shelters so you feel better go ahead but you had better not touch a colony cat or you will be prosecuted and that is the law. Call the township if you have a problem
parkway October 18, 2012 at 03:31 PM
I hope to see you at the meeting
WMS826 October 18, 2012 at 04:32 PM
How can someone tell the difference.
parkway October 19, 2012 at 12:44 AM
colony cats are spayed and neutered and they have their left ear notched so it looks a little flatter on the top. The goal of every colony caretaker is to get every cat fixed so to eliminate increasing the populations
parkway October 19, 2012 at 05:23 PM
I am not really sure of the amount. If you are able to come to the meeting on the 29th you can ask all your questions. we can always use more help
parkway October 21, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Thank you for your help lookig forward to meeting you also
2much2say October 27, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Does anyone need any help with their colonys with the storm on the way???
2much2say October 29, 2012 at 07:42 PM
When will the new meeting be? Hopefully not three more weeks.
parkway November 02, 2012 at 12:19 AM
I am really not sure since most are still without power
Mark Story Jenks January 31, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Please Read: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/30/science/that-cuddly-kitty-of-yours-is-a-killer.html
clamdigger February 01, 2013 at 01:56 AM
Felines Fatales; "With something like 150 million free-ranging house cats wreaking havoc on our wildlife, the last thing we need is Americans sustaining them in the wild." http://archive.audubonmagazine.org/incite/incite0909.html "Some Audubon chapters agree. They’ve settled for TNR, but not because it’s a good idea. The City of Cape May, New Jersey, with some of the most important shorebird habitat in the nation, recently passed an ordinance permitting TNR—this to the horror of the New Jersey Audubon Society, which fiercely opposed it. Town after New Jersey town followed suit. Finally, with the battle clearly lost and facing the “option to do something instead of nothing,” as Eric Stiles, vice president for conservation and stewardship, puts it, New Jersey Audubon began working with and thereby marginally controlling TNR practitioners. Thus was born the New Jersey Feral Cat Wildlife Coalition, in which sponsors of feral cat colonies agree to keep the colonies away from nesting areas (though cats can get there easily enough). In Cape May, at least, sterilization rates are probably higher than any other TNR program in the nation." http://www.nj.com/gloucester-county/index.ssf/2012/09/washington_township_woman_bit.html put these disease ridden animals down and end the possibility of transmission of those diseases

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