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.

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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