More than 70% of cats who enter our nation’s animal control pounds and shelters are killed, according to Alley Cat Allies, a national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. This past Thursday, October 16th was National Feral Cat Day. Although there were more than 500 registered events nationwide, I couldn’t find a single person in my travels this week who’d even heard of the concept.
The ferals are the forgotten felines; they disappear into the landscape. With winter fast approaching, harnesslife.org is taking this opportunity to help in two specific ways. First, here’s a list of some excellent resources and organizations who are working with ferals:
- Alley Cat Allies (National)
- Animal Protection League of NJ – Project TNR (includes a NJ map with resources by county)
- Furrever Friends (Deptford, NJ)
- St. Hubert’s Stray Cat Spay/Neuter Program (Hillsborough, NJ)
- Scarlet Paws Animal Welfare Network (Middlesex and Somerset counties)
- Spay NJ – Feral Cat Friendly Clinics and Veterinarians
Second, we’ve launched a campaign to award ♀Spay ♂Neuter Grants to various cat rescue and TNR groups throughout New Jersey. Tippi’s already written the first check . . . stay tuned to find out who all the recipients are.
If you know of additional NJ-based groups specializing in cats (and TNR in particular), please comment below or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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