Target: Susan McCabe, Mayor of Barnegate, New Jersey
Goal: Thank township for amending its cat ordinance to include protections for feral cats
The Township Committee in Barnegat, New Jersey has unanimously approved a ruling that the township’s feral cats’ have the right to live. The new amendment will not only save thousands of cats from being euthanized, it will also dramatically reduce the feral cat population by appointing caretakers to spay and neuter them. Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) methods are being proposed in counties throughout the country, potentially saving countless lives. For going to such great lengths for animal welfare, the township of Barnegat deserves our gratitude.
The ruling will act as an amendment to Barnegat’s current cat ordinance, and requires cat colony caretakers to vaccinate, spay or neuter the animals, track and monitor them, provide food, water, shelter, and keep medical records. Those who are vaccinated and spayed or neutered will have the tip of their left ear removed and a microchip implanted in their skin. Animal control officers will have the right remove cats from colonies that have not been vaccinated or are carrying contagious diseases.
For the past 10 years the practice of trap and kill has been in effect, but has ultimately only increased the number of feral cats in the community. Many organizations throughout New Jersey would like to find homes for these animals, but the current numbers are much too high. As can be seen in places like the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Denmark, which have used TNR for more than 20 years, it is an effective long-term strategy that could make this hope of finding more homes for feral cats a reality. The average feral cat colony decreases by 16 to 32 percent over the course of 1-3 years of TNR. It also reduces the number of animal shelter admissions and is more cost-effective than trap and euthanasia. Most importantly, these programs save lives.
Please take a moment to sign the petition below and thank Mayor Susan McCabe and the rest of Barnegate, New Jersey for protecting, and ultimately reducing, feral cat colonies in their community.
Dear Mayor McCabe,
The Township Committee in Barnegat voted unanimously to amend the county’s cat ordinance to include provisions for Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) methods after a decade of unsuccessful trap and kill practices that have only led to an increase in the feral cat population.
Thank you for choosing animal welfare. Not only are you saving the lives of thousands of cats each year, you are also reducing the feral cat population, aiding in the prevention of disease, and increasing the possibility for many of these animals to find homes in the future.
[Your Name Here]
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