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Mon, Mar 10 | By Matt Van Hoven | 804

CAPE MAY - One of the country's oldest and most established feral cat colonies will not be abolished, said Cape May, N.J. officials. The animals narrowly escaped removal by the city pending an injunction by state and federal wildlife agencies. … more ›

NJ Feral Cat Colonies Safe, for now
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L M.
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L M.
4 years ago

Tourists dump their cats (no water except salt water) near the Cape May Lewes Ferry. I saw a sick cat there and told the police. I can't believe tourists do this. It is DISGUSTING!!!

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L M.
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L M.
4 years ago

There was a very pathetic cat near the dock of the CM Lewes Ferry. The policeman told me tourists DUMP them there after kids have spent the summer there.

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HUMANE SOCIETY O.
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HUMANE SOCIETY O.
5 years ago

This sounds like a progessive city. We have businesses in our town that also want the ferals and get upset if someone wants them removed. They know cats are the best for pest control.

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Ihatesnow
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Ihatesnow
5 years ago

I hope everyone is living peacefully together now

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Betty W.
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Betty W.
5 years ago

So little concern for the birds here! I'm surprised. I'm all for caring for the strays but you have to protect nature too. The cats can be moved.

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Geoff L.
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Geoff L.
5 years ago

Another great save by Alley Cat Allies.

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Dstrykr
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Dstrykr
5 years ago

Concerned for the safety of the piping plover, the state and federal agencies gave the city an ultimatum - Cape May was to either rid itself of the felines or risk losing federal and state funding for a beach management program.

Our independent States need to get back to just that......independence of the federal government! The land still belongs to the people and the people need to tell the feds to take a hike. It's nothing more than blacmail when the federal government uses threats of funding withdrawal to make the states comply with their desires! And the State of N.J. needs to be told to take a hike too. When we will we learn that this is OUR land, not theirs.

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Jello1
5 years ago

From 450 down to 80? I guess that's a testament to how TNR can actually work if given time. Unless it means the weather is too harsh for the animals to survive

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Coronerjim
5 years ago

I'm all for a "Trap-Neuter/Spade-Vaccinate-Return process. It is progress to hunanely reduce the number of Feral Cats

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DEREKDEMANE
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DEREKDEMANE
5 years ago

I agree.

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Andy K.
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Andy K.
5 years ago

It's a tough choice, native species vs. feral cats. Native species need all the help they can get due to dwindling habitat and we are responsible for the cat problem. There is, obviously, no easy answer. If they can get relocation to work, that would be excellent.

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Meg S.
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Meg S.
5 years ago

AS with the maintenance of any feral cat colony, it's success lies in the hands of the caretakers. Luckily for these cats, they had ACA on their side and good caretakers.

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Sarah  W.
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Sarah W.
5 years ago

I'm so glad they have decided to do a TNR program and that the cats live out their lives.

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Sharon S.
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Sharon S.
6 years ago

They always want to wipe out the feral cat colonies. Sure, they may be a nuisance but there has to be a solution. Other cities ahve solved the problem in a less drastic manner; I'm sure NJ can do the same.

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Jeanie F.
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Jeanie F.
6 years ago

If people work together, most times a workable solution can be found.

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Christina H.
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Christina H.
6 years ago

Trap-Neuter-Return program is a very good way to control the population. Kudos to Cape May and using the voice of reason.

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Norma B.
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Norma B.
6 years ago


Thank goodness!

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Nancy  H.
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Nancy H.
6 years ago

I really enjoyed this story...it goes to show how people can resolve issues if they look at them objectively and calmly. I'm sure the protesters were very emotional about this issue but staged a peaceful protest. I hope that when they revisit this issue it has the same outcome. Beautiful cat in the picture!

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Andrew22
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Andrew22
6 years ago

Let me make sure I understand this? They wanted to get rid of one animal in order to save another. Where's the logic in that?

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Anna
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Anna
6 years ago

I'm happy the kitties are ok!!

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Carolyn  C.
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Carolyn C.
6 years ago

Way to go Cape May. Kudos to you.

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Ashlee S.
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Ashlee S.
6 years ago

Good for all the animals!!!!

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Gloria E.
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Gloria E.
6 years ago

A victory for the animals for a change!

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Michelle H.
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Michelle H.
6 years ago

I am glad they are working on other solutions.

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Petsmylife
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Petsmylife
6 years ago

Good news for all,mainly the cats.

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Kgarrett
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Kgarrett
6 years ago

I'm glad they decided not to move the colony. What they don't understand is that especially after 12 years this colony has morphed into a habitat. And if they move the colony out others(potentially not S/N) will move into their spot.

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Sms2006
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Sms2006
6 years ago

A little good news at least. Seems like all we hear is the bad stuff, like those poor dogs in Pennsylvania. What is wrong with people??? The creatures are at our mercy, and some people choose to be cruel. I understand concern for the bird populations, but I also believe in the Trap/Neuter/Return movement.

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Lyn (Madelyn) H.
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Lyn (Madelyn) H.
6 years ago

good work with everyone banning together

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Susan H.
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Susan H.
6 years ago

That is great that the population has gone down and that they were willing to give the TNR program a try. It has worked for them so it will work around the world.

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Denise D.
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Denise D.
6 years ago

Release and return allows them to hunt and kill other animals.

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Tic T.
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Tic T.
6 years ago

It is so nice to read that a city is willing to work with an animal advocacy group like Alley Cat Allies to reach a win-win situation. I hope this example is followed throughou the country.

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Susan H.
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Susan H.
6 years ago

It is working around the country. They are doing this in several different states now.

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Tic T.
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Tic T.
6 years ago

That's great to hear. I just know that in many cases, government policy gets in the way of good intentions and the animals are the real losers in those situations.

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ModelATruck
6 years ago

Glad to hear

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Mlaschultz
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Mlaschultz
6 years ago

Glad to hear that the cats were spared. But what about cats on a beach? Do you think they are burying their business. Don't think I would hang out on that beach.

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Chrissy
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Chrissy
6 years ago

Yeah!

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Jeanie M.
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Jeanie M.
6 years ago

Sometimes I'm embarrassed to work for the govt. What a choice they gave the city!

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kristen h.
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kristen h.
6 years ago

that's good.

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Debra
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Debra
6 years ago

Glad they were successful in turning the decision around to capture all the ferals. This program is great, not too many understand it and more are learning. Lets keep educating those who don't understand.

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Berniem
6 years ago

there it is again blaming feral cats for bird killings and they have no proof that is the case. most cats don't kill birds, they are in more danger from pesticides. hurray for the protestors.

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Patrice M.
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Patrice M.
6 years ago

i don't know how these cat populations get so out of hand. i don't know why people aren't being educated on proper pet care. if they would be informed of getting their pets spayed and/or neutered, this wouldn't be expanding to such large proportions. it is totally preventable and it just takes some education on the part of people who could spread the word to the uninformed

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Anne M.
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Anne M.
6 years ago

Obviously this is a program that is effective. Thank goodness the organizers didn't think like the Chinese and just warehouse the cats with no food or water until they die and can be put in a landfill.

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Tic T.
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Tic T.
6 years ago

Alley Cat Allies does great work helping feral cats through TNR and education. Yay!

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Heather E.
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Heather E.
6 years ago

Feral cat colonies can be managed with proper spay & neuter. There are so many clinics that help with s/n assistance programs.

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Lyn (Madelyn) H.
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Lyn (Madelyn) H.
6 years ago

450 cats, down to about 80
this is remarkable

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Lyn (Madelyn) H.
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Lyn (Madelyn) H.
6 years ago

My village started this type of program not too long ago

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Lyn (Madelyn) H.
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Lyn (Madelyn) H.
6 years ago

great success

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Edith C.
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Edith C.
6 years ago

So glad a solution was found.

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Qwerty1234
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Qwerty1234
6 years ago

good plan

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Adaira  R.
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Adaira R.
6 years ago

Alley Cat Allies do it again. Good work.

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Patrice M.
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Patrice M.
6 years ago

i don't know why our communities find it so hard to be humane to the animals. they make people feel good and they love us very much. how did we become such a heartless society without feelings for those less fortunate than ourselves

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Darla O.
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Darla O.
6 years ago

This is amazing that they only have 80 cats left. In years to come if they continue they will not be a feral cat program. I hope what they do is contagious.

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nadine2008 d.
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nadine2008 d.
6 years ago

different but neat.

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