Praise Humane Treatment of Feral Cats

Feral Cat Colony

Target: Susan McCabe, Mayor of Barnegat

Goal: Thank the Barnegat Township Committee for permitting feral cat colonies

In many cases involving feral cat colonies, the methods used to control the growing populations include relocating or even killing the feral cats. However, in Barnegat, the Township Committee voted unanimously to permit feral cat colonies in the town with the condition that they be maintained by cat colony caretakers. The cat colony caretakers would be required to monitor the cats and ensure that all the feral cats are spayed and neutered and receive vaccinations.

This solution is more humane and effective than relocating or killing entire feral cat colonies. Unlike many other feral cat colonies, Barnegat’s new cat ordinance requires that all feral cats be vaccinated, which reduces the risk of diseases among the cats. According to Mayor Susan McCabe, the township only seeks to gain control over the procreation of the cats. By spaying and neutering the feral cats, the chances of the population over growing decreases over time.

This new cat ordinance certainly has the interests of the cat colonies in mind. The feral cat colonies in Barnegat have lived there for years and this humane solution will allow them to continue to live happily in the town that they call home. Sign this petition and thank the Barnegat Township Committee for permitting feral cat colonies within their town.


Dear Mayor Susan McCabe,

I am very glad to hear about Barnegat’s new cat ordinance which permits feral cat colonies in the town. I understand that the growing populations have been difficult to control, but I believe this new ordinance will be much more effective in controlling the population of feral cats, as well as the diseases that can be spread from cats to humans.

It is a great plan to require cat colony caretakers to monitor, vaccinate, and spay and neuter the cats. I believe that this is the best solution to this issue. Many other methods of controlling feral cat colonies include killing the cats or relocating them. I believe that the new methods being implemented in Barnegat are both more humane and effective than the methods previously mentioned.

This new cat ordinance certainly has the interests of the cat colonies in mind. I would like to thank you and Barnegat’s Township Committee for allowing the feral cat population to continue living peacefully in the town they all call home.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Seems to me they shouldn’t have been allowed to reproduce out of control for so long. As to removing the tip of their ears to better identify them once treated: a cat is a beautiful animal with a dignity of its own: please find an alternative method! Every single cat pictured in articles on the subject looks like a fine domestic cat people wouldn’t mind adopting. The new feral cat ordinance sounds like a step in the right direction whatever.

  2. Kae Blecha, OTR says:

    Finally! A community that understands that Time has marched us into the 21st Century! Thank you to Mayor McCabe.

  3. Thank you to everyone(ESPECIALLY THE BARNEGAT TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE WHO PERMITTED THE COLONIES) who worked so hard to help save these innocent animals.

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!

  4. A big Thank You Susan McCabe and Barnegat Township Committee for using compassion to care for local feral cat communities. You’re a shining example of the right thing to do.

    As far as reproducing for so long, TNRing is really just coming into its own. Feral cat communities have been cared for by animals lovers for a long time, but to do the job right, these wonderful people need the local government to back them. These cats did not ask to be abandoned, and to reproduce unchecked. It’s so much better to utilize funds to prevent kittens rather then kill them.

    It has been proven the TN(V)R works! If there are people willing to care for these cats, and make sure that kittens are few and far between, then go for it.

    Here’s a link from the 1960’s in Venice Italy showing that TNR works!!! time 1:37 It’s pretty interesting. Enjoy!

  5. Thank you so much for the humane treatment of these feral cats. I truly hope that other communities across the US follow your lead.

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