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Feral Cats' Disappearance Prompts Concerns

Resident advocates for trap-neuter-release program at Hillsborough Gardens Apartments.

A small feral cat population's numbers are dwindling at a Hillsborough property, prompting some residents to speculate on the cause of their disappearance.

John Adams, a local resident and cat owner, is worried that some are taking drastic actions to reduce the numbers among the outdoor cat community. “This is a nightmare that we have to deal with,” he said.

Adams, a resident of Hillsborough Gardens Apartments, speculates that feral cats are being poisoned after some starting disappearing and one turned up dead.

“There’s an issue here. They really are poisoning the cats,” he believes.

Adams originally sought to have the cats trapped, neutered and released back to their mainstays and notified the Health Department and St. Hubert's Giralda Animal Control. That way, they’d be able to live out their lives in relative peace and without multiplying.

The apartments' rental management company, however, which could not be reached for comment, did not want trappings taking place on their property. Instead, according to Adams, they began enforcing $700 fines for each cat that he fed, trying to flush them out.

“It would just be nice if the… issue were dealt with the right way,” said Adams.

But as more attention began to be focused on the seven or so cats that took refuge in the apartment’s crawlspace and driveway areas, Adams and a neighbor noticed that the cats began to disappear. Then, his ultimate fear was confirmed when a dead cat was spotted near the feral hotspot.

“I found this bag of poison,” said Adams. “And now another cat is missing. The lady upstairs saw a dead cat too!”

Kim Saunders, the vice president of St. Hubert’s Giralda, said, “We’re aware of the situation at the complex. However, there is no confirmation that there has been poisonings. We looked to assist the health department with trappings, so the cats don’t increase their numbers, but the complex did not want them done on the property.”

Rhonda Baginski, president of CAPIC Cat Information and Pet Adoption Center, said, “John reached out to us, to help with the cats. I didn’t go to the location, but as far as I know, there were no trappings allowed.”

She also said that if in fact there are rules against feral cats in the complex’s by-laws, then they may be in their right to demand Adams to stop feeding them. How they handle the matter, however, still must conform to the law.

According to Joan Beard, vice president of CAPIC, who made phone calls on behalf of Adams, the complex’s management firmly states that absolutely no poisoning is taking place at the Gardens Apartments.

Adams, however, is driven to help the township find a solution to the growing cat problem. He urges anyone who sees a stray or feral cat to contact CAPIC or Carol’s Cats Rescue in Hillsborough. You can contact the former at 908-526-5045 and the latter at 908-874-4660.

A perk of the track-neuter-release program, as Adams points out, is that for just $25, a resident can have a cat fixed and returned, with a voucher for the animal cared for.

For those interested in the program, visit the Animal Protection League of NJ. As Janine Motta, the programs manager at APLNJ said, “TNR is a job that animal control cannot do on their own. They need to enlist public support.”

AcTwisted June 14, 2013 at 05:04 PM
Coyotes........ nature's #1 feral cat population control
bob June 14, 2013 at 06:14 PM
This guy John is a liar. Hes my neighbor. And I know for a fact that he is the problem. He does not get these cats fixed. And he blames all his surrounding neighbors for the poisonings. Myself included. Most of the cats are actually his. And its because he keeps feeding them that there are so many around. If this guy wouldn't feed.them they would all go away. I have 6 cats myself( all indoor all fixed all updated on shots) and I know how cats work. You should see the inside of this guys apt. Its filthy and there is cat shit everywhere and reeks like piss. John Adams is the worst pet owner ive ever come across. He should quit spending all his money on pot and actually pay to get the cats fixed himself. Instead he has the state come in and waste our hard earned tax dollars
CMT June 14, 2013 at 08:03 PM
WOW!!! I AM SURE GLAD YOU TWO DUDES DON'T LIVE AROUND ME!!!
CMT June 14, 2013 at 08:04 PM
Sounds like both of you need some type of counseling, you guys have alot of anger issues!!!
Daox June 14, 2013 at 08:24 PM
Bob, Please stop talking. You are the reason there are so many problems with feral cats. Instead of doing something about the problem you point fingers and pick apart people's personal lives. John was correct and the only way to get the problem under control is to get the cats fixed and then release them so they can live peacefully without reproducing. Also BOB... john did the right thing by talking to the state and asking them to help... that is why we pay tax dollars moron... our tax dollar fund a dept called "Animal Control".. i would rather my dollar go to a hard working control agent then one sitting on their butts all day because people like you think that is more productive. Do us a favor BOB.. be quiet and let the big boys take care of everything, because it seems to me you have too much anger to be able to help.
Reality Bytes June 15, 2013 at 05:41 AM
That's because they are all disappearing from that very efficient "TNR 'attrition'". Didn't you all read the rules of how TNR works? You sterilize them so they can all die out; from becoming road-kill, environmental poisons, being attacked by other cats and animals, incurable diseases, parasites eating them from the inside out, etc., etc. You know, all those heinous inhumane ways that every last TNR cat dies because you're too spineless and heartless to give them their one chance at a humane death when you could have. Shooting them, trapping and drowning them, and poisoning them also falls under the definition of "attrition". Didn't you know this? So what if some far-more responsible people who actually care about all other lives in the world are stepping-up the rate of attrition of these invasive species vermin. You should just be glad! Advertise this as how much of a success that TNR is in getting rid of cats! You could finally have one of those success stories that has been non-existent up until now, but which you claim how much of a success that TNR is everywhere. Yet so far there's been ZERO proof of that! Now you have proof that it actually works! Permanently getting rid of every last free-roaming cat is your goal, after-all. TNR is NOT meant to maintain invasive species cats in a non-native habitat indefinitely. If that were the case, then why are you even bothering to sterilize them? Hypocrites much? LOL
Reality Bytes June 15, 2013 at 05:47 AM
Google: Loews Hotels Feral Cats Another replay of what these cat-licking TNR sociopaths do, Google: Cats Venice Complex Reprieve A $150 million project for low-income housing put on hold, jobs lost, money lost, courts and lawyers, to save a few vermin cRats. Yet the vast majority of their TNR'ed cats had already died inhumane deaths from TNR-practitioners' "death by attrition". Similar cases found by Googling feral cats and churches, universities, hospitals, shopping centers, apartments, etc. Cat-lickers delusionally believe any land that a cat has stepped-foot on is their own property and they can control the owners and all laws on it. It's why everyone is learning to kill all cats on their properties as quickly as possible. Telling nobody about cats even being there. Shoot cats first, tell no-one later. The only thing worse than feral cats are feral cat-lickers. You can legally shoot the former, not the latter. You pay lawyers and courts to get rid of the latter. THEN you can get rid of their cats. People are wising-up. If ANY cats are around they destroy every last one of them first, before they make any other move. At least these psychotic cat-lickers are helping to put an end to the problem they created and perpetuate. They just don't realize how they are actually doing it -- teaching all others to kill their cats for them before the cat-lickers show up and bring even more problems into everyone's lives. LOL
Reality Bytes June 15, 2013 at 05:50 AM
Not long ago I learned that TNR cat-hoarders practice a form of "TNR-On-A-Budget" (my name for it). TNR cat-hoarders who want to keep feeding their cats but can't afford all that tedious mucking-about and getting them sterilized or vaccinated just trap the cats and clip the cats' ears themselves. Then release them again right after clipping their ears. Doing their best to hide all evidence of where they keep these colonies and telling few about them. This way the cat if trapped again just gets released right there so the cat-hoarder can continue to dote-over and feed their unsterilized and unvaccinated cats. Plus everyone else who might happen on their secret cat-hoarding locations thinks those cats are sterilized and vaccinated so they have fewer concerns about them still overbreeding or spreading deadly diseases. The TNR cat-hoarder feeder just tells them, "Oh, don't worry. See that clipped ear? They are sterilized and vaccinated. Perfectly fine and legal!" Thanks to these "TNR-On-A-Budget" psychotics, clipped-eared cats must be trapped and euthanized or destroyed on-site -- the only affordable and sane solution for everyone.
Reality Bytes June 15, 2013 at 05:59 AM
Here's proof: "Chris Cook We had a culling of the neighborhood cats 2 years ago when there were only 10 or so (I lost 4 under my care in the same week). Now there's over 25 - that I know about (about half fixed)... it's just a matter of time before someone decides they have the 'solution' to the cat 'problem'. All I can do is get them tipped (in case Animal Services gets them, there's a small chance they'll release them back to the area they caught them) and hope for the best by making my own yard a hidden sanctuary of sorts. At least my HOA knows I'm TNRing them and not just feeding them so they (for now) look the other way while slamming the feeders-and-breeders who contributed to the problem getting out of hand and refusing any and all offers of assistance." from: www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=295067530554567&id=110911218963121 Not only is this criminally irresponsible cat-hoarder hoarding and feeding unsterilized cats, but he even attracted MORE cats -- again disproving their oft-spewed "vacuum effect" LIE. While also lying to his HOA to boot. He even believes that what he is doing *IS* TNR. I'd say this person reflects the norm rather than the exception, since TNR advocates relentlessly lie about so much and so often.
CMT June 15, 2013 at 07:14 AM
this is too much excitement for me, I think your all a bunch of crazy out of hand fools!
Jed Caldwell June 16, 2013 at 02:54 AM
Reality Bites - Cats are very smart animals and it is hard enough to trap them the first time. Worse, once trapped they will never allow themselves to be trapped again. Think of it like a hot stove to people. One touch and you never do it again. Once trapped and a cat won't do it again. The bottom line is no matter how "nice" people think they by feeding and watering feral cats, feral cats have an incredibility rotten life, many of them become infested with communicable diseases, they often suffer from malnutrition, they have no place to get out of the weather, and they suffer violent attacks from not only other animals, but other cats too, and once wounded there is no one to care for them. The people who put food out for them are not doing them any favors, other than prolonging the horrid life they lead. If those people feeding them really cared for the cats they would stop feeding them, and if they are lucky enough to catch one or two, turn the over to the police.
Jed Caldwell June 16, 2013 at 02:55 AM
Cats are very smart animals and it is hard enough to trap them the first time. Worse, once trapped they will never allow themselves to be trapped again. Think of it like a hot stove to people. One touch and you never do it again. The bottom line is no matter how "nice" people think they by feeding and watering feral cats, feral cats have an incredibility foul life, many of them become infested with communicable diseases, they often suffer from malnutrition, they have no place to get out of the weather, and they suffer attacks from not only other animals, but other cats too, and once wounded there is no one to care for them. The people who put food out for them are not doing them any favors, other than prolonging the horrid life they lead. If those people feeding them really cared for the cats they would stop feeding them, and if they are lucky enough to catch one or two, turn the over to the police.
Joe Hillsboro June 19, 2013 at 02:44 AM
The Chinese...........nature's #2 feral cat population control.
Lyn Hazley July 05, 2013 at 12:02 PM
I don't know I've had one stupid cat get trapped 3 times and he even comes up to me. So there are stupid ones in the mix, unfortunately the one cat I can't trap is a female and she keeps having kittens.

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