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post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
Hi,
I live in NJ annd about 3 months ago a mother cat and her kittens started showing up at my door crying for food.. i was able to contact a rescue group who helped me trap the mother and her 3 kittens... I am forstering all of them except one of the kittens who has gotten adopted... the mother was semi-feral but i have gained her trust and for the time being she will stay with me... i do not have the heart to put her back outside.. her kittens have grown up and are still alittle skittish but beautiful lobing kittens...hopefully they will find a good home soon...about 2 weeks ago i saw another mother cat and her kittens on the corner of my block...after speakign with neighbors i was informed that in the summer some people in my neighborhood were posioning cats and there were 5-10 dead cats that they knew of...there are alot of cats due to the fact that they keep reproducing...anyway...i managed to catch this mother cat and her 2 kittens, who are much smaller than the other kittens and much friendlier...the mother on the other hjand is about 6months to a year according to the rescue group and feral...i am currently keepimng her in a cage because i do not have the space to leave her in a spare room... i cannot keep her and try to socialize her and the rescue group i am working with does not have the resorces to help....she was tested negavtive for FIV and FELV and she will be nuetered next weekend...i do not want to re-release her due to the neighbors posioning the cats and the approaching winter.... she is scared but not aggressive....i was wondering if anyone would be interested in trying to socialize her or a barn situation or anything to help her ..i just do not have the time or space to keep her as a forster or permnately but i know that she deserves a good life...if you can help or know anyone that can please let me know asap.. i have a picture of her..her name is crystal
also, if anyone knows any organizations that do TNR, my neighborhood does have many cats, but until some of my 8 forsters get adopted i can not do anything else....
thank you for your help and time....
i h
post #2 of 20
This article is from Allentown, NJ...not sure where you are in NJ...but maybe this can help:

http://examiner.gmnews.com/news/2004..._Page/020.html

I also found these groups:

http://www.carolscats.20m.com/

http://www.commonsenseforanimals.org/

http://www.catsincorporated.org/

http://www.petfinder.org/shelters/hsoc.html

http://www.nj-ara.org/

http://members.petfinder.org/~NJ17/index1.htm

http://www.safehavencatrescue.org/

http://members.petfinder.org/%7ENJ120/index.html
post #3 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the links..hopefully i can find something to help : )
post #4 of 20
Thanks for caring. You may also want to make a post in the caring for Ferals and Strays section. There are a few NJ members that participate in TNR and they may be able to provide you with some other suggestions.

Katie
post #5 of 20
If you still have kittens and need to find a home for one, I have been looking to adopt one.
post #6 of 20
Thread Starter 
if you would like to adopt one you must go through the rescue group that i am working....if you are still intertested i can give you the info....what part of nj are you in? we are in middlesex county
post #7 of 20
I am in Monmouth county. I am very interested and would definitly like more information about the kittens and how I may possibly adopt one.
post #8 of 20
Also my email address is anjel769@aol.com if you would need to send me any other information
post #9 of 20
Hi lemazzei-

I live in NJ too, but in Bergen County, so I don't have any personal contacts in your area. However, try calling Associated Humane Societies in Forked River ( located a few miles south of Toms River)at 609-693-1900. They run a variety of programs, one of which is "Kitty City" and the Animal Haven Farm for homeless cats and dogs. I don't know if they have programs specifically for ferals, but it's worth inquiring.

According to their literature, they refer to themselves as being a "hands-on" organization which includes investigating and PROSECUTING animal cruelty. Even if they can't help you with taking your feral mom cat, speak with them about the cat poisoning in your neighborhood. The lowlife doing this has to be stopped so ask them what they suggest. You should contact the ASPCA about this as well. Try to find out all you can from neighbors to see if anyone knows who is doing the poisoning.
I would make this a priority.

There is also an animal hospital in Sayreville, I believe, which runs an adoption center in conjuction with the hospital. I'll try to get the number for you - I think the name of it is Saybrook Animal Hospital.

Just curious about the rescue group you're working with - since they don't seem to be doing TNR, are they strictly fostering?

A million thanks to you for caring about these innocent cats and kittens. You are doing so much for them - they are truly lucky kitties!
post #10 of 20
Thread Starter 
the rescue group trys to focus more on cats that can be adopted...they will do TNR..but in my case i do not feel comfortable re-releasing in my neighborhood
thanks for the phone number...i called them but you do have to pay for the cat to live at kitty city and i do not have the money at this time
post #11 of 20
lemazzei..I know you don't feel comfortable re-releasing them into your neighborhood...however that leaves you in a quandry....do nothing and there will be more kittens come spring....wait until you find an adequate place to take them and you may be waiting for a long time...which again could mean more litters come spring. Ideally you could find a barn to take these cats..but that isn't always possible and the most critical thing right now is to ensure they are spayed/neutered. Once they have been spayed/neutered..you can work on finding them homes that are more suitable.

Katie
post #12 of 20
I've sent you a Private Message a while ago, please read it. Maybe I can help! Cheryl
post #13 of 20
Hi Lemazzei - Just wondering how you're doing and if you were able to find some assistance.

Katie's got an excellent point about your predicament regarding releasing the spay/neutered cats back to the neighborhood. You don't have a lot of great options here, I know. I agree with her that getting the cats S/N will be a huge step in the right direction, and will prevent more cats being born who will just be more for you to worry about.

I'm sorry you can't get your cat into Kitty City at Associated Humane. Did you speak with them about the cat poisoning in your neighborhood? It's very important that you find an agency or organization to investigate that while you work on spay/neutering.
Please ask Associated Humane for advice and a referral to someone who can help with this if they can't. Also contact the ASPCA.

Please let us know how it's going.
post #14 of 20
Thread Starter 
hi
i have managed to have all 4 kitten adopted into good homes...i have sent my homeowners assoc a letter with a letter from nj animal rights alliance about tnr and possibly working as a community to do something positive about the cats in our neighborhood.. i am also putting out food in front of my house and if a cat starts coming i am going to tnr with ot withiut their help
but..i still have the 2 mother cats and i really need help...
the first one is pretty social...she wants to be petted and purrs and rubs on me but she still scares pretty easily...if any one is interested on applying to adopt her please let me know...she just needs a good home and patience..she has been quite the fighter to survive...her name is cali and i have pics if anyone is interested...she will be completetly vetted...
the other mother crystal was just spayed and vaccinated...she is more feral and i still have her in a cage..i see small differences in her behavior..but she really needs someone to spend more time with her and help her...i also have pictures of her...if someone could only socialize her and could not adopt her, i would take her back and try to adopt her out
thanks for all your help and encouragement
laura
post #15 of 20
Hello
I was wondering if SAVE in Princeton, NJ would be of any help.

We have many ferel cats in NJ where I work. I run a program for homeless teenagers (and cats)...not really for cats but they come to our house! My staff & the teens feed them. We were trapping/vetting the mothers for 2 summers because all the cats were giving birth in our back yard! I also took home a kitten that summer and found him a home.

Two of the 4 cats we trapped to go to vet were "very ferel" we had to re-release them again after vet was done but we still provide a free meal on the back porch and have made a little cat house under our porch.

Because we had a vet who was fixing them/testing them SAVE was willing to take any kittens/non-ferel cats from us. I have not used them in a while because our cat population has died down and we just have one ferel that is our regular named "Sterling".

Last time I spoke with someone "Jennifer" was in charge of surrenders at SAVE("Ann" was in charge the summer of 2001 when we surrendered 2 kittens- maybe you can drop her name too if that helps). Perhaps you can contact her and see if since the animals have been "doctored" and you have found so many other homes for the kittens they will consider taking the two momma cats.

Hope this helps and feel free to email me privately thru this site if you need to contact me/update me if SAVE works out.
Best of luck
post #16 of 20
Thread Starter 
that sounds great...do you have their phone number or website so i can contact them? thanks for your help..
post #17 of 20
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Hope this helps. Definitely be sure and mention that the cats have been "vetted" fully (they like that) and that you found homes for the kittens. It is my understanding that if the cats never get adopted they just live at Save as their home. Hope this gets you somewhere.
Kimberly
post #18 of 20
Thread Starter 
thanks i will let you know what happens......
post #19 of 20
hi, if you have any kittens left please contact me. Also could you tell me what colors they are, how old and where your located at. Thanks






Quote:
Originally Posted by lemazzei
Hi,
I live in NJ annd about 3 months ago a mother cat and her kittens started showing up at my door crying for food.. i was able to contact a rescue group who helped me trap the mother and her 3 kittens... I am forstering all of them except one of the kittens who has gotten adopted... the mother was semi-feral but i have gained her trust and for the time being she will stay with me... i do not have the heart to put her back outside.. her kittens have grown up and are still alittle skittish but beautiful lobing kittens...hopefully they will find a good home soon...about 2 weeks ago i saw another mother cat and her kittens on the corner of my block...after speakign with neighbors i was informed that in the summer some people in my neighborhood were posioning cats and there were 5-10 dead cats that they knew of...there are alot of cats due to the fact that they keep reproducing...anyway...i managed to catch this mother cat and her 2 kittens, who are much smaller than the other kittens and much friendlier...the mother on the other hjand is about 6months to a year according to the rescue group and feral...i am currently keepimng her in a cage because i do not have the space to leave her in a spare room... i cannot keep her and try to socialize her and the rescue group i am working with does not have the resorces to help....she was tested negavtive for FIV and FELV and she will be nuetered next weekend...i do not want to re-release her due to the neighbors posioning the cats and the approaching winter.... she is scared but not aggressive....i was wondering if anyone would be interested in trying to socialize her or a barn situation or anything to help her ..i just do not have the time or space to keep her as a forster or permnately but i know that she deserves a good life...if you can help or know anyone that can please let me know asap.. i have a picture of her..her name is crystal
also, if anyone knows any organizations that do TNR, my neighborhood does have many cats, but until some of my 8 forsters get adopted i can not do anything else....
thank you for your help and time....
i h
post #20 of 20
Thread Starter 
all of the kittens have been adopted...there are many rescue groups that you can contact if you look on petfinder for kittens in your area
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