Despite New Jersey's tremendous lifesaving progress for pets, one challenge remains: saving and supporting community cats. In fact, a whopping 97% of the pets killed in New Jersey’s shelters are cats, and community cats comprise a major portion of those lives lost.
Community cats — free-roaming cats who live outdoors and are cared for by local residents — are being scooped up and taken to shelters where they are at risk of being killed when they don’t have to be. Trap-neuter-return (TNR, also known as trap-neuter-vaccinate-return or TNVR) is an animal-friendly, veterinarian-approved, cost-effective, and common-sense method for keeping community cats safe and healthy while reducing their numbers over time. Programs that utilize TNR are proven to benefit people and pets alike in the communities where they are implemented.
Right now, New Jersey’s community cats are dying unnecessarily because TNR programs are not being widely and effectively implemented at the local level. But we have an opportunity to change that. Bills recently introduced in each chamber of the New Jersey legislature would fund local TNR efforts throughout the state, giving thousands of New Jersey residents access to a lifesaving and community-minded solution for at-risk cats.
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