CPAW NJ February 2020 Pawsitive Mews

NJ Cat Rescue

Spay It Forward 2020 | February PAWSITIVE MEWS

 

In this issue, learn about an upcoming FUN volunteer party!, the Associated Humane Societies’ grant from Essex County, and of course our news of the month’s activities. Plus  MORE good mews:  Oreo’s adoption! and a story of hope and love about an outdoor cat living the life with his loving caregivers.  We hope you have a wonderful February!

 

From the desk of Karen Shinevar, CPAW NJ co-founder and community cat advocate:

Lately I’ve been thinking that it’s almost a miracle every time a cat is TNR’d.  First you have to FIND the cat, then get it on a regular feeding schedule, then make plans to trap, hold, transport, have an APPOINTMENT, transport, recover, and return.  

WHEW!  And sometimes it takes several times to get one cat….and a lot of cooperation by the caregiver and the volunteers/service providers along the way.  Like this month the folks at People for Animals helped us with a sick older female.  She needed fluids and some antibiotic treatment for a week before she could be spayed….still recovering.  Thanks so much PFA!  WE LOVE YOU!

That’s why we always say….it takes a village.  So we want to celebrate all caregivers, volunteers, and supporters with a FUN VOLUNTEER NIGHT!  Thanks to the Bloomfield Animal Shelter for opening its doors on Thursday, February 13 from 7 – 9 pm.  We’ll have a warm meal and one of our talented volunteers, Cheryl, will help us make “Wish dolls”.  They are therapeutic to make and a delight to look at…Look at this picture to see the finished result.

 

 

HOPE TO SEE YOU ON Thursday, February 13,

Bloomfield Animal Shelter, 61 Bukowski Place, Bloomfield 7-9 pm.

Meet your fellow volunteers and we’ll break some bread together.

 

https://cpawnj.networkforgood.com/projects/87131-spay-it-forward-2020

 

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ESSEX COUNTY FREEHOLDERS

SPAY IT FORWARD!

Announcing:  Pilot Essex County TNR Subsidy Program 


Advocacy efforts at the County level finally got 4 paws up!!!

 

Associated Humane Societies, in conjunction with a grant from the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, will offer free spay/neuter and rabies/distemper vaccines for Essex County outdoor cats in a trap, neuter, vaccinate and return program at its mobile unit on surgery days.  The program will be available through April 30, 2020, or until allocated funds are depleted.


Mandatory eligibility requirements include the following:

  • Cats must be both trapped AND returned to the same Essex County address.
  • Persons presenting cats to AHS must verify Essex County address for trapping and return.
  • Cats must be in traps.  No carriers allowed.

  • All cats will be eartipped, no exceptions.

  • Any extra services, including nail trim, testing, antibiotics, etc. will be charged to the person at the published price.  

 

Appointments must be made ahead of time by calling Debbie at 973-824-7080, Ext. 118.  The dates and locations of the AHS mobile spay van can be found at https://www.ahscares.org/ContentPage/2877.  


Good mews!  CPAW NJ has already secured 1 AHS van to come to the Bloomfield Animal Shelter and hopes to have another one in our area in Essex County. We will be handling the registration for these van(s) and working to have 15 feral cats each time so that we can maximize the use of these very scarce resources. Contact us by email at cpawnj@gmail.com

 

We are thrilled that the County has created this pilot funding program.  Now we all need to work together to fill in all of the other pieces needed to help fix an outdoor cat….finding, trapping, transport, recovery and release to responsible caregiver. 

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How YOU can

SPAY IT FORWARD 2020!

 

  • Calling all BLOOMFIELD residents — we are working closely with the township and hope to spay many more cats there this year through this lifesaving collaboration. Email us at cpawnj@gmail.com to learn moreVOLUNTEER — now it’s easy to sign up by going to https://signup.com/go/DdmhMHT
  • BORROW A TRAP — it’s easy to do and we’ll provide hands on trapping training!
  • HELP BUILD SHELTERS — so many cats could use better shelter.  We can provide materials and you could even get your children and their friends together for a community service project.  
  • TRANSPORT — even 2 hours once a month would be such a huge help!
  • HOLD a FOOD DRIVE  — outdoor cats need more food in winter to survive
  • DONATE FOOD TO YOUR LOCAL FOOD PANTRY OR FOOD BIN LOCATION
  • OR JUST EMAIL US TO OFFER YOUR TIME, TALENT OR IDEAS TO HELP PROMOTE TNVR — cpawnj@gmail.com 
 

 

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Our February HERO IN ACTION is Jen Chaky!

 

 
Jen is an extraordinary volunteer who has learned to trap and care for feral cats and is now training others.  Jen’s lived in Montclair for 18 years and her business is Walk with Dogs.  She does dog pack walks and cat care.  She’s rescued many kittens for CPAW NJ, found fosters, cared for a very sick feral for 4 months to recovery from very serious bite wound, and now is juggling several caregiver locations at a time for trapping.  We are so blessed to have her “spaying it forward” in her own special way.  It takes a village to help outdoor cats live long, healthy lives in our community. 
 

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OREO HAS HER FURREVER HOME!!!  Remember our wonderful Oreo? who was taken off the streets shortly after she lost her friend and dedicated caregiver, Carolyn.  Cared for by Kay Sherwood, a family came to us through Petfinder and PAWS, and now Oreo (now called Honey) is happy and healthy with a wonderful family.  Purrfect ending!
 

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Special Outdoor Cat Highlight:

This cat was the very first one her caregiver ever trapped. Look at her now, the queen of her colony in all her glory! It just goes to show, with love and care (and of course, spay/neuter), Community Cats can live long, healthy lives. If you have an update from your colony, send us a message. We’d love to share! @ Bloomfield, New Jersey.

 

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JANUARY RESULTS ARE IN!

CPAW NJ Report Card as of January 31, 2020
 
Spayed/neutered (feral): 36

25 males and 11 females

Since April 1, 2017
1,253 spay/neuter

PLUS this last month we loaned traps to 7 of the locations,  we trained 4 new trappers and all 4 of them trapped cats!, and 6 of the caregivers did the trapping themselves.

We are building capacity: people are learning what to do and are able to help themselves and their colony cats!

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SAVE THE DATES!

FUN, FOOD, and MAKE A WISH!

VOLUNTEER MEETING

 

All are invited to Bloomfield Animal Shelter

Thursday, February 13, 7-9 pm

61 Bukowski Place

 

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!  Let us know if you can make it.

https://www.facebook.com/events/798486630618085/

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Coming again! 

Sunday, March 8

Comedy Catalyst Night

to benefit CPAW NJ

Tierney’s Tavern

Come out, enjoy, and support us!

 

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REGISTER NOW! 

Last Tuesday of every month!

Ferals ONLY

AHS Mobile Spay Van

Registration Required.

Email us at cpawnj@gmail.com

Space is limited.

 

February 25, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

The Bloomfield Animal Shelter

61 Bukowski Place

 

March 24, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

The Bloomfield Animal Shelter

61 Bukowski Place

 

March 31, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

The Bloomfield Animal Shelter

61 Bukowski Place

 

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Trapping Tricks

Sat, Mar 14, 2020

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

 

More info to follow…..

https://cpawnj.networkforgood.com/projects/69812-beat-the-heat-2019

 
 

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Montclair, NJ 07042

 

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