Real Caregivers of New Jersey: Irene from Nutley

Irene from Nutley

Were you always a cat lover?

Yes I have always loved cats as well as all animals, but cats have always had a special part of heart. I have been feeding them since I was in my teens.

How did you get started being a colony caregiver?

I found 2 strays in my yard, took one in – the other was feral but never let me get close until she got very sick. I had to take her to vet. She died on the way there.

How many cats do you take care of?  How many have been TNR’d?

I did have 5 which I had fixed thanks to Karen from CPAW NJ. One was hit by a car so now I have the original 4 babies (the mom lives with me in the house) and another old lady. My vet has checked her and gave her shots. She belonged to someone but now lives in my yard… so a total of 5 but as of yesterday there are 2 new males! My 4 “kids” now 3 years old are all black and white. 3 girls and one boy. He is a little cross eyed. They let me feed them. One I can pet; the others still run away.


What are the best and worst parts of taking care of your crew?

The best part of taking care of my cats is their gratitude. They are thankful they have a warm bed every night and their bellies are full. The worst part is worrying someone will hurt them.

How do your neighbors feel about the cats?

My immediate neighbors on both sides, 2 doors down and across the street are great. They look out for them and are happy they have no mice in their houses anymore. Some other neighbors don’t like them. They said my cats are pooping in their yards. I tried to explain its not my cats –  they cover their poop. But the neighbors insist. I purchased 4 radar noise things so the cats won’t go in their yards. I’m letting it go,
just being nice.

How did you hear about CPAW?

My neighbor saw a flyer in Starbucks and gave me their information. I called and spoke to Karen and she is the best ever! She helped me, let me borrow traps, explained how to do it and I did. I did get them fixed thru another friend in North Arlington. I paid 100 for each one and it was worth it. I always support CPAW in any way possible.


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