Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Cats to be Trapped and Killed at Clara Barton Rest Stop on NJ Turnpike

Since being dumped by their owners in nearby woods, several cats have called the Clara Barton rest stop on the New Jersey Turnpike their home. The Turnpike Authority was working with a local SPCA to TNR the cats, and decreased the colony from around 100 to a very small number (employees suspect there are less than a dozen cats still there). Now that the cost of tolls is to rise, the Turnpike Authority no longer working with the SPCA and is now planning to trap and kill the remaining cats. Turnpike employees have also been threatened with dismissal, if they feed the cats.

We are urging our members to please contact the New Jersey Turnpike Authority to encourage them to continue to work with the SPCA to use TNR to control the colony’s number and to allow employees to care for the cats. If you pay toll on this road, your money will, in part, be used to trap and kill these cats, so please express your disapproval with the NJ Turnpike Authority’s decision.

The leadership of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority is as follows:

Stephen Dilts, Chairman
Harold Hodes, Commissioner
David G. Evans, Commissioner
Raymond M. Pocino, Commissioner
Clive Cummis, Commissioner

Their contact info is as follows:
New Jersey Turnpike Authority
P.O. Box 5042
Woodbridge, NJ 07095-5042
Email: info@turnpike.state.nj.us

Administrative Office of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority
581 Main Street in Woodbridge, NJ
Phone: (732) 750-5300

The Commission meets at 9:30am on the following dates at the Main Street address: Wednesday, January 28, 2009, Tuesday, February 24, 2009, Tuesday, March 31, 2009, Tuesday, April 28, 2009.

4 comments:

Letters to Han Solo said...

I was wildly upset with this posting because I could not imagine how anybody in New Jersey would want to round up little kittens and kill them, so I sent an e-mail to info@turnpike.state.nj.us asking them to stop doing such horrible things. I received an e-mail back today stating that "there is not now, nor has there ever been an initiative to round up and euthanize stray cats."

The message went on to say that this was "misinformation" that had traveled around quite quickly.

Tracey said...

Oh my god, I am so shocked. I was just there last sunday to put out two shelters I made for the cats.
I hope they dont use those shelters to trap and kill the cats.
I rescued a kitty last year from there - Krystal and she lives with me now and is the sweetest cat.

Jan said...

I am in contact with an executive at the New Jersey Turnpike Authority; we have been discussing TNR at the Clara Barton site. The biggest impediment at this time is obtaining local resources to make spay/neuter happen: traps, trappers, local low-cost spay/neuter, funds for spay/neuter, colony caretaker, etc. So, not much is going to happen at the Clara Barton site until we have people who can assist with TNR. If you know of anyone who can help, please email me at ferals18@msn.com. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

TNR is alive and well as a grass roots organization. The TNR volunteers just need to be made aware of the issue. Without cats, there
will be rats. It is ecologically
sound to have cats. I don't understand why a group of turnpike workers could not contribute 2.00
each and have the cats spayed or neutered at People for Animals in
HIllside. The big word here is V for volunteer with your heart. Skip
the coffee carry a thermos, skip the nails, paint your own and save helpless creatures from being born into this cruel, harsh world.

The Humane Society does a wonderful job of low cost spay and
neutering. THIS IS OUR WORLD, DO WHAT YOU CAN TO MAKE IT A BETTER
PLACE FOR ALL. ONE ACT OF KINDESS TOUCHES SO MANY LIVES AND COMES BACK TO YOU A THOUSAND TIMES-Give with your heart and receive freely.
Be proud to set a good example for the next generation. TEach them
love, charity and caring.
God Bless All of YOu Who Care Enough To do something about it and
those that don't so they will see the light.