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
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.