Bayonne urges residents to register feral cat colonies with the Well being Division

Municipal Providers Director Suzanne Cavanaugh has introduced that organizations that function trap-neuter-release packages in Bayonne should register their cat colonies with the Well being Division.

The town’s TNR program has been in full swing since Wednesday, November 9.

“We wish to make sure that all candidates are in compliance with Well being Division procedures,” Cavanaugh stated. “All those that are trapping cats should register their colonies with the Metropolis of Bayonne, in order that we are able to preserve observe of their actions.”

Registrations have to be filed with Well being Officer Michele O’Reilly. Electronic mail requests for registration to or name 201-858-6355.

Feral cats will be trapped for pick-ups on Thursdays. Help is offered for novice trappers.

Trapping and pick-ups have to be coordinated by way of the Bayonne Well being Division. Name 201-858-6100.

The Well being Division will coordinate pick-ups and drop-offs with the Animal Management Officer on the New Jersey Humane Society.

Cavanaugh concluded, “We admire everybody’s anticipated cooperation in making this program profitable.”

Metropolis-run TNR is years within the making

The Metropolis Council beforehand accepted a decision at its November assembly revising its contract with the NJ Humane Society Corp. for animal management providers relating to the TNR program.

The addendum to the contract clarifies the scope of the corporate’s providers for the TNR program and ensures it conforms to town’s ordinance. The addendum additionally clarifies that the quantity for the TNR is “to not exceed” $25,000.

In April of 2021, the council first entered into the contract with the West New York-based firm for an Animal Management Officer and Animal Shelter Providers from Could 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021 for $54,123. Officers stated this was a cost-saving swap from earlier contractor Liberty Humane Society of Jersey Metropolis.

Geoffrey Santini of the NJ Humane Society is town’s Animal Management Officer, with a no-kill animal shelter in West New York. With a brand new Animal Management Officer, town started organising a TNR program with Santini way back to September of 2021.

In March of 2022, the council renewed the contract, extending it by way of December 31, 2022 for a further quantity to not exceed $81,185. This introduced the contract to $135,309 in whole.

So as to authorize the TNR program, the council needed to enter right into a second modification to the contract with the NJ Humane Soceity for a further quantity of $25,000. The council accepted that decision again in April, and subsequently accepted an ordinance in September additional outlining the TNR program

The $25,000 was allotted for this system from the 2021 municipal price range. Metropolis Council President Gary La Pelusa advocated for that quantity, with a $5,000 improve from the $20,000 that was initially put aside.

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