Paw-fect effort
Dual animal rescue groups out to save Hudson’s ferals and strays
by Joseph Passantino
Reporter staff writer
Nov 17, 2013 | 8061 views | 2 2 comments | 103 103 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ROUSING SUCCESS – Hudson County Friends of Ferals and Tuesday & Lisa Cat Rescue held a Paw Fest recently in Union City, with hundreds attending.
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The Hudson County Friends of Ferals (HCFF) and Tuesday & Lisa Cat Rescue (TLC) are out to save animals four paws at a time. And in some cases, like last month’s successful Paw Fest at Ellsworth Park in Union City, a couple thousand paws at once.

The organizations’ goals are separate, but congruent; to help homeless cats. It’s not always easy in Hudson County, the members say.

The area has two very different populations: feral and stray cats.

Stray cats are those that have been lost or abandoned. Ferals are cats born in the wild, although they are domestic breeds (they may be the offspring of strays). Ferals are often not friendly to humans, although strays may be. With ferals, there is the added problem that many of them have not been neutered or spayed, leading to continued growth within that population.

“Feral cats are unadoptable because they are too wild. They’re unsociable,” said Mercedes Garcia, a spokeswoman for both groups. “We can only TNR them (trap, neuter, and return).”

“My wife, Mercy, and I have been doing rescue for about 17 years now,” said Miguel Fernandez, Garcia’s husband. “So we are now teaching others how to do the same. By doing TNR we feel that by educating residents from Union City and surrounding towns we will be able to make a difference. Because spreading the word us the only way we can help them.”
“We want to make sure that the person will love and care for this cat.” – Mercedes Garcia
TLC Rescue is a small nonprofit whose members mainly do TNR in Hudson County and do adoptions of friendly animals found on the streets, according to Garcia.

HCFF was founded this summer to support the efforts of TLC Rescue in regard to feral cats.

“Our [new] organization, Hudson County of Ferals, helps the communities TNR, and tries to educate the public about the desperate need to neuter and spay all pets in order to reduce the amount of homeless animals,” Garcia said.

The groups serve much of Hudson County, including the municipalities of North Bergen, Secaucus, Union City, Weehawken, West New York, and Jersey City.

Successful fair

They combined their resources for the Oct. 19 Paw Fest in Union City, the municipality’s first ever event of its kind. TLC Rescue provided the funding and HCFF provided the volunteers.

“It was a huge success, with 500 free rabies shots administered by our local vet, Carlos Triana of Summit Animal Clinic, and 50 free microchips from People for Animals,” Garcia said.

The Paw Fest also featured dogs and cats available for adoptions. But it wasn’t all seriousness either. The day included live music, a dog kissing contest, a pet costume competition, an agility demonstration, pet services and food vendors, a belly dancer, face painting, giveaways, and prizes.

Got a $20K grant

TLC is taking on an ambitious project after receiving a PetSmart Charities grant for $20,000. The rescue group is set to TNR 300 cats in one neighborhood of Union City over the next year, according to Fernandez.

“The area is roughly from The Doric development to Kennedy Boulevard and as far north at Eighth Street,” he said. “Our volunteers will be assisting in trapping cats and taking care of them prior to and after surgeries. Our goal is to reduce the homeless cat population as well as reduce nuisance problems.”

“We do believe that the homeless cat population can be controlled through a combination of TNR, the cooperation of town governments, the education of feeders and a solid group effort,” Garcia said. “I think that the main wishes of any organization like ours are funding and finding space for TNR.”

“We're currently exploring our options for space, and this is very challenging in a dense urban environment,” she said. “We've discussed possibilities with [Union City] Mayor Brian Stack and are open to any community members who have ideas or space they would like to donate.”

How to adopt

The second major objective of the sister organizations is finding good homes for the strays they find.

“With the help of TLC we fully vet any of the friendly cats we encounter and put them up for adoption,” Garcia said. “If someone wants to adopt any of our friendly, adoptable cats, then we arrange for a meet and greet.

“If they like the cat they fill out an application, which we then process to make sure we have a match,” she said. “We want to make sure that the person will love and care for this cat. Once the person is approved, we then deliver the cat to the house.”

Group growing

HCFF is growing by leaps and bounds. The association now counts about 150 members in its ranks, with about a dozen attending its meetings at 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at the William V. Musto Center in Union City.

“At our meetings we have discussed working with the city to get ID cards for cat feeders,” Garcia said. “This model is very successful in Bergen County. We've also discussed the possibility of having a pet food bank and having other community events.”

More information

The rescue group can be reached by visiting Adoptable animals can be found at or

Joseph Passantino may be reached at

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November 17, 2013
Do you have your liability insurance up to date and good lawyers all lined-up when people discover you are in direct violation of findings by the CDC and someone sues you, your local lawmakers, your township, and your county for $MILLIONS for a cat bite or scratch?

Conclusions on all TNR practices now direct from the CDC

onlinelibrary.wiley D0T com SLASH doi/10.1111/zph.12070/abstract


Domestic cats are an important part of many Americans' lives, but effective control of the 60-100 million feral cats living throughout the country remains problematic. Although trap-neuter-vaccinate-return (TNVR) programmes are growing in popularity as alternatives to euthanizing feral cats, their ability to adequately address disease threats and population growth within managed cat colonies is dubious. Rabies transmission via feral cats is a particular concern as demonstrated by the significant proportion of rabies post-exposure prophylaxis associated with exposures involving cats. Moreover, TNVR has not been shown to reliably reduce feral cat colony populations because of low implementation rates, inconsistent maintenance, and immigration of unsterilized cats into colonies. For these reasons, TNVR programmes are not effective methods for reducing public health concerns or for controlling feral cat populations. Instead, responsible pet ownership, universal rabies vaccination of pets and removal of strays remain integral components to control rabies and other diseases.

(end summary)
November 17, 2013
Be sure you test those cats for ALL of the following diseases, or I hope the recipient of one of them that you adopt-out or someone coming in contact with your disease-infested cats sues you so bad that you never recover from it. (For example, not long ago businesses in Miami were ruined by caretakers of feral-cats spreading hookworm in all the beaches. Lawsuits aplenty!)

These are just the diseases these invasive species vermin cats have been spreading to humans, not counting the ones they spread to all wildlife. THERE ARE NO VACCINES against many of these, and are in-fact listed as bio-terrorism agents. They include: Afipia felis, Anthrax, Bartonella (Rochalimaea) henselae, Bergeyella (Weeksella) zoohelcum, Campylobacter Infection, Cat Scratch Disease, Chlamydia psittaci (feline strain), Cowpox, Coxiella burnetti Infection (Q fever), Cryptosporidium Infection, Cutaneous larva migrans, Dermatophytosis, Dipylidium Infection (tapeworm), Hookworm Infection, Leptospira Infection, Giardia, Neisseria canis, Pasteurella multocida, Plague, Poxvirus, Rabies, Rickettsia felis, Ringworm, Salmonella Infection, Scabies, Sporothrix schenckii, Toxocara Infection, Toxoplasmosis, Trichinosis, Visceral larva migrans, Yersinia pseudotuberculosis. [Centers for Disease Control, July 2010] Bovine Tuberculosis, Sarcosporidiosis, Flea-borne Typhus, Tularemia, and Rat-Bite Fever can now also be added to that list.

Yes, "The Black Death" (the plague) is alive and well today and being spread by people's CATS this time around. People have already died from cat-transmitted plague in the USA. For a fun read, one of hundreds of cases, Google for: Cat-Transmitted Fatal Pneumonic Plague

Oh, by the way, you did know, didn't you, that giving a rabies shot to a cat that already has rabies does not cure it of rabies? Google for: RABID KITTEN ADOPTED WAKE COUNTY (for just one example of hundreds of rabid cats adopted from outdoors). A vetted cat can STILL transmit rabies if it was harvested from unknown living conditions with an unknown vaccination history. May one of those cats you adopt-out have rabies too. Is your liability insurance in excess of $10M? Either quarantine them for 6 or more months at your OWN expense (as required by national and international law), or euthanize them. Those are your only 2 options to be relatively certain you are not handing rabies to someone. Isn't reality fun?


Rabies Outbreak Caused by TNR! 50 Pets Euthanized. ALL Stray Cats Destroyed. All livestock destroyed. More than a dozen homeowners pay for their own $3000 rabies shots.

Google for: Rabies Outbreak in Westchester County

Google for: Rabid Kitten Jamestown Exposure

There's hundreds more like those on the net showing everyone how these phenomenally ignorant and foolish cat-lickers "help" their communities by allowing TNR CAT-HOARDERS to continue their criminally negligent behavior. And contrary to these cat-lickers' perpetual LIES, feeding stray cats TRAINS them to approach humans for food. What do you think happens to the child or foolish adult that reaches down to try to pet or pick up that now seemingly friendly "cute kitty" that just approached them? The wild animal lashes out and bites or scratches the hand that has no food for them. Resulting in $3000 rabies shots for each victim, paid for out of their OWN pockets. Two reports even document rabid cats entering a pet-door and one even came through the family's ceiling in search of human supplied foods, the attack so bad that the whole family required hospitalization.

Then there's cats' most insidious disease of all, their Toxoplasma gondii parasite they spread through their excrement into all other animals. This is how humans get it in their dinner-meats, cats roaming around stockyards and farms (herbivores can contract this parasite in no other way). This is why cats are routinely destroyed around gestating livestock or important wildlife by shooting or drowning them. So those animals won't suffer from the same things that can happen to the unborn fetus of any pregnant woman. (Miscarriages, still-births, hydrocephaly, and microcephaly.) It can make you blind or even kill you at any time during your life once you've been infected. It becomes a permanent lifetime parasite in your mind, killing you when your immune system becomes compromised by disease or chemo and immunosuppressive therapies. It can last over a year in any soils or waters and not even washing your hands or garden vegetables in bleach will destroy the oocysts. Contrary to cat-lickers' self-deceptive myths, a cat can become reinfected many times during its life and spread millions of oocysts each time. It's now linked to the cause of autism, schizophrenia, and brain cancers; as well as increasing the suicide rate in women almost 2-fold even though they've never suffered from any mental or emotional health issues previously. This parasite is also killing off rare and endangered marine-mammals along all coastlines from cats' T. gondii oocysts in run-off from the land, the oocysts surviving even in saltwater.

Its strange life cycle is meant to infect rodents. Any rodents infected with it lose their fear of cats and are attracted to cat urine.

scitizen D0T com SLASH neuroscience/parasite-hijacks-the-mind-of-its-host_a-23-509 D0T html

Cats attract rodents to your home with their whole slew of diseases (like The Plague from rats and fleas, many people have died from cat-transmitted Plague in the USA already, it is alive and well and being spread by cats today). If you want rodents in your home keep cats outside of it to attract diseased rodents to your area. I experienced this phenomenon (as have many others), and all rodent problems disappeared after I shot and buried every last one of hundreds of cats on my lands.

Another interesting experiment. They wanted to find out if dogs could possibly transmit cat-shat Toxoplasma gondii oocysts. A dog infected with T. gondii from a source-cat cannot. That stage of the parasite's life-cycle is 100% dependent on cat-physiology as its primary reproductive host. But if dogs ingest oocyst-laden cat-feces then dogs can pass the oocysts produced by cats & their common brain-hijacking parasite.

ncbi.nlm.nih D0T gov SLASH pubmed/9477489?dopt=Abstract&holding=f1000,f1000m,isrctn

It is interesting to note: That these Toxoplasma gondii oocysts shed by cats can even survive the hydrochloric stomach acids for the duration that they remain in a mammal's digestive tract. And then they doubt my words when I tell them of the studies where they found that this parasite's oocysts (seeds) can even survive washing your hands in bleach. You could wash your hands and garden vegetables in hydrochloric acid and digestive enzymes for the same duration that food remains in an animal's digestive tract and even that won't destroy it. Your hands would be dissolved into a digestible pulp long before you could kill the Toxoplasma gondii oocysts.

Yeah, "basic hygiene" is going to keep your kids safe from going blind sometime during their life, becoming autistic, or die if they ever require any immunosuppressive therapies during their lifetime if they had ever played in a sandbox that a neighbor's cat has defecated in.

Go ahead, drink the cat-lickers' Kool-Aid.