A plan to address feral cat colonies has been put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In early March of last year, the North Bergen Health Department announced it was working on a pilot Trap Neuter & Release (TNR) program to deal with the feral cat colonies in various parts of the township.
The program was sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since then, health department personnel have been stretched thin, working to contain the pandemic by conducting COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, and vaccine coordination and distribution, and working with the CDC, county, state, and local hospitals and health facilities.
No staffing or resources have been available to pursue the planned TNR program, according to the township.
But North Bergen still plans to implement a “responsible and sustainable” program, collaborating with community partners and volunteers. The timeline will be dependent on the pandemic and availability of health department personnel.
Feeding ban lifted
In the meantime, the township has temporarily lifted the feral cat feeding ban, so that cats will not go hungry before the program is implemented.
North Bergen had placed a ban that would cost scofflaws approximately $150. Until the pilot program takes effect, the township has issued guidelines.
If you are providing food for a colony of cats on your property, remove the food scraps and bowls after they finish eating, clean up any mess or leftover food, and do not feed at night.
For more information, email the North Bergen Health Department at NBHealth@northbergen.org.
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