The Osborn Island Trap Neuter Release Program (OITNR) was organized to humanely reduce the feral cat population on Osborn Island by preventing future litters and improving the health and well being of the existing colony.
OITNR started in July 2013 when a few Osborn Island Residents aware of an increasing feral cat population on Osborn Island, came together to make a difference for
these animals. Thanks to donations from residents and the volunteer efforts,
the potential for future feral population growth has dramatically decreased. As of April 3,2014 112 cats have been humanely trapped by our volunteers, transported to a spay/neuter clinic in Voorhees, N.J. that offers discounted neutering, then returned to their original colony to live out a happier healthier life. So far more than 20 young kittens are either in foster care or have been successfully placed for adoption.
We work closely and have the support of Alley Cat Allies, which is a national foundation that has successfully reduced the feral cat population at the Atlantic City Boardwalk. Thanks to them for all of their advice and counsel in helping make our project successful.
SOME OF THE CATS IN ONE OF OUR COLONIES
ALL HAVE BEEN SPAYED/NEUTERED AND VACCINATED.
TRAPPING IN THE SANCTUARY WAS INTERESTING. WHILE WE WERE WATCHING THE TRAPS WE HAVE BEAUTIFUL DEER WATCHING US.
THIS IS OUR NEW DROP TRAP. IT IS REMINISCENT OF SOMETHING FROM A BUGS BUNNY OR ROADRUNNER CARTOON WITH A BOX, A STICK AND A ROPE. AMAZINGLY ENOUGH, IT WORKS GREAT FOR THOSE CATS THAT REFUSE TO GO INTO OUR REGULAR TRAPS. THE ONLY DOWNSIDE IS YOU MAY HAVE TO STAND PERFECTLY STILL FOR HOURS IN THE COLD, RAIN OR HEAT WAITING FOR THE CAT BE LURED INTO IT IN ORDER TO PULL THE ROPE.
HERE ARE PEACHES AND TUXEDO GIRL OUT IN THE RARE WARMTH OF THE SUN THIS BRUTAL WINTER. THANKFULLY ALL IN THE COLONY HAVE MADE IT THROUGH THE WINTER AND ARE DOING WELL.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2014. OUR NEW CAT CROSSING SIGN. HOPEFULLY PEOPLE WILL SLOW DOWN AND WE WON'T HAVE ANY MORE CASUALTIES.
March 31, 2014. Unfortunately someone has already stolen our sign. But, this will not deter us. There will be a new, bigger and higher sign installed soon.
APRIL 2, 2014. FINALLY THE WEATHER HAS CO-OPERATED AND TRAPPING HAS RESUMED. FOUR CATS WERE TRAPPED TODAY AND SENT FOR SPAYING, NEUTERING AND RABIES SHOTS. WHEN CATS ARE TRAPPED THEY ARE IMMEDIATELY COVERED TO KEEP THEM CALM IN THE TRAP AND PLACED IN A SECURE ROOM OVERNIGHT UNTIL THEY ARE TRANSPORTED THE NEXT MORNING TO OUR SPAY/NEUTER CLINIC. THEY WILL ALSO RECOVER IN THIS ROOM AFTER SURGERY. THEY ARE THEN RELEASED WHERE THEY WERE TRAPPED IN AN ENVIRONMENT THAT THEY ARE FAMILIAR WITH SO THEY ARE ABLE TO FIND FOOD AND WATER.
APRIL 10, 2014. TODAY WE PUT UP A NEW, BIGGER AND TALLER SIGN. THIS TIME WE USED LOCK WASHERS AND SPLAYED THE BOLTS TO HELP PREVENT SOMEONE FROM STEALING IT LIKE THE LAST ONE.