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RESOLUTION SUPPORTING TRAP-NEUTER-RETURN (TNR) OF FERAL

DOMESTIC CATS

Resolution #10R- WHEREAS, Ewing Township has a feral domestic cat population
that is continually reproducing; and

WHEREAS, feral cats are cats who are significantly or completely unsocialized and not
adoptable as companion animals; and

WHEREAS, communities throughout the United States have determined that the
practice of trapping and euthanizing feral cats is not effective in reducing their numbers,
and the president of the National Animal Control Association likened the practice to
“bailing the ocean with a thimble;” and

WHEREAS, programs for the managed care of feral cat colonies that include trapping,
neutering, vaccinating, and returning such cats to their habitats have proven to be
effective in reducing the number of feral cats and are cheaper and more humane than
trapping and euthanizing; and

WHEREAS, TNR programs are beneficial to communities and the public health because
cats in managed colonies are vaccinated against rabies, which has positive public
consequences, and are spayed or neutered, thereby controlling the population and
reducing nuisance behaviors; and

WHEREAS, the New Jersey Governor’s Task Force on Animal Welfare recommended
an increase in TNR programs throughout the state; and

WHEREAS, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services calls TNR a
facet of “the solution to the free-roaming and feral cat situation;” and

WHEREAS, the National Animal Control Association supports TNR; and

WHEREAS, over 125 municipalities in New Jersey have TNR programs; and

WHEREAS, there is nothing in the ordinances of Ewing Township to prevent or obstruct


the practice of TNR; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the Township of Ewing


that TNR and the controlled feeding of managed feral cat colonies are permitted in the
Township, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that all Ewing ordinances should be interpreted in a
manner which facilitates the practice of TNR; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Township of Ewing supports the efforts of


organizations performing TNR within the Township, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that organizations which perform TNR in Ewing


Township shall educate residents in the neighborhoods where they conduct TNR in an
effort to resolve and prevent complaints.

IT IS SO RESOLVED.

I, Stephen W. Elliott, Municipal Clerk of the Township of Ewing, hereby certify that
the above is a true copy of a Resolution adopted by the Governing Body of the
Township of Ewing at a Regularly Scheduled Meeting of the Municipal Council of
the Township of Ewing, County of Mercer, State of New Jersey held on the 13th day
of April, 2010.

SEAL _____________________________
Stephen W. Elliott
Municipal Clerk