Death Of Six Kittens Brings Community Together

When a resident at the Aloe Village Senior Complex in Galloway, NJ called a local news station for help with 50 to 100 feral cats that were overrunning the community, she had no idea it would lead to the senseless death of six newborn kittens. Ironically the tragedy opened the eyes of the residents to the sad dilemma feral cats face and is bringing the community together to work with cat advocacy group, Alley Cat Allies to save the lives of the remaining animals.

The innocent call from a woman named Evelyn about feral cats using residents’ porches as bathrooms, leaving foul odors and biting one senior citizen prompted an immediate response to the complex by Raymond Lane of Animal Capture and Control Services.

With traps in hand, Lane, Evelyn and a news crew walked around the complex inspecting the situation. Noticing rustling under a bush, Lane crouched down and pulled out six tiny kittens that were only a few days old.

He put the kittens into a carrier and told the news reporter, while the camera was rolling, “That’s another six cats that aren’t going to be breeding.” He told Evelyn the captured cats would go to the Atlantic County Animal Shelter where it would be determined if they were “fit for adoption.”

Later that day all six of the kittens were euthanized.

Shelter veterinarian Andrea Ceremele released this statement, “Any kitten under the age of 3 to 4 weeks is in danger of starvation if they do not have the means to feed every 2 to 3 hours. Unfortunately the shelter is inundated with young kittens. In the shelter setting we do our best to find alternatives to euthanasia. The amount of kittens we see typically outweighs our resources and so we are left with the only humane solution to prevent starvation.”

Outraged over the pointless death of the kittens Becky Robinson, co-founder and president of Alley Cat Allies said, “Six newborn kittens have been ripped from their mothers and ‘euthanized’ at the shelter. This cruel approach is not humane and it is not a solution.”

The group offered their services to property managers at Aloe Village to organize a Trap-Neuter-Return program that will spay/neuter and vaccinate each cat and assist with adopting kittens and friendly cats. The community readily accepted the plan.

Evelyn and the other neighbors were thrilled with the news. No one at the complex had ever heard of TNR programs, but they are now happy to help.

Aileen Walden, director of community programs and support for Alley Cat Allies explained this is a common problem. “People are not aware of TNR and they do not know what happens to the animals when they call animal control. The residents at Aloe Village wanted a way to deter the cats, not kill them.”

When Alley Cat Allies inspected the complex they found cats living in two basic areas that can be easily contained. And they reported that far less than 50 cats live on the property.

The group began trapping cats immediately, capturing eight on the first day.


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Lorraine Andersen

Thanks for sharing and helping. I have a feeling that if animal control had told the seniors what would going to happen they would not have allowed animal control to take the cats. How horrible for 6 tiny new lives. Thanks to Alley Cat Allies for stepping in and helping

Sheri Schongold
Sheri Schongold4 years ago

Thank you for helping. It is a shame that the animal control couldn't be truthful and honest from the beginning. If they had, maybe someone would have helped and the outcome would have been different, Thank you TNR for your help and compassion.

Kathy G.
Kathy G4 years ago

TNR helps and educating people not to dump their cats in the first place is a start. Adopt from shelters and spay/neuter your pets

sylvie a.
.4 years ago

Au moins cette triste histoire aura généré quelque chose de bien. Peut-être que cet événement permettra aux gens e cette communauté d'acquérir une plus grande conscience face aux animaux.

Steve D.
Steve D4 years ago

At least there is a positive resolution happening to the situation. A crying shame that it had to take the death of six for it to start

PrimaAWAY B.
PrimaAWAY B4 years ago

continued..... TNR works like a miracle and it needs to be done. It's a total answer and if you had seen 100 faces and pairs of eyes staring back at you like I did especially where I live ,it was shocking.

Berty's comment made me post the TNR story again. Prompted me to.

I know these little kittens would have needed to be bottle fed and a lot of work but they deserved it and I'm mad it was not done. They will always say at least where I live the same exact cruel things this animal control guy did and they are killed because if there is no one to take care of them until they are adoptable, they are NO GOOD!!! I have seen this done too many times. YOU cannot take to a kill shelter like the Humane Society where I live. They will be put down.... If an animal is not adoptable for any reason ,they are put down/killed. If it costs to much to help them and they are even the friendliest cat or dog ,they will be killed. The only thing that might stop that from happening is if someone that works there takes a unique interest in one or more animals that comes in or knows a contact that will help .Be aware they are put down in less than an hour in most cases where I live .

PrimaAWAY B.
PrimaAWAY B4 years ago

This was horrible and not acceptable. Sadly it happens all the time if taken especially to regular shelters. Not the no kill ones.

TNR works like a charm. I've told my story so many times . I'll make it short. I have lived where i do now for 14 years. The night we moved in it was early winter and there was a house feeding cats with platters of food. I saw over 100 cats.

I asked them if they would some help. They said no that they had been feeding them over 20 years . Yet they didn't like all the cats around.

Anyway ,it was done. The count was about 125 cats. It was unbelievable to see this in a neighborhood. Someone else took charge and in 6 months I started seeing the strays I was feeding with little clipped ears. That is to show that TNR was done and so they could be identified.

Homes were found for ones that could be placed and sadly the feline leukemia ones were put down. These were all being mainly released back into the outdoors. In 6 months at the very most I never ever have seen one litter and I was seeing them like crazy. There were less and less animals and still to this day 14 years later I have not seen one litter . NOT ONE!! I'm sure there have been a litter or two but they usually would all show up at my home and I honestly have not even seen one.

There really are only about 4/5 strays in my area. Many have passed on now and other reasons.

TNR works like a miracle and it needs to be done. It's a total answer and if you had seen 100 face

Nickihermes Celine
Past Member 4 years ago

thank you for sharing 21/7

ANITA B4 years ago

Tim, those who voted "no" think that all animals need to depend solely on humans and the only quality life they could ever have is behind closed doors waiting for love and attention. After all what did these poor animals do before people became involved?? I have worked with TNR for many years and are watching many of our 15 year old cats (some I could never touch) do quite well without nothing but some food and a little sheltering from humans. They sure do have a right to live and allowing them to be free from multiplying keeps the population down and their own lives more fulfilling. I have watched little groups of "friends" gather together and comfort each other over the years without my interference. They love their life outdoors and should have the right to live this way. We don't need to believe that an animal should die just because it doesn't have a human home.

Tim L.
Tim L4 years ago

Who are these jerk-offs in the 2% who voted no. I have conducted TNR on my own over the years and at my own expense, and it is deffinately humane. I have never called animal control and never will. Whenever I have taken an animal to a shelter, I have always made sure it was a No-Kill shelter.