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UPDATE: We Did It! Bayside Prison Halts Plan to Kill Cats, and Will Meet with Alley Cat Allies and Local Cat Protection Groups

Thanks to the dedication and support of New Jersey organizations and activists, Bayside State Prison in Leesburg, N.J., has agreed to halt its plans to kill the cats living on its property. This shows that when we work together and join our voices, we can accomplish amazing victories for cats.

The prison administration has agreed to allow representatives from Alley Cat Allies and local cat protection groups to tour the property and assess the situation, and to then create a plan of action that will help address any concerns about the cats while also protecting their lives.

We’ll work with the prison to ensure that these cats, who they’ve invested so much in, continue to be safe in their outdoor home. And of course, we’ll keep you updated along the way.

We really could not have done this without you—you’re our most powerful tool in the movement to protect cats. Thank you so much for taking action for these cats!

ORIGINAL ISSUE:
This action is ONLY for residents of New Jersey.

bayside_ac_thumb.jpgFor nearly a decade, a colony of cats at Bayside State Prison in Leesburg, N.J., has been cared for humanely through Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). Taxpayer dollars have been invested in this successful TNR program. But the prison’s new administrator plans to hire a contractor to start catching and killing the cats.

We’ve contacted the prison to urge them not to catch and kill these cats—and to instead work with us and local organizations to continue to manage the colony through TNR. But the prison has turned down our offer.

Join us in taking action. Urge Bayside Prison Administrator John Powell and New Jersey Department of Corrections Commissioner Gary Lanigan to CANCEL this shortsighted plan to catch and kill these cats.

This message will be sent to Bayside State Prison Administrator John Powell and New Jersey Department of Corrections Commissioner Gary Lanigan.