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‘Tastes so good cats ask for it by name’: Nancy Rogers, a veterinary tech and animal activist shows one of several “feeding stations” scattered in a forested area near Plumb Beach.
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Public enemy No. 1: The National Parks Service says feral cats are a danger critters native to Plumb Beach and plans to “dismantle” a cat shanty town where a group of Brooklyn feline fanatics care for the homeless hairballers.
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Blondes have more fun: Blondie is a timid housecat someone dumped at the colony about three years ago, a caretaker says.
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Feline friends: Patches and Rusty have been inseparable since a pitiful pet-owner dumped Rusty in Plumb Beach a decade ago. Patches was born in the wild to once-pet parents, caretakers say.
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Looking for a home: Boots is one of the colony’s adoptable members — others are just too wild for the average pet owner, the cat wranglers say.
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Dedi-cat-ed lady: Carolyn Euvino has travelled from Bay Ridge to Plumb Beach every day for the last 11 years to feed her colony of stray cats — dropping as much as $120 on cab rides during inclement weather.
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What a mug: This sour puss is a sweetie at heart.
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Living large: This feline may be named Itsy Bitsy, but it appears to be pretty well-fed.
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A plum gig: Two wild cats play in their Plumb Beach paradise.

Talk about herding cats.

Animal advocates have found a new home for 33 feral cats that spent the last decade living in a colony on Plumb Beach that the feds have targeted for destruction — now they just have to catch and move them.

Self-described “crazy cat lady” Nancy Rogers has been feeding the ferals in a section of the beach controlled by the National Parks Service for the last 11 years, but the feds recently ruled the cats have to go because they pose a danger to birds and small mammals living in the park.

Now the cats’ caretakers are furiously trapping the kitties ahead of a June 30 deadline to remove the cats before the Parks Service steps in. The mousers are being moved to a farm in another state, but Rogers said she couldn’t elaborate.

“I cannot say where it is, but the cats are leaving New York,” she said, a veterinary technician who has been helping caretakers trap, fix, and release the cats over the past year and a half.

Kitty caretakers got a surprise two weeks ago when they showed up to feed the cats and found Parks Service signs saying the colony would be “dismantled” on June 13. The Service would have trapped the cats and taken them to a shelter, according to a spokesman.

But advocates said a shelter would have been a death sentence, because most of the cats were not socialized and thus not adoptable. After a flood of phone calls and a hand-delivered letter, the caretakers convinced the Parks Service to extend its deadline to June 30.

Rogers has caught more than a dozen of the 33 cats so far and is keeping them in cages in her garage until they leave for the undiclosed location.

The felines will go to a private residence south of the city that asked to remain anonymous, according to Rodgers.

The hairball haven is taking the cats for free, but Rogers said that moving them will still be a costly affair.

Before the kitties can move to their new home, they all need to be vetted to assure that their shots are up to date — a standard procedure when introducing cats to an existing colony — but that can cost hundreds of dollars per pussycat, Rogers said.

To finance the feline flight, Rogers and her partners have started an online fund-raiser that has garnered more than $1,700 toward the group’s $3,000 goal.

Donations can be made at www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/save-the-plum-beach-cats/192464.

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at mjaeger@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-8303. Follow him on Twitter @MJaeger88.
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Elizabeth from Prospect Heights says:
Fantastic news for the colony, but what a deserved black eye for the Parks Service, and especially Doug Adamo, a biologist with the federal agency, who thinks cats are an invasive, "exotic" species. Their reputation was pretty bad to begin with, but this further sullies it. Those cats were there for ten years, being tended to by dedicated caretakers who spayed and neutered them, vaccinated, provided shelters, and fed them everyday. They were not hurting anything. Shame on the Parks Service, who also thinks nothing of killing Canadian Geese in parks, and ironically at the Jamaica Bay "Wildlife Sanctuary." Karma's coming for your killers.
June 23, 2014, 3:59 pm
TNR Researcher from rural says:
Here's a good read to show you what happens to every last one of your relocated feral-cats that you dump-off on farms and in other rural areas in ANY location of North America.

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All you are doing is adding go the cat-shooting quotas of everyone who lives rural. What a nice waste of your money and time. I personally shot and buried hundreds of your invasive-species vermin to stop them from gutting-alive and skinning-alive the last of the native wildlife on my lands. Cats that, morons just like you, adopted out from your "humane" barn-cat programs.

Cats that are relocated NEVER stay where they have been dumped. This is why you read reports of cats trying to get back to their points of origin hundreds of miles away. All the while senselessly destroying countless numbers of valuable native wildlife in their wake by torturing animals to death for their hourly play-toys. People in rural areas have enough of their own problem keeping these disease-infested vermin in check by shooting every stray cat they see (if only to protect their own animals from all the diseases these pestilent cats carry).

Don't go adding to everyone's weekly cat-shooting-quotas by releasing more of these pestilent vermin. "Cute" they are not. They ALL need to be destroyed. There are dozens of native predator species that are MUCH better suited for rodent control. Ones that eat rodents only and don't destroy everything that moves, like cats do. There's a good reason one species was even named the "Barn Owl". Gray-Fox being another excellent mouser, they don't even have European fowl on their menus and will even climb trees to keep squirrel populations in check. Even the 1.75-inch Masked-Shrew, a David & Goliath success story, evolved a poisonous bite specifically for preying on rodents right where they breed. Even the scent of them being around drives away rodents. But what do your cats do? They destroy these most beneficial of all rodent predators the very first chance they get.

Learn to become a responsible steward of this planet by getting at least a high-school level of education in matters of ecology and biology, so the rest of us don't have to teach you a valuable lesson by shooting and burying every last one of your invasive species vermin cats for you.
June 24, 2014, 8:23 am
TNR Researcher from rural says:
You might also enjoy knowing ...

If you advocate for cats as rodent-control on farms and ranches you've already doomed them to being destroyed by drowning or shooting when it becomes a financial liability more than any asset. Ranchers and farmers worldwide are fully aware that cats' Toxoplasma gondii parasite can cause the very same birth defects (hydrocephaly and microcephaly), still-births, and miscarriages in their livestock and important wildlife as it can in pregnant women. Consequently, this is also how this cats' brain-parasite gets into your meats and onto your dinner-tables, from herbivores ingesting this cat-parasites' oocysts in the soils, transferred to the plants and grains that they eat. Not even washing your hands in bleach nor hydrochloric-acid will destroy this parasites' oocysts if you have contracted it from your garden or yard that a cat has defecated in.

This is why any cats are ROUTINELY destroyed around gestating livestock and wildlife-management areas in the most efficient, humane, and least-expensive method available. Common rural practice everywhere. The risk of financial loss from dead livestock and important native wildlife from an invasive-species cat is far too great to do otherwise. This cats' parasite is now even killing off rare marine-mammals (dolphins, seals, otters, etc.) along all coastal regions around the world from run-off containing this cat-parasites' oocysts.

Children on farms and ranches also learn how to be a good steward of their lands when it comes to invasive domesticated species like cats, with one simple statement from the ecologically responsible parents (those who are directly dependent upon the very lands on which they live), "If you see a cat more'n 100 yards from any building, shoot it! It's up to no good."

So the next time you bite into that whole-grain veggie-muffin or McBurger, you need to just envision biting down on a shot-dead or drowned kitten or cat. For that's precisely how that food supply got to your mouth -- whether you want to face up to it or not. It's not going to change reality no matter how much you twist your mind away from the truth of your world.

If you want to blame someone for the drowning and shooting of cats, you need to prosecute yourself -- every time you eat. Enjoy your next meal! At least 1 cat paid for it with its life.

Here's some other ways that everyone humanely kills livestock for your weekend barbeques and their own animals; outside of your psychotically isolated, myopic, bambi-cartoon-educated, pavement-brained, mommy's-basement grasp of reality:

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You are aware, aren't you, that out of ALL types of pet-owners on the face of this earth, that cat-owners are directly responsible for the suffering deaths of more animals and more species of animals than any other pet-owners on the planet. If not having animals killed for their own consumption, then they are having animals killed and crammed into bags and cans and having a "CAT FOOD" label slapped on them for their cat's consumption, and if they let their cats outside then they are senselessly torturing billions of native animals and countless thousands of native species to death yearly just for their cats' play-toys. As well as the countless BILLIONS of offspring of all those animals that are either starved to death or never get born. Cat-owners are a triple-threat to all animal life on earth. How many animals are they going to have senselessly killed or tortured today for their entertainment and their idiotic and senseless "but cats make me feel good!" values?
June 24, 2014, 8:28 am
TNR Researcher from rural says:
Be sure you test those cats for ALL of the following diseases, or I hope the recipient of one of them that is adopted-out or someone coming in contact with their disease-infested cats sues your city and politicians and every last TNR practitioner so bad that they never recover from it for the rest of their criminally negligent and criminally irresponsible sorry-excuses for lives. (For just one example of THOUSANDS, not long ago businesses in Miami were ruined by caretakers of feral-cats spreading hookworm in all the beaches. Lawsuits aplenty!)

These are just the diseases these invasive species vermin cats have been spreading to humans, not counting the ones they spread to all wildlife. THERE ARE NO VACCINES against many of these, and are in-fact listed as bio-terrorism agents. They include: Afipia felis, Anthrax, Bartonella (Rochalimaea) henselae, Bergeyella (Weeksella) zoohelcum, Campylobacter Infection, Cat Scratch Disease, Chlamydia psittaci (feline strain), Cowpox, Coxiella burnetti Infection (Q fever), Cryptosporidium Infection, Cutaneous larva migrans, Dermatophytosis, Dipylidium Infection (tapeworm), Hookworm Infection, Leptospira Infection, Giardia, Neisseria canis, Pasteurella multocida, Plague, Poxvirus, Rabies, Rickettsia felis, Ringworm, Salmonella Infection, Scabies, Sporothrix schenckii, Toxocara Infection, Toxoplasmosis, Trichinosis, Visceral larva migrans, Yersinia pseudotuberculosis. [Centers for Disease Control, July 2010] Bird-flu, Bovine Tuberculosis, Sarcosporidiosis, Flea-borne Typhus, Tularemia, and Rat-Bite Fever can now also be added to that list.

Yes, "The Black Death" (the plague) is alive and well today and being spread by people's cats this time around. Many people have already died from cat-transmitted plague in the USA; all three forms of it transmitted by CATS -- septicemic, bubonic, and pneumonic. For a fun read, one of hundreds of cases, Google for: Cat-Transmitted Fatal Pneumonic Plague

You did know, didn't you, that giving a rabies shot to a cat that already has rabies does not cure it of rabies? Google for: RABID KITTEN ADOPTED WAKE COUNTY (for just one example of hundreds of rabid cats adopted from outdoors, given their rabies shot, but still transmitting and then dying from rabies). The incubation period for rabies is, on average, from 21 to 240 days, sometimes up to 11 months, one rare case being 6 years. A vetted cat can STILL transmit rabies many months later (during the last 2 weeks before it dies of rabies, sometimes not even showing any symptoms up to the point of its death) if it was harvested from unknown rabies-exposure conditions with an unknown vaccination history. May one of those cats you adopt-out have rabies too. Is your liability insurance in excess of $10M? Either quarantine them for 6 or more months in a government-supervised double-walled enclosure system at your OWN expense (as required by national and international law), or euthanize them. Those are your only 2 options to be relatively certain you are not handing rabies to someone. Isn't reality fun?

Google for: RABIES PROMPTS CARLSBAD TNR CAT PROGRAM SUSPENSION

Rabies outbreak caused by TNR! 50 pets euthanized. ALL stray cats destroyed. All livestock destroyed. More than a dozen homeowners pay for their own $5,000-$8,000 rabies shots for EACH family member.

Google for: Rabies Outbreak in Westchester County

Google for: Rabid Kitten Jamestown Exposure

There's hundreds more like those on the net showing everyone how these phenomenally ignorant and foolish cat-lickers "help" their communities by allowing TNR CAT-HOARDERS to continue their criminally negligent behavior. And contrary to these cat-lickers' perpetual LIES, feeding stray cats TRAINS them to approach humans for food. What do you think happens to the child or foolish adult that reaches down to try to pet or pick up that now seemingly friendly "cute kitty" that just approached them? The wild animal lashes out and bites or scratches the hand that has no food for them. Resulting in $5,000-$8,000 rabies shots for each victim of a cat-feeder's criminally negligent behavior, paid for out of the victim's OWN pockets. Two reports even document rabid cats entering a pet-door and one even came through the family's ceiling in search of human supplied foods, the attack so bad that the whole family required hospitalization.

This is why even the CDC has issued direct warnings against the use of these failed TNR programs anywhere and everywhere: onlinelibrary.wiley D0T com SLASH doi/10.1111/zph.12070/abstract
June 24, 2014, 8:35 am
TNR Researcher from rural says:
Then there’s cats’ most insidious disease of all, their Toxoplasma gondii parasite that cats spread through their feces into all other animals. This is how humans get it in their dinner-meats, cats roaming around stockyards and farms (herbivores can contract this parasite in no other way). This is why cats are routinely destroyed around gestating livestock or important wildlife by shooting or drowning them. So those animals won’t suffer from the same things that can happen to the unborn fetus of any pregnant woman. (Miscarriages, still-births, hydrocephaly, and microcephaly.) It can make you blind or even kill you at any time during your life once you’ve been infected. It becomes a permanent lifetime parasite in your mind, killing you when your immune system becomes compromised by disease or chemo and immunosuppressive therapies. It can last over a year in any soils or waters and not even washing your hands or garden vegetables in bleach will destroy the oocysts. Contrary to cat-lickers’ self-deceptive myths, a cat can become reinfected many times during its life and spread millions of oocysts each time. It’s now linked to the cause of autism, schizophrenia, memory-loss, and brain cancers; as well as increasing the suicide rate in women almost 2-fold even though they’ve never suffered from any mental or emotional health issues previously. This parasite is also killing off rare and endangered marine-mammals along all coastlines and inland river-otters from cats’ T. gondii oocysts in run-off from the land, the oocysts surviving even in saltwater. A catastrophic ecological disaster of multi-continent-sized proportions worse than any oil-spill that has ever existed or could even be imagined.

Its strange life cycle is meant to infect rodents. Any rodents infected with it lose their fear of cats and are attracted to cat urine.

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Cats attract rodents to your home with their whole slew of diseases (like The Plague from rats and fleas, many people have died from cat-transmitted Plague in the USA already, it is alive and well and being spread by cats today). If you want rodents in your home keep cats outside of it to attract diseased rodents to your area. I experienced this phenomenon (as have many others), and all rodent problems disappeared after I shot and buried every last one of hundreds of cats on my lands.

Another interesting experiment. They wanted to find out if dogs could possibly transmit cat-shat Toxoplasma gondii oocysts. A dog infected with T. gondii from a source-cat cannot. That stage of the parasite's life-cycle is 100% dependent on cat-physiology as its primary reproductive host. But if dogs ingest oocyst-laden cat-feces then dogs can pass the oocysts produced by cats & their common brain-hijacking parasite.

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It is interesting to note: That these Toxoplasma gondii oocysts shed by cats can even survive the hydrochloric stomach acids for the duration that they remain in a mammal's digestive tract. And then they doubt my words when I tell them of the studies where they found that this parasite's oocysts (seeds) can even survive washing your hands in bleach. You could wash your hands and garden vegetables in hydrochloric acid and digestive enzymes for the same duration that food remains in an animal's digestive tract and even that won't destroy it. Your hands would be dissolved into a digestible pulp long before you could kill the Toxoplasma gondii oocysts.

Yeah, "basic hygiene" is going to keep your kids safe from going blind sometime during their life, becoming autistic, or die if they ever require any immunosuppressive therapies during their lifetime if they had ever played in a sandbox that a neighbor's cat has defecated in.

Go ahead everyone, drink the cat-lickers' Kool-Aid.

Someone who will save the life of a cat over yours is not to be trusted by any other human alive on this planet. Even cat-lickers can't trust their fellow cat-lickers to save each others' lives when it comes right down to it. Truth is, they'd even rather that their own family and friends die (if they have any) than any of their deadly disease-infested cats. Sociopaths and psychopaths, one and all, right to their very cores.
June 24, 2014, 8:37 am
TNR Researcher from rural says:
In case you are curious — the term that I use of “cat licker” is justifiably and accurately gleaned from the growing fad of people who are obsessed with cats and want to do everything possible to make their cats feel good at the expense of all that is reasonable and sane.

They are now licking their cats clean.

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It’s just another one of the many aberrant and mentally-ill behaviors of “cat lickers”.

I cannot, in all good conscience and honesty, EVER use the term “cat lover” again to describe these heartless and spineless cretins. People who love cats do not throw them under the wheels of moving cars, let them lap-up antifreeze in a gutter, being eaten from the inside-out by parasites, or force them to attack one another to fight-to-the-death for territory by letting their cats roam free. (One of the main selling points of TNR: forcing their cats to fight-to-the-death for territory. Absolutely NO different than people who run criminal dog-fight rings to see who wins. Both just as guilty of animal abuse. There are many laws in place that make it a highly punishable crime to force ANY domesticated animals to fight each other for their very survival.)

“Cat Lover” is an extremely oxymoronic label.

“Cat Licker” is the only one that accurately works today.
June 24, 2014, 9:01 am
Rose Douglas from Gerritsen Beach says:
TNR guy/gal above - Spewing this hatred is ridiculous. Every cat person is quite aware of the damages any animal over-population can cause. What most people, like myself, would like to see - is simply humane treatment of all species, including cats. Neutering, adopting, whatever - is something a kind, genteel civilized people would like to develope to ease this callousness of life you roar about above. All the information you've violently hurled at us can apply to any person/animal anywhere. There are no quick fixes, but condemning people for trying to make some things more pleasant and humane for sentient beings, as well as ourselves, is better than the bloodless and violent condemnations of humans and animals you espouse. Please try to see a kinder side.
July 2, 2014, 12:04 pm

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