MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Township Animal Shelter is holding a “Feed the Ferals” food drive now through Saturday, November 12 to lend a “paw” of support to the dedicated volunteers who ensure that local colonies of feral cats are well cared for. The shelter is asking the community to join in the effort to help the homeless cats by brining dry or canned cat food to a drop-off collection bin that has been placed outside the shelter at 77 North Willow Street, Montclair.

The Shelter’s feral cat program advocates for the humane treatment of community cats in the local area by assisting feral and stray cats through a Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) programs.

“The program has been a great success in our towns -- Montclair, Verona and Nutley,” said acting shelter manager Liz Morgan. “Even through our personal challenges this year with the fire and post fire repairs we've been able to assist close to 100 cats with our programs and provide support with food, housing and TNR.”

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Many of these colonies are managed by just a handful of volunteers, said Morgan.

“These folks pay for all food and medical services out of their own pockets and many are retired and on fixed incomes,” she said.

It is especially important to see to the health of the cats in the coming cold weather months.

“Regular meals help the animals' immune systems weather the cold,” said Ms. Morgan.

For more information, contact the Montclair Township Animal Shelter at 973-744-8600 or emorgan@montclairnjusa.org.