• All About JerseyCats: A Hudson County Cat Rescue

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    If there’s one thing certain about Hoboken and Jersey City residents {besides knowing the best food spots in town}, it’s that they love their pets. Whether you’re team cat or team dog, Hudson County seems to be flooded with animal lovers. This time though, we’re giving some love to the cat lovers out there. 

    We’re shining the light on a very special local rescue called JerseyCats — a non-profit, volunteer-run foster based rescue local to Hoboken, Jersey City, and Weehawken. Read on to learn all about how to adopt, become a foster parent, volunteer, or how to help out by donating. 

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    ^ Team HG member Briana’s cats from JerseyCats!

    About JerseyCats 

    Incorporated in 2010, JerseyCats is dedicated to improving the lives of homeless cats and kittens by giving them homes {through foster and adoption} to avoid having them in a shelter. JerseyCats rescues cats and kittens predominantly in the Hoboken, Jersey City, and Weehawken areas. There is no physical facility or shelter for JerseyCats — all cats are held in a trusting foster home while they wait to be adopted. 

    See More: How to Volunteer at Liberty Humane Society {Jersey City}

    How to Adopt

    There are several cats available to adopt now and prospective cat parents can virtually meet them here. All cats will come to their furever homes spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and tested for FIV and FELV — so there are no worries about the stress of getting all of that done {because pet parents know how stressful visits to the vet are}. 

    The application process to adopt a cat is simple, but JerseyCats truly makes sure their furry friends are going into the right home. After filling out an application, applicants might be called to meet the cat{s} in person to ensure it’s a good fit. JerseyCats requires this because it’s super important to make sure both you and the cat{s} take to each other. 

    Once accepted to adopt a cat {yay!}, JerseyCats does “home delivery” when they are completely ready to go to their new home. Even when cats are adopted, JerseyCats is totally involved in the kitties’ lives — they love to receive picture updates and are always around to answer any questions a cat mama or papa might have. 

    One of the best things about JerseyCats is that they truly mean it when they say they will always be involved in the cats’ lives. For example, if an unfortunate situation arises where an individual can no longer take care of their cat{s}, JerseyCats will take cats back for any reason. This is to prevent people from giving away their cat{s} and putting them into yet another unknown situation. 

    When adopting from JerseyCats, the following are included in the adoption fee {$185 for kittens under 12 months and $150 for adult cats}:

    • Spay/neuter
    • FVCRP vaccine and booster
    • FIV and FELV testing
    • Microchip
    • Parasite treatment {fleas, ticks, worms, etc.}
    • Cat care handbook
    • Lifelong support from JerseyCats

    Trust us and JerseyCats — getting a cat for “free” will cost a lot more than an adoption fee as getting all of these necessary treatments done alone will cost double, if not, triple the adoption fee. 

    Read More: Everything You Need to Know About Fostering Animals in Hoboken

    How to Foster 

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    For those who aren’t ready to fully commit but need some cat/kitten loving {and have a HUGE heart}, fostering is a great option

    Since JerseyCats does not have a physical facility, the rescue is completely foster-home based. Good foster homes cannot be purchased, so it is extremely crucial to the rescue that they have good foster homes who are willing to truly take care of cats and kittens for an unknown period of time until they hopefully get adopted.

    Foster parent duties include providing daily care for cats/kittens, administering medication if needed, socializing and providing lots of love for the cat{s}, and being fully committed. If finances are a concern, JerseyCats can provide food and litter for the cat{s} being fostered. Just like adopting, the process to become a foster parent isn’t hard, but JerseyCats needs to make sure you, your home, and existing animals in the home are 100% the right fit. Learn more about fostering cats here

    Other Ways to Help

    If adopting or fostering isn’t in the cards, cat lovers can still help. JerseyCats always accepts {and appreciates} donations as they depend on them for veterinary care, for food + supplies for cats in foster care, and for the spay + neuter of feral cats. Here’s a breakdown of what a donation could take care of:

    • $25 can test one cat for FIV and FELV
    • $35 can provide a month’s worth of food for a cat in foster care
    • $55 can purchase 25 doses of FVRCP vaccine 
    • $65 spays or neuters and vaccinates one cat

    Online donations are accepted via PayPal and there is also an option to donate monthly

    For those looking for a new furry friend, are interested in fostering some, or just want to help out with a small donation, definitely show some love to JerseyCats. 

    Have you worked with JerseyCats before? Let us know in the comments!


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    Briana is a born-and-raised Hoboken Girl who embraces both the new and old aspects of the Mile Square. She’s a freelance writer, works in social media, and more importantly (but not really) — a cat lover and total foodie. When she’s not working, she can be found convincing herself to buy something at Sephora or Target, eating mussels with her fiancé at Leo’s, or planning her next Disney vacation.


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