The passengers on the trains and buses of New Jersey are all familiar with one very special lady. She has been seen traveling all over the city with armloads of cat cages and supplies. But what exactly is she doing? It's time to tell the inspiring story of Jennifer TrapQueen Barnes.
Story via: Cole And Marmelade
Jennifer is a TNVR (Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return) trapper and feral colony caretaker.
She is the solo hero lugging cages for trapping cats, bags and cans of cat food and jugs of water around the city. She's a voice for the voiceless.
She told her story in an inspiring interview on Cole and Mermalde:
"I'm TrapQueen because I am a female who traps cats, and I don't make excuses, I make it happen. I am a disabled Marine Corp Veteran that served and protected the people of the United States. I was hurt and injured in the line of duty. So once I was honorably discharged, I now protect and serve, along with advocating. I don't worry about getting blacklisted against animal shelters, I don't worry about how other people will view me negatively, I don't make excuses, I simply get it done. Why? Because it needs to be done"
Jennifer has been rescuing cats since 2014 and became involved with TNR in 2017. And it wasn’t an easy undertaking to get to where she is today.
"I started wanting to TNR to make a difference on my block. I had 2 women show me how to TNR for 3 or 4 months. As a black woman, there aren't that many black people that do what I do and on my level. Then late one evening, I found that a cat had passed away when I went to feed my colony. That's when I knew I had to do something on my own. I couldn't wait around for someone to come trap for me again. I knew enough in four months and from paying attention in groups to do it on my own"
Although Jennifer doesn’t drive, that is NEVER going to stop her from setting out to help a cat in need. Public transportation is totally fine with her!
"When traveling by bus or train when I TNR, I get to talk to all kinds of people about what I do. At the present moment, I have no choice but to travel this way. And I am not going to make excuses as to why I can not TNR. TNR is so important and it really does save lives"
Jennifer doesn’t turn down helping felines when others take back their promise to offer foster homes or supplies.
She HAS turned down suggestions to euthanize animals because it was the "easy way out". And those animals later lived to happily thank her for it!
Jennifer has now taken up another inspiring goal with all her rescue work - She is part of a very motivated group of individuals who've made it their mission to educate everyone about stray and feral cats. We all need more people like Jennifer!
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