Learning to Manage Community Cats

Neighborhood Cats TNR Handbook selected as course material for veterinarians in training

February 27, 2015

Attention veterinarians and veterinary students! If helping feral and stray cats is important to you, don't miss this year's Community Cat Management Course, Aug. 10 - 14 at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. It's a chance to hone your skills, gain real-world insights into feral cat management and save more lives.

The Neighborhood Cats TNR Handbook: The Guide to Trap-Neuter-Return for the Feral Cat Caretaker has once again been selected as course material for this program.

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Feral NewsWatch

Highlights & updates in the TNR field

February 26, 2015

News flash!

(2.21.15, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan)
1,100 down, 1,900 to go. Three municipal governments on the southern Japanese island of Tokunoshima are cooperating on a TNR project with the goal of fixing all 3,000 of the island's free-roaming cats.  Full story.
(2.21.15, Morvern, Scotland) An estimated 35 pure Scottish wildcats remain in the wild - making them 70 times rarer than giant pandas. The Scottish Wildcat Association is now attempting to prevent crossbreeding with pet and feral cats in areas still inhabited by the wildcat by offering free spay/neuter and microchipping to caretakers and pet owners.  Full story.

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Get Ready! Application Period Opening for Free-roaming Cat Grants

PetSmart Charities grant cycle starts 1.15.15

December 5, 2014

Does your TNR program need funding to fix more outdoor cats? PetSmart Charities offers grants impacting feral populations in two categories: Free-roaming Cats and Community Cats. Both offer substantial funding for targeted projects aimed at lowering intake and euthanasia in shelters.

The next application cycle for Free-roaming Cat Spay/Neuter grants opens Jan. 15, 2015. Early applications are encouraged! 

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Neighborhood Cats Has Been Named a Catster Hero!

Recognizing 15 years of helping community cats

November 22, 2014

Neighborhood Cats is honored to be selected as a Catster Hero in recognition of our leadership role in the field of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). Since 2004 Catster has served cat aficionados everywhere as a premiere resource for news and information about cats.

Read our Heroes profile, Neighborhood Cats: Working to Bring TNR to NYC and Beyond.

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Winter Shelter for Feral Cats

Plus where to buy shelters and straw in NYC

November 9, 2014

With a little help from their friends, feral cats can survive in just about any climate. Providing warm, dry shelter is an essential part of colony caretaking in colder regions and now, as winter approaches, is the time to prepare.

Fortunately there are lots of inexpensive, relatively simple ways to make good, durable shelter to keep cats toasty on even the coldest nights. Check out our Feral Cat Winter Shelter Page for ideas. Also have a look at Preventing Water From Freezing.

Attention caretakers in the New York City area! For a list of ready-made shelters for purchase as well as locations where you can buy straw click here (doc file).

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The Road to Happy Returns

Neighborhood Cats featured in HSUS article on safe transport for ferals

November 4, 2014

When you're TNRing ferals the trip to and from the spay/neuter clinic might not seem like the trickiest part. But there are important steps you can take before, during and after transport to help make your project a success! 

For a primer with trapping and transport tips from Neighborhood Cats and other experts read the cover article The Road to Happy Returns in the Sep/Oct 2014 edition of Animal Sheltering Magazine

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Kitty Roundup: TNR on Chincoteague

Mass trapping curbs numbers, improves health for island's cats

October 21, 2014

Chincoteague, a small island off the coast of Virginia is famous for its wild ponies. But this fall it was feral cats, not ponies that were rounded up to be spayed and neutered in a project aimed at reducing the island's outdoor cat population.

Neighborhood Cats participated in the mass trapping which was organized by the Virginia-based group CHASE (Caring Hands Animal Support & Education).

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The Neighborhood Cats TNR Handbook, 2nd Edition is Here

HSUS says get your paws on a copy!

July 2, 2014

The Humane Society of the United States is urging feral cat advocates to "get their paws" on the new second edition of the Neighborhood Cats TNR Handbook. Their review in Animal Sheltering Magazine calls it "indispensible...helpful...comprehensive and up-to-the-minute". Whether you're new to TNR or an experienced caretaker, you're sure to find information you can use to further your work with community cats.

Getting your paws on the Handbook is easy! It's available from Neighborhood Cats at no charge in two formats: online (6 MB) or download/print (11MB).  You'll need Adobe Reader 10 or later to open the files properly - version 11 can be downloaded for free.

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Mass Trapping Video

Fixing entire colonies at once is the most efficient way to perform TNR.

Watch our award-winning video, How to Perform a Mass Trapping and learn the essential steps to make your project a success!

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NY City Workshops When & Where

Learn the basics of Trap-Neuter-Return and earn TNR certification at our New York City training workshops. 

For a schedule,
click here!

Doing TNR in New York City?

In NYC, register your colony in our Feral Cat Database.

Joining is quick, easy and free. 
And did you know info in the database helps us reunite eartipped cats with their colonies when they get lost? 

            Help ferals stay safe!                         Sign up today!

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A gift of $50 will spay one cat and help prevent many feral births. 
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