Leader of the Pack (or Colony as the case may be!)
"New York has had prominent neuter/return programs for feral cats for decades, and is home of Neighborhood Cats, one of the most influential organizations teaching neuter/return technique...." Animals 24-7 (Dec. 6, 2015)
Throughout the United States, millions of feral and stray cats roam our streets and countrysides. From the gritty urban landscape of New York City to the tropical islands of Hawaii, they struggle to survive when left on their own. Neighborhood Cats is changing this by practicing and promoting Trap-Neuter-Return. In the New York City region, we work hands-on with cats and caretakers, trapping ferals, rescuing kittens and supporting others with their TNR projects. We take what we learn in the field and use it to help other communities do the same. Our combination of working hands-on locally and being a leader in TNR education nationally is what makes Neighborhood Cats a unique and effective organization.
Our New York City programs
- Targeted TNR projects. Recently, we completed the TNR of over 1,000 free-roaming cats in Staten Island, NY. Currently, we're working just across the river in Jersey City, NJ, to trap and alter 1,000 cats in a single zip code.
- TNR training workshops. Neighborhood Cats has trained over 6,000 NYC area residents to safely trap, fix and care for their colony cats at our TNR workshops.
- TNR Coach program. Upon request, workshop graduates are provided with experienced trappers to assist them with their projects.
- Shady's Fund. Cats and caretakers with special needs are given the support they need whether it's veterinary care, trapping help or extra food.
- Eartipped cat alerts. When a cat with a tipped ear (the sign of a neutered feral) enters a city shelter, we work to return that cat to his colony or find another suitable placement.
- Winter shelters. Early each fall, we distribute hundreds of free and low cost feral cat winter shelters to NYC caretakers.
- Placement of friendly adults and kittens rescued during our TNR projects. In 2016, we adopted out or transferred to shelter partners 257 cats and kittens for a 99% live release rate! See our data.
Our National programs
- Educational materials. The Neighborhood Cats TNR Handbook, now in its second edition, and our How to Perform a Mass Trapping video are two of the leading instructional resources on Trap-Neuter-Return and have been distributed by The Humane Society of the United States and the ASPCA. We also authored the first online course available on cat colony caretaking.
- Website. Hundreds of thousands of people, primarily from the United States but reaching into all corners of the globe, visit our site to gather information on feral cat care.
- Presentations. Our National Programs Director, Bryan Kortis, is a frequent presenter on TNR. In 2016, Bryan will have presented at The Humane Society of the United States' Animal Care Expo, Best Friends Animal Society's National Conference and conferences sponsored by the New England Federation of Humane Societies, New Mexico Humane and Delaware's Office of Animal Welfare.
- Equipment design. With Tomahawk Live Trap, we've designed a line of equipment specially for TNR, including traps, carriers, kitten screens, clear rear trap doors and the first mass-manufactured drop trap.
- Veterinarian training. For veterinarians committed to working with feral cats, we provide scholarships for training in high quality, high volume spay/neuter techniques at Humane Alliance.
- Online feral cat colony database. Neighborhood Cats designed and administers an online feral cat database, available to any organization running a TNR program.
- Mentoring. We mentor groups new to TNR on organizing and growing their programs, like Operation SNIP in Troy, NY.
All this work is possible because of the support of generous donors who care about the cats and their well-being as much as we do. Please consider making a gift today.