We are recognized leaders
"In my 16-plus years with the Humane Society of the United States, the nation's largest animal protection organization, I've gotten to know many wonderful people around the world caring for community cats - and the feral-cat rescue group Neighborhood Cats leads the way for street cats in New York City and around the world." Catster, November 20, 2014
"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, December 5, 2015
We work hands-on with the cats
At Neighborhood Cats, all our knowledge comes directly from the cats themselves - we're out there every day trapping, helping caretakers, working with animal shelters, teaching workshops and launching new programs. We have people on the ground in New York City, New Jersey and on the island of Maui in Hawaii. The many thousands of cats we have personally assisted have taught us how best to help the cats and the people who care for them.
Neighborhood Cats invented many of what are now common practices in the Trap-Neuter-Return field. Mass trapping - the TNR of entire colonies at once - was popularized by us. Targeted TNR, the concentrated trapping and spay/neuter of high percentages of free-roaming cats in high need areas, is another approach we have practiced and spread. The first mass-manufactured drop trap, an important tool for trapping hard-to-catch cats, was co-designed by us, as well as a host of other feral cat-specific equipment. Because we are involved with the cats directly, we see what is needed and then make it happen.
The unique talent of Neighborhood Cats is our ability to take what we learn and pass it on to others, saving them time and advancing the field as a whole. We produced the video How to Perform a Mass Trapping and authored the Neighborhood Cats TNR Handbook, the first comprehensive guide of its kind. Our staff also authored the first and only books available on organizing large-scale TNR programs, including Implementing a Community Trap-Neuter-Return Program published by The Humane Society of the United States and followed up with Community TNR: Tactics and Tools published by PetSmart Charities. We wrote an online course on TNR now offered by The Humane Society of the United States and designed and currently host Cat Stats, a free online colony database system for TNR programs. Our website, a virtual library on TNR, receives hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. Up next? Watch for The Return to Field Handbook, co-authored by us and soon to be published by The Humane Society of the United States.
The communities we work in were all rough places for cats when we arrived on the scene with local shelters having high intake and euthanasia rates for cats. Today, in New York City, Jersey City and Maui, intake is down and euthanasia is way down. That's not all because of us - we have great collaborative partners - but our work has played an important role. Our educational materials have received Best in Category awards four times from the Cat Writers Association, as well as the ASPCA Special Humane Award and the AKC Companion Animal Recovery Award. One Green Planet described us in a feature article as an "awesome organization." And the West Side Spirit named us the "Best Rescue" in Manhattan for 2019.
Whether you run an animal welfare group, take care of a colony, donate to our cause or in any other way care for and are concerned about the cats, we welcome your input. Please contact us with your thoughts, comments and ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org.