We are recognized leaders
"Feral cats are the focus of this pioneering and influential Upper West Side rescue." (The Spirit, Best of Manhattan, December 3, 2019.)
"...Neighborhood Cats, a national TNR advocacy organization originally founded in New York City." (Animal Sheltering, Fall 2019.)
"Neighborhood Cats is an organization filled with caring and passionate individuals who truly understand how harsh of a reality it is for some feral cats." (Saving Nine Lives, December 5, 2018.)
We work hands-on with the cats
At Neighborhood Cats, all our knowledge comes 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 the island of Maui in Hawaii. The many thousands of cats we've personally worked with have taught us how best to help them and support 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, which involves fixing a high percentage of free-roaming cats in the same high need area, is another approach we developed and spread. We helped design, among other equipment, the first mass-manufactured drop trap, an important tool for trapping hard-to-catch cats. A current project is designing what we believe will be the best feral cat trap on the market (due out in early 2021!)
The unique talent of Neighborhood Cats is passing along what we learn to others and accelerating the growth of TNR. We produced the How to Perform a Mass Trapping video, wrote the Neighborhood Cats TNR Handbook, and co-authored The Return-to-Field Handbook published by the Humane Society of the United States. Our online course on TNR is offered by HSUS and we now present monthly virtual TNR certification workshops hosted by the Community Cats Podcast. We built Cat Stats, a free online colony database for TNR programs, and our website receives hundreds of thousands of visitors a year.
The communities we work in were once all rough places for cats with high euthanasia rates at local shelters. Today, New York City, Jersey City and Maui boast high save rates instead. That's not all our doing - we have great partners - but we've played a pivotal role. Our educational materials have been named Best in Category five times by the Cat Writers Association in their annual contests, and our work has received the ASPCA Special Humane Award and the AKC Companion Animal Recovery Award. Most importantly, TNR has come to be the favored approach for managing feral and stray cats in the US.
Whether you run a rescue, TNR group or shelter, trap on your own, take care of a colony or simply care about the cats, we welcome your input. Please contact us with your thoughts and questions at email@example.com.