Join our NYC Colony Database
Neighborhood Cats administers Cat Stats NYC, a database of feral cat colonies throughout the five boroughs, including over 3,100 colonies. Register your colony online today and help increase the safety net for our community cats. Anyone caring for a colony can join - TNR certification is recommended, but not required. If all your cats are not fixed yet, you can still join - and let us know if you need help.
Why you should register your colony:
- It could save your cats' lives! When an eartipped cat is brought to one of the city's shelters, Animal Care Centers of NYC ("ACC") contacts Neighborhood Cats. We then attempt to locate the colony that the cat originated from and notify the caretaker. This job is made much easier if the colony is registered in the database. If your colony is not registered and we cannot find you, an alternative placement for your cat may not be found and euthanasia could be the outcome.
- The data is helpful in securing funding for TNR. Information in the database on the number of colonies and altered cats in specific zip codes helped Neighborhood Cats receive a grant to alter 1,000 Staten Island feral cats.
- Data can help prove TNR works. One of the metrics tracked by the database is changes in colony size over time. Your experience with your colony in this respect may support our advocacy of pro-TNR policies.
- Maintain a well-managed community-wide system. Despite its many successes over the years, TNR still has very vocal opponents who would like to see the practice end. By having a database with a high rate of participation by caretakers, we can show we are organized and run an effective, responsible program.
So if you are managing a feral cat colony or have assisted others to TNR their cats, please take a few minutes to register the colonies. All personal information, including colony locations and caretaker identities and contact info, is held in strict confidence by Neighborhood Cats. Only general data, such as the number of colonies in a zip code, is ever shared with others. Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.