Meet Spooky. She was a stray cat we rescued from a community garden in December 2015. She’s the sweetest, perkiest, most affectionate little gal who has found her furever home. This makes it all worth it.
Cat Lady Calling
I’ve recently embraced my calling as a cat lady (apparently, it was always there!) and have been doing some TNR/rescue work in my neighborhood of East Harlem. I started out just feeding cats on the side of my building which eventually led me to learn about the amazing work of NYC’s TNR community. I got certified by the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals in September 2015, did a major TNR project in December 2015 and have been doing what I can to help these cats ever since.
Admittedly (and thankfully) a bit naive when I started, I quickly realized that rescue work takes a lot of time, energy, money and supplies. To help cover some of the inherent costs involved I’ve set up a YouCaring page, and I have an Amazon kitty rescue wish list that includes things like food, litter, catnip (necessity!) and some other supplies. PayPal donations can be made to “firstname.lastname@example.org.” I’m so grateful for the help I’ve received so far. No donation is too small.
Rescued Cats Currently Up For Adoption or Foster
From the original 16:
STONE & OUISER (bonded pair) posting coming soon!
In addition, I recently brought in an adorable and playful 7 month old kitten who was wandering around outside my building. We named her MAZZY STAR. See her posting up here ->>>http://www.adoptapet.com/pet/18010666-new-york-new-york-kitten
And my newest guy, BEAU https://www.allpaws.com/adopt-a-cat/domestic-short-hair/6440693
How It All Started
In December of 2015 I took on a huge TNR project at a local garden where there was a colony of over two dozen cats and kittens. Over the course of a week and many hours of waiting in the cold, we managed to trap 23 cats, including 6 kittens. While we returned several feral kitties who would be happiest back in their colony, we kept 16 of the friendly strays determined to find them homes.
The cost of food, litter and medical bills quickly added up so I’m currently raising funds for these babies I’m fostering. Money raised will also go towards supporting future TNR projects for the health and betterment of the kitties and the community.
All of the work done in the TNR community is completely volunteer and out of pocket.
Please go to my YouCaring page to read more about my first TNR experience and to help me continue helping these kitties. Any amount will make a difference!
If you’re interested in learning more about TNR or caring for stray and feral cats in your area here are some helpful resources:
- Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals
- New York City Feral Cat Initiative
- Neighborhood Cats
- Alley Cat Allies
More resources and links:
Here are some winter tips via Alley Cat Allies.
Learn how to make winter shelters, or purchase one! Here’s a good list. They could save lives during the harsh cold of winter.
Consider adopting or fostering one of these wonderful rescued cats of East Harlem! View available kitties here.