Please Help a Stray Animal
Many well-meaning, compassionate people feed stray and feral (shy and unadoptable) cats. But feeding, by itself, only perpetuates the cat overpopulation problem. Feeding is most effective when it is done as part of a program of colony management which includes feeding, providing bad-weather shelter for the cats, and performing Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR).
Left: Goldie & Ms. Cali, two members of a Jackson Heights colony, peering through a screen door, waiting for their caretaker to feed them.
Center: Creamsickle & Graystone, members of the same colony. Right: An insulated shelter protects this cat from the cold and rain.
TNR involves humanely trapping a cat, having it spayed or neutered, and then returing it back to its colony. TNR is considered by experts in the field, and by us, to be the most humane solution to the homeless cat problem.
Left: First, the cat is trapped in a humane trap. (Some cats, like this one, outsmart the trapper and get the food without being trapped.)
Center: Caring for the cat before and after the surgery is an important part of TNR.
Right: Once the cat has recovered from the surgery, it is returned to its colony.
Colony management provides many benefits to the cats and to the community:
In the process of doing TNR we come across many friendly stray cats and kittens. We don't return them to the streets, as we do with feral cats. Instead, we take them into foster care and commit ourselves to placing them in loving homes.
(Some people believe any feral cat can be turned around eventually and we would love to save them all. But, in reality we cannot. So we save the ones we can.)
TNR EDUCATIONSaveKitty conducts TNR training classes for members of the community interested in performing TNR in their neighborhoods. We also provide follow-up advice and coaching. If you'd like to take a TNR class, click here.
PET BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT
We have performed TNR on thousands of feral cats, significantly reducing the number of stray and feral cats in New York City. Each year we:
WHAT WE'VE ACCOMPLISHED
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