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TNR in the News

New York City's Feral Cats, and You

by Manoush Zomorodi, The Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Oh, So Outdoor Cats Are "An Evil," Huh?

by JaneA Kelley, Catster

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Evil of Catch and Kill

by Alley Cat Allies

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

York City considers law to stop feeding of feral cats

by Erin James, The York Dispatch

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Benefits of trap-neuter-return program for feral cats

by Della Hasselle, Gambit

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

What Should You Do If You Find Stray Kittens?

by Michelle C. Hollow, Parade Magazine

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Animal experts react to dead animals found in South Bend

by Amanda Fay, WSJV-TV Fox 28

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Homeless Cat Colony of Wallenberg Forest Park

by Cia McAlarney and Ardina Seward, HamletHub

Friday, March 21, 2014

SPCA to help community cats

by Wendy Stiver, Lock Haven Express

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Dayton trying to handle feral cat problem

by Local 12, WKRC-TV

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Miami Combats Growing Feral Cat Population

by Jeremy Hobson, Here & Now

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Creative Design to the Rescue! (Of Homeless Cats)

by Marisa Bowe, The Goods

Friday, March 7, 2014

Long Island Animal Shelters Hold Successful World Spay Day Campaign

by Nicole Barylski, Hamptons.com

Friday, March 7, 2014

'Operation Cat' aims to reduce East End feral population

by Mitchell Freedman, Newsday

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Where Are The Feral Cats?

by Richard Gentilviso, Queens Gazette

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Curious Case of The Disappearing Cats

by Marion Halftermeyer, NY City Lens

Monday, March 3, 2014

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Helping New York City's Feral & Stray Cats

Our Mission

The New York City Feral Cat Initiative (NYCFCI) is a program of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals that is committed to solving NYC's feral cat overpopulation crisis through the humane, non-lethal method of Trap-Neuter-Return, or TNR for short.

The Problem: Too Many Cats Living on the Streets

Tens of thousands of street cats live in the alleyways, backyards, and outdoor spaces of New York City. They are the offspring of lost or abandoned pet cats and, unneutered, they go on to spawn new generations. The cats group themselves together in packs called colonies. Many of their nuisance behaviors can be attributed to mating behaviors that would likely cease if they were sterilized. These behaviors include noise from fighting and mating, and the smell from the spraying of pheromone-laced urine.

Because these cats are not socialized to humans, they are not candidates for adoption. The breeding of these street cats results in more kittens entering the shelters — taking away homes that would otherwise go to the adult cats already there. Most adult feral cats taken in at city shelters are euthanized (killed) because they are not adoptable as house pets. As a result, the city must shoulder higher costs for municipal animal control.

The Solution: Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)

In neighborhoods throughout New York City, TNR is proving effective in humanely managing feral cat colonies and reducing their numbers over time. TNR is a two-step approach to feral cat overpopulation:

Step One: TNR

Stray and feral (wild) cats are humanely trapped, evaluated, given a rabies vaccination, left eartipped, and spayed or neutered (sterilized) by a veterinarian, and then returned to the familiar habitat of their original colony. Tame (friendly) cats and kittens young enough to be socialized are removed for adoption placement in permanent indoor homes.

Step Two: Ongoing Feral Cat Colony Management

Volunteers called colony caretakers provide ongoing care of the cats, including daily food, water, and clean-up of the area, shelter, and monitoring of the cats' health. This ongoing surveillance ensures that any new cats that find their way into the colony will be removed if they are tame, or TNR'd (rabies vaccinated, left eartipped, and sterilized) if they are feral. This allows the number of cats in the colony to diminish over time through natural attrition, as cats get old and die from natural causes.

How the NYC Feral Cat Initiative is Helping

What We Do:

The NYCFCI provides advice to the general public and TNR caretakers by phone and e-mail; feline educational information via its website, e-mail list, and printed materials; community outreach and education, including training workshops in bottle-feeding and taming feral kittens; free equipment loans; transport of traps to and from TNR sites and transport of cats to and from spay/neuter appointments; cat food and straw giveaways; and limited hands-on TNR assistance.

In-person TNR certification workshops in all five boroughs and hands-on assistance for TNR-certified caretakers are offered by Neighborhood Cats. Please contact Neighborhood Cats directly to enroll in The Neighborhood Cats TNR Workshop or to request hands-on assistance with a TNR project.

What We Do NOT Do:

Emergency Rescues:
Instead, learn who handles emergency rescues in New York City.

Investigate Animal Cruelty Cases:
Instead, learn how to report a case of animal cruelty within New York City.

Take in Cats or Kittens:
Instead, learn what no-kill options are available for homeless animals in New York City.