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TNR in the News

Kitten rescued from Queens sewer drain recovering at vet

by Lisa L. Colangelo, New York Daily News

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

AnnaBell Washburn: Elder Stateswoman of the TNR Movement

by Mike Phillips, Out of the Cage!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

New Tech Needed For Fight Against Feral Felines

by Katharine Gammon, Inside Science

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

NYC animal shelters have been overrun with stray and unwanted cats in 2015

by Lisa L. Colangelo, New York Daily News

Monday, July 20, 2015

Legislation To Help Community Cats In New York State Awaits Cuomo Signature

by Susan Richard, CBS New York

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Young New Yorkers Love the Littlest New Yorkers

by Out of the Cage!

Monday, July 6, 2015

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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 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 and printed materials; community outreach and education, including TNR certification workshops and specialty training workshops; 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.

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.