Stray and feral cats will be well-fed, thanks to the recent donation from the New York City Feral Cat Initiative.
The NYC Feral Cat Initiative gave out 18,000 pounds of cat food to more than 260 volunteers in Queens who help to feed and care for feral and stray cats. The food was given out at the World’s Fair Marina in Queens, and all food recipients had completed the Initiative’s Trap-Neuter-Return feral cat certification program.
The cat food had been donated by the ASPCA and the Jackson Galaxy Foundation. This generous donation helps to enable many volunteers to care for colonies of feral cats near their homes, helping to manage the city’s feral cat overpopulation problem.
The NYC Feral Cat Initiative’s mission is to solve “NYC’s feral cat overpopulation crisis through the humane, non-lethal method of Trap-Neuter-Return, or TNR for short.” Through the TNR program, feral cats are humanely trapped. They are then evaluated, given a rabies vaccination, spayed or neutered, ear tipped for identification, and then released to their colony. Volunteers then care for the cat colonies by providing food and water and shelter, and by monitoring the health of the cats. If new cats join the colony, they are trapped and removed for adoption if they are tame. Otherwise the new cats receive the same medical treatment as the original colony cats and are then released.
The NYC Feral Cat Initiative provides many services, including advice to the public and volunteers, workshops, transportation for cats to spay and neuter appointments, free equipment loans, and more. The Initiative also provides volunteers with cat food donations, helping to support their hard work.
If you would like to learn more about the NYC Feral Cat Initiative, be sure to visit their website.