Thank you for caring about New York City’s feral and stray community cats, and for becoming a Certified TNR Caretaker! This page is intended to provide you with an immediate response with answers to some commonly asked questions and to share some resources that may be helpful to you. Your specific questions will be answered in a separate e-mail as soon as possible.
If you are not a Certified TNR Caretaker, please e-mail info@NYCFeralCat.org for help.
During high kitten season in the spring and summer, it’s not unusual to discover a nest of unattended kittens or a single kitten seemingly abandoned by the mother. Before jumping to the rescue, consider the recommendations on our What to Do (and NOT Do) If You Find Newborn Kittens page.
If you have found a friendly cat, please file a Found Cat Report with Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC). You should also visit our Pet Lost & Found Resources page for more information on how to help reunite found cats with their families.
The NYC Feral Cat Initiative is not a shelter and therefore cannot take in cats and kittens for adoption placement. However, we can help Certified TNR Caretakers find temporary foster care and promote their available animals through courtesy adoption posts on our Petfinder page. For information on how to find homes for socialized kittens and friendly cats you find during TNR, please visit our How to Promote a Cat or Kitten for Adoption page.
For emergency pick-up of a sick or injured animal in New York City, please call 311. For more information and a list of emergency veterinary clinics listed by borough, please visit our 24-Hour Veterinary Hospitals & Emergency Rescue Information page.
In New York City, animal cruelty cases are handled by the New York Police Department (NYPD). Please visit our How to Report an Animal Cruelty Crime page for details on how to report the abuse of community cats or other animals.
Provided upon completion of the certification workshop or online course, the Guide to NYC TNR Resources contains information on free and low-cost spay/neuter, feral-friendly veterinarians, trap loans, cat and trap transport, recovery space, straw sources, and other resources to support Certified TNR Caretakers in New York City.
Equipment for Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) projects, including traps, trap dividers (isolators), cat carriers, and cages, can be borrowed or rented from trap banks in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island.
Transport of feral cats and equipment can be challenging for New Yorkers who do not own a car. The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals and the ASPCA offer free van service for Certified TNR Caretakers. Both services operate within the five boroughs.
Find out about free spay/neuter for community cats, full-service veterinary hospitals that treat community cats, emergency veterinary facilities, and veterinary financial assistance programs.
Providing adequate and appropriate food and shelter are essential to good colony care. By using best practices, not only will you provide the cats with good year-round nutrition and protection from weather, you also will minimize some common complaints from neighbors against community cats, such as litter, garbage raiding, and trespassing.
If you care for a community cat colony, you probably find yourself answering questions and addressing concerns from the community. The NYCFCI gives you the tools to educate and build support for TNR in your neighborhood.
In addition to becoming Certified TNR Caretakers, we encourage New York City area residents who are interested in helping feral and stray community cats to attend workshops giving in-depth instruction and information on various special topics related to TNR and the care of cats and kittens.
The NYC Feral Cat Initiative occasionally receives donations of cat food, straw, and other TNR-related supplies, which we share with Certified TNR Caretakers to help keep the cats in their managed colonies well-fed, warm, and dry all year round.
Find out how to report animal cruelty, how community cats are protected under the law, and useful contacts and resources to help you work with local leadership to improve the lives of community cats.