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Resources and information
The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity, is the sole umbrella organization for animal welfare in NYC. Working with a coalition of 150+ rescue groups and no-kill shelters, their goal is to transform NYC into a no-kill community by 2015.
Traditionally, animals with extreme medical needs who are taken in by animal control shelters are euthanized because the funds needed to pay for expensive treatment haven't been available. Many of these animals would make wonderful, loving pets if only they had access to the medical treatment they need. The Picasso Veterinary Fund was created to give these animals a second chance…
Losing your pet is a frightening experience, but many lost animals do make it home again — especially when people work together…
Free spay/neuter, rabies and distemper vaccination, nail trim, e-collar, and microchip on a mobile clinic in all five boroughs with proof of public assistance. The cost is $75 per animal if you are not on public assistance. Call 877-SPAY-NYC (877-772-9692) for more information.
Free or low-cost spay/neuter on a mobile clinic in all five boroughs. For more information, call 212-799-1120 or e-mail The Toby Project.
The New York City Feral Cat Initiative is a joint program of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals and Neighborhood Cats, two private non-profit organizations. Their mission is to solve the feral cat overpopulation crisis in New York City through the humane, non-lethal method of Trap-Neuter-Return, or TNR for short. In neighborhoods throughout New York City, TNR is proving effective in humanely managing feral cat colonies and reducing their numbers over time.
The NYC Feral Cat Initiative program provides TNR Caretaker Training Workshops in all five boroughs; hands-on assistance at TNR projects in all boroughs; free TNR equipment loans; public advice by phone and e-mail; feline educational events; and information via e-newsletters and printed materials.
Visit The NYC Feral Cat Initiative website to learn about resources available to help street cats in New York City, including free and low-cost feral cat spay/neuter services, proper care of a feral cat colony, bottle-feeding orphaned kittens, socializing feral kittens, laws regarding feral cats, and TNR and adoption options for found tame (friendly) cats and socialized kittens. In addition, you can print out a variety of helpful documents or listen to recorded webinars by experienced TNR caretakers on a variety of pertinent topics.
Winter Shelters for Feral Cats
Cats in managed feral colonies (or strays you care for in your own backyard) need warm shelters in winter to keep them healthy and dry. Urban Cat League provides a guide to shelters that you can purchase or build yourself. You'll find shelter info and ideas as well as other winter-caretaking tips.
Many people mistakenly believe that "cats are too smart to fall". But windows without screens pose a real danger to small pets, particularly cats. Unfortunately, this type of accident can be fatal, and has become so prevalent in cities that it's been given the name of "high-rise syndrome".
An insect or a bird or other animal viewed from an open window can be distracting enough to cause cats to lose their balance or to leap in pursuit. Cats can easily slip through childproof window guards, so screens are a necessity.
During the warmer months, veterinarians at the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital see approximately three to five cases a week. Falls can result in shattered jaws, punctured lungs, broken limbs and pelvises—and even death.
It's a misconception that cats won't be injured if they fall from a one- or two-story building. Cats may actually be at greater risk than when falling from higher altitudes, as the shorter distance will not give a cat enough time to adjust her body to fall correctly.
For more information on high-rise syndrome and other issues affecting animals in New York City, please visit ASPCA online.