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NYC Community Cat Caretaker Resource Guide
Congratulations! By completing the online TNR workshop, you qualify to register
online as a Certified TNR Caretaker in New York City. Registration automatically
enters you in our Certified TNR Caretaker database, so you don't need to show a
card to take advantage of the services in this guide.
General Information
For the most complete and up-to-date information on local resources, please visit the NYC Feral
Cat Initiative (NYCFCI) at www.nycferalcat.org.
Keep this email address handy: [email protected] This is NYCFCI's dedicated
Certified TNR Caretaker helpdesk where you can ask questions about obtaining traps, finding
trapping help, or other TNR-related issues.
Free or Low-Cost Spay/Neuter
The following organizations offer free or low-cost spay/neuter services (and related treatment)
for community cats. Which resources you use will depend on the scope of your project, and how
many cats you can handle at one time.
ASPCA Spay/Neuter Clinic
If your colony is located within New York City, affordable spay/neuter for community cats is
available at the ASPCA Stationary Clinics in Glendale, Queens and on East 92nd St. in
Manhattan. The spay/neuter fee, usually $5 per cat, is FREE through 12/23/14 -- it includes a
rabies vaccination and left eartipping; other services such as FVRCP vaccinations and
antibiotics are also available on request and at reduced cost.
You need to sign a Terms of Use document (included in your workshop package) in order to
use the clinic's services. Note that you'll be required to sign a new agreement for each calendar
year (an email reminder is sent each year to everyone with valid agreements).
For appointments, call 877-SPAY-NYC (877-772-9692). Hours: Monday-Friday, 11:00 am - 8:00
pm (closed Saturdays and Sundays) and extended hours, 9:00 am – 8:00 pm, on the 4th
Tuesday of the month. When prompted on the voicemail menu: press 1, then 2, then 1, then 3.
For more information or to obtain a copy of the Terms of Use agreement, contact the ASPCA at
877-SPAY-NYC (877-772-9692) or visit www.aspcapro.org/ssnc.
The Humane Society of New York Clinic
The Humane Society of New York (HSNY) offers services for community cats, including: free
spay/neuter, left eartip, rabies vaccination, and flea and ear mite medication. Further services,
such as testing, are available at regular fees. If a cat is sick or injured, free or discounted
treatment may be available at the discretion of the HSNY.
What is the procedure for using the HSNY clinic?
1) Before you start trapping, call the Appointment Desk at (212) 752-4840 to schedule a date.
Please provide as accurate an estimate as possible of the number of cats you want to trap and
bring in. Appointments are available 7 days a week.
2) Drop off the cats between 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. the morning of your spay/neuter date at:
The Humane Society of New York
306 East 59th Street
New York, New York 10022
Very Important: Each cat must be brought in a separate trap or transfer cage, covered
completely with a sheet — no exceptions. This is for the protection of the staff. Carriers or other
containers are not acceptable.
3) Pick up cats between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m., unless you're told otherwise.
4) Bring the cats to your own pre-arranged recovery space. The HSNY does not provide postsurgery boarding.
The Toby Project
The Toby Project offers free spay/neuter in all five boroughs for community cats. Note that the
spay/neuter surgery and eartip are free but there is a $5 charge for a mandatory rabies vaccine.
Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island: Call the stationary Spay/Neuter Toby Clinic at Ferals in
Peril's location in Brooklyn which is designated for colonies. Clinics are every Sunday and
Monday by appointment. To schedule appointments call (347) 816-2899, Tuesday through
Saturday between 1:00 and 7:00 p.m. (calls are usually returned within 24 hours).
Bronx and Queens: Email [email protected] to schedule appointments on the Toby
Project’s weekly mobile spay/neuter clinic.
MAMA Coupon (Muffin's Pet Connection/Mayor's Alliance)
The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals has teamed up with Muffin's Pet Connection to create
the MAMA Coupon for low-cost community cat spay/neuter. Included in the coupon price ($58
for females; $45 for males) are spay/neuter, rabies vaccination, and left eartip. Any other
services or costs are strictly optional; we recommend getting an estimate before services are
rendered. See http://www.muffins.org/MAMA.htm for a list of participating veterinarians and
program guidelines.
Private Practice Veterinarians
The following veterinary practices in New York City have experience working with community
cats. Fees and services vary.
Brooklyn
Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital
365 7th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 832-3899
Park Slope Veterinary Center
639 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11232
(718) 369-7387
Pet Haven Animal Hospital
290 McDonald Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11218
(718) 435-6900
Queens
Animal Clinic of Woodhaven
76-23 Jamaica Avenue
Woodhaven, NY 11421
(718) 296-0500
Steinway Court Veterinarian
32-41R Steinway Street
Long Island City, NY 11103
(718) 728-2822
Whitestone Veterinary Care
22-22 154th Street
Whitestone, NY 11357
(718) 888-0400
West Side Animal Hospital
453 W 46th Street
New York, NY
(212) 247-8600
Yorkville Animal Hospital
227 E 84th St, New York, NY 10028
(212) 249-8802
Staten Island
Aadobe Animal Hospital
1294 Forest Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10302
(718) 370-0700
CompleteCare Veterinary Center
1293 Clove Road
Staten Island, NY 10301
(718) 720-4211
Forest Animal Hospital
1050 Forest Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10310
(718) 442-4377
Island Bird Cat & Dog Veterinary Group
369 Manor Road
Staten Island, NY 10314
(718) 370-9472
Manhattan
Northside Animal Hospital
773 Post Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10310
(718) 981-4445
Animal General
558 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10024
(212) 501-9600
Pleasant Plains Animal Hospital
6395 Amboy Road
Staten Island, NY 10309
(718) 227-8387
Murray Hill Pet Hospital
47 East 30th Street
New York, NY 10016
(212) 685-2857
Staten Island Veterinary Group
3875 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10314
(718) 370-0390
Uptown Veterinary Associates
295 W 112th Street
New York, NY 10026
(212) 222-1221
The Clinic at Country Estate
4838 Arthur Kill Road
Staten Island, NY 10309
(718) 356-3933
General Wellness
The community cat-friendly clinic of Humane Society of New York (HSNY) offers veterinary
services and treatment for illness and injury. Discounts may be available for these services.
The Humane Society of New York
306 East 59th Street
New York, New York 10022
For appointments, call (212) 752-4840.
Transport
ASPCA Spay/Neuter Transport
The ASPCA's clinics work in tandem with their transport service, which provides free rides to
their Glendale clinic for spay/neuter candidates, including community cats and qualified animals
from local rescue groups and humane organizations. Their climate-controlled vehicles were
specifically designed to provide safe and comfortable transport for community cats in traps.
There are two FREE options for animal transport to and from the ASPCA Spay/Neuter Clinic:
Private Locations
Eligible animal rescue organizations or individuals can schedule an ASPCA transport vehicle to
pick-up a minimum of 15 animals from the location of their choice.
1. Two-Day Transport:
All animals will be returned to the same location the following day. (This is a good option for
caretakers who have limited holding space).
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Pick up day and time: Tuesday- Saturday 7:00 A.M.
Drop-off day and time: Wednesday –Saturday 11:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.
2. Same-Day Transport:
All animals will be returned to the same location the same day.
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Pick-up day and time: Tuesday- Saturday 7:00 A.M.
Drop-off day and time: Tuesday- Saturday 7:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M.
Central Locations
Eligible animal rescue organizations or individuals can schedule an appointment to have an
ASPCA transport vehicle pick up your animal(s) from a pre-determined location. There is no
minimum number of animals required to participate.
The transport calendar and locations is announced monthly via email to all Certified TNR
Caretakers with a valid Terms of Use agreement.
1. Two-Day Transport:
All animals will be returned to the same location the following day.
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Pick up days and time: Tuesday- Saturday7:00 A.M.
Drop off days and time: Wednesday – Saturday 11:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.
2. Same-Day Transport:
All animals will be returned to the same location the same day.
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Pick-up days and time: Tuesday- Saturday 7:00 A.M.
Drop-off days and time: Tuesday- Saturday 7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
Upon arrival at our clinic, all animals are examined and surgery is performed on healthy
candidates. Animals recover in our facility and are transported back to the same location.
Mayor's Alliance Wheels of Hope
Transport of traps and cats are available on a limited basis to Certified TNR Caretakers for their
scheduled TNR projects. The Mayor's Alliance's Wheels of Hope vans carry traps between trap
banks and TNR project sites and transport trapped cats to spay/neuter clinics, surgical recovery
spaces, and back to their original colonies. Email [email protected] Availability
is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Trap & Equipment Loans
Equipment for TNR projects, including traps, trap dividers (isolators), and cages, can be
borrowed or rented from trap banks in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and Staten Island. Be
sure to book your spay/neuter appointments prior to reserving traps.
Bronx
Bronx Tails
A limited number of traps are available at this location. An appointment and refundable deposit
are required. Traps must be returned cleaned and in a timely manner.
Location: Call or e-mail for location
Phone: (917) 499-2985
E-mail: [email protected]
Brooklyn
Neighborhood Cats
Traps are lent to Certified TNR Caretakers on Saturdays, 11:00 a.m.–Noon. A reservation and
refundable deposit are required. Traps must be returned cleaned and in a timely manner.
Location: 30 Prince Street
E-mail: [email protected]
Web: www.neighborhoodcats.org
NYC Feral Cat Initiative
Traps are lent to Certified TNR Caretakers on Sundays, 1:00–2:00 p.m. A reservation and
refundable deposit are required. Traps must be returned cleaned and in a timely manner.
Location: U-Haul Storage, 394 4th Avenue (at 6th Street), Park Slope
E-mail: [email protected]
Muffin's Pet Connection
Muffin's Pet Connection rents humane cat traps. There is an $80 cash deposit. The charge is $7
for the first day, then $3 a day for each additional day that the trap is out. When the trap is
returned, they deduct the rental charge from the $80 deposit. The deposit is forfeited if the trap
or cage is not returned. The trap must be cleaned with bleach and water before it is returned.
Location: Visit the Muffin's Pet Connection website for a list of pick-up locations.
Web: www.muffins.org
Queens
ASPCA
The ASPCA rents traps to Certified TNR Caretakers with a valid Terms of Use agreement.
Traps must be picked up and returned to the Queens address by appointment only,
Tuesdays: 1-4pm, Wednesdays- Sundays: 1-4pm and 7-9pm.
Location: 70-39 83rd Street, Glendale, Queens
E-mail: [email protected]
Web: www.aspca.org
SaveKitty Foundation
An appointment and refundable deposit are required. Traps must be returned cleaned and in a
timely manner.
Location: Call for location
Phone: (347) 993-3163
Web: www.savekitty.org
Friendly Ferals
An appointment and refundable deposit are required. Traps must be returned cleaned and in a
timely manner.
Location: Forest Hills, Queens (exact location given with reservation)
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (917) 579-5718
Web: www.petfinder.com/shelters/NY791.html
Cat Colony Information Collection
Note: There are two organizations separately collecting details about managed community cat
colonies. This is for the safety and well-being of the cats.
Both the NYC Feral Cat Initiative and Neighborhood Cats strongly encourage Certified TNR
Caretakers in New York City to submit information about the locations of their community cat
colonies. The information you submit will be kept strictly confidential.
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Register your colony with the NYC Feral Cat Initiative to help to secure grants and
funding for TNR, and to help NYCFCI flag areas where TNR resources are needed
most. To register, visit http://www.nycferalcat.org/colonyregistration.htm.
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Register your colony with Neighborhood Cats to protect your eartipped cats if they are
brought to Animal Care & Control -- you'll be notified and able to retrieve your cats. To
register, visit www.nycferaldata.orgwww.nycferaldata.org.
Adoption Options
If you have decided to find homes for friendly adults and young kittens from your colony, you
have three basic options:
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Foster and find homes on your own. Be sure you have the time and room to foster
them yourself, especially if you are socializing kittens, and that you have a network –
friends, acquaintances, organizations – to help you find those homes.
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Limited-admission rescues and shelters. These include many of the Alliance
Participating Organizations of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals – see
www.animalalliancenyc.org/adoption.
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Open-admission – AC&C. See www.nyacc.org/Locations.htm. AC&C is very proactive
and creative in finding good homes for animals; their new mobile adoption vans and the
New Hope partner program have dramatically reduced euthanasia rates. The ASPCA
partners with AC&C not only as a New Hope partner but also by having a special
program that is dedicated to taking in kittens from AC&C.
Recovery Space Ideas
Suitable areas for recovering trapped cats include: basements, garages, empty storefronts, or a
bathroom if only one or two cats have been trapped.
Some general guidelines on deciding whether a space is suitable:
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Located in a safe area
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Secure from other animals & people; cats can’t escape the room
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Temperature-controlled; keep at about 70 degrees
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Low noise level
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Light fixtures or electrical outlet
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Exhaust or ventilation for odor control
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Running water is a necessity
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Flooring & tables that are easy to clean & disinfect
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Capacity: about 108 sq. ft. for 5 cats (e.g., a 9’ x 12’ room)
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A 3’ x 6’ table holds up to 5 cat traps
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3’ clearance needed on both sides for access to each end of the traps
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Space for food prep is also needed.
Where to Find Straw
Straw is the best insulated bedding for cat shelters. Bales of straw are plentiful during the fall in
garden centers, home improvement stores, some craft stores, and even supermarkets. The
small “decorative” bales are more expensive than the larger bales for farms, but a little straw
goes a very long way when it’s fluffed up.
Feed stores and equine businesses are other good sources of straw. For more tips on finding
straw and building or buying winter shelters, visit http://www.nycferalcat.org/info-colony.htm.
Note: Stores sometimes refer to it as “hay” when it’s actually “straw.” Straw, used as bedding for
livestock, is the hollow, dried stems of harvested grain; it is shiny and yellow. Hay, used to feed
livestock, is dried grass; it is duller and greenish. Hay contains moisture and may attract
unwanted hungry wildlife and make a cat shelter damp inside, so straw is the recommended
bedding.
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