#MonthlyMojo: NYC Feral Cat Initiative

The Jackson Galaxy Foundation #MonthlyMojo beneficiary
for October 2016 is

NYC Feral Cat Initiative
A program of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals
The Big Apple


Jackson’s Pick

Tens of thousands of street cats live in alleyways, backyards, and outdoor spaces of New York City. Because these cats are not socialized to humans, they are not candidates for adoption, and most adult feral cats taken in at city shelters are euthanized. In addition, 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. 

The New York City Feral Cat Initiative (NYCFCI) is a program of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals.  The program is committed to solving NYC’s feral and stray community cat overpopulation crisis through the humane, non-lethal method of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). NYCFCI helps to reach The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals goal of ensuring that no dog or cat of reasonable health and temperament is killed merely because he or she does not have a home.

What is TNR?

Stray and feral cats are humanely trapped, evaluated, given a rabies vaccination, left-ear tipped, spayed or neutered by a veterinarian, and then returned to the familiar habitat of their original colony. Tame cats and kittens young enough to be socialized are removed for adoption placement in permanent indoor homes.  NYCFCI provides free services and resources to TNR caretakers and community cats.

How can you help?  Just $5 supports the NYC Feral Cat Initiative allowing them to continue educating and training New Yorkers about TNR, and to provide critical resources and services to NYC's community cats to continue to save lives.  See how else your donations help.


2. #MaximizeYourMojo

Not everyone can go out and participate in the TNR program but you can help in other ways.  By purchasing this Feral Cat Buddy catnip toy for your favorite kitty, $5 of your purchase goes directly to New York City Feral Cat Initiative.  So in your small way, you are doing your part to help the overpopulation crisis of NYC’s street kitties. 


3. #ShelterSunday

Thanks to the successful community collaboration of partner groups and shelters, NYCFCI has made dramatic progress toward their goals over the last 13 years. Today, 9 out of every 10 lives are saved, as compared to 1 out of 4 when the Alliance began. Since 2003, euthanasia at Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) shelters has been reduced by over 83 percent.  What a wonderful success rate.

Each Sunday, a heartwarming story about another successful TNR or re-homing of a community cat will be posted here.  Check back to read a story that will renew your faith in human kind and the animals they save.