Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and Flatbush cat colony caretakers in Brooklyn are pooling resources to continually get local feral cats spayed, neutered, vetted and released, as well as caring for 100+ local colony cats long-term.
While the ASPCA does provide spay and neuter services, there is much more needed in order to trap the cats safely and to care for the colonies year-round.
We are currently caring for over sixty cats in colonies throughout the neighborhood and expect the numbers to increase as new kittens are born. Whether you love or hate cats, they are a big part of this city. When people unlawfully kill or remove cats, new ones will take their place. There is no way to get rid of them permanently, but there is a way to limit their numbers, which is to cease their reproduction and to provide them with a safe place to live.
Reasons to Spay and Neuter Feral Cats:
- Cats will not allow large numbers to live in their colonies, which naturally keeps numbers at a minium.
- Cats keep rats and mice at bay.
- Neutered and spayed cats make less noise and won't "perfume" your outdoor spaces.
- Spaying and neutering is good for cat health and ultimately results in less stress on their bodies.
If you love cats, know that these ferals are happier outdoors and just need the care that some very good-hearted individuals are happy to provide. For the friendly abandoned cats outside who are not feral and who crave human companionship, we find loving adoptive homes once they are spayed/ neutered, tested, and vaccinated.
All of this is not free! If you can offer just a few dollars it will help us to move toward our goal of being able to afford appropriate care for our community's local ferals. Your money will contribute to the purchase of:
- Weather-proof shelters (using low-cost or recycled materials) - Cat food (wet and dry) - Feeding/water stations - Medication and vitamins as needed - Veterinary care for emergencies
- Cat and kitten food for up to 2 days prior to trapping and 3 days after, and longer for cats who need extra care - Medication - Additional veterinary care for sick cats - Laundry (for sheets to cover traps) - Tarps (to protect recovery space) - Sanitizing wipes - Bleach - Paper towels - Disposable gloves - Garbage bags - Flyers for publicity and education - Some of these supplies can be found on our Amazon Wish List .
Other ways to help if you live nearby:
- Volunteer to help with Trap/Neuter/Release projects, even for just an hour. Contact Naomi at email@example.com.
- Consider adopting a friendly kitten or cat! We have so many adoptable kittens and adults just waiting for a home. Contact us for more info.
We thank you from the bottoms of our furry hearts!!