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Helping Feral Cats, One Person at a Time
Over 4,200 New Yorkers trained through TNR Workshops since 2001
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PHOTO BY MICHAEL MULLINS
Neighborhood Cats Volunteers Teresa Noto (Far Left) and Ildiko Spahn (Far Right) instruct a handful of soon-to-be certified TNR caretakers on the proper way in which to humanely trap a feral cat during a Bronx Workshop on February 25. Neighborhood Cats Volunteer Jamie Lehman, who also taught the class, is not pictured.
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By Michael Mullins
Published May 15, 2012
One healthy, fertile cat can produce any-
where between several hundred and several
thousand cats in a seven year lifetime.

The staggering statistic stems from the fact
that on average a cat can produce three
litters of kittens each year, with each litter,
again on average, consisting of between
four and six offspring and some kittens reaching sexual maturity prior to six
months of age to repeat the reproductive
cycle. The variation in the number of cats
produced over a seven year period is due
to varying kitten mortality rates and the
offspring’s life span.

UPCOMING TNR WORKSHOPS
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Saturday, June 2, 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Sunset Park Library @ 5108 4th Ave.
(at 51st Street) Brooklyn, NY

Saturday, June 23, 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Bronx Documentary Center
614 Courtlandt Ave. Bronx, NY 10451

Wednesday, July 18, 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
ASPCA Administrative Offices
520 Eighth Ave., 7th Fl. New York, NY

Saturday July 28, 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Ridgewood Library @ 20-12 Madison St.
(at Forest Ave) Ridgewood, NY 11385

All workshops are free, unless otherwise
noted, and attendees must register before-hand and arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the class. To inquire and sign-up for a TNR workshops call (212) 662-5761 or email
Lois McClurg, assistant TNR director, at lois@neighborhoodcats.org.

Consequently, feral cat colonies can multiply at extremely rapid rates over relatively brief periods of time, leading to short, often miserable existences for many of these cats which, due largely to overpopulation, are plagued by disease, parasites and acts of cruelty from humans. In order to improve the lives of ferals through controlling colony populations, the most humane and effective method endorsed and practiced by the animal rescue community is Trap-Neuter-Return or TNR.

First… What is a feral cat?

Having descended from domesticated cats, feral cats returned to the wild due to a lack of interaction with humans. In contrast, stray cats, which share the streets, backyards and rural areas with ferals, have been socialized and are generally speaking friendly or at least familiar with people. It is nearly impossible to re-domesticate a feral cat.

In the U.S. alone, the ASPCA estimates the number of feral cats to be in the tens of millions.

In an attempt to reduce the size of feral cat colonies, some communities have resorted to
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