About Uptown Cats
Using a formula that works with information found in AVMA U.S Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook, and the U.S. Census, it estimates that in 2000 there were some 815,000 feral and homeless cats struggling to survive on the streets of New York City’s five boroughs. This number continually increases partly because of the very efficient feline reproductive system, but also because of well-meaning people who feed stray cats but do not prevent them from reproducing which, in effect, only helps to increase the rate of reproduction.
As a countermeasure, Uptown Cats has developed comprehensive, community-wide TNR programs for residents to use where feral cats breed: neighborhood parking lots, gardens, schoolyards, empty lots, and alleys. Uptown Cats then provides rescued cats and kittens with shelter, food, veterinary care, and, ultimately, new homes.
With the help of a volunteer workforce and support network, and under ASPCA sponsorship, Uptown Cats has sterilized some 300 cats each year (25 cats a month) since December 2004. Of these 300 cats, about 200 cannot be domesticated many feral cats, for example. These cats are returned (the “return” of “trap-neuter-return”) to live out their lives in a “managed colony,” with food and especially made winter shelter monitored by an assigned caretaker who alerts Uptown Cats in the event of illness and newly abandoned and intact cats.
Uptown Cats finds new homes for the remaining 100 or so adoptable, domesticated cats, dozens with health complications for which we provide veterinary care, including viral testing, de-worming, vaccination, and treatment for fleas and ear mites. Some cats require extensive surgical treatments and medical care for a wide range of injuries and/or illnesses. Fully recovered cats are placed as pets in well-screened, responsible households, where they are given a second chance at life.