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Provide urgently needed medical care to a sick or injured homeless kitten or cat.

There are, at minimum, tens of thousands of cats struggling to survive in the streets and alleyways of New York City. Neighborhood Cats work with community members, teaching residents how to safely practice Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), to stop the cycle of overbreeding and give outdoor cats the best possible quality of life. But the problem is vast and for many caretakers with limited means, veterinary help is out of reach when a cat they look after is sick or injured and needs emergency care to survive.

When extra help is needed to spare suffering, save lives, and make positive change happen for cats and caretakers in need, Neighborhood Cats turn to Shady's Fund (named in memory of "Shady", a much-loved rescued cat). Shady's Fund underwrites veterinary treatment for sick or injured ferals with positive prognoses (such as suturing severe lacerations), and aids community members who wish to help feral cats in their neighborhoods but are unable to do so without assistance (for example, senior citizens who can put out food every morning but are themselves too frail to trap and transport cats to spay/neuter clinics). Shady's Fund makes medical care and lifesaving services possible for those who would otherwise have no way of finding help.

Update from the Field
July 2015


With her big eyes, snub nose and fluffy black-and-white coat, Mikayla looks like a plush toy. However, looks can be deceiving because this little girl is one tough survivor. Mikayla has had a hard life and has been through many shelters before ending up with Neighborhood Cats. When Hurricane Sandy tore up the east coast in October 2012, Mikayla was one of the disaster's countless victims. Mikayla survived the storm, but has had trouble breathing due to mold in one of the shelters she was placed in.

Neighborhood Cats has been able to help Mikayla with medications and a nebulizer thanks to our donors. She can run, play and chase her toys like any other cat. And she can purr (which she does almost non-stop) as if saying "thank you" to the friends who cared enough to make her well. Thank you for supporting Neighborhood Cats, and Mikalyla thanks you too!

Neighborhood Cats believes Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the most humane and effective method available to address the severe feral cat overpopulation crisis faced by this country. By making TNR fully understood, accepted and practiced in every community we aim to end widespread suffering and loss of life while making life better for free-roaming cats, wherever they may be.

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