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Animal Care & Control of NYC volunteer Iris Lugo shows off the latest in bottle-feeding equipment at a Kitten Palooza! workshop. (Photo by Valerie Sicignano)

Animal Care & Control of NYC volunteer Iris Lugo shows off the latest in bottle-feeding equipment at a Kitten Palooza! workshop.

Photo by Valerie Sicignano

NYC Eartips: Fall/Winter 2009

The E-Newsletter of the New York City Feral Cat Initiative

Welcome to our year-end issue of NYC Eartips, the e-newsletter of the New York City Feral Cat Initiative (NYCFCI). As we near the end of what was for us an exciting year of progress in helping the feral and free-roaming cats in our city, we can take pride in our successes and be grateful for the lessons we've learned this year. Together, we can move ahead into 2010 with renewed energy and commitment to improving conditions for the thousands of NYC cats whose well-being depends upon their committed caretakers and those individuals and organizations whose decisions are shaping their future.

This issue of NYC Eartips covers a wide range of topics — from innovative learning opportunities that are helping us improve the way we work on behalf of the cats within our communities, to increased spay/neuter efforts that are making surgeries for our community cats more accessible for caretakers, and more. As always, we try to acknowledge as many individuals as possible who are working on their own or in collaboration with others to care for NYC's outdoor cats and find homes for those who can come inside.

The NYC Feral Cat Initiative — a joint program of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals and Neighborhood Cats — is committed to solving New York City's feral cat overpopulation crisis through Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). Through our e-newsletter and website, we hope to keep you informed of our progress, inspire others to get involved in helping the feral and stray cats in their neighborhoods, and provide easy access to the information and resources that will help you work more effectively with the cats in your care. We hope you enjoy NYC Eartips. If you have comments or suggestions for this newsletter, we welcome them at eartips@NYCFeralCat.org. And if you haven't already, please visit our website at www.NYCFeralCat.org.

Again, we thank you for being a part of our efforts to make New York City a safer place for feral and free-roaming cats. Together, we are making a difference.


Best wishes for a happy holiday,

New York City Feral Cat Initiative


In This Issue…

Kitty Beat: Report from the Boroughs

Kitten Palooza! Workshop Series, Sponsored by PetSmart Charities, Fills to Capacity

by Valerie Sicignano, NYC Feral Initiative

ASPCA Hosts TNR Spectacular! in Queens

by Jesse Oldham, ASPCA Shelter Outreach


A Triangle of Love

by Nancy Fahnestock, CSM Stray Foundation

Gimme Shelter: Feral Cat Winter Shelters to Build or Buy

by Valerie Sicignano, NYC Feral Initiative

NYCFCI & ASPCA Co-host Feral Cat Winter Shelter-Building Workshop & Sale

Letter of Appreciation from Claudia the Cat

by Rose Wardell & Claudia

NYCFCI & ASPCA Team Up to Present Workshop on Neighbor Relations & Public Outreach for TNR/Feral Cats

NYCFCI Advanced Trapping Techniques Workshop Draws Enthusiastic Audience

Animal Rescuer Creates Petfinder.com App for iPhone

In Every Issue…

Upcoming TNR Workshops & Events

Donate to the NYC Feral Cat Initiative

Volunteer to Help Feral Cats

Newsletter Team

Editor-in-Chief: Steve Gruber

Art Director: Krista Menzel

Contributing Writers: Nancy Fahnestock, Jesse Oldham, Valerie Sicignano, Rose Wardell

Photographers: Nancy Fahnestock, Friendly Ferals, Jaime Gross, Vincent Guarneri, Jesse Oldham, Susan Reilly, Reinier Samsingh, Valerie Sicignano, Meredith Weiss

The New York City Feral Cat Initiative welcomes reprints of the articles in NYC Eartips. To request permission to reprint any of these articles, please contact us at eartips@NYCFeralCat.org.