Paul Santell (a.k.a. Paul the Cat Guy), a Certified TNR Caretaker who does Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) work with feral and stray cats in Astoria and other areas of Queens, has been able to help hundreds of cats this year with support from the NYC Feral Cat Initiative (NYCFCI) of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals.
Paul credits the NYCFCI with “helping me progress as a rescuer.” The staff of the NYCFCI “has always made time to assist me, whether it is with advice on caring for feral cats both pre- and post-op, arranging for emergency vet visits, supplying food for cats in need, and even fostering and socializing some tough rescue kittens of mine.”Rescuing kittens and finding homes for them, as well as for any friendly stray cats he encounters, is an important part of the work Paul does. So, he is especially grateful to the NYCFCI, in partnership with the ASPCA, for “providing me a chance to apply for and be awarded a grant for TNR and adoption support.” The grant enabled Paul to TNR or adopt out more than 200 cats during the six-month grant period.
In addition, Paul uses the Alliance’s Wheels of Hope to transport cats to and from the ASPCA spay/neuter clinic. While he can fit four cats in traps in his own car, a Wheels of Hope van can transport more than three times that number. Paul explains that without the Alliance it would have taken many more months for him to TNR the cats in his community. Skittles (pictured at left) is just one of the many felines who is thankful for Paul’s rescue and TNR efforts.
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