Meet the NYC Feral Cat Initiative Team: Kathleen O’Malley

As a community cat caretaker, Kathleen O'Malley, who is also Director of TNR Education for the NYC Feral Cat Initiative, sets up winter shelters for her colony in New Jersey. (Photo by Kayt Hester)

As a community cat caretaker, Kathleen O’Malley, who is also Director of TNR Education for the NYC Feral Cat Initiative, sets up winter shelters for her colony in New Jersey. (Photo by Kayt Hester)

The NYC Feral Cat Initiative (NYCFCI), a program of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals committed to solving NYC’s feral cat overpopulation crisis through the humane, non-lethal method of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), welcomed its newest team member, Kathleen O’Malley, at the beginning of 2015.

Kathleen joins NYCFCI as Director of TNR Education, with responsibility for outreach to the TNR community and the public regarding community cats. In this newly created position, Kathleen plans to update NYCFCI’s training workshops for TNR caretakers; work with community boards, NYPD Precinct Councils, City Council members, and other elected officials to inform them about TNR and colony care; and work with other members of the NYCFCI team to coordinate services and resources for the TNR community.

“I look forward to seeing a noticeable citywide reduction in the community cat population through TNR,” says Kathleen. “I’m thrilled and honored that I can do something about it by helping more and more New Yorkers become certified. And, just as important, by helping certified TNR caretakers obtain the resources they need to complete TNR on their cat colonies.”

Kathleen manages a colony of her own and has a background in large-scale TNR projects as a member and President of the Hudson County Animal League, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization located in New Jersey.

In addition, Kathleen was most recently TNR Manager, Community Outreach for the ASPCA. She has also worked in scientific publishing and has owned a vintage clothing boutique. She and her husband share their home with four cats: Thor, Hela, and “foster failures” Jude and Luke, who were once part of the feral colony she manages.

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The Wheels of Hope Turn for Dog Rescue

Waggin' Train Rescue adoptee, Alfie, enjoys a summer day in Riverside Park with his adopter, Ken. (Photo by Jane Kleinsinger)

Waggin’ Train Rescue adoptee, Alfie, enjoys a summer day in Riverside Park with his adopter, Ken. (Photo by Jane Kleinsinger)

   

Since 2005, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals has transported 80,000 cats and dogs to partner rescue groups, adoptive and foster homes, spay/neuter appointments, and veterinary providers with our Wheels of Hope transport program. Our six transport vans run seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, to help NYC’s shelter pets and feral and stray community cats. This month, we are bringing you stories of organizations and individuals who are saving the lives of animals in New York City with the help of our Wheels of Hope. We hope you enjoy these Wheels of Hope: Tales from the Road!

“I can say without hesitation that without the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals’ Wheels of Hope transport program we wouldn’t be able to do the work we do,” states Waggin’ Train Rescue’s founder, Jane Kleinsinger. Waggin’ Train Rescue, a non-profit organization, was initially founded in 2001 to address the increased number of dogs that wound up in New York City’s shelter system in the aftermath of 9/11.

Today, most of the dogs the organization rescues still come from Animal Care & Control of NYC (AC&C). “Most of them need a few weeks of quarantine (for kennel cough) before they can go to their adoptive homes,” Jane explains. “Wheels of Hope takes them to kennels we use for this, and when they’re healthy, transports them to their forever homes all over New York, New Jersey, New England, and Pennsylvania.”

In Jane’s experience, the Wheels of Hope team is responsive and able to mobilize quickly. “Within minutes of submitting a transport request for an animal, I hear back with a confirmation. Immediate action is then taken to plan for their next destination,” says Jane. “I wish airlines worked as efficiently!

“We save between 200–300 dogs per year,” Jane says, “almost all of which have ridden on Wheels of Hope vans.”

Keep the Wheels Turning for NYC’s Animals!

Our current Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals Wheels of Hope fleet has driven a combined 1,415,198 life-saving miles! Our oldest transport vans each have now logged more than 300,000 miles, and our maintenance costs continue to rise with each vehicle’s mileage. In order to sustain the incredible pace we have set for NYC’s animals, we now are in need of a new Wheels of Hope transport van.

This month, as we race to help even more animals find homes for the new year, please join our campaign to keep the Wheels of Hope reliably turning in 2015 and beyond. Your tax-deductible donation will help us continue to help others save precious lives and bring hope to the littlest New Yorkers in the new year. Donate now at http://bit.ly/TurnWheels.

Keep the Wheels Turning for NYC's Animals

   

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The Wheels of Hope Turn (and Re-turn) for Dog Adoptions

Jack, a blind Chihuahua mix, "is my beautiful blonde boy," says Laurie Hart, his adopter. "He's perfect in every way." (Photo by Laurie and Matt Hart)

Jack, a blind Chihuahua mix, “is my beautiful blonde boy,” says Laurie Hart, his adopter. “He’s perfect in every way.” (Photo by Laurie and Matt Hart)

   

Since 2005, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals has transported 80,000 cats and dogs to partner rescue groups, adoptive and foster homes, spay/neuter appointments, and veterinary providers with our Wheels of Hope transport program. Our six transport vans run seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, to help NYC’s shelter pets and feral and stray community cats. This month, we are bringing you stories of organizations and individuals who are saving the lives of animals in New York City with the help of our Wheels of Hope. We hope you enjoy these Wheels of Hope: Tales from the Road!

Laurie Hart, who does a lot of work with Pibbles & More Animal Rescue (PMAR), an organization that pulls cats and dogs from shelters, had her eyes on a Chihuahua mix named Charlie at Animal Care & Control of NYC (AC&C). When Laurie decided she had to adopt him, she and PMAR turned to the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals’ Wheels of Hope (WOH) transport program to get Charlie from AC&C and drive him to his new home with Laurie and her husband, Matt.

According to his adopter, Laurie Hart, Charlie "has no idea he is small. He keeps everyone in the house in their place." (Photo by Laurie and Matt Hart)

According to his adopter, Laurie Hart, Charlie “has no idea he is small. He keeps everyone in the house in their place.” (Photo by Laurie and Matt Hart)

In a phone call Laurie had with the WOH driver when the driver stopped en route, she quickly determined that AC&C had given the driver the wrong Charlie! “It turns out,” recalls Laurie, “that there were two Chihuahua mixes named Charlie!” Given the option to have the driver turn around, return the first Charlie, and bring Laurie the second one, Laurie and her husband instantly decided to adopt them both! Charlie #1 arrived that day. Shortly thereafter, WOH returned with Charlie #2, who is now called Jack.

Charlie has a severe heart defect, deformed front legs, and epilepsy. Jack is blind in both eyes. “I only wish we had found these two boys sooner,” says Laurie. “They both fit perfectly into our home.

“I am actually thankful for the worker who gave the Wheels of Hope driver the ‘wrong’ Charlie the first time around!” she says. “And, I am especially thankful for the WOH program and drivers and all the work they do for these animals. They all work so hard to make sure these poor babies get to their forever homes.”

   

   

   

   

Keep the Wheels Turning for NYC’s Animals!

Our current Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals Wheels of Hope fleet has driven a combined 1,415,198 life-saving miles! Our oldest transport vans each have now logged more than 300,000 miles, and our maintenance costs continue to rise with each vehicle’s mileage. In order to sustain the incredible pace we have set for NYC’s animals, we now are in need of a new Wheels of Hope transport van.

This month, as we race to help even more animals find homes for the new year, please join our campaign to keep the Wheels of Hope reliably turning in 2015 and beyond. Your tax-deductible donation will help us continue to help others save precious lives and bring hope to the littlest New Yorkers in the new year. Donate now at http://bit.ly/TurnWheels.

Keep the Wheels Turning for NYC's Animals

   

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The Wheels of Hope Turn for Veterinary Care

Dr. Humphreys' daughter Leilani gives Wisdom a little TLC after the Wheels of Hope transport program brought the dog from the city shelter to One Love Animal Hospital for treatment for uncontrollable seizures. (Photo by Dr. Kenneth Humphreys)

Dr. Humphreys’ daughter Leilani gives Wisdom a little TLC after the Wheels of Hope transport program brought the dog from the city shelter to One Love Animal Hospital for treatment for uncontrollable seizures. (Photo by Dr. Kenneth Humphreys)

   

Since 2005, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals has transported 80,000 cats and dogs to partner rescue groups, adoptive and foster homes, spay/neuter appointments, and veterinary providers with our Wheels of Hope transport program. Our six transport vans run seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, to help NYC’s shelter pets and feral and stray community cats. This month, we are bringing you stories of organizations and individuals who are saving the lives of animals in New York City with the help of our Wheels of Hope. We hope you enjoy these Wheels of Hope: Tales from the Road!

One Love Animal Hospital is a full-service general veterinary practice for companion animals, with locations in both Brooklyn and Manhattan. According to Dr. Kenneth Humphreys, one of the practice’s veterinarians, in addition to caring for family pets, One Love has made “the conscious decision to also provide medical care for animals in need and at risk by working with community animal rescues, shelters, and other community outreach programs.” The practice provides everything from general wellness care to more advanced medical, surgical, and dental care for companion animals waiting to find their forever homes.

“Often a major hurdle that inhibits our ability to provide care to shelter, rescue, and foster animals is transportation to our facilities,” explains Dr. Humphreys. “The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals’ Wheels of Hope transport program provides much-needed transport of these pets so they can receive the proper medical attention.”

Wisdom was just one of many pets fortunate enough to receive care from One Love and to be transported there by the Wheels of Hope (WOH). Wisdom, who was experiencing uncontrollable seizures, was pulled from the city shelter and driven by WOH to One Love. After receiving medical treatments there, a healthier, happier Wisdom went to live on a farm in upstate New York.

“Without the tireless efforts of the Wheels of Hope transport program,” asserts Dr. Humphreys, “many of these animals would not receive the care they need and deserve.”

Keep the Wheels Turning for NYC’s Animals!

Our current Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals Wheels of Hope fleet has driven a combined 1,415,198 life-saving miles! Our oldest transport vans each have now logged more than 300,000 miles, and our maintenance costs continue to rise with each vehicle’s mileage. In order to sustain the incredible pace we have set for NYC’s animals, we now are in need of a new Wheels of Hope transport van.

This month, as we race to help even more animals find homes for the new year, please join our campaign to keep the Wheels of Hope reliably turning in 2015 and beyond. Your tax-deductible donation will help us continue to help others save precious lives and bring hope to the littlest New Yorkers in the new year. Donate now at http://bit.ly/TurnWheels.

Keep the Wheels Turning for NYC's Animals

   

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The Wheels of Hope Turn for Animals in Crisis

Maya, a cat rescued by the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals' Wheels of Hope transport program from the site of a deadly gas explosion, was ready to be driven to safety. (Photo by Jenny Coffey)

Maya, a cat rescued by the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals’ Wheels of Hope transport program from the site of a deadly gas explosion, was ready to be driven to safety. (Photo by Jenny Coffey)

   

Since 2005, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals has transported 80,000 cats and dogs to partner rescue groups, adoptive and foster homes, spay/neuter appointments, and veterinary providers with our Wheels of Hope transport program. Our six transport vans run seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, to help NYC’s shelter pets and feral and stray community cats. This month, we are bringing you stories of organizations and individuals who are saving the lives of animals in New York City with the help of our Wheels of Hope. We hope you enjoy these Wheels of Hope: Tales from the Road!

Patricia lives with her cat Maya in an apartment building in East Harlem that was next to one of the two buildings that collapsed after a deadly gas explosion in March 2014. Patricia was at work at the time of the explosion and recalls worrying about being able to get back into her building to find Maya. When it was deemed safe to allow residents into the building, they were given 15 minutes to gather their belongs. Patricia remembers being shocked by the condition of the building. The hallways were pitch black. There was thick smoke everywhere and shards of glass covered the floors.

The door to Patricia’s apartment had been broken down and the conditions inside were no better. “I was overwhelmed,” says Patricia. “And I am asthmatic, so the smoke was getting to me. I needed help to find Maya and get her out of the building. Luckily, staff from the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, and their Wheels of Hope transport program were there.”

Perhaps as luckily, Maya had decided not to flee the chaos, but to take refuge in the bathtub, where an Alliance staffer found her. The Wheels of Hope (WOH) transport program got Maya into a carrier and drove her to one of several shelters offering short-term, temporary housing for animals displaced by the explosion.

It was several weeks before the building allowed residents to move back in. During that time Patricia stayed at a place that did not allow pets. She relied on WOH to help her find and transport Maya to a second animal shelter, where Maya was able to stay for the duration. When Patricia moved back into her apartment, WOH gave Maya one more ride — back to her home, and into Patricia’s loving arms.

Now Maya again greets Patricia every day when Patricia comes home from work. Relieved to have the whole experience behind her, Patricia declares, “The WOH was a major blessing!”

Keep the Wheels Turning for NYC’s Animals!

Our current Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals Wheels of Hope fleet has driven a combined 1,415,198 life-saving miles! Our oldest transport vans each have now logged more than 300,000 miles, and our maintenance costs continue to rise with each vehicle’s mileage. In order to sustain the incredible pace we have set for NYC’s animals, we now are in need of a new Wheels of Hope transport van.

This month, as we race to help even more animals find homes for the new year, please join our campaign to keep the Wheels of Hope reliably turning in 2015 and beyond. Your tax-deductible donation will help us continue to help others save precious lives and bring hope to the littlest New Yorkers in the new year. Donate now at http://bit.ly/TurnWheels.

Keep the Wheels Turning for NYC's Animals

   

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