Infinite Hope volunteers will once again be walking in the Best Friends Strut Your Mutt event to raise funds for our animal rescue. Join or donate to our team to help us save more cats and kittens this year! The event is on Saturday, October 5th 2019 in the Hudson River Park, NYC. You can register or donate here.
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation making New York the first state in the country to outlaw the declawing of cats. Other states are considering passing similar laws, as some cities across the country have already done. NY's law makes exceptions for medical purposes. In a statement, the Governor said, "By banning this archaic practice, we will ensure that animals are no longer subjected to these inhumane and unnecessary procedures." Infinite Hope has long opposed the practice of declawing and welcomes this new law!
TNR got a shout-out in the NY Times as one of the reasons for the sharp decline in the number of animals killed in municipal shelters. Excerpt: "In a quiet transformation, pet euthanasia rates have plummeted in big cities in recent years, falling more than 75 percent since 2009. ... Most of the shelters in this analysis also continue to reduce the number of animals they take in. Programs to spay/neuter and release community cats are one factor." The full article is here.
Billy is a true example of how fostering saves lives! We pulled this young cat from the NYC Animal Care Center in Brooklyn, where he was on the at-risk list because he was too fearful in the shelter setting to be shown to potential adopters. As soon as he landed in his Infinite Hope foster home, Billy blossomed. He is a playful, curious, loving cat -- none of which was on display while he was in the shelter. He was adopted within a few weeks and now shares his home with a rescued greyhound dog. His adopters say, "We are SO HAPPY to have Billy join our family and we love him so much already." It is thanks to his foster home that Billy had a chance to find his forever family. Learn more about fostering with Infinite Hope.
Our volunteers have been working with other rescuers to TNR (Trap Neuter Return) a colony of cats living at a bus depot in Gowanus, Brooklyn. We know that several of them are mama cats who have had multiple litters in the past. It's great to be doing TNR now, to prevent spring litters! In the past few weeks, 14 cats have been TNRd at this site.
An article in the New York Times shows how feral cats are finding new homes as "working" cats: "The standard of care for feral cats is known as trap-neuter-return (TNR), which entails humanely trapping the cat, sterilizing it, and returning it to where it was found. But sometimes the cats can’t be returned to where they lived before, either because their caretaker is no longer there to provide food and water, or because their environment has been made cat-unfriendly. They need a place to go... Animal rescue groups have created working-cat programs wherein homeowners or store owners agree to provide the cats with shelter, food, water and medical care — promising to take care of it like any other pet — in exchange for an added line of defense against vermin."
We were alerted by a concerned neighbor to a litter of kittens living outside a synagogue in Brooklyn. Several of the kittens were sick and needed immediate care. We trapped 4 kittens and TNR'd their mom. Leela was one of two kittens who needed to have an eye removed, as a result of an untreated infection that had permanently damaged the eye tissue. She recovered well and was soon adopted along with her litter mate, Emil. This polydaktyl beauty doesn't let her one-eyed "pirate" status slow her down!
Want to have fun for a good cause on Saturday, October 6th? Sign up to be a member of Infinite Hope's 2018 Strut Your Mutt team and join us for a walk in Hudson River Park in New York City! Strut Your Mutt is a national fundraising campaign for animal welfare groups, raising funds for local rescue efforts. Infinite Hope gets to keep 100% of the funds raised by our team (other than processing fees) and all of that money will go toward animal rescue! Become a team member to join us on October 6th, or make a donation to support Infinite Hope. The walk culminates with a festival Pier 84 with contests, vendors, and fun!
Clara was found on the street, scavenging for food scraps. He is a friendly, outgoing cat and clearly wasn't used to living outside. Once he was brought into care and examined by a vet, it was discovered that he needed surgery to repair a diaphragmatic hernia. Infinite Hope applied for support from the AMC (Animal Medical Center) To The Rescue program and he was approved for surgery! Clara is now fully recovered and looking for his forever home. He is about 2 years old and is the ultimate couch potato - his favorite activities are snuggling and naps!