We are the FAT Cats!
Flatbush Area Team for Cats – or just call us the FAT Cats! - is a group of cat colony caretakers in Flatbush, Brooklyn, primarily in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. We’ve joined forces to help the outside cats in our area stay healthy while limiting their population growth. We’re energized by the mutual support our new coalition offers, making us more than the sum of our parts.
Here’s what we do:
- TNR (trap-neuter-return) – getting outside cats spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and returned to their feral colonies where they will be fed and provided shelters
- Vetting of sick and injured cats
- Finding adoptive homes for the kittens and friendly adult strays that we rescue
- Helping neighbors with hands-on assistance for their own TNR projects
- Providing long-term care for over 100 cats in several outdoor colonies
Here’s what brought us together:
For our initial large-scale project in late April 2015, we targeted six different locations and successfully trapped 27 cats that went to the ASPCA for surgery, most of them female and a few already pregnant! Several of the cats required additional weeks of antibiotic therapy under our care. We took in 15 kittens, some as young as 3 days old, and along with allies in another rescue group, we fostered, vetted, and found adoptive homes for all of the kittens. Some amazing volunteers came out to help with trapping and cat care, a few of them newbies who gained experience so they could work on their own TNR projects.
That is 27 cats TNRd and 15 kittens rescued in our initial project!
(Please see our updates, as these numbers have increased and continue to grow!)
OUR WORK CONTINUES, BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Where does your money go?
100% of money donated is used directly for cat care through our TNR projects. We are all volunteers and do not receive any money for our efforts; in fact, we personally cover many expenses ourselves. We pay for ongoing colony feeding and sheltering out of our own pockets, using donations only to cover expenses related to trapping, vetting and feeding the cats who are sick or are pre- or post-surgery.
The majority of the money goes to veterinary costs. We save money by using vets who offer discounts to rescue groups and using free or low-cost services where available, like through the ASPCA.
Your donations also allow us to buy supplies so we can get those hard-to-catch cats. Using our new Drop Trap, we caught a worn-out mama who has had about 10 litters so far. Now she is spayed, healthier and happier! Her sickly kittens were nursed back to health and are thriving in their new homes.
Are donations tax-deductible?
Unfortunately, no. FAT Cats is a recently formed group and we have not gone through the steps of forming a 501c3 non-profit organization. But rest assured that every penny you donate is spent directly on cat care, as we have absolutely no overhead costs!
Why should you care about feral cats?
Whether you love or hate them, feral cats (also called neighborhood or community cats) are a big part of this city. When people unlawfully kill or remove cats, new ones will take their place. There is no way to get rid of them permanently, but there is a way to limit their numbers, which is to cease their reproduction and to provide them with a safe place to live. Plus, they’re helpful to have around!
- Cats keep rats and mice at bay.
- Cats are territorial, and will not allow large numbers to live in their colonies, which naturally keeps numbers at a minimum.
- Neutered and spayed cats make less noise and won't "perfume" your outdoor spaces.
- Spaying and neutering is good for cat health and ultimately results in less stress on their bodies.
If you love cats, know that these ferals are happier outdoors and just need the care that some very good-hearted individuals are happy to provide. For the friendly abandoned cats outside who are not feral and who crave human companionship, we find loving adoptive homes once they are spayed/ neutered, tested, and vaccinated.
HELP US HELP THEM, PLEASE DONATE
All of this is not free! If you can offer just a few dollars it will help us to move toward our goal of being able to afford appropriate care for our community's local ferals.
Other ways to help if you live nearby:
- Volunteer to help with Trap/Neuter/Return projects.
- Adopt or foster a friendly kitten or cat! We have so many adoptable kittens and adults just waiting for a home.
- Tell your neighbors about the benefits of TNR.
We thank you from the bottoms of our furry hearts!!
- FAT Cats