Ditmas Park

Fiske Terrace TNR Effort Asks Neighbors To Keep Pets Inside & Not To Feed Strays


cat trapping sign
We noticed signs this morning on Avenue H asking Fiske Terrace and nearby neighbors to assist with a trap, neuter, release effort going on until Thursday, April 24.

Flyers say cats are being trapped from E 17th to E 18th Streets and Glenwood Avenue to Avenue H, and that in order for the operation to be successful, local strays need to be hungry enough to enter the traps set–so if you normally leave some food out for them, please don’t do so again until after Thursday morning.

Neighbors with indoor/outdoor cats should also be aware that cats found outside with no collar and identifying tags may also be trapped, fixed, and ear tipped, so it might be best to keep Socks indoors for a few days.

Anyone with questions about this TNR campaign can contact Laura and Jack at 347-240-5350, and for general inquiries about TNR or to attend a workshop and get a $10-per-cat rebate next month, call 212-662-5761 or visit Neighborhood Cats.

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  1. Terrible terrible idea. Ever wonder why our area has so few mouse and rat issues? This is the answer. I’ve lived in areas without stray cats, trust me- you’d rather see these guys running around than the alternative. I am not an animal rights activist, nor a cat lover- I just see what a great contribution these animals make to our hood. Keep their balls in tact-Please!!

  2. Wow Jamesky thanks…I never gave it much thought about how helpful stray cats can be….LOL I hate stray cats because their leftover food make the streets look dirty, but then again I rarely ever see rats on my street and there are no mice in our building.

  3. Jamesky, spayed/neutered cats are still excellent rodent-deterrents, especially since the smell of the cats themselves will keep the rodents away. There are many problems with your advice to “keep their balls intact,” though. The population gets out of control, mating or in-heat cats make terrible noises, the intact males spray a strong-smelling urine, and they get in more fights. AB, you’re right that people who feed cats need to keep the area clean and not put out excess food. Your understanding when it’s not perfect is appreciated. TNR is the best solution to a number of problems, says the lady who feeds the TNR’d colony outside her rodent-free building, the same building that used to have a rodent problem when the previous building manager was intolerant of cats.

  4. Interesting, thanks for the info- only issue is that there will be no more cats in a few years if they are all spayed/neutered. Please correct me if I am wrong.

    Admittedly, I have been woken up by an intense cat-fight. It is a horrible experience, but I still prefer cats over no cats.

  5. Don’t you worry, there will still be *plenty* of cats because we can’t catch all of them and people are always dumping their own unwanted cats outside. TNR prevents the population from exploding exponentially.

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