Last month I teased out a very big announcement and today I am thrilled to share the exciting news that Bideawee is taking over the operation and management of the New York City Feral Cat Initiative. On October 3rd, at the Algonquin Hotel in New York City, we made this announcement in the very fitting company of their resident cat, Hamlet! This incredible, orange tabby was rescued from the streets of Long Island as part of a feral cat management effort and brought to Bideawee where he was adopted by the Algonquin and crowned Hamlet VIII. It’s a dream TNR story and one we hope to replicate many times over – although I can’t promise new homes as notable as the one Hamlet ended up in.
As you know, for more than 117 years, Bideawee has been working to improve the lives of homeless animals in New York City and Long Island. Our work is focused in three key areas - Prevention, Problem Solving and Cultivation of the Human Animal Bond. All of Bideawee’s programs fall within these categories and work together to support our mission to rescue, care for, and place homeless cats and dogs with the people who love them.
The New York City Feral Cat Initiative is a natural fit for Bideawee. Through our established adoption programs, we are already helping to solve the problem of cat overpopulation by finding homes for hundreds of cats and kittens each year that were saved from the streets by community members and rescuers. This year alone we took in more than 660 cats.
FCI allows us to expand our impact by taking a leadership role in the prevention of feral cat overpopulation. Through its proven TNR trainings and community resources, FCI has helped improve the lives of tens of thousands of feral community cats who now live in secure, well-managed colonies, gotten countless friendly adults and kittens off the streets and into good homes, and helped improve the quality of life for residents who share their communities with a feral colony. We are excited to take on the management of this important program and look forward to continuing the work that Jane Hoffman and The Alliance for New York City’s Animals started more than 14 years ago. Jane and her team have built a program that has not only significantly impacted NYC but serves as a model to cities across the country, and the world, that are looking for humane solutions to feral cat overpopulation.
I am so very grateful to Jane for choosing Bideawee to carry this lifesaving work forward and we are truly honored to be the new home of the Feral Cat Initiative. I’m a firm believer that collaboration can help us achieve even more positive impact for NYC’s animals and this process has reinforced that belief – it has been a pleasure working with Jane and The Alliance on the FCI transition and I look forward to working with and learning from the wonderful FCI team that are now part of the Bideawee family.
I also have a final, exciting announcement. In support of Bideawee taking on FCI, one of our long-time board members has offered to match every gift of $10,000 or less made in support of the program up to a total of $100,000. As you know, any new program comes with expenses and costs to keep it running. This matching gift will help us fund a majority of the program costs for the next year. So please, consider supporting FCI between now and the end of December and your gift will have double the impact.