Kathleen O’Malley

Director of Community Cat Education

Kathleen joined Bideawee in 2019 when the Feral Cat Initiative (FCI) became part of our organization. As FCI’s Director of Community Cat Education, she teaches and advocates for Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), the humane and effective approach to reducing and managing the population of community cats. She has been an animal welfare professional since 2013, when she left a career in medical editing to “work for cats.”

Kathleen started practicing and promoting TNR in 2010, after one little “gateway cat” lured her into feeding a large feral cat colony near her home in Jersey City. She quickly set to work TNRing her own colony and finding indoor homes for the “friendlies.” She went on to volunteer in several large grant-funded TNR efforts, including one that she project-managed for the City of Bayonne in 2012-2013. Kathleen continues to volunteer with a local cat adoption group and also finds time to garden, crochet, draw, and play violin. She and her husband are the proud parents of four wonderful cats: Thor, Hela, and “foster failures” Jude and Luke, who Kathleen rescued as colony kittens.