2018-02-28 / Features

An Appeal To Help Whitestone Cat Colony

Animals rights group, The Animals’ Battalion has announced that a 20-year-old cat colony in Whitestone is being relocated by the Department of Transportation. “They are claiming to work with the Department of Health and yet state no animal organization is supervising the relocation, do not include the local non-profit TNR (trap-neuter-release) group, Le Cats on the Water or give any further details,” the group said.

Moving an entire cat colony can be very disruptive to the colony. The cats know the area, have their hiding places, and may get lost or run away if not done right. It is their territory, as far as they and the other animals in the area are concerned.

Cat advocates have been asked by The Animals’ Battalion to get involved. Le Cats on the Water is the rescue group directly dealing with the cats and they are asking for help (www.lecatsonthewater.com, 917-816- 7572, email: lecats1@aol.com, www.facebook.com/LeCatsOnTheWater). As Le Cats on the Water explained on their Facebook page: “We have asked for permission to move the houses less than an acre away. We will pay to clean the small lot of garbage and to make a gate on the chain-link fence; we have an estimate. We will pay this at no cost to the taxpayers or NYCDOT and the feeders will get bonded.” Le Cats’ web page further stated they have a “plan for the local wetlands, at no cost to the taxpayers, no cost to the shareholders, no cost to the environment. Hand-cleaned with no poisons or pesticides.”

Le Cats on the Water is holding a Luncheon Fundraiser on Sunday, June 10, from 12 pm to 4 pm. You can purchase tickets through www.lecatsonthewater.com via Paypal, $55.00 per person. The luncheon will be held at Verdi’s of Whitestone or contact them 917-816-7572, email: grecoy@aol.com to pay by check.

Le Cats on the Water is a 501(c)3 charity consisting of a group of volunteers who care for local feral cat colonies using trap-neuter-release (TNR) practices, based in northeast Queens. TNR is the method of humanely trapping feral cats, having them spayed or neutered, vaccinated for rabies and then returning them to their colony to live out their lives. TNR also involves a colony caretaker who provides food, adequate shelter and monitors the cats’ health. TNR has been shown to be the least costly, as well as the most efficient and humane way of stabilizing feral cat populations. Their volunteers also teach the use of TNR practices throughout northeast Queens.—Annette Hanze

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