Inspired by the abundance of homeless cats in need of help on the streets of Brooklyn, NY, The American Street Cat, Inc. was founded in 2011 as a non-profit charity in New York State. In 2015, TASC gained non-profit status in the state of Texas when our founder relocated.
Having no paid officers or volunteers, TASC is a grass roots organization that believes in transparency about who we are and what we do. Think of us as blue collar folks working for blue collar cats. All money raised via donations, adoption fees, and events goes directly toward the cats’ expenses so that those living on the streets and in back yards may lead healthier, kitten-free lives.
TASC’s mission is to minimize local stray cat populations via the humane, proven effective practice of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and related efforts. Those efforts include placing into adoptive or foster homes the kittens and friendly strays found during TNR projects, heightening public awareness, and recruiting more volunteers in order to make a bigger difference faster. Monitoring the cats at street level means that fewer kittens are born outdoors, fewer turn up in shelters competing for forever homes, and the health of cats that are returned to their outdoor colonies after sterilization and vaccination is significantly improved.
Until local, state, and federal spay/neuter legislation can be agreed upon, passed, and enforced, our best defense is educating the public to gain its cooperation in achieving our mission. Too many intact house cats are turned out because of undesirable behavior, be it yowling females in heat, or spraying toms. Often, they are turned out not only because of their behavior, but also due to the lack of financial means for their owners to do anything about it. With the variety of low-cost options available, domestic dumping has to stop.
Take a look at the Spay/Neuter page for low-cost options in New York City and in the greater Houston area, and help spread the word to neighbors, co-workers, friends, and family who have yet to spay/neuter their pets.Keep Up With Us
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All of TASC’s adoption candidates are tested for FeLV and FIV, microchipped, and started on the deworming and FVRCP vaccine rounds. Adoptables of age are spayed or neutered and receive the rabies vaccine. Prospective adopters are required to fill out an adoption application, and a nominal adoption fee applies in order for us to continue helping street cats in need.
That you’re even considering adopting is a step toward the global effort to minimize the homeless pet problem, and we ask that you please keep an open mind about adopting “special needs” cats and adult or senior cats that have been through domestic rehabilitation after a life on the streets.
The number and variety of adoptable cats and kittens at any given time will fluctuate. Please clink on the “ALL CATS Petfinder” link at the bottom of the page for the most comprehensive listing of our available cats.
You can read testimonials from the community and from previous adopters by clicking here to determine if meeting any of our TASCs at Hand would be worth your while. We hope that it is.