About TASC

Inspired by the abundance of homeless cats wandering the streets of Brooklyn, The American Street Cat, Inc. was founded in 2011 as a non-profit charity in New York State. In 2015, TASC gained “Foreign Nonprofit Corporation” status in the state of Texas.  Operations continue in the Brooklyn area and are ramping up in the Houston area.

Entirely volunteer based, TASC is a grass roots organization that believes in transparency about who we are and what we do. There are no paid officers or volunteers. We’re just 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.

Dedicated to the mission of minimizing the number of stray cats making ends meet, TASC’s focus remains on the humane, proven effective practice of TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return). Related 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.

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 members who have yet to spay/neuter their cats (or dogs).


Cats helped to date


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 see below 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.

 . Pingu .


Young, Female, Small
5 month old Pingu was recently pulled in from the cold streets of Brooklyn with her brother, Robin. This petite yet tenacious girl loves playing with toys, exploring new hiding spots, and hanging out with her foster family, including their dog and two older cats. Pingu is independent in her own right, but she doesn't stray too far from the crowd, be it human or animal.Pingu can be shy when meeting new people, but once she's settled in, her confidence and goofiness emerge, and she will undoubtedly win you over.Don't wait to meet playful, petite, Pingu! She's spayed, current on vaccines, and negative for FIV/FeLV. She will be microchipped before placement in a permanent home.
  • Domestic Short Hair-white, Tabby
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
 . Zinnia .


Adult, Female, Medium
If you're looking for an intelligent, loyal, and funny cat companion, Zinnia is your gal! She will purr instantly, snuggle up on the couch, and sleep at your side or on your pillow with one eye open in case you need protection. On cold nights, she loves to burrow, and if she gets bored, she'll easily entertain herself with small stuffed toys laced with catnip.Have dogs? No problem! Zinnia holds her own and generously shares her space with the large, cat-friendly canines in her foster home.Zinnia is listed as special needs for two reasons. First, she has a food allergy which was identified early and corrected with a limited ingredient diet (LID). As long as Zinnia stays strictly on the Royal Canin rabbit formula OR the Natural Balance Green Pea and Duck LID, she will not have any food allergy flare-ups.Second, this sweetheart is highly allergic to fleas/flea bites, which was not known until she recently moved from an urban apartment in NYC to a rural home in TX. Although she is an indoor kitty only, fleas in the new climate are an uphill battle, regardless of treating monthly all indoor animals and indoor/outdoor animals. Zinnia is getting treatment for this allergy, but a new home environment with fewer animals and no outdoor privileges is her best chance of fully overcoming this problem and tapering her off medications once and for all.Zinnia is one of the sweetest rescues we've had, and she's been in foster for a long time.She is spayed, negative for FIV/FeLV, microchipped, and current on vaccines. Despite her allergies, Zinnia continues to purr away and dote on her humans. Please don't let her special needs deter you from giving her a chance of a forever home. Geographic barriers can be overcome for the right person and the right home.
  • Domestic Short Hair - orange and white
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Special Needs
 . Haley .


Young, Female, Medium
Beautiful, soulful Haley is just under a year old. Having grown up outdoors amongst a colony of cats, she is perfectly at ease in the presence of other cats. She'd do quite well as a feline companion to a cat of any age, but she'd also be just fine as the only apple of her human's eye.This petite lady loves her petting sessions! She'll sit up like a squirrel as your hand approaches her head, and in no time, she'll offer up her belly for some good rubs. Though young, Haley does not exhibit the energy level of a kitten. She's wise beyond her years and a truly relaxed kitty. Even the sight of dogs doesn't rile her up.Haley is spayed, current on vaccines, negative for FIV/FeLV, and microchipped. Please don't hesitate to inquire after this gentle tortie.
  • Torbie
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
All Cats