Urban Fur: Stray Cat Strut

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A fulsome feral fella from Judge Street.

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A pampered pussy just down the block.

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Garfield in bondage via a truck grill a little further down. Maujer Street, methinks.

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Naturally I had to check in on my favorite feral cat Callie. So I headed east on Meserole Street. Therein I discovered the “Cat Hotel”!

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Alas, neither she nor her “friend” Peter were to be found. However, her on-again/off-again companion from across the street was holding court.

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He’s one handsome— and thankfully ear-tipped— fellow.

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And last, but hardly least, this lass.

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She put on quite a show for yours truly— and in return got ample rubbins!

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Urban Fur: Gowanus

July 18, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11215, Gowanus, Urban Fur 

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Taken July 18, 2014.

Urban Fur: Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe

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Taken July 16, 2014.

From The New York Shitty Inbox

A very nice fellow named Matt writes:

Hey Miss Heather. Sorry for grabbing your contact from the internet but I wanted to tell you of a developing story. There’s a factory/warehouse in Greenpoint that has 10-20 cats and kittens that they’re removing to the ACC (Animal Care & Control), which means certain death for these poor lil’ guys. The problem began when they welded a metal grate over the entrance/exit the cats use and when neighbors noticed little kitten faces peeking from behind the grate, assumed it was two kittens who had accidentally been welded in a crawlspace. According to the factory the grate was put up to keep new cats from coming in – these cats have all lived their entire lives inside being fed by staff.

Their problem is unmanageable for them and they feel that they don’t really have any other options. Unfortunately they were given info on how to humanely trap and rescue these cats but the person who was going to do this never followed up on it and the situation got worse. A group of people from the cat rescue community has stepped in to try to help w/ this situation but the factory has traps all over the warehouse and we can’t keep up w/ the amount of cats they’re trapping. They unfortunately began sending to the ACC yesterday.

I thought this story might be of interest to the local Greenpoint community and wondered if you were willing to blog about it. Please let me know.

One other thing – they owners don’t necessarily seem like bad guys. Like they actually seem to regret the ACC direction but feel they don’t really have another choice and need to do what has to be done. Just wanted to mention that so you know they’re not like “lets murder kittens!!!

Duly posted— and understood! If anyone knows of a home wherein these feral furry ones can be relocated please contact Matt via email cutler9 (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks!

Urban Fur: Furban Jungle

June 3, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Urban Fur 

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Taken June 3, 2014.

Real Men Love Cats: Meet Mario

kentaveJust over a month ago I posted an item noting the destruction, rendered with extreme prejudice, of the feral cat condo complex on Metropolitan Avenue (as seen at left). Those of you who are not in the know can see the aftermath for yourselves by clicking here.realmenlovecats

I have frequently wondered exactly what happened. Well, as it would happen I recently met the fellow who oversees this colony. He calls himself Super Mario and he had quite a tail tale to tell. You see, Mario tends a number of feral colonies hereabouts. He has done so for a long time and feeds no less than 76 cats (!) daily. Despite his slightly intimidating physical presence one can clearly see Mario loves the critters under his care. And anyone who loves cats, well, is a friend of mine.

Hence why I am writing this post.

Mario has names for all the kitties under his care. Without argument the “queen” of the colony is a lass named Spotty.

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Her “boyfriend”, as Mario explained to me, is this formidable fellow whose name I do not recall.

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Mario told me he is, at seven years of age, among the older inhabitants of this pride. As such he generally stays close to “home” and spends his golden years lounging in the sun and napping.

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After I took the above photo a chap sporting a black and white tuxedo coat slipped by. He had neither the time nor the desire for my photo-taking. He was hungry! Mario explained to me his “girlfriend” seems to have gone missing. However, he was sporting some scratches on his paw (which Mario is tending), so this might be due to feline fisticuffs over her affections. Such is the world of cats.

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When I asked Mario what happened to the colony last month, he explained to me that there is a fellow thereabouts who dislikes cats. So much so, he saw fit to not only render their home into rubbish.

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…but took the added measure of throwing some of it over the fence of an adjacent lot for good measure. What’s more, once the colony was moved onto the premises in question he saw fit to enter and destroy that as well. So now the gate is padlocked. I know what you’re thinking, gentle readers:

Did Mario contact the police?

Answer: yes. As Mario explained to me they explained to him that they could not do anything because (and I quote) “the man is crazy”. That may very well be. However, trespassing and destruction of property do strike me as being criminal acts and therefore a police matter.

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In closing, those of you who happen to reside near this facility please help keep an eye on it. If you see something suspicious, say something! Ultimately it is up to us humans to advocate for the welfare of Spotty and her furry friends. They do not have the ability to blog much less call 311.

P.S.: It should be noted that Mario created a memorial for the feral furkids who died during the demolition of Monster Island. This too was destroyed. Mario has informed me he will be replacing it. I have asked him to contact me when he does.

Urban Fur: Bogart Street

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One of yours truly’s favorite ferals, Callie, holds court.

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Not only she has acquired a new friend, but anyone seeking to get a jump on this year’s holiday season may be interested in this curiously well-preserved tree. Only 115 days ’til Christmas!

Williamsburg Photos Du Jour: Trashed

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The feral cat colony on Metropolitan Avenue (which as some may recall was until fairly recently was located across the street at Monster Island) is no more.

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Caretakers Needed!

July 15, 2013 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

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A lady named Victoria (who sent me the above-depicted charming rendering of the kittehs in question) writes:

EMERGENCY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR FOUR CATS AT WEST AND FRANKLIN!

Help us see four cats through the construction on India Street. Caretakers moving. Need to fill morning and/or evening shifts. Cats are wonderful, lovely animals. Need fresh cold water and food. Please help! Need several people right away.Please contact Deirdre at 718 938-5008.

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Trappers/Vollies Needed!

 

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Those of you who want to give a helping hand to our feral furry friends, here is your opportunity. The very nice folks of Neighborhood Cats need human helpers for a “TNR” (Trap Neuter and Return/Release) project right in our own backyard! Those who wish to volunteer or learn more about this project should email Lois or tnr (at) neighborhoodcats (dot) org. Be sure to indicate “TNR Project Greenpoint” in the subject line. Thanks— and spread the word!

 

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