Cats of St. James Church Given Second Chance

April 13, 2012 by Jillian at Tails in Home with 1 Comment
Feral cats

Photo credit: Galja Pletikapic

The cats residing in the historical St. James Church in lower Manhattan are being given another chance.

The eight spayed and neutered feral cats were being provided health care, food and water by volunteers, but the church blocked caregivers from taking care of the cats. 

Pressure from the NYC Feral Cat Initiative (NYCFCI) of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals prompted the Archdiocese of New York to meet with the group and an agreement was reached. A 60-day trial period has been created and a suitable feeding station and shelters for the cats will be in place, as well as a litter box.


The agreement was reached at a March 27 meeting and a discussion about Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) was key to the agreement. The church is being commended for its leadership, compassion and humane treatment of the beloved cats.

TAILS is happy that the St. James Church is giving their furry guests another chance!

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