Our Values and Rescue Work
We believe that…
- Animal’s lives are valuable and should be cherished.
- People should be educated about the impact of animal overpopulation.
- Animal rescue work is important.
- Spay/neuter is integral to ending the animal overpopulation problem.
- Effective collaboration is essential to ending the animal overpopulation problem.
- Animal organizations should have access to cost-effective solutions and medical costs.
- Feral cats deserve a right to live.
- Cats are cool
There is an estimated 300,000 homeless cats roaming the unkind streets of Philly and we are determined to save as many as we can.
For over 14 years, Green Street Rescue has been dedicated to rescuing of stray and homeless cats and practicing the population reduction management technique of TNRM (trap, neuter, return and manage) for the feral cats in Philly. There is an estimated 300,000 cats roaming the unkind streets of Philadelphia and we are determined to save as many as we can.
Trap, Neuter, Release, and Manage
Please understand that Le Cat Café IS NOT A CAT SHELTER. We kindly ask you not to leave cats and kittens at our front door. In the best interest of the cats’ well being we have an organized process to rescue and vet cats. BUT, we CAN help you HELP the strays you find. Please email us if you have questions and need help, we will gladly provide you with direction.
TNRM is a non-lethal, cost effective, humane solution to controlling and decreasing the feral cat population over time. Undesirable behaviors associated with territorial mating and fighting, such as yowling, spraying, and endless litters of often sick and dying kittens are eliminated when cats are spayed or neutered.
The Humane Society of the United State (HSUS) believes that feral cat overpopulation is a community – generated problem and that every community has a responsibiility to work toward a solution.
Feral cats are unsocialized cats that may be one or more genereations removed from a home environment and may live in a group, or colony, of similar cats. Feral cats are the result of abandonment by their owners, accidental loss, and failure by owners to sterilize their pets.
The HSUS advocates community-based TNRM programs with on-going responsible management as the most viable, long-term approach available at this time to reduce feral cat populations.
Responsible management of existing feral cat colonies should include: humane trapping, sterilization, rabies vaccination, and treatment for illness or injury; removal of kittens and freindly adults for possible placement in homes; euthansia of animals whose suffering cannot be alleviated; ear-tipping and returning ferals to the same location where they were trapped provided they would not face inminent risks; and providing lifetime care consisting of adequate food, water, and shelter as well as regular monitoring of the colony for sickness, injury, and the arrival of new animals.
The goal of any feral cat management should be to maximize quality of life for the cats and to eliminate the existing colony over time through attrition.
For a TNRM progarm to be successful, cooperation among many members of the community is essential. Green Street Rescue, along with Le Cat Café wants to work as part of the solution.