Who We Are
Little Wanderers is a small group of animal rescuers who are passionate about the welfare of NYC’s large feral cat population. Our primary activities are trapping, immunizing, neutering and releasing at risk cats, but we also facilitate adoption when appropriate.
What We Do
Feral cats are everywhere in New York- they’re found individually or, more commonly, in colonies that sometimes contain upwards of 50 cats and kittens. We are on the streets every day locating these at risk cats. We also receive an average of 3 messages a week regarding homeless cats that people would like to see get help, and we follow up on every one of these tips.
Once we locate a feral cat we will trap the cat and transport him or her to one of our approved holding houses. Within 48 hours we will arrange a for the cat to visit the vet, at which time he or she will be immunized and dewormed, get neutered and tested for feline leukemia (FELV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). We also have each cat microchipped, which makes us responsible for them if they are found and scanned.
Once we confirm that the cat’s FELV and FIV test results are negative the cat will be released back to where he or she was found or, if appropriate, delivered to a foster family while we arrange a permanent home- around 50% of the cats are friendly and are able to be adopted out.
If the cat is part of a colony we will work our way through the entire population, vetting each cat and then releasing him or her back to the location. We will also appoint a volunteer to become a colony supervisor- it becomes his or her responsibility to maintain regular food, water and shelter at the colony.
Our work is focused on Upper Manhattan and the Bronx but our network extends throughout all five boroughs.
Where We Work
We are constantly working to help huge colonies, sometimes getting three to five requests for help per week.
34 cats 3/16/15-5/15/15
The largest job in Inwood was on Vermylyea Ave, NY NY
10 adopted out
31 cats 12/11/14-2/3/15
The largest Bronx job was on Bergen Ave. Bronx NY
2 deaths (1 kitten from panleukopenia and one from FIP)
26 cats 8/3/15-2/25/16
Aqueduct Ave, Bronx NY
28 cats 10/7/15-12/7/15
St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx NY
1 Felv/FIV(+) -adopted
14 cats 7/6/15-8/10/15
Grand Concourse, Bronx NY
23 cats 6/6/15-8/30/15
Concourse Village, Bronx
2 kittens perished panleukopenia