At Least Someone is Getting Free Health Care in this City

Fee spay/neuter clinics for the city's stray cats
Every New Yorker has seen them slinking through a fence into a construction site or dashing down an alley. Feral cats. There are tens of thousands of them living on the streets of the city, the offspring of lost or abandoned pets. One recognized way of controlling the feral cat population is called Trap Neuter Return.

Trap Neuter Return entails trapping all the cats in a neighborhood, neutering them, adopting out the kittens and friendly cats, then returning the wild adults to live out their lives. The ASPCA provides free spay/neuter surgery to New York's feral cats through it's mobile clinics. WNYC recently visited a mobile clinic in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, where more than 25 feral cats and their 'caretakers' waited to take advantage of the free service.

Stories from the feral cat colonies:

We heard from Meredith Weiss, vet tech Natalia (below), Susan Wright and Sharon Balbos.

Natalia, an ASPCA vet technician, says she loves working with the mobile clinic. Her dog is a rescue, of course!

Natalia, an ASPCA vet technician, says she loves working with the mobile clinic. Her dog is a rescue, of course!

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A stray cat in Brooklyn
A stray cat in Brooklyn
Sharon Balbos signs in her cats
Sharon Balbos signs in her cats
Little orange cat with an injured eye
Little orange cat with an injured eye
Meredith Weiss of Neighborhood Cats
Meredith Weiss of Neighborhood Cats
Susan Wright with a trapped cat
Susan Wright with a trapped cat
It\'s not all \"cat ladies\"!
It\'s not all \"cat ladies\"!
This big tabby was caught with a net.
This big tabby was caught with a net.
A black and white cat shows his tongue
A black and white cat shows his tongue
Spaying feral cats
Spaying feral cats
Feral cats waiting their turn in the van
Feral cats waiting their turn in the van
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