Got the Jimmy Legs

Mr Appleby has left the building

Some of you may have seen this on my Flickr site, but I wanted to post it here as well: Last weekend we lost our senior boy Dimples. Read More »

Mabel says Thanks!


Mabel takes a break from the Turboscratcher

Just a quick note to say we've taken down Mabel's donation link. Paypal actually decommissioned the giving widget program recently so the link probably hasn't worked in a while anyway. Plus it's been up for like 8 months, I think that's long enough! Mabel of course is doing very well still. Last night she slept in the bed with us for the first time pretty much ever. She is still very active and playful, such an amazing change from her pre-surgery self. It's pretty amazing to realize how much cats can endure; Mabel must have felt unwell long before we realized there was a problem but she was still pretty active. Of course, it's nothing compared to her now!

Thanks to all who donated and wished her well!

The new kitten cam

It's a little late, but we have a new webcam set up to keep an eye on our foster kittens. However, as of yesterday we only have 2 left, which makes the cam that much less interesting. Still you might catch a couple of kittens on it if you are patient! This camera is an IP cam, so it feeds directly from our house. As I learn more about how to control it, I'll try to make it more user-friendly. And if you know anybody looking to adopt a pair of kitten brothers, you know where to send them! The cam page is here:

Almost Blue


Among all the many projects we have going at the moment (including fostering a mom with her litter of kittens), we have a troubling situation afoot. Our long-standing feral Blue has been missing for several days. Read More »

A star is born

I wasn't sure if this was actually going to air but it looks like our ferals will occupy some key footage in an upcoming episode of USA Network's "Character with a Cause." This show documents individuals who are making a difference with some sort of charitable work. The episode in question is all about Bryan Kortis, one of the founders of Neighborhood Cats, he's currently working for PetSmart Charities (who give tons of grants to animal rescue and TNR groups).

While of course entire feature films could be made about our back yard colony, in this case they're background players, "b-roll" footage to illustrate different kinds of managed colonies. As you might expect, in New York many colonies are in parking lots, boardwalks or in vacant plots, so they wanted to get some shots of cats who live in a backyard. Thanks to the recommendation of a friend, we were asked to use our yard and our cats!

The filming was a lot of fun, all we had to do is not feed the cats for one meal and they turned out in force when the cameras rolled. I'm not sure how much you'll see our gang in the finished product but in any case it was great to help out.

A few more photos here: Filming the ferals.

Update: Check out the finished promo at USA Network's site! You can see our cats at 9 seconds in and at 18 you see me skritching Motown's chin. I am unsure if this is the final piece or if there will be a longer version. I hope so, since there's lots more footage to show!