Helping local communities care for their community cats has long been an important tenet of North Shore Animal League America’s mission. As the Community Outreach program continues to grow, it was only natural to have a headquarters for these efforts located within our Port Washington, NY campus where people can access related information and supplies.
Community cats are defined as cats who live outdoors—whether feral, stray, or lost—and could use some extra support. “We wanted to help these cats and their caregivers,” explained Sylvia Ottaka, Senior Director of Rescue & Community Outreach. “The Animal League America Community Outreach Program came together to foster awareness and education around the plight of community cats, and encourage the approach of Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate, and Return.”
Local dignitaries came out to celebrate the official opening of the newly renovated building, and to acknowledge the important role of our efforts in the community. Jennifer S. DeSena, Town of North Hempstead Supervisor, presented Sylvia with a “Certificate of Recognition, Achievement & Appreciation” and Christine Liu, Community Liaison for Gina L. Sillitti, presented a citation from the New York State Assembly that recognized the “many remarkable and valuable contributions” made by North Shore Animal League America.
“We are in the process of growing our food bank to provide supplemental provisions for the caretakers devoted to helping these cats have a better life,” Sylvia noted. “Our new space is amazing and is going to help so many people and animals.” Anyone interested in learning more about caring for the cats in their community can visit animalleague.org/communityoutreach.