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    Posted April 28, 2014 by
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    Coney Island Cats update..some progress but we still need your help!

    Hopefully the Coney Island cats, what's left of them, as far as I can see, may have a good chance, but they need help. Demolition and redevelopment have displaced some colonies and thrown others into crisis..
    April 15, 2014 marked a meeting organized by Josie Marrero, who has dedicated herself to helping these cats, to hopefully start a pilot program in Coney similar to Alley Cat Allie's Atlantic City Boardwalk Cat Project to care for the stray cats. The program would utilize feeding stations, shelters and TNR, Trap, neuter, return, humane method to manage and stabilize the helpless cat colonies.
    The project in the talk stage needs volunteers, funds and recovery space for cats temporarily after neutering and spaying.
    I live on Long Island in Nassau county and go into Coney almost every weekend to visit friends and have been following the boardwalk cats for a few years. Some of my feline friends are gone and their space is limited. If you could find time to help or tell your friends about it maybe they could help in some small way. Some of these cats are up for adoption. I wish I could take them, but I live in an apartment and already have cats and my space is limited.
    I went in Sunday and was very upset to find that someone had to move from her apt, because of rent increase and she could no longer afford and asked if I would take her two cats. I did a report on them, Called "Friends or lovers," Coney Island Cats need help. I hope she found a home for them. I had to leave and was very upset.
    You can contact Brooklyn Rescue Umbrella (http://www.brooklynrescue umbrella.com/ or just google in Save the Coney Island Cats and a number of sights will come up.
    The second picture if you peer over the fence to the right is the community garden space that was bulldozed down where some cats were living. They need better than that now, as they are confused and were misplaced a number of times.
    Thank you..
    April28, 2014.
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