Rescuing Sonny and Sal From the Streets

Flatbush Cats is an organization focused on reducing the outdoor cat population in Brooklyn, New York. There are over 500,000 cats on the streets of New York City and Flatbush Cats focus on trap, neuter and return training (TNR), mentoring and educating people in this process and of course cat rescue and adoption.

In this video we meet Sonny, he was found all alone behind a garbage can, crying. This particular sound is known as a “distress cry,” you usually hear it when a kitten has been separated from its mom or siblings. He continued to cry in this way even after he was rescued, this was his way of saying “my family are still out there.” The team decided they would go back and look for his mom and family, but meantime he was given a much needed a flea bath.

For a street cat, he didn’t seem to mind human company and appears to enjoy the bath he was given. They figured he was around six weeks old so they started him on a wet food diet along with a chicken gravy treat, which he lapped up. The next day they found another kitten in the exact same spot where they found Sonny and as soon as they brought him home Sonny stopped crying, this was his brother, that was for certain.

They named him Sal and it was a lovely sight to see the two brothers reunited, even though Sal was looking a little scared about everything. Sonny was a bit more outgoing than his brother, he loved shoulder cuddles and human ear nibbling! The pair of them were now officially being fostered by the guys at Flatbush and totally enjoying their time there, and when ready will be put up for adoption. I think all the work that this organisation does is second to none, and they are a great benefit to the cat community in Brooklyn.

Flatbush Cats is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, you can learn more or support the great work they do at

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