Rescuing Street Cat Duke

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 Duke, he was spotted at one of the colonies they care for and even though he was keeping his distance, his body language suggested that he may have been a former house cat, abandoned and left on the street to fend for himself. He was very unsure on how to act with the other cats there but it was obvious he was very hungry so they tried to set up a regular feeding program to get to know him better.

This was a difficult task because of all the other cats that lived there. All of them had already been spayed or neutered and Duke was the exception, of course he was there looking for food but he could also be on the prowl for a prospective mate. The next step was to trap him so they get him neutered, this was hard because of all the colony cats were hogging the food, but they managed it and now it was time to take him to the vets.

After being neutered and vaccinated, it was time for Duke to be taken to his foster home. Although it took a few days for him to get settled, it was clear that he was happy to be back inside and before long he began to trust his carers and was asking for attention. Just as they thought, Duke was a charming loving kitty under that tough veneer and soon he would get a loving family of his own.

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