Rescuing Street Cat Duke

Posted in Cat Videos - On: March 4, 2023 - Author:  Jan Travell
Posted in Cat Videos 
Last Updated: March 4, 2023  
Author:  Jan Travell

I've always said that a little care and attention goes a long way and thankfully there are many people in this world that go one step further to give lost, abandoned and stray street cats a chance to lead a better life.

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.

colony cats

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 the cats in this colony had already been spayed or neutered and Duke was the exception.

Of course he was there looking for food, this was obvious, but he could also be on the prowl for a prospective mate.

cat on chair

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 that was put inside the trap.

After the other cats were trapped a few times they stayed clear, it was time to wait for Duke to go into his trap.

They managed it and after a quick trip to the vets to get checked over, vaccinated and neutered, he was 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.

They had no idea what his previous experience with humans was but before long he began to trust his carers and was asking for attention.

duke 5

Just as they thought, Duke was a charming loving kitty under that tough veneer.

It takes time to make a cat feel comfortable and a loving foster home was exactly what he needed to give him the chance to trust people again.

cat on lap

He was ready to belong to a loving family of his own.

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About the author

Jan Travell is a lifelong cat owner and a feline expert. She's been the Cats and Kittens lead editor from the start. She lives in rural France with her two rescue cats, Tigerlily and Mr.Gee. Her senior kitty, Ducati, passed over the rainbow bridge recently at the ripe old age of 22.

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