We are dedicated to improving the lives of stray, abandoned, and feral cats
The Greater New Haven Cat Project, Inc. (GNHCP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit volunteer staffed organization dedicated to improving the lives of stray, abandoned, and feral cats in the Greater New Haven area of Connecticut.
To accomplish this goal, our volunteers are active in these areas:
Trap/neuter/return of feral cats
Hosting craft workshops for children
Responding to telephone calls
Caring for our foster cats
Promoting responsible pet ownership
Writing grants to fund our spay/neuter program
Providing information, resources, and education
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Adopt a Feline Friend
If you're looking for a new feline friend to brighten up your life, we have many cats in foster care who would love to share your home. The cats and kittens featured on this page are currently residing in foster homes or at the GNHCP Center and can be visited by appointment, once the adoption screening form has been received and you have been interviewed.
GNHCP receives numerous calls/emails each week to assist cats (and people). As an all-volunteer organization, we rely upon our human and financial resources to provide assistance. Our office is open only 1 day per week, and that is the time when spay/neuter and t/n/r appointments are scheduled. Please be patient as we are doing our best with the resources we have to work with. You can contact other organizations and also become more involved as an individual. Our volunteers dedicate their time, energy, and money to help GNHCP and we need to treat them with respect and appreciate their dedication to a problem caused by irresponsible pet owners.
The mission of GNHCP is to seek to end the suffering of feral, stray and abandoned cats through the practice of trap/neuter/return (t/n/r) but also to educate our community ethically about the importance of animal welfare. The cause of the feral cat population is mostly due to irresponsible pet owners whose unsterilized cats and kittens were permitted to roam or who were abandoned and left to fend for themselves. Trap/neuter/return is recognized as the most effective and humane solution to reducing feral cat populations.
GNHCP engages in trap/neuter/return of outdoor cats, which is the humane and ethical approach to managing the outdoor cat population. Caregivers are also instructed in the proper way to feed and shelter community cats, including respect for surrounding property owners. Once a colony of feral cats has been vaccinated (Rabies and Distemper) and sterilized, the colony is "managed," and no new cats enter the colony, and no new kittens are born. Spaying/Neutering improves the health (and lives) of outdoor cats and reduces nuisance behavior of males (fighting/spraying) and vulnerability of females who can no longer reproduce.
GNHCP assembles shelters for outdoor cats and distributes them if caregivers do not have the means to provide shelter for their feral cats. We also provide resources and guides on how to make shelters, how to make feeding stations, and instructions on how to feed and care for outdoor cats.
From Our Instagram
GNHCP has been chosen as the best Animal Rescue Service in the 2018 Best of New Haven Awards!
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How to Help
We depend on tax deductible donations to finance our activities and help feral cats across Connecticut. There are several ways to support our mission, from direct contributions to vehicle donations, to Amazon Smile purchases. Here are few ways to help:
Click the button above to use our secure process to make an online contribution. You can add a note or designate your donation for a specific purpose in the "Donation Designation" field.
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Grants and Sponsors
The GNHCP is supported by a number of companies and foundations dedicated to improving the lives of animals. Please visit our Partners page to learn more about how we are supported by these organizations and how you can also support our partners.
Caring for Outdoor Cats
Our Partners and Sponsors
The Farm Homes Project
The Tommy Fund
Our Senior and Special Needs Cats
The GNHCP Feral Feline Festival
Children's Activity Books
Additional Educational Links