We do not have a physical rescue location, so we are completely dependent on our wonderful group of fosters! Each foster cat/kittens have different time requirements and resource/space requirements.
We have a list of items needed for the various types of fostering. We do not want cost to be prohibitive, so if you are not able or willing to purchase or acquire the items yourself, we have a limited number of foster kits available to lend to approved fosters thanks to our generous donors.
We ask all of our potential fosters to join us for a webinar/zoom meet and greet and to schedule a home visit or video call. We aim to make sure that all of our fosters feel knowledgeable and well supported throughout their time as a Ridgewood Rescue Foster.
TNR, or trap, neuter, return, is a method proven to reduce the stray cat populations in the areas where it is in practice. TNR involves trapping strays, getting them spayed or neutered, vaccinated and ear clipped and then returning them to the area where they were trapped (unless it is no longer safe to do so).
TNR reduces stray cat populations over time while maintaining the rodent-control benefits of having stray cats reside in our neighborhood. Additionally, once fixed, cats are less involved in “nuisance” behavior such as marking, fighting, yowling, and roaming the neighborhood looking for a mate.
Our ideal situation for the cats we trap is for them to live the best life possible. For unsociable, feral strays, this simply means getting them fixed, recovered, and returned. For cats showing signs of sociability, the ideal situation is to find them a patient foster to show them the way, and eventually a loving forever home.
If you’d like to get involved in our TNR efforts, reach out to us below!
There are many ways that volunteers can help us on our mission. Some of the things we are looking for volunteers for include:
-Outdoor Cat Shelter Building
-Acquiring ASPCA Spay/Neuter Appointments
-TNR Help (trapping and transport to the vet)
-Fostering (short and long-term)
This list is by no means exhaustive, and as a young organization, we are especially grateful for anyone who volunteers their time to help us in whatever way they can.
Request Stray/Colony Help
Do you know of a Ridgewood colony in need? Email by clicking on the button below with any information you have, and we will see what we can do. That said, we as well as most TNR/Rescue organizations are contacted far more than we are able to help. The best thing you can do if you care for a community cat or colony is get TNR certified!
*Please note: We focus mainly on TNR and are only occasionally to take in rescues. We are a very small team with limited capacity, and are overwhelmed with requests for help. We recommend contacting other rescues for any major medical cases or cats requiring immediate help. We are all volunteers with full-time jobs who do this work in our spare time, so we appreciate your understanding and patience.