Cecile Goyette: Caring for Cats in Harlem

When Cecile Goyette moved to Harlem and discovered a colony of feral cats, she decided to get involved in the New York City animal rescue community.

Goyette cares for the colony, which lives in a community garden behind her apartment. She now provides shelter, food, and medical care to about 15 cats.

Almost 30 cats lived there originally. Goyette trapped them, had them neutered or spayed, and released the feral or semi-feral cats back into the garden–a process known as Trap-Neuter-Return. All of the friendly cats, and all of the kittens, were adopted.

Goyette traps cats all over the city, and does private and pet store-hosted adoptions at Pet Stop on the Upper West Side.

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