About TASC

Inspired by the abundance of homeless cats wandering the streets of Brooklyn, The American Street Cat, Inc. was founded in 2011 as a non-profit charity in New York State. In 2015, TASC gained “Foreign Nonprofit Corporation” status in the state of Texas.  Operations continue in the Brooklyn area and are ramping up in the Houston area.

Entirely volunteer based, TASC is a grass roots organization that believes in transparency about who we are and what we do. There are no paid officers or volunteers. We’re just blue collar folks working for blue collar cats. All money raised via donations, adoption fees, and events goes directly toward the cats’ expenses so that those living on the streets and in back yards may lead healthier, kitten-free lives.

Dedicated to the mission of minimizing the number of stray cats making ends meet, TASC’s focus remains on the humane, proven effective practice of TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return). Related efforts include placing into adoptive or foster homes the kittens and friendly strays found during TNR projects, heightening public awareness, and recruiting more volunteers in order to make a bigger difference faster.

Until local, state, and federal spay/neuter legislation can be agreed upon, passed, and enforced, our best defense is educating the public to gain its cooperation in achieving our mission. Too many intact house cats are turned out because of undesirable behavior, be it yowling females in heat, or spraying toms. Often, they are turned out not only because of their behavior, but also due to the lack of financial means for their owners to do anything about it. With the variety of low-cost options available, domestic dumping has to stop.

Take a look at the Spay/Neuter page for low-cost options in New York City and in the greater Houston area, and help spread the word to neighbors, co-workers, friends, and family members who have yet to spay/neuter their cats (or dogs).

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All of TASC’s adoption candidates are tested for FeLV and FIV, microchipped, and started on the deworming and FVRCP vaccine rounds. Adoptables of age are spayed or neutered and receive the rabies vaccine. Prospective adopters are required to fill out an adoption application, and a nominal adoption fee applies in order for us to continue helping street cats in need.

That you’re even considering adopting is a step toward the global effort to minimize the homeless pet problem, and we ask that you please keep an open mind about adopting adult or senior cats that have been through domestic rehabilitation after a life on the streets.

The number and variety of adoptable cats and kittens at any given time will fluctuate. Please see below for the most comprehensive listing of our available cats.

You can read testimonials from the community and from previous adopters by clicking here to determine if meeting any of our TASCs at Hand would be worth your while. We hope that it is.

 . Wednesday .

Wednesday

Adult, Female, Medium
Wednesday first caught the attention of a long-time colony caretaker in Red Hook, Brooklyn, when she started showing up on the front porch like clockwork for meals. She knew a friendly face when she saw it, and would sing sweetly for her supper. Lacking the ability to provide Wednesday an indoor home, she did the next best thing and had her spayed, vaccinated, and eartipped. Not only was Wednesday too friendly to keep hittin' the streets of Brooklyn, she was alone. Likely discarded by a neglectful owner, this 4 year old beauty didn't care to become entangled in the relationships or hierarchy of the local backyard colony of cats. So before the deep frost of winter reared it's head, TASC pulled her in to foster care. Wednesday loves to engage in play and renders her audience awestruck in the wake of her physical prowess. Shaped as if ready for the Thunderdome, her muscles and athletic nature come in handy when hunting that darned wand toy or sneaking up on the unsuspecting catnip banana. She exhibits a wonderful kitten-like playfulness, with the added physical capabilities of an ogre. Wednesday is truly one incredible cat. While currently residing with other furry friends, Wednesday would prefer to live in a single cat home. She values human friendship and greets every visitor with a headbutt. She's endearingly communicative with a croaky old lady meow and lets you know when she's had enough treats, petting, or brushing. If she's particularly fond of you, she will grace you with a love nibble. Wednesday is still deciding whether or not she likes to be held. She can be easily handled for transport or to place in a room, but where cuddles are concerned, well, those are on her terms. She will gladly share the bed with you; however, she won't be spooning any time soon. Negative for both FIV and FeLV, up to date on vaccines, spayed, de-flead, and de-wormed, Wednesday is ready for her forever home. If you'd like to meet her, please send an e-mail and request an adoption application. Adoption fees apply so that we can continue to help more cats in need.
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without cats
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 . Elie .

Elie

Young, Female, Small
This petite cutie pie couldn't be more loving, so how she ended up as a stray is anyone's guess. Elie is 3-4 years old and was found scrapping for food in a vast parking lot. Her left ear was already tipped, a sign that she'd been spayed and returned to the outdoors as a feral. Her eye was presumably removed at the time of spay, which means that someone did look after her during her surgical recovery. Elie's one eye doesn't make her special needs at all. What makes her special is how adorable and loving she is. When Elie was found, she made it quite clear that she didn't want to live outdoors anymore. She is a non-threat to any cat or dog she meets; really, she's a little too fearless and trusting. As much as she loves her human caretakers, her need to be with another animal, cat or dog, is a strong one. We cannot consider placing her in a home as an only pet. Elie has a lush, silky coat, and she just loves being held. She even hugs back by latching her paws around your neck and rubbing your chin. She's quite vocal with little meows that are high pitched but so sweet, as if she's saying "Pleeeaaaase," "Meeeeeee," or "Wheeeee!" Warning: the volume will intensify if you ignore her! Our one-eyed wonder is microchipped, parasite-free, negative for FIV/FeLV, and up to date on rabies and FVRCP vaccines. If interested in meeting Elie, please request an adoption application. An adoption fees apply so that we can keep helping other cats in need.
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
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 . Hadley .

Hadley

Young, Female, Medium
Hadley is a quiet, gentle, and sensitive cat who deserves to be spoiled rotten. Once she's comfortable with her surroundings and gets to know her people, she turns on the charm and is a little love. Until then, she can seem a little stand-offish and nuanced, but that's just her introvert being on guard. For these reasons, she would not be a suitable choice for a first-time cat owner or for a family with young children. The ideal home for Hadley would be with a veteran cat owner who understands the compassion and patience required for her to blossom. Please note that her mixed breed status lists Ragdoll only because her coat and markings are a nod to that breed. Her parents were originally strays. This is not a purebred cat by any stretch. On the contrary, Hadley was born into a family of stray polydactyl cats, and while her litter mates got the extra toe gene, she did not. Her Ragdoll mix listing is simply because her coat and markings are a nod to that breed. Her mother was a long-haired brown tabby with a lot of white. For the last year, Hadley has been in a safe and loving foster home that allowed her the time she needed to adjust, working with her little by little to remind her that she really does love being doted on. She is fond of belly rubs, nibbling on fingertips, and being told how pretty she is. She is nervous about being picked up and held, so it's only done as needed. Hadley likes other cats very much but dislikes bullies. She'd be a wonderful companion to a cat that loves other cats, and since she grew up around a dog, a cat-friendly canine companion would be a good fit for her. At the end of the day, Hadley will most appreciate having another animal companion in the home. Medically, Hadley is 100% in the clear. She is spayed, up to date on rabies & FVRCP vaccines, negative for FeLV/FIV, parasite-free, and microchipped. She's a hearty eater and anticipates mealtimes with a passion. If you'd like to meet Hadley, please request an adoption application. An adoption fee applies so that we can continue to help other cats in need.
  • Domestic Long Hair, Ragdoll
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small children
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 . Madelaine .

Madelaine

Young, Female, Medium
If you're seeking an affectionate cat who gets along with dogs and other cats, or you're looking for a single cat companion, look no farther than Madelaine! This beautiful young lady is exceptionally sweet and easy-going; an extrovert who will fit right in almost immediately. Madelaine loves attention and affection. She is vocal but not demanding, utilizing chirps to express herself rather than fully-formed meows. While she's not keen on the whole being held thing, she is quick to flop on her back at your feet or to roll over for belly rubs upon waking from a nap. Madelaine will happily sidle on up for some quality couch time, too, so long as you don't force the issue. This is not a purebred cat by any stretch. On the contrary, Madelaine was born into a family of stray polydactyl cats, and while her litter mates got the extra toe gene, she did not. Her listing as a Maine Coon mix is based on her appearance and personality; her mother was a long-haired tabby with a lot of white. Born in February of 2016 and rescued 10 months later (living the good life strictly indoors ever since), Madelaine is fully vetted. She is spayed, up to date on rabies and FVCRP vaccines, de-flead, de-wormed, and microchipped, and she tested negative for both FIV and FeLV. Madelaine is the picture of perfect health and happiness. If Madelaine piques your interest, please send us a note and request an adoption application. An adoption fee applies so that we can continue to help other cats in need.
  • Domestic Medium Hair, Maine Coon
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
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 . Jetson .

Jetson

Young, Male, Large
Jetson was once a member of a cat colony that lived in a truck stop parking lot behind a fast food restaurant. As part of a Trap-Neuter-Return project, he was sterilized and returned to his stomping grounds in April of 2016. He and his mama Starbuck continued to be looked after, but in September of 2016, the two were brought indoors for good. This extroverted clown is about 2 years old. He's a big boy compared to his mama, and his quirky, friendly ways make up for her initial coyness. The two currently live in a barn (no outdoor access), and they love it! It beats living beneath 18-wheelers and drinking from stale water puddles, that's for sure. Being a bonded mother-son duo, we'd like to keep these two together. If you're open to giving two gentle cats space and time to blossom, Starbuck and Jetson will reward you with endless gratitude. Please take a look at our other listings and check out Starbuck's profile, too. The American Street Cat is a 501c3 non-profit organization. We require adoption applications, and adoption fees apply so that we can help more cats in need.
  • Tabby, Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
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 . Starbuck .

Starbuck

Adult, Female, Small
Starbuck was once the matriarch of a cat colony that lived in a truck stop parking lot behind a fast food restaurant. As part of a Trap-Neuter-Return project, Starbuck was sterilized and returned to her stomping grounds in February of 2016, where she and her son Jetson continued to be looked after. She became less timid over time, and 7 months later, she and Jetson were brought indoors for good. This sweetheart is approximately 6-7 years old. She's a petite girl (about 8 pounds) and allows petting sessions and the occasional belly rub, but she's not fond of being held for too long. Jetson makes up for her coyness with his extroverted and quirky ways. He's a clownish busybody who makes anyone smile. Starbuck and Jetson currently live in a barn (no outdoor access), and they love it! It beats living beneath 18-wheelers and drinking from stale water puddles, that's for sure. Being a bonded mother-son duo, we'd like to keep these two together. If you're open to giving two gentle cats space and time to blossom, Starbuck and Jetson will reward you with endless gratitude. Please take a look at our other listings and check out Jetson's mug, too. The American Street Cat is a 501c3 non-profit organization. We require adoption applications, and adoption fees apply so that we can help more cats in need.
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
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 . Pretty .

Pretty

Adult, Female, Small
Once a member of a 20-cat colony in Brooklyn, NY, Pretty came indoors for good during a brutal winter season. When The American Street Cat relocated to Texas, so did Pretty and her other foster friends. Pretty is about 3 years old, spayed, neg/neg for FIV/FeLV, and microchipped. She had an upper canine pulled at the time of spay and has just not figured out how to close her mouth properly. Her "scowl" belies her sweetness and has turned into one of her most endearing features. This sweetheart adores cat friends and would do best in a home with another feline friend. Pretty also likes her resident dog friends, which are large breeds, so a home with a cat-friendly dog is fine, too. If you're looking for a lap cat, bed warmer, and purring machine, Pretty is your girl! That said, she doesn't love being held. There's always give-and-take in a cat relationship. This compromise is small given the enormous amount of love she has to give.
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
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 . Emryss .

Emryss

Young, Male, Small
Emryss was born into an outdoor cat colony in Brooklyn, NY, where he was raised in the company of humans who worked in the construction yard where the colony lived. This sweetheart is anything but feral, and he was brought indoors for good during the January 2015 polar vortex. Incredibly beautiful, sweet, curious, and playful, Emryss is shy at first about being petted, but once he's reminded how nice it is, he appreciates the attention. Emryss is neutered, up to date on vaccines, and neg/neg for FIV/FeLV. If you're inclined to give a bonded pair a home, Emryss and his sister Pretty will reward you with their beauty alone! You can see her profile on our list of pets as well. Please note that we are a 100% volunteer-based non profit organization. Adoption fees apply on all of our adoptable pets so that we can continue to help other homeless cats in need.
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without small children
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 . Harris .

Harris

Adult, Male, Medium
Could Harris be more handsome?!? This sweetheart wandered into a trap set for an escaped barn cat, and the property owners didn't even know he was around. He turned out to be a social, wonderfully affectionate cat, and immediately bonded with Sol, another rescue. The two are inseparable and seek a home together. Harris actively seeks attention and is a ball of purring putty in your hands. He doesn't need an invitation to jump into your lap, and he'll find room even if Sol is already in it. Harris and Sol are both neutered, current on vaccines, and negative for FIV and FeLV. If you'd like to meet this bromantic couple, don't hesitate to send an inquiry. Please note that we have an adoption application process and that adoption fees apply. Without them, we wouldn't be able to help more cats in need.
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
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 . Zinnia .

Zinnia

Adult, Female, Medium
If you're looking for an intelligent, loyal, and funny cat companion, Zinnia is your gal! She will purr instantly, snuggle up on the couch, and sleep at your side or on your pillow with one eye open in case you need protection. On cold nights, she loves to burrow, and if she gets bored, she'll easily entertain herself with small stuffed toys laced with catnip. Have dogs? No problem! Zinnia holds her own and generously shares her space with the large, cat-friendly canines in her foster home. Zinnia is listed as special needs for two reasons. First, she has a food allergy which was identified early and corrected with a limited ingredient diet (LID). As long as Zinnia stays strictly on the Royal Canin rabbit formula OR the Natural Balance Green Pea and Duck LID, she will not have any food allergy flare-ups. Second, this sweetheart is highly allergic to fleas/flea bites, which was not known until she moved from an urban apartment in NYC to a rural home in TX. Although she is an indoor kitty only, fleas in the new climate are an uphill battle, regardless of treating monthly all indoor animals and indoor/outdoor animals. A new home environment with fewer animals and no outdoor privileges is her best chance of avoiding the allergic response. Zinnia is one of the sweetest rescues we've had. She is spayed, negative for FIV/FeLV, microchipped, and current on vaccines. Please don't let her special needs deter you from giving her a chance of a forever home. She wants nothing more than a human of her own to dote upon. The American Street Cat is a non-profit, volunteer organization. Adoption fees apply so that we can continue to help other cats in need.
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Special Needs
  • Prefers home without cats
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 . Haley .

Haley

Young, Female, Medium
This petite lady loves her petting sessions! Haley will hop into a lap, sit up like a squirrel to receive an extended hand, or offer up her belly for some good rubs. In all of her actions, Haley is exceptionally subtle. A sweet, quiet little chirp is all you'll hear from her, most often upon sticking her soft landing in your lap for some cuddle time. Haley is celebrating her 3rd birthday this month (January 2018). Having grown up outdoors amongst a colony of cats, she is perfectly at ease in the presence of other cats in the foster home. She'd do quite well as a feline companion to a cat of any age, but she'd also truly appreciate being the only apple of her human's eye. Her personality shines so much brighter when there's no other competition around. Spayed, current on vaccines, negative for FIV/FeLV, and microchipped, Haley is ready for her forever home! Please don't hesitate to inquire after this gentle tortie. Please note that we are a 501c3 non-profit org. An adoption fee applies so that we can continue to help other cats in need.
  • Torbie
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
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