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.

 . Ivar .

Ivar

Young, Male, Medium
Ivar displays all the charming and loving qualities quintessential to a CH kitty and is so grateful to have been rescued from the alleyway where he grew up. He's curious, brave, and doesn't let CH define his movements or mobility. He has learned to navigate stairs going up, so a baby gate is now installed. Kitties with CH of Ivar's magnitude can't risk a misstep on the way down, as a tumble could cause injury. He loves to follow his foster parents around the house and will anticipate their steps with friendly chirps and purrs. Ivar is very good at keeping the house on schedule with feeding times, and he voices his concerns if his meal is late. He will yell when he is hungry and even leads his foster parents to his favorite eating spot. When meeting new people, Ivar instantly demands to know everything about them and see if they will take a moment to scratch under his chin. There is a high petting tax if you visit with this kid. He loves to be touched. No area is off limits, and he claims the King of Belly Rubs title. Nail clipping? No problem! Litterbox usage? Ditto! Damp cloth baths? Bring them on, please. Although Ivar does very well with just human interaction, a different side comes out of him when he sees another cat. He gives a lot of attention to his foster siblings, both feline and canine. So whether you're looking for a non-threatening companion to a resident cat or cat-friendly dog, or you're in need of loyal and loving single companionship, Ivar should not be overlooked. He is more special than he is special needs. At 9 months of age, Ivar is still growing, gaining strength, and working on bettering his coordination. He is doing remarkably well with all of it and is in excellent health. He is scheduled for neutering within the next couple of weeks, and he will be microchipped and current on vaccines by the time of adoption. Ivar is negative for both FeLV/FIV, is flea-free, and has been dewormed. If you'd like to meet this CH wunderkind, please tell us a bit about yourself and request an adoption application. Adoption fees apply to all of our rescues so that we can continue to help more cats like Ivar live a better life.
  • Domestic Short Hair (Black & White)
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Special Needs
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 . Elie .

Elie

Young, Female, Small
This one-eyed cutie pie couldn't be more loving, so how she ended up as a stray is anyone's guess. Elie is 2-3 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 was very easily approached and handled, and it was clear that she didn't want to live outside anymore. Her little meows are so sweet -- high pitched but soft, as if she's saying. "Pleeeaaaase," "Meeeeeee," or "Wheeeee!" She has a silky soft coat and just loves being held. She even hugs back by latching her paws around your neck and rubbing your chin. This petite (6 pound) sweetheart is now parasite-free and has been tested for FIV and FeLV (negative for both), vaccinated for rabies and FVRCP, and microchipped. Elie's one eye doesn't make her special needs at all. What makes her special is how adorable and loving she is. She gets along well with other cats and with cat-friendly dogs. Ideally, Elie would be placed in a home with her partner-in-crime, Willis, as the two have forged an inseparable bond. If interested in meeting Elie, please request an adoption application. The American Street Cat is a non-profit organization. Adoption fees apply so that we can keep helping other cats in need.
  • Domestic Short Hair (Black)
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
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 . Willis .

Willis

Young, Male, Small
Cats don't often come along as affable, agile, and affectionate as Willis. This guy is just everything. He is listed as primarily Korat, but please note that he was picked up as an intact stray and had no purebred papers pinned to his chest. But given his appearance, disposition, and characteristics, he fits the Korat breed to a tee. Willis has endeared himself to every cat he's met in his foster home and is nonplussed by the cat-friendly dogs that live there. The cats are great company, and he WILL need a feline friend in his forever home, preferably his newest best friend, Elie, who is his wrestling partner and helps tire him out so that the humans can sleep at night. Willis purrs easily, and is an all around happy go lucky cat who loves being held, curling up in a lap, and playing. If you are not familiar with Korats, please do some research before inquiring after Willis. True to his suspected breed, he expresses himself vocally. He has an extensive and impressive vocabulary and is not shy about using it, especially beginning at 4:am. This has been Willis' social hour for over two months. He's not asking to go outside (he's indoors only) or asking for food. He simply wants to chat and interact with his humans, who would rather be sleeping. There's no telling how long it will take to convince Willis that it's okay to sleep through the night, and anyone seeking to adopt him needs to understand this. Willis is neutered, up to date on rabies and FVRCP vaccines, negative for FIV/FeLV, parasite-free, and microchipped. If interested, please request an adoption application to complete prior to coordinating a meeting. The American Street Cat is a non-profit organization, and adoption fees apply for all our rescues so that we can continue to help other cats in need.
  • Korat, Domestic Short Hair (Gray)
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
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 . Madelaine .

Madelaine

Young, Female, Small
If you're seeking an affectionate cat who gets along with dogs and other cats, look no farther than Madelaine! This beautiful young lady (approx. 16 mos old old) is exceptionally sweet and easy going, and her hair is soft as silk. She appears short-haired on the legs and face, but is medium-haired in the body, and long-haired at the tail. She'll fill out even more in the winter months. Her listing as a Somali is based on appearance alone, as well as on her characteristics. She is not a purebred cat by any stretch. Instead, she was born into a family of stray polydactyl cats, and while her litter mates got the extra toe gene, she did not. Madelaine is neg/neg for FIV/FeLV, spayed, vaccinated for rabies and FVCRP, de-flead, de-wormed, and microchipped. She is the picture of health and happiness and would love to bring joy into your home. Please note that The American Street Cat is a 100% volunteer non-profit organization. An application process and adoption fees apply so that we can continue to help other kitties in need.
  • Domestic Medium Hair, Somali
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
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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 (Brown), Domestic Short Hair
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
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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 (Black)
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
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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 (Orange & White)
  • 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
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • 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 (Orange)
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
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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 (Orange & White)
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • 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. Haley is wise beyond her years and a truly relaxed kitty. Even the sight of dogs doesn't rile her up. Haley is 18-24 months old. Having grown up outdoors amongst a colony of cats, she is perfectly at ease in the presence of the other foster cats in their indoor home. She'd do quite well as a feline companion to a cat of any age, but she'd also appreciate being the only apple of her human's eye. Her personality shines so much brighter when there's no other competition around. Haley is spayed, current on vaccines, negative for FIV/FeLV, and microchipped. Please don't hesitate to inquire after this gentle tortie. The American Street Cat is a non-profit organization. We require an adoption application, and adoption fees apply so that we can continue to help other cats in need.
  • Torbie
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
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