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.

 . More Kittens! .

More Kittens!

Baby, Female, Medium
Born on the 24th of April, these babies will be ready for their forever homes at the end of June/early July. No need to wait - come meet your new furry friend now! They’re all ready to entertain visitors pending review of adoption applications. Applcations will be sent in response to e-mail queries. We have a litter of four: 1 black female (polydactyl) 1 black male 1 tabby female 1 tabby female (polydactyl) When they are 8 weeks old, they will get their first FVRCP booster, be tested for FIV/FeLV (their colony mates were negative), and be microchipped. If adopted prior to additional boosters or spay/neuter, TASC will make arrangements for low-cost services. While we are not opposed to single kitten adoptions, preference will be given to potential adopters of a pair, especially if going into a home with no other pets. If an adoption is in the stars after meeting in the foster home, a non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your kitten until its delivery to your home.. Adoption fees apply so that we can continue to help more cats in need.
  • Domestic Short Hair, Extra-Toes Cat / Hemingway Polydactyl
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Kittens! Kittens! Kittens!

Baby, Male, Medium
Born on the 24th of April, these babies will be ready for their forever homes at the end of June/early July. No need to wait - come meet your new furry friend now! They’re all ready to entertain visitors pending review of adoption applications. Applcations will be sent in response to e-mail queries. We have a litter of four: 1 black female (polydactyl) 1 black male 1 tabby female 1 tabby female (polydactyl) When they are 8 weeks old, they will get their first FVRCP booster, be tested for FIV/FeLV (their colony mates were negative), and be microchipped. If adopted prior to additional boosters or spay/neuter, TASC will make arrangements for low-cost services. While we are not opposed to single kitten adoptions, preference will be given to potential adopters of a pair, especially if going into a home with no other pets. If an adoption is in the stars after meeting in the foster home, a non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your kitten until its delivery to your home.. Adoption fees apply so that we can continue to help more cats in need.
  • Domestic Short Hair, Extra-Toes Cat / Hemingway Polydactyl
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 . Meadow .

Meadow

Baby, Female, Small
As soon as we got our hands on Meadow, who was born in the great rural outdoors and showed up as a regular in a metal fabricator's shop, we enrolled her in Socialization Boot Camp. After a week-long intensive course on How to Find Your Purr Via Petting, she graduated with honors to Hold Me, Let's Hang! This sweetheart is meant for the safe, indoor lifestyle she sought out at the shop, not knowing that it would be even better in a home. There were other cats at the shop that she endeared herself to and engaged in play. She poses no threat to resident cats and would thrive in a home with a feline companion. Meadow will be spayed and microchipped prior to adoption. She has been de-flead and is on schedule with de-wormer and booster rounds. If interested in meeting her, the first step will be filling out an adoption application, which we will send upon request. An adoption fee applies so that we can continue to help more cats in need.
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
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 . 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 head butt. 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 carrying her around like a baby is not her cup of tea. She adores couch time with her humans and will gladly share the bed with you. However, she won't be spooning any time soon, as she prefers the leg warmer position. 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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 . 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. However, 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, who wants nothing more than a human of her own to dote upon. She is spayed, negative for FIV/FeLV, microchipped, and current on vaccines. 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
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Prefers home without cats
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