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.

 . Ladybird .

Ladybird

Senior, Female, Medium
Ladybird needs a NYC hero!! This sweet 12 year old girl found herself on death row 7 years ago when her first owner passed away, but she was saved and adopted by a wonderful family who has loved her ever since. Unfortunately, the newest member of the family is severely allergic to Ladybird and needs to be on daily anti-histamine and steroid treatment to avoid skin and respiratory reactions. The parents have taken their infant to numerous specialists for testing and retesting, hoping against hope that her reactions are not caused by Ladybird, but they are, and the child is too young for allergy shots. Unfortunately for the whole family, the solution to the infant's health issues is to re-home Ladybird, and The American Street Cat has offered to help them find the perfect new home for her. In her owner's words: "Ladybird is sweet to the core, super low maintenance, and easy going. She is really THE BEST CAT! I love her so much that I spent over a year going to different doctors to try to find one that would say my younger daughter's health issues weren't caused by our cat. Ladybird is just the greatest animal: sweet, easy, loving, but also super low-key. She is cuddly but not overwhelmingly so. A perfectly balanced personality! Ladybird is outgoing with pretty much anyone who visits, and she is great with our kids. She will sometimes run away if her tail is accidentally pulled, but she is never ever aggressive or mean. She loves to play with leather mice, sneak up and pounce on inanimate objects, and bat toys around. She is fully vaccinated and micro-chipped. We love Ladybird a lot and are very sad to have to re-home her." Please contact us immediately if you would like to meet Ladybird in her current home. Prior to meeting, we will ask that you fill out and return an Adoption Application which will be provided upon request. Be a hero this holiday and open your heart and home to Ladybird!
  • Domestic Short Hair, Tabby - Brown
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
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 . Kelvin .

Kelvin

Young, Male, Small
Kelvin is a true extrovert - a curious fellow who is quick to purr upon touch or even eye contact. He was rescued from a fast-food parking lot in February 2016 and was estimated to be 5 months old at the time. Kelvin has been perfectly content as an indoors-only cat with plenty of human contact and feline companionship. He sits up like a squirrel to receive pets and is fond of showing affection by weaving around the ankles and distributing love bites. Kelvin is neutered, vaccinated, tested for FIV/FeLV (neg/neg), and microchipped. He is now about 15 months old and full grown (8 pounds). But don't worry. This guy's big personality makes up for his small frame. He'd love a home to explore in the company of one of his brothers (Atom, Hubble, or Newton) or in the company of a resident feline friend. Kelvin just adores his elder foster friends, so a cat friend of any age would be fine with him, and we suspect he won't have a problem with cat-friendly dogs, either. Don't hesitate to contact us if you're interested in meeting this fine feline! Note: The American Street Cat is a 100% all volunteer non-profit group. Each adoption sustains our efforts, and an adoption fee applies. This helps us save more kitties like this cutie.
  • Domestic Short Hair-gray, Tabby - Grey
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
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 . Pretty .

Pretty

Young, 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 and white
  • Spayed/Neutered
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 . Sol .

Sol

Adult, Male, Large
Sol is one of the gentlest and most affable cats we've ever met. Upon rescue form an outdoor colony, Sol immediately befriended a barn cat named Harris, and the two are the best of friends, always lounging together and giving each other baths. You can't sit down without Sol or Harris jumping in your lap, followed by the other one. They absorb all the attention you're willing to give them and repay you with kisses and strong purrs. Sol is neutered, current on vaccines, and negative for FIV/FeLV. He is allergic to grasses and pollen. When his eyes get agitated, his ears get infected, so it's an indoors-only life we're seeking for him and Harris. Now that outdoor access has been denied them both, Sol has had no allergic reactions. Orange tabbies tend to be the labrador of cats, and Harris and Sol are no exception. Make an appointment to meet these two and see for yourself!
  • Domestic Short Hair-orange
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
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 . Hubble .

Hubble

Young, Male, Large
From the day of his rescue, it was evident that Hubble is destined to be a large cat when he matures. All the more to warm your lap in winter! Hubble's childhood was spent scrapping around a fast-food dumpster, but those days ended in February when he and his 5-month-old brothers were rescued. Hubble is now perfectly content getting his solid two squares a day and plenty of human contact. He'd be great as a paired adoption with his brother Newton (pictured) or as a companion to a resident cat. Hubble is neutered, vaccinated, tested for FIV/FeLV (neg/neg), and microchipped. Note: The American Street Cat is a 100% all volunteer non-profit group. Each adoption sustains our efforts, and an adoption fee applies. This helps us save more kitties like this cutie.
  • Domestic Medium Hair-gray, Tabby - Grey
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • 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
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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, so it's a good thing he received a subtle eartip at the time he was neutered. Harris is currently living in the barn vacated by his predecessor, but he'd love to be an indoors-only, spoiled rotten guy along with his pal, Sol, who joined him in the barn a few weeks later. They two forged an instant bond and cannot be separated. Harris actively seeks attention and is a ball of purring putty in your hands. He is neutered and current on vaccines. Orange tabbies tend to be the labrador of cats, and Harris and Sol are no exception. Make an appointment to meet these two and see for yourself!
  • Domestic Short Hair-orange
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
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 . Newton .

Newton

Young, Male, Large
Newton is a docile guy, very mild-mannered with a quiet disposition. He can be somewhat aloof, but once comfortable in a new home, he's destined to become a champion snuggler. Newton is now perfectly content getting his solid two squares a day and plenty of human contact after spending the first 5 months of his life scrapping around a fast food dumpster. He'd do best as a paired adoption with his brother Hubble, pictured, or as a companion to a resident cat. He very much respects his elder feline companions. Newton is neutered, vaccinated, tested for FIV/FeLV (neg/neg), and microchipped. Note: The American Street Cat is a 100% all volunteer non-profit group. Each adoption sustains our efforts, and an adoption fee applies. This helps us save more kitties like this cutie.
  • Domestic Medium Hair - brown, Domestic Short Hair - buff
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
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 . Atom .

Atom

Young, Male, Small
Atom is a quirky kid. He's a curious but shy fellow and truly loves his petting sessions, but he has to be tricked into getting them! Catching him in a nap or relaxing with one of his brothers is a surefire way to win him over. He's also not one to decline food and is easily doted on while he eats. Given Atom's introverted ways, he'd do best in a home as a paired adoption with one of his brothers (Hubble, Kelvin, or Newton). With time, Atom's confidence will grow,, and he'll shed his shy ways soon enough!. Atom is neutered, vaccinated, tested for FIV/FeLV (neg/neg), and microchipped. Note: The American Street Cat is a 100% all volunteer non-profit group. Each adoption sustains our efforts, and an adoption fee applies. This helps us save more kitties like this cutie.
  • Domestic Medium Hair-gray
  • 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 recently 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. Zinnia is getting treatment for this allergy, but a new home environment with fewer animals and no outdoor privileges is her best chance of fully overcoming this problem and tapering her off medications once and for all. Zinnia is one of the sweetest rescues we've had. She is spayed, negative for FIV/FeLV, microchipped, and current on vaccines. Despite her allergies, Zinnia continues to purr away and dote on her humans. Please don't let her special needs deter you from giving her a chance of a forever home. Geographic barriers can be overcome for the right person and the right home.
  • Domestic Short Hair - orange and white
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Special Needs
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 . Haley .

Haley

Young, Female, Medium
Beautiful, soulful Haley is about 18 months old. Having grown up outdoors amongst a colony of cats, she is perfectly at ease in the presence of other cats. 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. This petite lady loves her petting sessions! She'll sit up like a squirrel as your hand approaches her head, and in no time, she'll offer up her belly for some good rubs. Though young, Haley does not exhibit the energy level of a kitten. She's wise beyond her years and a truly relaxed kitty. Even the sight of dogs doesn't rile her up. Haley is spayed, current on vaccines, negative for FIV/FeLV, and microchipped. Please don't hesitate to inquire after this gentle tortie.
  • Torbie
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
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