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.

 . Holly .

Holly

Young, Female, Medium
Our organization rescued Holly from the streets of Brooklyn as a kitten shortly after Hurricane Sandy swept through in the fall of 2012. Holly was about 8 weeks old then, and she was the first of her siblings to be adopted -- she was just that friendly and adorable! And she still is. Unfortunately, though, her mom his being relocated for work and will have an exhaustive travel schedule, so re-homing sweet Holly has become a priority. In her mom's own words: "I love her very, very much, and she's been literally my best friend for the entire time I've had her. She's a very funny creature who loves having her belly rubbed. She has known and loved Sophie, my roommate's cat, for nearly the entirety of her life, but unfortunately, my roommate is not able to take on the ownership of two cats. Holly is very funny, and very independent – she'll find the most frustrating places to sleep, but you can't help but love her for it (my sock drawer is her favorite place). Her version of cuddling is to come up to you and nudge your hand into petting her while you're reading or working or doing anything else, and she'll knead into your side until she drools from happiness. (It's a lot more endearing than it sounds.)" This little honey is spayed, current on vaccines, and negative for FIV/FeLV. Holly is cat friendly and would benefit from a feline companion in the home, but she would also do well as an only cat in an active family environment, with someone who works from home, or with a retiree. As a 5 year old cat, she will need a lot of love and attention in her new home environment to make the transition from the only life she's known as stress-free as possible. Please note that The American Street Cat is a 100% volunteer non-profit organization. Adoption fees apply so that we can continue to help more cats in need.
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
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 . Ernest .

Ernest

Young, Male, Medium
Handsome is as handsome does! Ernest is stocked not only with good looks, but also with a gentle heart and an affectionate nature. He had a bit of a rough start growing up in a flea infested home with too many other cats, but now at 10-12 months old and in much better care, Ernest's amazing personality has emerged. Easy on the eyes and soft to the touch, Ernest is quick to greet his person at the door and ready to snuggle up for a nap or some tv chill time. He's a quiet soul, not demanding or vocal, but when it's mealtime, he has the sweetest mew of anticipation. A bonus with Ernest is the extra toe he has on each of his four paws. Extra-toed (polydactyl cats) are known as Hemingway cats, hence his name. Ernest is neutered, current on vaccines, and is negative for FIV/FeLV. He has also been dewormed, de-flead, and microchipped. He is in foster with 3 siblings and would be great as a paired adoption with any of them, or as a companion to a resident feline. Ernest has yet to meet a cat that he can't befriend (not the least bit alpha). He's also dog-friendly, as there was one in his former home. Please note that The American Street Cat is a 100% volunteer non-profit organization. Adoption fees apply so that we can continue to help other kitties in need.
  • Domestic Medium Hair - brown, Tabby - Brown
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
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 . Ursula .

Ursula

Young, Female, Medium
How stunning is Ursula? Her medium-haired coat is accented by her long-haired tail, and she couldn't be any softer if she tried. Ursula is a polydactyl cat, having one extra toe on each of her paws. This does not inhibit or alter her agility in the least. Instead, it gives her the advantage in grabbing your hand so that she can kiss it. She's an affectionate and tactile sweetheart, ready to reach up and caress a face, or to grab a hand gently and encourage you to pet her. They can't get more adoptable than this! Ursula has been spayed, is current on vaccines, and is negative for FIV/FeLV. She is also microchipped. While she is accustomed to and likes other cats, she very much enjoys being the center of attention and would be fine as an only cat. Have a dog? Not a problem! Ursula is dog friendly, too. Please note that The American Street Cat is a 100% volunteer non-profit organization. Adoption fees apply so that we can continue to help other kitties in need.
  • Domestic Medium Hair - gray and white, Tabby - Grey
  • 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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 . Gabby & Simone .

Gabby & Simone

Baby, Female, Small
This tumbling duo was born into a multiple cat colony in Greenpoint, BK, but at 6 weeks of age, they were discovered and brought indoors for fostering while we proceeded to TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) the adults. Gabby and Simone are now about 3.5 months old. They love to hunt, explore, and play with each other or with the resident cats in their foster home. They even love the to play with the resident cat-friendly dog! What makes these twins special is a condition known as CH (Cerebellar Hypoplasia), which is caused by the cerebellum not being fully mature at the time of birth. This affects fine motor skills and is non-progressive. Their overall body condition and health is stellar. Simone's CH is more pronounced than Gabby's is. She has little coordination in her hind end, but this doesn't stop her one bit from getting to where she wants to go. She can be a little bit clumsy while eating or using the litter box, but she can do both on her own. And now, she has her own little walker to make mealtimes less messy (see video). Gabby, on the other hand, sometimes looks like a subtle bobble head while at rest. These minor head bobs don't impede her movements at all. She runs, jumps, and climbs with ease. It's Simone who is limited to a floor routine, and she's an Olympian at that! Floor runners and area rugs help Simone out tremendously. Simply put, these girls are little dolls and deserve to be doted on. They are wonderful companions to each other, and we'd love to keep them together. The more able-bodied Gabby looks out for Simone. They're an adorable pair! The girls are negative for FIV/FeLV, de-flead, de-wormed, and have completed their booster series. They are not yet spayed, but we will guarantee that it gets done even if they go into a new home prior to their spay appointment. Don't hesitate to inquire after these little tumblers! The American Street Cat is a 501c3 non-profit organization. We do have an application process, and adoption fees apply so that we can continue to help other cats in need.
  • Domestic Short Hair-black and white
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Special Needs
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 . Sam .

Sam

Adult, Male, Medium
Sam is a 4-5 yr old guy who was found abandoned on the streets of Brooklyn, unsure of how to cope in an outdoor environment. He was clearly once owned, given that he was already neutered and was instantly familiar with an indoor lifestyle. The trauma of abandonment left Sam a little conflicted, and it took his foster parents some time to earn his trust, but he now loves his petting sessions and playtime with his favorite catnip banana! This sweetheart is an introvert seeking someone with a lot of love and patience to allow him to blossom. He is updated on vaccines, microchipped, and negative for FeLV (kitty leukemia). However, Sam is FIV+ which does not make him "special needs" in our book. He is a gentle guy and can co-mingle with cat-friendly FIV- cats, or he'd be a terrific single cat. If you'd like to meet Sam, he'd like to meet YOU! Please contact us for an adoption application and kindly note that we do have an adoption fee for all of our rescues so that we can continue to assist other cats in need.
  • Domestic Short Hair - gray and white
  • 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
Despite his battle-worn appearance, Sol is one of the gentlest and most affable cats we've ever met. Upon rescue form an outdoor colony, he immediately befriended Harris, with whom he is pictured. They are 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, but provided that he and Harris stay indoors, the allergies are a non-issue. If you're seeking exceptional cat companionship, don't hesitate to inquire after these fine fellows! Please note that we are a non-profit organization. We have an application process to ensure that our cats are the right fit in the right home, and adoption fees apply so that we can continue to help other cats in need.
  • Domestic Short Hair-orange
  • 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, 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 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
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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