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Pretty the Coney Island Cat

Pretty the Coney Island Cat © Stanley Fox. December 3, 2014

Pretty the Cat is frequently mistaken for a stray by tourists but this Coney Island cat has long made her home on the Bowery where she is fed year-round by concessionaires. This morning, Coney raconteur and retired arcade owner Stanley Fox photographed Pretty when she jumped on the hood of his car, which he’d parked on the Bowery. Just after he snapped this photo, Pretty ran off to eat breakfast. Ray, who runs the basketball game on the Bowery, had come to feed her, as he does every day. “He stands guard while she eats,” Stan told ATZ, as Ray chased away a big seagull trying to snatch the can of food.

The feline queen of the Bowery is at least 10 or 11 years old by our estimation and is spayed. As we reported last year, after Manny of Coney Island Arcade and Target the Cat left the Bowery for Las Vegas, Pretty came into her own. This feral cat whom only a handful of people could pet in the past became the mascot of the independent game operators. In the summer, you’ll find her grooming herself in the middle of the Bowery unperturbed by passersby and taking a nap in Jimmy Balloons game under the Wonder Wheel sign.

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Brooklyn Rescue Umbrella

April 27: Brooklyn Rescue Umbrella Adoption Event at Boggie Doggie in Brooklyn

Instead of standing on line for more than two hours to get into a pop-up cat cafe, you can wake up to a cat purring beside your pillow or curled up in your bathroom sink. The cute cat in the above photo is one of several cats available for adoption by Brooklyn Rescue Umbrella on April 27 from 12 noon till 5pm at Boggie Doggie, 76th St and Fifth Avenue, in Brooklyn.

The Coney Island cats include Spice, who was born under the Coney Island Boardwalk last year and rescued as a kitten. BRU founder Josie Marrero describes her as “smart, easygoing and beautiful! (fiv+ so best as an only cat. VERY healthy!) Watch her in motion and you’ll get your own Red Carpet for her.”

Another Coney cat up for adoption was rescued just a few days ago. One of the caretakers of the Coney Island Boardwalk cat colonies found a friendly cat abandoned at Carey Gardens Houses on Surf Avenue. After taking the cat to the vet, Josie learned she is a spayed and micro-chipped female named Clover. “About a year old? Lap cat. Purrs even around dogs. Orange and white tabby. Amazingly cooperative!”

Coney Island Cat up for adoption

Spice was born under the coney Island Boardwalk and rescued as a kitten. Photo by Brooklyn Rescue Umbrella

If you can’t keep a cat in your apartment, consider spending your spare time volunteering with one of New York City’s cat rescue groups. All need help caring for and fostering cats and kittens.

Brooklyn Rescue Umbrella recently launched the Coney Island Boardwalk Cats Project to help the stray and feral cats on the Boardwalk. ATZ has joined the effort and hopes that our readers will too. We will start doing TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) in the next couple of weeks and volunteers are needed to assist. Friendly strays and kittens will need foster homes. Follow CIBC on Facebook or twitter for updates or email ConeyIslandBoardwalkCats[at]gmail[dotcom) for info.

UPDATE April 28, 2014:

Mona, the cat curled up in the sink, was adopted on Sunday. Carey Gardens Clover found a foster home. Spice and several other cats are still waiting for their forever homes.

Coney Island Kittens

Kitten Season: These Coney Island Kittens have already been adopted but more are on the way! Photo by Brooklyn Rescue Umbrella

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Nicholas the Ridiculous

Nicholas the Ridiculous. Photo © Gisele Duprez. All Rights Reserved

Don’t you love happy endings? Meet our cute baby animal of the day. A kitten rescued when the Coney Island Community Garden was being bulldozed was later found abandoned with his siblings in a carrier and taken to the City’s kill shelter. But in a fortunate turn of events, he was not only rescued again and adopted but now has his own Facebook page. “My name is Nicholas Aloysius, but my human calls me Nicholas the Ridiculous,” he says in his bio. “Sometimes I am a little silly when mama takes pictures of me.”

ATZ found out the lucky fate of the distraught-looking kitten in our post from last month (“Bunny Returns to Bulldozed Coney Island Garden, Kitten Euthanized”, January 8) when a friend read it and realized it was the same kitten that his friend Gisele had just adopted. One of Nick’s siblings had been euthanized by the ACC just before a rescuer arrived to save him and his sister.

Nicholas the Ridiculous

Nicholas the Ridiculous. Photo © Gisele Duprez. All Rights Reserved

Gisele Duprez started the page a few days after taking the kitten home from Faithful Friends Animal Hospital in Gravesend, where he had been brought from Animal Care & Control by PJ McKosky of the rescue group Empty Cages Collective. Dr. Jill Caruso and her staff were on the lookout for a special cat to keep Stella Mozzarella company after her previous companion died.

When we first started following Nicholas the Ridiculous’s Facebook page in mid-January, he was trying to befriend Stella Maria (aka Stella Mozzarella). In the photos and videos, the 8-year-old cat appears unimpressed yet patient with the kitten who quips “I am extra bratty this morning” in a caption. But Nick also says “I ♥ Stella Mozzarella.” It looks like he finally wore her down.

Empty Cages Collective is an all-volunteer organization. You can support the work they do for New York City’s animals by donating or volunteering to become a foster home and following their Facebook page.

Nicholas the Ridiculous with Stella Mozzarella

Nicholas the Ridiculous with Stella Mozzarella. Photo © Gisele Duprez. All Rights Reserved

Nicholas’s mother cat–she kept going back to look for her kittens on the bulldozed lot– and the other Boardwalk strays and ferals need your help too. ATZ is currently working with local rescue groups and individuals to launch a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program similar to Alley Cat Allies project on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. If you’d like to receive info about an upcoming meeting in Coney Island, here is a contact form to send Amusing the Zillion a private message with your email address:

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The Brooklyn Cyclones opening day of the 2014 season is 148 days away, but their front office has already gone to bat for a Coney Island cat who took shelter in their ceiling. On Tuesday, Brooklyn Cyclones General Manager Kevin Mahoney tweeted “Really come on there is a cat in my ceiling” after meows were heard above. This photo of the cat perched on the ductwork soon followed.

“What are you going to do? Please don’t call Animal Care and Control,” ATZ tweeted back. “They are a kill shelter. Contact a rescue group.” Mahoney assured us via email they would find a proper home for the cat. “Someone here might keep her,” he said. And here she is, the newest member of the Brooklyn Cyclones family…

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December 27, 2013: Coney Island Mama Cat ‘Okaasan’ & Kittens Up for Adoption

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Coney Island Cat

Snow Coney’s mom, Okaasan, is up for adoption. Photo via Empty Cages Collective

Snow Coney’s mom ‘Okaasan’ (mother in Japanese) needs a home! This sweet Coney Island cat and her kittens are now up for adoption via Empty Cages Collective. You can visit them at Bushwick Bark, a pet supply store at 175 Knickerbocker Avenue (located off the Jefferson L train) in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Last month, former house cat Okaasan and her new babies were rescued in Coney Island along with ‘Snow Coney,’ her son from a previous litter. As reported previously, Snow Coney was adopted before Christmas. Here’s hoping Mom and kitties find a forever home before New Year’s.

Coney Island Mama Cat and Kittens

This Coney Island Mama Cat is Snow Coney’s mother. Here she is with her new kittens in Coney Island on November 15th. All are now up for adoption via Empty Cages Collective. Photo by Amusing the Zillion

According to her page on Petfinder

Okaasan was originally rescued as a stray with babies in Coney Island, Brooklyn… and is now ready for a new home. She enjoys being in the safety of inside now and just wants a warm home to call her own. She is mostly white with adorable little gray patches on her head.

Okaasan is vaccinated, spayed, tested negative for FIV and FELV. The only thing missing in her life is you!

Get in touch if you’re willing to adopt beautiful Okaasan or stop by and say hello: adopt@emptycagescollective.org or 1.800.880.2684.

Empty Cages Collective is an all-volunteer organization. You can support the work they do for New York City’s animals by donating or volunteering to become a foster home and following their Facebook page.

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Coney Island Kittens for Adoption by Empty Cages Collective at Bushwick Bark. December 29, 2013

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Snow Coney the Coney Island Cat

Snow Coney the Coney Island Cat Recuperating at Manhattan Cat Specialists. December 8, 2013. Photo by Amusing the Zillion

On Sunday, ATZ visited Snow Coney, the Coney Island cat who was rescued last month and is recuperating nicely at Manhattan Cat Specialists after a blood transfusion that saved his life. Though he is still taking antibiotics, our comeback cat is looking good thanks to the expert care he has received from Dr. Plotnick and the staff at MCS.

“I am pretty sure we can pick him up in the next day or two, but it was truly a struggle to get him to survive,” says PJ McKosky of Empty Cages Collective, who rushed the cat to MCS the day after we brought him to a vet in Brooklyn who works with Empty Cages. “He was so close to dying.”

Coney Island Cat Rescue

Rescued in Coney Island: Snow Coney the Cat En Route to Vet. November 15, 2013. Photo by Amusing the Zillion

Along with Carolyn McCrory, who works in the amusement area, and Dianna Carlin of Lola Star Boutique, we rescued this very sick cat and named him “Snow Coney” in honor of his white coat and his birthplace. MCS veterinary technicians Liliana Rene and Gina Manes say the Coney Island cat has a great personality and they would adopt him if they did not already have cats.

If you would like to adopt Snow Coney or any of the other rescue cats at Empty Cages Collective, please visit their Facebook page to have a look and fill out an application. Manhattan Cat Specialists also has cats up for adoption and a lively Facebook page with news of cats in New York and around the world.

Snow Coney the Coney Island Cat

Snow Coney the Coney Island Cat Recuperating at Manhattan Cat Specialists. December 8, 2013. Photo by Gina Manes

Sadly, Snow Coney’s sibling died, but his mother–a former house cat—and her new kittens were also rescued in Coney Island and are now in an Empty Cages Collective foster home. “They were also sick –anemic also and the babies had bacterial infections– but nothing like Snow Coney,” said McKosky. “Of course, the babies and mom will all need to receive vaccines, deworming, spay/neuter when they are bigger, testing for FIV/FELV on top of all the care they are getting now.”

Empty Cages Collective is an all-volunteer organization. You can support the work they do for New York City’s animals by donating or volunteering to become a foster home and following their Facebook page.

UPDATE December 15, 2013:

Lucky, lucky Snow Coney will have a forever home at Christmas! The Coney Island cat who was rescued exactly one month ago and nearly died, left the hospital yesterday and is already going to his forever home today. If you are able to, please thank Empty Cages Collective for all that they do–they really do take on the hard cases such as animals who require a lot of medical care– and support new rescues by making a donation or volunteering your time.

Coney Island Kittens

Snow Coney’s Mom and her new kittens are currently at an Empty Cages Collective Foster Home. November 18, 2013 Photo By Lola Star.

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Coney Island Boardwalk Kitty

Coney Island Boardwalk Kitty, September 28, 2013. Photo © Tricia Vita

This Coney Island kitten was sunning herself on the Boardwalk over the weekend. Donate to the New York City Feral Cat Initiative. $100 provides a winter shelter and straw insulation for 3 feral cats. $50 sends a TNR coach to provide hands-on assistance to a volunteer who is completing a Trap-Neuter-Return project for the first time.

Coney Island Kittens

Coney Island Boardwalk Kittens, September 28, 2013. Photo © Tricia Vita

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