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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 Mama Cat and Kittens

This Coney Island Mama Cat is Snow Coney’s mother. She and her new kittens are in immediate need of a foster home. Can you help? November 15, 2013. Photo by Amusing the Zillion

Did you know that Disneyland is home to a managed colony of 200 feral cats who dine at five discreet feeding stations and receive medical care in exchange for keeping the resort rodent free? Since the weather turned colder, our thoughts have been with the abandoned, stray and feral cats of Coney Island, who are on their own. Discussion ensued with Carolyn McCrory, who works in the amusement area, and Dianna Carlin of Lola Star Boutique about launching a group to help the Coney cats. Maybe we could raise funds for prefab cat shelters, organize a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program, and find foster homes for the kittens?

We all have pets but no experience as caretakers of homeless cats and are just learning what’s involved. Dianna, who has fostered and helped find homes for three dogs rescued by PJ McKosky of Empty Cages Collective, said he would help. Yesterday, thoughts suddenly turned to action when a very sick white cat, whom we’ve named “Snow Coney,” had to be rushed to the vet who works with Empty Cages.

Coney Island Cat Rescue

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

Snow Coney cried in the car, but the fact that he started purring for the vet’s assistant made us feel optimistic. However, Dr. Jill Caruso of Faithful Friends Animal Hospital said Snow Coney was very seriously ill and today we learned he is much sicker than we thought. He had to be rushed to intensive care in another hospital to receive a blood transfusion. The symptoms suggest the cat ingested rat poison.

Donations to cover the cost of Snow Coney’s care, which is rapidly adding up, can be sent to Empty Cages Collective. Questions about volunteering to foster or adopt the other Coney Island cats can be sent to PJ McKosky as well.

Coney Island Cat

Snow Coney at Faithful Friends Animal Hospital. November 15, 2013. Photo by Empty Cages Collective

The mama cat in the photo at the top of this post is a former house cat who is Snow Coney’s mother. We are seeking a foster home for this cat and her kittens after they receive veterinary care.

Since ATZ began covering Coney Island in 2009, the cat colonies have been pushed farther west by the dismantling of Astroland and the demolition of vacant buildings such as the Henderson and the Playland Arcade. In 2010, we wrote about a gray cat who was the last tenant of the Henderson Building after the humans had been evicted by Thor Equities. We soon realized the cat was part of a colony of similar looking gray cats living in the former music hall.

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

The NYC Feral Cat Initiative offers free TNR workshops, classes and events to educate and support colony caretakers. If you have experience managing a feral cat colony or would like to learn and help launch a TNR program in Coney Island, or can foster or provide post-op recovery space for a few days, please send a private message using the contact form at the bottom of this post. You may also leave a comment below or subscribe to the comments. We’ll reply or post updates as soon as more info is available.

Coney Island Cat

Yesterday in Coney Island: Snow Coney the Cat. November 15, 2013. Photo by Amusing the Zillion

UPDATE November 17, 2013:

 Help Save Coney Island Cat ‘Snow Coney’ and His Friends

Snow Coney after blood transfusion at Manhattan Cat Specialists. November 17, 2013. Photo by Gina Manes

Snow Coney is feeling better after a blood transfusion! If not for the swift action of PJ McKosky of Empty Cages Collective, this cat would not be alive today. Donations to cover the cost of medical can be made via www.emptycagescollective.com/donate/.

Here is the contact form to send us a private message about helping the Coney Island cats. Let us know if you’re able to foster or provide post-op recovery space after TNR surgery.

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September 23, 2010: Cat Living in the Henderson Building Comes Out for Supper. Photo © AnyMouseHero via Amusing the Zillion

September 23, 2010: Cat Living in the Henderson Building Comes Out for Supper. Photo © AnyMouseHero via Amusing the Zillion

When Faber’s Fascination closed on Labor Day and began moving out, ATZ reported that the arcade was the last tenant of the soon-to-be demolished Henderson Building. Well, one more tenant- a grey cat – was discovered yesterday by a photographer who went there to document the demolition of the Surf Hotel on the building’s second floor. “The cat went under the gate of Shoot Out the Star into the Henderson Building when I came close,” says the anon photographer. A full plate of food and a full cup of water had been placed outside the building, probably by one of the cat lovers who care for Coney Island’s feral, stray and abandoned cat population.

As our regular readers know, ATZ loves a Coney Island cat story, preferably with photos or a video. For “I Love NYC Pets Month” in January, we wrote about the cats who live beneath the ramps to Coney Island’s Boardwalk and within its vacant buildings and an attempted cat rescue. We regularly feature Coney Island cats and kittens up for adoption. Now we seem to have hit upon an unfortunate new theme: cats displaced by redevelopment.

September 23, 2010: Demolition in Progress of the Surf Hotel in Henderson Building. Photo © AnyMouseHero via Amusing the Zillion

September 23, 2010: Demolition in Progress of the Surf Hotel in Henderson Building. Photo © AnyMouseHero via Amusing the Zillion

The appearance of the Henderson Building cat amid yesterday’s demolition of the Surf Hotel and the removal of the hotel’s original sign reminded us of our last day at Astroland. We’re not referring to the park’s last day of operation on Sept 7, 2008. We mean Astroland’s very last day, the day the lease expired and the property had to be vacated: January 31, 2009. On that day, we helped rescue a few signs from the water flume for the Coney Island History Project. By then there wasn’t much left of Astroland and we didn’t have the heart to take more than a few photos. One of the pix that we didn’t take: Two stray cats who had long found shelter in Astroland and were displaced by the teardown. As we stood outside the now demolished Feltman’s kitchen –home of the hot dog–and peered in at the original tile floor, the cats paced and waited. An Astroland worker came out and fed the Astro cats their last meal.

For information about feral cats, visit the website of the New York City Feral Cats Initiative, a joint program of two private non-profit organizations–the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals and Neighborhood Cats.

September 23, 2010: Last Happy Meal for Cat Living in Coney Island’s Henderson Building? Photo © AnyMouseHero via Amusing the Zillion

September 23, 2010: Last Happy Meal for Cat Living in Coney Island’s Henderson Building? Photo © AnyMouseHero via Amusing the Zillion

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Grill House Kitties on Coney Island's Boardwalk. Photo © silversalty via flickr

Grill House Kitties on Coney Island's Boardwalk. Photo © silversalty via flickr

Beneath the ramps to Coney Island’s Boardwalk and within its vacant buildings, feral, stray and abandoned cats find shelter. The cats are regularly fed and looked after by a contingent of Coney Island cat lovers. They have been photographed by residents and tourists alike. Devin Sturdy, a tourist from Melbourne, Australia, was visiting Coney Island in December when he happened to see a man feeding a dozen cats and trying to rescue a sick one. When we found Devin’s video on YouTube the other day, we were reminded just how many cats are up for adoption by animal rescue groups. There are currently 162,407 cats, seeking a “forever home,” or even a foster home, on Petfinder.com. Take a look at their photos and read their bios. Make room for them in your hearts and give them homes. February will be “I Love NYC Pets” month, a citywide pet adoption celebration sponsored by the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC Animals. Their slogan is “Will You Be My Furry Valentine?”

When ATZ contacted videographer Devin Sturdy in Australia, he said he’d always been fascinated by Coney Island and “it seemed more appealing to me in winter, quiet and spooky.” Here’s what he told us about the Coney Island cat rescue:

Shortly after disembarking the subway train, I noticed a man feeding cats, not just one or two, but tens of cats. I asked him what he was doing. He was from New Jersey and worked as a volunteer for an organisation that helps animals. He had driven to Coney Island to pick up a specific cat that a friend had told him about. It had been recently abandoned and it had been seen in the area.

Because the cat was not feral, and relatively housebound, he thought it was not necessary to bring a cage with him. However, upon arrival, he noticed another cat that had a sore on its face. He thought it may be a tumor and was concerned about its welfare and wanted to take it to a friend of his who is a vet.

He slowly fed the cat for more than half an hour in an attempt to coax the cat into the car. Finally, after gaining enough trust to be able to touch the cat, he grabbed it by the scruff of its neck. He said that feral cats either immediately relax in a closed environment or go nuts. As you can see from the video, this cat was not comfortable.

I stopped filming because I was concerned that the cat was going to hurt itself. I can tell you that the man opened the door shortly afterward (a couple of seconds) and the cat calmly stepped out of the car and wandered off. He told me that he would return later that day with a cage and attempt to find the cat.

I am a bit of an advocate of adopting stray pets. We rescued our cat Kitty (original name!) from the streets and she lived to be seventeen years old!

Grill House Kitties on Coney Island’s Boardwalk. Photo © silversalty via flickr

Grill House Kitties on Coney Island’s Boardwalk. Photo © silversalty via flickr

We understand completely, Devin. After our own beloved 13-year-old cat went to cat heaven, we find ourselves spending a lot of time “just looking” at photos on Petfinder. By February we’ll be ready to adopt or foster a cat or two.

Here’s a calendar of animal adoption events in New York City and a list of animal rescue groups grouped by borough. If you can’t adopt a pet, please consider helping out these organizations by volunteering or making a donation to support their work. Me-ow.

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