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In 2015, NYCARG's founder, Alicia, could not help but notice a colony of feral cats near home in Harlem. As the daughter of an animal rescuer, she felt compelled to do something. With experience in trapping, she took to the streets and removed all 20 of them from the dangerous conditions. She got them fully vetted (spayed/neutered, vaccinated, tested for FIV/Felv, etc.) and worked tirelessly to find them excellent foster and forever homes. A few are still with her today. Little did Alicia know, that would be the birth of New York City Animal Rescue Girls. What started as a small operation has quickly evolved.

Since its founding, NYCARG has rescued more than 1,000 homeless and/or unwanted animals and placed them into foster and forever homes.

  • New York City's stray cat population is booming, with an estimated 500,000 homeless cats on our streets in 2020.

  • Stray and feral cats live significantly less than indoor cats. On average 2-3 years.

  • In New York, more than 4,000 cats are euthanized annually simply because no one has stepped up to adopt them.

  • Approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. 

  • Of the approximately 6.5 million companion animals who enter shelters nationwide every year, approximately 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats. 

  • Each year, approximately 920,000 shelter animals are euthanized, including 390,000 dogs and 530,000 cats.

  • There are an estimated 70 million stray, or feral cats, in the USA.

  • 420,000 cats can be produced by a female cat & her offspring in 7 years

  • 67,000 dogs can be produced by a female dog & her offspring in 6 years

  • Estimates suggest over 22 MILLION pets are LOST every year – approx. 10 million dogs and 12 million cats.

  • Many are never reported as lost, some end up in shelters, many others end up starving and dying in the streets.

  • Once lost, cats are much less likely to be found than dogs.

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