The Community Cat Coalition (CCC) was founded in 2009 by certified rescuer and concerned citizen Nicole Ganas in response to the need for an effective and humane solution to the growing community cat crisis in Beacon, New York where she was living at the time. CCC is not a shelter but instead a grassroots initiative dedicated to humanely resolving the feral and stray cat overpopulation issue in the community. We raise awareness and educate residents and merchants on stray and feral cat colony care, Trap Neuter Return (TNR), and the importance of accessible, affordable spay and neuter services through workshops and public outreach. We also provide TNR assistance to area residents and Caregivers. The Coalition is an all volunteer and non-funded effort that relies solely on private donations which make possible the important work we do in and for the community and its neighborhood cats.
Since its inception, CCC has helped over 300 homeless cats and kittens through the TNR method, and has placed over 100 adoptable cats and kittens in adopted homes.
Trap Neuter Return (TNR) is a method of controlling community cat populations. Using this technique, all the feral cats in a colony (family) are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated for rabies, ear tipped for identification and then returned to their home territory where they are fed, sheltered and monitored by a designated Caregiver. Whenever possible, kittens and friendly, adoptable adults are removed from the colony and offered for adoption. The TNR method benefits property owners, animal shelters, City Council, animal control, cat advocates, businesses, and, of course, the cats themselves.
Community Cat Coalition was founded in the belief that people have the power to make positive change in and for their community. As part of this belief, we strive to form a sustainable program to humanely reduce and control the feral and stray cat populations in the community while improving the quality of life for all members of it, both the feline and human kind. We look forward to your participation in whatever capacity you are able to contribute as a concerned and compassionate advocate for change. After all, this is a crisis that will require a community effort to resolve.
Due to lack of community support and personal life changes of its founder and sole member, CCC has significantly scaled back its rescue efforts. This information is current as of July 2014.
All photos of cats and kittens on this site are rescues from CCC projects in the community.