Ferals in Peril

Improving the lives of homeless cats
Finding common ground with residents and homeowners


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About Ferils in Peril

There are groups providing TNR and animal rescue throughout the five boroughs of New York City, and throughout Brooklyn, and there have long been individuals working on TNR projects in Bath Beach and Bensonhurst. But until recently there hasn't been an organized group dedicated to TNR in our neighborhood. Believing that there is strength in numbers, and that the cats living in Bath Beach and Bensonhurst deserve the attention that only a local group can provide, Denise and Peter Szalaiko founded Ferals in Peril, Inc.

Denise and Peter have extensive experience implementing TNR and caretaking for colonies throughout the neighborhood. Ferils In Peril, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3, not-for-profit organization, a member of the Mayor’s Alliance and the New York City Feral Cat Initiative. Our focus is the provision of TNR education and implementation of TNR. Ferals in Peril will provide education throughout the community and assist community members with TNR projects. Because Ferils in Peril focuses on TNR and does not have space or manpower to rescue and shelter cats, the organization cannot accept homeless cats.

Ferals In Peril, Inc. has recently expanded their services to the surrounding communities of Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

Some people might ask, in such a time as this, who can afford to care about or care for homeless cats? Ferals in Peril understands the economic challenges that just about everyone is coping with. But we also believe that it is the responsibility of the strong to look out for the weak, and that it is up to us to protect those who have no voice, and who had no choice in being brought into the world without a safety net.

About Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)

Trap Neuter and Return (TNR) stops the cycle of reproduction among homeless cats,
and reduces nuisance behavior such as spraying and its odor, fighting and mating noises. We strive to ensure the welfare of feral, stray and abandoned cats living in our community by providing education about TNR, assisting residents with TNR projects, mentoring caretakers, and improving quality of life for the cats and for the humans with whom they reside.

TNR is a humane and proven method of feline population control. Cats are trapped, spayed or neutered, and returned to their colony where they are cared for and managed. Their left ears are "tipped" so that they may be easily identified and protected. TNR is the most effective and humane way to reduce the homeless cat population immediately.
One unspayed female cat can have up to 30 kittens in one year. Cats begin to reproduce before they are one year old. TNR combined with effective caretaking results in the reduction of the cat population and its attendant noise and odor, but it also results in healthier, calmer cats.

TNR is endorsed by the ASPCA, the Humane Society of New York, the Mayor's Alliance for New York City's Animals, and animal advocacy organizations throughout the United States.

Denise and Peter have extensive experience implementing TNR and caretaking of colonies throughout the neighborhood and the surrounding area. Maintenance of managed colonies through TNR ensures the caretaker that the colony will not grow larger from the birth of kittens. Food, water, shelter and a safe environment can now be the caretakers’ main focus. Cats live healthier happier lives without the stress of the heat cycle.

"God created the cat so that man might have the pleasure of caressing the tiger."

                           -   attributed to Victor Hugo

Ferals in Peril, Inc., Brooklyn, New York (917) 808-1231 E-mail Ferals in Peril