The following is a reprint of a post made by a resident on the OctagonRI.com website. I thought it worth publishing here. Thanks Julie and Jennifer for letting everyone know about this!
Hi, Folks: Many of you are probably familiar with the wonderful organization called Island Cats. Briefly, they are a non-profit, volunteer-run organization that performs trap-neuter-release and adoption of stray cats on the island. Last year alone they performed surgeries on over 50 cats and were able to adopt over 25, releasing the feral (and therefore unadoptable but now sterile) ones back into well-managed colonies on the island.
They have two main feeding stations on the island, one of which is at the periphery of the ball field near the Octagon. The station consists of two sheltered water and feed areas, with several "condos" that the cats use to stay warm in the winter. These stations are completely run by volunteers, who feed once a day (dry and canned food). Most of the volunteers buy their own food to use and feed once a week or so. However, if finances are of concern, individuals have said they could provide the food. It literally takes 10 minutes of your time.
I perform the Sunday feedings and get a great deal of joy seeing them come running up when you whistle!If you think you could be of service, please contact Jennifer Dunning at email@example.com. They are in particular need of folks for Weds and Thursday, so if you are a stay-at-homer or only work part-time, you would be perfect! Thanks for your consideration. Jules
The above picture taken within the gardens at Roosevelt Island is by Mayotic and can be found on Flickr HERE.