Becky Wisdom, co-founder of Greenpoint Cats, says that taking care of just one of Greenpoint’s multiple cat colonies can be lot of work during normal times. “There’s a lot of vet visits; one gets sick, one gets in a fight with a racoon,” she said. Wisdom has tended to a Franklin Street colony since April of 2018, and has since grown her reach beyond Greenpoint with the help of a network of volunteer cat rescuers.
With the arrival of the pandemic, Wisdom noticed that bodegas and delis began shutting down, some leaving behind their shop cats, such as the cat at Franklin Deli and Grocery (111 Franklin St.), which she has since confirmed is still being fed.
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Wisdom and Greenpoint Cats core member Magdalena Travis say that three more people have since reached out to their group with reports of potentially abandoned bodega cats as word of their mission spread this week via Instagram. Continue reading