With over one million abandoned and feral cats, NYC has a serious problem it’s failed to effectively address. In response, hundreds of cat-loving activists have taken to the streets to implement TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return), a technique that along with adoptions can humanely control and reduce the population.
THE CAT RESCUERS tells the story of four of these street-smart volunteers, all working in Brooklyn where the problem has exploded in the last decade. Against great odds, and sometimes at great sacrifice to themselves, they are making a difference in dealing with an animal welfare issue that confronts cities nationwide and globally.
The film grew out of Steven Lawrence’s discovery that the Brooklyn house he and his wife moved to in 2013 came with 30+ un-neutered feral cats begging for food. As they contacted animal rescue groups for advice, Steven became aware of the scope of NYC’s street cat problem and the general ignorance of TNR. Believing a documentary could help raise awareness and lead to more support, he reached out to fellow docmaker and cat lover Rob Fruchtman. They decided to join forces and began shooting THE CAT RESCUERS in 2014.
Steven and Rob have financed the film thus far out of their own pockets and with the help of a successful Kickstarter campaign. There are still exciting opportunities to get involved in helping bring this film to life! Click here to find out more.