Since our founding in 1995 by Lynn Cancro, Caring About The Strays (C.A.T.S.) has worked to find “forever homes” for abandoned, unwanted, neglected, or abused companion animals in the Pascack Valley area. All the animals in our care are in foster homes, which helps socialize the cat or dog and allows us to identify the best type of home for each animal to ensure a successful adoption. We also work to reduce the overpopulation of feral cats with our Trap-Neuter-Release program. In addition, our team also strives to educate the public about the importance of spaying or neutering their pets to decrease the number of unwanted pets.
Our Founder: Lynn Cancro
Lynn, the child of Depression era immigrants from Germany and Prussia, lived in Jersey City until age 13, when her father died. She and her mother then moved to live with her aunt and uncle Bergenfield. While she did not have pets as a child, as an adult, Lynn not only cares for cats and dogs C.A.T.S. rescues before they are placed in a foster home, but she also has a dog and two cats.
While living in an apartment community, Lynn noticed that people left their cats behind when they moved. She started to care for a few of the cats and then decided she wanted to expand the number of animals she could shelter. Based on her experience as a volunteer at Pascack Valley Hospital, she decided to open a thrift store to raise funds to provide medical care, food, and shelter for unwanted pets. As her rescue grew, she eventually incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Today, C.A.T.S. provides homeless companion animals with veterinary care, including spay and neutering and vaccinations, before placing the dog or cat in a prescreened foster home. While the cat or dog is in placement, C.A.T.S supplies food, toys, and other items the foster family needs to give the best care to the animal. Once a forever home has been identified, our volunteers work to ensure a seamless transition for both the adoptive family and the companion animal.
In an effort to reduce the population of feral cats, C.A.T.S facilitates a Trap Neuter and Release Program.
C.A.T.S funds it operations by:
• Thrift store sales
• Local business sponsors
• Fundraising events
How You Can Help
To learn about our work with homeless cats and dogs in Bergen County, contact C.A.T.S. by calling (201) 666-5444.