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Little Wanderers NYC Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: A grassroots organization that rescues kittens and cats from new york neighborhoods.

Programs: Connecting rescues to foster families and covering veterinary care

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have only been following Little Wanderers on Instagram for about a year but I am beyond impressed with the degree of committment, care and love they have for the forgotten and abondoned fur-babies. I have seen so many rescues they have done and efforts to save every furry life. They find cats in the worst of circumstances and they try everything they can to save, treat and house them. I have written them to donate supplies and food and always receive a rapid response. They are the glue connecting a comunity of folks who care and support their efforts when they can. They conencted me three times to foster fur-moms so I could send supplies and pass along food. Not once have they asked for money in these exchanges. They work from their hearts. No one is paying them to do this. I only wish there were more of them so the few that they don't become exhausted burnt out. Sadly, New York City is filled with people who heartlessly toss these living creatures to the side, even pregnant ones. Little-wanderers works very hard to save every little defenseless life they can. I donate whenever possible, but I hope others learn about them and are as impressed as I am, so they can donate as well. It takes a village and they can't do it alone.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Little Wanderers are one of my favorite TNR-based cat rescues. They intentionally focus on underserved areas of NYC, ensuring cats who would otherwise get passed over are given a chance. The admins and management are legitimately candid regarding total sums of donations received, totals billed for specific cats’ care, locations cats are picked up or vetted, and so on. They do not try to hide anything from their fans and donors. This level of disclosure creates mutual trust between us, their followers, and them, those working hard on the front lines. Their honesty and dedication is unparalleled. They never give up. I admire everything this organization does, truly.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In their description on Instagram they say they rescue the neediest cats in the toughest areas of NYC and it's true! They are persistent in answering the call when others let them know about cats and kittens who are struggling with illnesses, injuries, or hunger. They get medical attention, place them in foster homes, and then look for forever homes for these homeless cats. In their "spare" time they TNR (trap, neuter, release) cats to help reduce overpopulation. Little Wanderers is made of dedicated volunteers who love helping animals who have no where to turn. They are truly angels.

2 Elizabeth G.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Little Wanderers is the most admirable community of people. They serve the most vulnerable areas of NYC and care fo every cat they can, even the cases that others would turn away or give up on. Even as a follower of their actions it is hard to understate how meaningful their actions are and how much they do for cats!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted two special needs cats from Little Wanderers - callico litter mates named Lola and Layla. Layla has only one eye; Lola has glaucoma requiring drops in her eye twice a day. They were born in a garbage pile in the Bronx and rescued when very young, then fostered and at about 10 months old delivered to us. They are the BEST! Little Wanderers is the BEST!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love there work! They never stop saving lives! They don't care about the weather or place! They just keep going to save life's of homeless animals! I follow them on Facebook! They are the best!!

2 tripodandblindcatsrule

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Little Wanderers NYC is a fantastic cat and animal rescue group. I adopted my three legged kitty Tori and my blind kitty Michelle from them. Both cats had medical needs when first found and rescued, which Little Wanderers vetted and got these two wonderful kitties healthy. Their tireless efforts for saving strays, placing them with fosters after vetting, adoption events, adoption blogging, TNR’ing the ferel cats, treating the impossible medical conditions of injured, sick, dying cats, is above all with what they do. Daily they hit the cold streets of NYC and surrounding areas bringing hope to those who have no voice. I know for certain, my two that I adopted from them, if they had been left to fend for themselves, they wouldn’t have made it. Both were found in the winter, the one with three legs, and my one who is blind. They never had a chance without Little Wanderers, their network of fosters and the loyal people who volunteer daily with them. Please recognize a wonderful rescue organization who restores your faith in humanity, teamwork and love.

3 Nina C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was following Little Wanderers NYC on Facebook. My older cat had recently lost his sibling. I could see how lonely he was. He’s a super social sweet tempered cat and I thought we could foster. We could foster and see how it went and if it didn’t work out we would make sure that this cat whoever it was wound up in a really good home but we could be a port in the storm for a cat. Then we saw a video of this scrawny little cat, who was clearly injured. That was the cat we could help. It was right before Thanksgiving. He had bilateral hip surgery – all taken care of by Little Wanderers. But such a sweet little cat. He slid right into our home and became our family. Several months later we foster failed again. Now I have three cats. Two young ones and my sweet older cat . Little Wanderers created our family.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I'm in Kelowna, B.C., Canada. I follow many hundreds of rescues including LWNYC. I once saw a woman asking for help in a Long Island forum for a very sick cat in Queens. I hooked her up with LWNYC and contacted them myself at the same time.
They were happy to assist without hesitation.
I'm always blown away by how many emergency situations they deal with sometimes daily! I'm in rescue myself and find them to be miraculous. Excellent source of supportice volunteers, and the power of amazing social media skills.
They can rescue like I've never seen before.
Spectacular rescue.

2 Nancy M.8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've seen the work of Little Wanderers first-hand. It is humbling. They go where many others will not to help animals in need, from drug-infested parks to a abandoned lots, buildings, garbage piles, busy streets ... truly anywhere. And in all kinds of weather and circumstances. They put a solid plan together and make things happen to the benefit of sentient beings. If an animal is too sick or injured to be saved, they don't let it die alone. They show it love and dignity. They have proven time and again that they are dedicated and reliable. The example and bar they have set as to how a society should deal with the animal overpopulation problem is the highest. The are out in the field all the time... getting out there to rescue, trap-neuter-return or to investigate before an animal finds itself in an at-risk situation in a public shelter. They are not a band-aid, they are the solution, and merit the very strongest level of support.

2 Daniela G.2

Donor

Rating: 5

Before following Little Wanderers on Instagram i didnt know anything about rescuing and fostering. I myself brought a kitten home from the streets of pitouresque Paros in Greece. I found that starving baby boy on my first of 28days of holidays, starving, blue-eyed and crusty-nosed. Everyone looked away, took photos, as he was cute as hell and then went on for their dinner in the harbour. I smuggled the little boy from hotel to hotel, bought him a businessclassticket, got chip, papers and vaccinations while my friends couldnt understand why i spoil my holiday planning the day around that sick kitten. I felt so alone and misunderstood. It was just that i was back in Germany aswell, disappointed by the carelessness of the vet regarding his cold that i stumbled upon LITTLE WANDERES. it brought tears to my eyes to see that out there, in the middle of hectic, mercyless, industrial NYC are people volunteering to surrender themselves to help helpless souls like my little kitten. It was totally new to me, how far they would go, how much love and consideration they give, how unstoppable they rush to any rescue no matter how hopeless it looks to an average cold heart. I learned so much from them, i gained so much trust and confidence that its always the right thing to help and that this is my true calling aswell to help animals, to save cats. I lost my fear of bad looking eyes, terrible injuries, labels like FIV or whatever. I would never shy away from any animal that needs me and this inspiration comes from LITTLE WANDERERS alone, who make miracles come true. Even the darkest stories very often have happy endings. Nothing is ever too much for them.There is never a question if IT IS WORTH IT? it always is...i love Little Wanderers. The tips in my restaurant are often used to support them.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I do occasional fostering of rescued stray cats and kittens. Lately I've been fostering for Little Wanderers NYC. They are organized, professional, no-drama, and they do it all as volunteers. They step up for some of the most vulnerable, sick, injured, and abandoned cats, both stray and feral.

My favorite foster with them so far is Elton. Elton came to me from a feral colony in the Bronx, when the colony's feeder noticed that he was limping badly. He had been (probably) hit by a car, as his tail had lost a lot of fur, and he was incredibly thin and filthy. We thought he was feral, and at first he wouldn't allow touching, and hid in a corner of his cage. But then he turned out to be a sweetie. With care, his broken foot healed and didn't need amputation, and then Little Wanderers used their network to find him a courier who got him to an adopter in Utah. All volunteer, the only expense was vet visits (discount fees). Just a nice happy-ending story--one of thousands from this excellent shoestring organization.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I started following Little Wanderers NYC by accident on Instagram. They are doing an amazing job and never ever give up to rescue any cat in need. They also support a veteran and his little dog. Sometimes I don't know how they keep going because they see so much sad and bad things but they do. They always keep on going. They never stop. That's why I really love this group. Oh and by the way they gave one cat the same name like my first name :)

3 Linda A.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I adopted my kitty Hudson (formerly Cinnamon) from Little Wanderers last December and I absolutely love him. If it wasn't for Little Wanderers he'd most likely still be suffering on the streets in the Bronx where they found him. He was vetted, fostered and then we adopted him. They do sooooo much for the abandoned, wounded and sick to make sure they get treatment and find homes. I follow them on Instagram and facebook and their rescue efforts are never ending.

4 Nicola F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We adopted little Dutch (now Jack). We knew we wanted a male kitten as we have a female cat who gets on better with males. We contact Little Wanderers and we were put in contact with a team member. She sent us a photo and video of Jack and said they had a lot of kittens so will send more but we automatically fell in love with Jack! We knew we had to adopt him and a few days later his foster mom dropped him off to us. She let us know the food and litter he was used to and how he was with her older cats. We also received great information on how to introduce the 2 cats which was very helpful. The whole process was very smooth and they are so helpful with anything we need. We have also received Jack’s medical records. He is an absolute dream and we are so happy to have him in our lives. Little Wanderers do an amazing job and we are very grateful! Thank you!