All For Animals with Susan Richard

All For Animals with Susan Richard


The Humane Society of the United States estimates there are as many as 50 million feral cats in this country.  Feral cats are different from strays, in that they have had little to no human contact, are not spayed or neutered, and are likely not socialized, while a stray may have been someone’s lost or abandoned pet.

But that doesn’t mean that ferals are lost causes.  In fact, while “Trap Neuter Release” programs (TNR) are vital to controlling the feral cat population by reducing the number of new litters, there are also many animal rescuers who have successfully socialized these cats, and placed them in loving forever homes.

One such expert, is Joan Phillips, Founder of the Animal Lovers League in Glen Cove, Long Island.  According to Phillips, the older the cat, and the less human contact they’ve had, the more challenging socialization will be.  “The cats that have been socialized more easily are the ones that have been used to having a caretaker who is at least came to feed them.  But socialization is a question of patience and time”, says Phillips, “If you have the patience and the time, anything can be achieved”.

One feral kitten Joan is working with, is Bridget, given that name because of her dramatic rescue from near the entrance to the Queensboro Bridge in Manhattan.  She was humanely trapped by 1010WINS News Anchor Susan Richard along with the help of the Humane Society of New York.  Susan has the story in the latest edition of All For Animals.

Comments (7)
  1. Susan Richard says:

    Just to update everyone.. Bridget was adopted earlier this year by a mother and daughter on Long Island. Yay!!!

  2. bea says:

    Awww! My heart just exploded into rainbows! :o)

    Thanks for posting a wonderful story! Please update us on her adoption ;o)

  3. Allicat says:

    What a pretty missy; you rock Susan. Looks like that little girl is going to have a great life. I am all for shelter adoptions. All the cats I’ve had, including my current 2, have come from either the Humane Society or the ASPCA. And they have been the goofiest bunch of fuzzy, cuddly noodges I’ve ever experienced. Hooray for kitty rescue!

  4. phoebe's mom says:

    Thank you for all your wonderful work. I love my rescue cat and hope every single animal finds the same. You are all going to heaven!!

  5. Susan Richard says:

    Thanks Shay!! Rescuing Bridget was some adventure, let me tell you, but she’s doing GREAT! Should be ready for adoption soon! Hope you’ll check out my other videos at!!

  6. Shay says:

    Love it! For once a happy story with a good ending!

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