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City Critters is a member of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals.
Please support our work with a donation!
Donations may also be mailed to:
- City Critters Inc.
- The Stumpy Fund
- P.O. Box 1345
- Canal Street Station
- New York NY 10013
If you are interested in becoming a City Critters volunteer, please e-mail us.
Stumpy's Page commemorates an orange tabby stray who was rescued on the Brooklyn waterfront (with his tail half bitten or cut off, hence: Stumpy). He was given a home by Ron Rosenbaum, former Edgy Enthusiast columnist for The Observer and current Slate Spectator columnist. Rosenbaum wrote about his cat in his Oberver column several times during the 15 years he spent with Stumpy. Readers really responded to the cat that Rosenbaum described as possessing "a comic genius and a tragic sense of life."
When Stumpy died, Rosenbaum wrote a farewell column to his beloved cat, asking readers to send donations in Stumpy's memory to City Critters, to help us rescue and rehabilitate strays like Stumpy and see that they are adopted into good homes.
Some Stumpy Fund graduates
Amelia survived a nasty accident in which her tail and one hind leg were very badly damaged: she may have been caught in a car engine as it started. The picture above shows her in the condition in which she was found, with crushed leg and gangrenous tail (both had to be amputated). Amelia has made a great recovery. Although not much of a jumper, she plays, climbs, and sticks her nose into everything. Thanks in part to the Stumpy Fund, Amelia is now presiding over a household of her own, and has become a Buffalo Bills fan.
Toppy was the only one of her litter to survive after she lost her mother at only three weeks. She was bottle-fed by the person who first rescued her. She has thrived and become a charming, affectionate cat. Toppy was exposed to the FIV virus and tested positive. Thanks in part to the Stumpy Fund, Toppy is doing well in a loving home.
“Stumpy was a total babe magnet who used to greet woman visitors with the insouciant charm of David Niven wearing a silk smoking jacket. He’d walk up to them and give them a confidential wink, like he knew they were really there to see him and not me, but they both had to keep up a pretense, maintain the fiction for the sake of propriety.”
Can you adopt or foster?
Foster homes for special-needs animals who are timid, traumatized, recovering from injury, or who have chronic but manageable medical problems (hyperthyroid, diabetes, FIV, etc.) are often urgently needed but are usually difficult to find.
Requirements for fostering
Fill out the same application that you would fill out to adopt. You must provide a pet-safe environment, and have the consent and support of any other household members. Fostering a special needs cat or kitten can sometimes require medicating the fostered animal on a regular basis, so you should be able to maintain an appropriate schedule and be comfortable with medicating a pet.
Most of our animals are listed online. Use the links below to search for a pet or to download an appllication to adopt or foster.