Providing a Safe Haven for Cats Since 1979

Adoptions 7 days a week
Open Monday though Friday 1:00pm - 4:00pm, Saturday and Sunday Noon - 4:00pm
54 Simmons Lane, Beacon, NY 12508 | (845) 831-4321

Feral Friends

Feral Friends Program

A feral cat is a cat that was either born in the wild, or has not spent any time with humans. In the wild, feral cats often live together in large “colonies”, generally by a food source, such as a dumpster. Sometimes animal rescuers will “adopt” a colony. They will feed the cats and monitor the colony to make sure any new additions are spayed or neutered. This is an effective way to control the population of feral cats, because as the cats pass away, the colony slowly disappears.

Feral cats are very fearful of humans. MHAA has about 20 feral cats and 20 semi-feral/shy cats. Fortunately, most feral cats can be socialized to interact with and trust humans. When they are socialized, the cats learn to trust humans and enjoy their company, and then the cats can be adopted.

Our Feral Friends Program is designed to help the feral and semi-feral/shy cats living at MHAA. A cat will be assigned to a staff member, volunteer, or community service person. When you come and visit the shelter, you spend time with the cat. We will teach you how to socialize the cat by talking to it, sitting with it, giving it treats and other typesof attention. We may assign you a cat who is very frightened, or a cat that just needs extra attention but is already starting to trust people. Socializing a cat can take a long time, but it is very rewarding when you see the cat begin to trust you. Often, after spending a lot of time with your feral friend, they will recognize you. They will begin to enjoy your visits, even if they are still afraid of other people in the shelter.

To be assigned a cat for the Feral Friends Program, just ask any staff member.  If you have any questions, please email