empty cages collective

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Yes, we have KITTENS!

All of our cats and kittens have been rescued from our Trap-Neuter-Return efforts in New York City, rescued from death row at Animal Care & Control or brought to us to bottle-raise and socialize by other rescuers and the public. Kittens are adorable and a delight to have around of course, but the more important concern is taking care of the mothers left behind. These poor moms have often had their babies taken away, may even be pregnant again, and now are going to go through the devastating cycle all over again. Yes, get the little ones to safety, but don't forget the moms!


Simon says "Thanks!"

Pigeon Rescue

Sometimes for animals in need, itís about being in the right place at the right time.

A few days ago, two Empty Cages Collective (ECC) volunteers were returning from releasing (now spayed and neutered) feral cats back to their home colonies in Bushwick. When only a few blocks away from the recovery space, a little feathered body laying on the side of street caught one of their eyes. After closer investigation, it was became clear that the bird in question wasnít just resting Ė he needed help!

The poor pigeon, who weíve named Simon, was badly injured. Simonís feet and legs were so severely entangled and embedded with trash in the form of string, he was unable to walk or stand. He was suffering immensely as the string constricted blood flow and was now responsible for an infection in his limbs. Poor Simon couldnít even manage to forage for food and was slowly starving to death from the entangled mess. It seemed when the ECC volunteers found him, he was just waiting to die ignored and alone.

Lucky for Simon, ECC volunteers quickly rescued him and took him to our avian veterinarian. Dr. Pilny was able to remove all of the litter from Simonís swollen feet. Now, he is receiving foot soaks in Betadine solution to help his wounds heal and some old-fashioned rest and relaxation. His prognosis for recovery is good and if all goes well, he should be able to return to the skies of Brooklyn very soon.

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The Mission

The Empty Cages Collective (ECC) is a New York-based animal and environmental advocacy organization. ECC aims to cultivate a culture where animals are recognized as fellow sentient beings worthy of respectful and compassionate treatment. Through advocacy, education, hands-on rescue and assistance, the ECC envisions a world free of animal exploitation, abuse, and ecologically destructive behavior.

Adopting a friend

All of our cats and kittens have been, or will be spayed or neutered prior to going to their new homes. They have been vaccinated, dewormed, and tested for feline leukemia and fiv. Please contact us for an online application and more detailed adoption information.

Volunteers Wanted!

The Empty Cages Collective is an all volunteer organization and relies on the hard work and dedication of people like you. Whether you're interested in socializing feral kittens, cleaning cages, assisting in our many Trap-Neuter-Return projects for feral and free-roaming cats or fundraising, ECC needs your help! Please get in touch if you'd like to become a part of the team!

Contact us today!

Mailing Address Only:
302 Bedford Avenue, PMB: 301
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Phone: (800) 880-2684


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