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C.A.T.S. Founder 

Lynn Cancro


Lynn, the child of Depression era immigrants from Germany and Prussia, lived in Jersey City until age 13, when her father died. She and her mother then moved to live with her aunt and uncle Bergenfield. While she did not have pets as a child, as an adult, Lynn not only cares for cats and dogs C.A.T.S. rescues before they are placed in a foster home, but she also has a dog and two cats.

While living in an apartment community, Lynn noticed that people left their cats behind when they moved. She started to care for a few of the cats and then decided she wanted to expand the number of animals she could shelter. Based on her experience as a volunteer at Pascack Valley Hospital, she decided to open a thrift store to raise funds to provide medical care, food, and shelter for unwanted pets. As her rescue grew, she eventually incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Our Work

Today, C.A.T.S. provides homeless companion animals with veterinary care, including spay and neutering and vaccinations, before placing the dog or cat in a prescreened foster home. While the cat or dog is in placement, C.A.T.S supplies food, toys, and other items the foster family needs to give the best care to the animal. Once a forever home has been identified, our volunteers work to ensure a seamless transition for both the adoptive family and the companion animal.

In an effort to reduce the population of feral cats, C.A.T.S facilitates a Trap Neuter and Release Program.

How Can You Help?

To learn about our work with homeless cats and dogs in Bergen County, contact C.A.T.S. by calling (201) 666-5444. 

You can also be a tremendous help by donating to our mission and or becoming a Volunteer.