Greater New Haven Cat Project
PO Box 1432
New Haven CT 06506
Contact Information
Address PO Box 1432
New Haven, CT 06506-
Telephone (203) 782-2287 x
Fax 203-785-5422
Web and Social Media
GNHCP Center Window
The mission of The Greater New Haven Cat Project, Inc. (GNHCP) is to humanely address cat overpopulation and homeless cats through trap/neuter/return (TNR), and to educate the community about the importance of animal welfare and responsible pet ownership.
A Great OpportunityHelpThe nonprofit has used this field to provide information about a special campaign, project or event that they are raising funds for now.
 "Fee Free for Ferals" - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - GNHCP is sponsoring an online campaign day to help fund our trap/neuter/program for feral cats. On this day, the Community Foundation will waive the donation fee for the first $5,000 donated!
A Great Opportunity Ending Date Nov 15 2017
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1999
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
CEO/Executive Director Organization is made up of all volunteers. There is no CEO.
Board Chair Ms. Cheryl A DeFilippo
Board Chair Company Affiliation President
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Mission The mission of The Greater New Haven Cat Project, Inc. (GNHCP) is to humanely address cat overpopulation and homeless cats through trap/neuter/return (TNR), and to educate the community about the importance of animal welfare and responsible pet ownership.
Background GNHCP was founded in 1996 when a group of 40 animal welfare activists decided to address the escalating problem of stray and feral cat overpopulation, especially in the low-income and transient neighborhoods of the Greater New Haven area. From their initial meeting, GNHCP was formed. GNHCP acquired its 501(c)(3) status in August 1998. In 2000, GNHCP moved into its New Haven center of operations (GNHCP Center) which serves as a no-kill adoption facility as well as the coordination hub for the organization’s activities. These activities include scheduling TNR and spay/neuter appointments, coordinating adoptions,  hosting fundraising events, hosting feral cat shelter assembly workshops, and distributing educational material to the community. 
Accomplishments During 2016:
(1) Provided spay/neuter assistance to 510 cats and other assistance to an additional 41 cats within the Greater New Haven community
(2) Adopted 51 cats into forever homes and an additional 71 cats via networking with other like-minded organizations
(3) Formed an educational partnership with Squash Haven youth group and Foote School in New Haven and assemble cat shelters
Goals for 2017:
(1) Plan successful fundraisers to increase the number of cats to be spayed/neutered during 2017
(2) Establish additional educational/working relationships with area schools/community groups
(3) Continue to educate the public on the importance of spay/neuter and responsible pet ownership through our newsletter, CatMatters, individual conversations during a TNR session, at shelter assembly workshops, and cat food drives.
Needs GNHCP's most pressing needs:
(1) Funding for our spay/neuter programs for feral cats and tame cats belonging to low-income residents of the Greater New Haven area. It currently costs GNHCP $100 per cat for vaccines and spay or neuter.
(2) Recruiting new GNHCP volunteers to facilitate planning fundraisers 
(3) Identifying funding sources to support our mission
(4) Identifying additional schools, organizations, clubs, etc. willing to host educational workshops
(5) Finding businesses willing to donate services to defray our costs for printing educational materials
Board Chair Statement GNHCP faces numerous challenges in dealing with cat rescue and implementing our spay/neuter programs. Our ability to respond to assistance calls (averaging 50 calls/emails per week) is driven by our human and financial resources. GNHCP's focus is to provide spay/neuter assistance to as many feral and tame cats as possible.  The organization does not make its assistance contingent upon receiving a donation.  As a result, GNHCP volunteers must work harder each year to raise funds to keep up with the demands of  the increasing assistance requests to utilize our spay/neuter programs. During 2016, we were able to spay/neuter 510 feral and tame cats. With increased financial and human resources, we could provide assistance to a greater number of cats. Our rescue experiences are varied and often times challenging.  It is the challenges that keep our volunteers focused on the importance of ensuring GNHCP remains a viable resource to help cats who would otherwise never see a veterinarian, or for those who have suffered a life-threatening injury, leave this earth in peace. It is very rewarding to rescue a cat or a litter of kittens, to bring them to good health, and to place them in loving homes (that meet our strict standards for adoption). I am personally connected to GNHCP from a rescue in which I was engaged during 2000 on Davenport Avenue in New Haven where a litter of 5 adolescent kittens were trapped, 1 of whom was severely injured with a prolapsed rectum. With the diligence and patience of a dedicated veterinarian and ongoing care for months, "Wesley Davenport" became my inspiration and my focus to help cats who would otherwise not have an advocate. Wes lived with me for 10 years before losing him to kidney disease. His will to live and my wonderful memories of him are what enable me to face the continuing challenges of being involved in animal welfare.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Animal Related / Veterinary Services
Secondary Organization Category Animal Related / Animal Protection & Welfare
Tertiary Organization Category Education /
Areas Served
East Haven
New Haven
North Haven
West Haven
GNHCP will provide spay/neuter assistance for tame cats to anyone who is willing to drive to our veterinarian who practices in Orange.  The organization is limited in where it provides trap/neuter/return due to human and financial resources.
Description The cats we assist include feral, stray and abandoned cats and kittens. We manage the feral cat population in a non-lethal and principled manner through trapping, sterilizing, vaccinating and returning cats to their outdoor environment. Outdoor shelters and/or feeding stations are also provided to feral cat caregivers who cannot afford these items on their own. While the majority of cats that come through our spay/neuter program are returned to their colony or owners, GNHCP fosters adoptable cats that come through our TNR program and are kept at the GNHCP Center in New Haven or in the homes of volunteers until room is available at the Center.
Population Served General/Unspecified / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. For every cat that is altered, the birth of 6 unwanted kittens is eliminated. Spaying/neutering will reduce the number of homeless cats and improve the lives of cats that are living outdoors, or who have only one opportunity to see a veterinarian because their caregivers do not have the financial means to provide for veterinary services.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. Spaying/neutering prevents the births of unwanted kittens and reduces nuisance behavior of unaltered male cats, and continued pregnancies of unspayed female cats. Cats are healthier once they are altered and their risks for disease are reduced. Educating the public about responsible pet ownership, compassion and respect encourages community members to promote awareness and helps GNHCP identify cats and people in need. People feel empowered when they can do something good for their community.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. When a feral cat colony is spayed/neutered, it becomes "managed," which means that no new cats will enter the territory.  GNHCP maintains contact with caregivers who have received assistance about the health of the cats after sterilization, and also provides shelters and/or feeding stations for proper care of outdoor cats.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. In 2000, GNHCP was involved in trap/neuter/return on Wooster Street in New Haven. Numerous feral cats were altered and friendly cats and kittens were removed. Caregivers continue to monitor the area, and if a friendly cat has been abandoned in the area, GNHCP is contacted. No new ferals joined the territory.
Program Comments
CEO Comments GNHCP also provides resources for callers seeking assistance with behavioral issues, allergies, financial assistance outside of spay/neuter, wildlife issues, and assistance with animals other than cats. There isn't a specific "program" name associated with this assistance.
CEO/Executive Director
Organization is made up of all volunteers. There is no CEO.
Term Start Oct 2000
Experience The Greater New Haven Cat Project, Inc. does not have a CEO or an Executive Director.
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 30
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 0%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Animal Humanitarian AwardThe American Red Cross2009
National Feral Cat Day Participation CertificateAlley Cat Allies, Inc.2016
CEO Comments There are currently no paid staff.
Board Chair
Ms. Cheryl A DeFilippo
Company Affiliation President
Term Jan 2000 to Dec 2020
Board of Directors
Ms. Renee Costantini Public Relations
Ms. Brittany Costantini Public Relations
Ms. Emily Doubleday Treasurer
Ms. Diane Frost Vice-President
Ms. Katherine Gaudet Fundraising Chair
Mrs. Susan Jordan Secretary
Ms. Linda Klise Development Officer
Dr. Robert Schaper V.D.M.Veterinary Consultant
Ms. Rachel Schupp Website
Mr. Adam Spiers Social Media
Ms. Ellen Su Graphic Designer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Standing Committees
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Additional Board/s Members and Affiliations
Dr. Robert Schaper V.D.M.Branford Veterinary Hospital
CEO Comments
The major challenge facing our organization is time commitment from our volunteers.  Most of our volunteers have either a full-time job, or are in school full-time. Everyone has family obligations as well. The need for our services is so great that often times it becomes frustrating when there aren't enough  "human" resources, in addition to financial resources to help every situation.
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2017
Projected Revenue $116,099.00
Projected Expenses $116,099.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
Form 990s
Form 9902016
Form 9902015
Form 9902014
Form 9902013
Form 9902012
IRS Letter of Exemption
IRS letter
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$101,052$103,027$111,550
Current Assets$101,052$103,027$109,550
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$4,557$1,356$1,336
Total Net Assets$96,495$101,671$110,214
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --State of CT $6,000Dept. of Agriculture $8,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Doris Day Foundation $5,000 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
CEO Comments GNHCP does not have audited financial statements. Our Treasurer prepares financial statements for inclusion in grant applications and for reporting to the Board of Directors.
Foundation Staff Comments This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address PO Box 1432
New Haven, CT 06506
Primary Phone 203 782-2287
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Organization is made up of all volunteers. There is no CEO.
Board Chair Ms. Cheryl A DeFilippo
Board Chair Company Affiliation President


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