Rain or Shine, Inwood’s Cat Queen Shows Up

She's been a firefighter and a nanny. Now she feed and cares for local strays.

Christopher Alvarez and Mariel Rodriguez-McGill | Tuesday, March 16, 2021


Whatever the weather, cold or warm, rainy or windy, the cats that camp out in Inwood Hill Park must eat. Inwood resident, Teresa Youngblood, has made it a priority to feed and care for the stray cats—every day at 3:00 p.m. 

Youngblood, 64, suffered a brain injury four and a half years ago that hindered her memory, but she always recalls her dad’s wise words: “We’re all equal, and we should care for everyone and everything.” 

That’s the legacy she’s been carrying out her whole life, as a firefighter, nanny and now through her love for the cats of Inwood.

This story first appeared on nycitylens.com.


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