Santell has always had a soft spot for cats, and after he started feeding a few of them on the streets, he started trying to think of other ways he could help them, too. He heard about trap-neuter-return programs (TNR), which helps control feral cat populations, and decided it might be worth looking into.
“I took a free class at the ASPCA's offices in Manhattan, and then got some traps and started fixing these guys, and things just took off from there,” Santell told The Dodo.
Now, Paul spends 30 hours a week feeding, trapping and rescuing feral and stray cats around the city, on top of working full-time at his regular job. He’s been at it for three years now, and has helped somewhere around 1,100 cats so far, and has no plans to stop any time soon.