Put that community cat back! …
8am. Tuesday. October 16, 2018.
Marcy and Penelope Kitten wake up Cynthia. They are freaking out.
penelope kitten (squeak screaming): Carl’s gone!
Cynthia: Carl? The Apartment Courtyard Community Cat?
penelope kitten: Yeah yeah.
Marcy: He’s not outside waiting for breakfast.
penelope kitten (panicking): he’s always waiting for breakfast.
Marcy: We checked for evidence of a coyote attack.
penelope kitten: none.
Marcy: We checked the street to see if he got run over.
penelope kitten: he didn’t.
Marcy: We checked under all the bushes and crawl spaces to see if he was sick, broke a bone, or had hurt feelings.
penelope kitten: he’s not there. he’s not anywhere. squeakkkk!!!!
Cynthia: Oh no! Let me see what I can find out.
Cynthia throws on a coat and goes around the building inquiring as to the whereabouts of Carl, The Apartment Community Courtyard Cat.
She returns a half hour later.
Cynthia: A neighbor called Animal Control. They got him and took him to the shelter.
Penelope passes out.
Cynthia: It’s okay guys, I’ll get him out.
Marcy: And then we need to bite the neighbor.
Cynthia: From what I understand she was worried about him and didn’t recognize his ear tip indicating that he is a neutered, vaccinated community cat. She thought he would be better off getting help at the shelter and didn’t understand that community/feral cats like Carl do best outside. She didn’t know that he would spend a terrifying week at the shelter and then get euthanized.
Marcy: Let’s bite her.
Cynthia: No, Marcy. Let’s educate her. She meant well and she feels just awful for causing Carl so much distress. That wasn’t her intention. Besides, we’re advocates, not adversaries. We’ll talk more about the misinformation surrounding community/feral cats and be sure to pass out Alley Cat Allies flyers and bust those mad moggy myths.
penelope kitten (squeaking): kapow! let’s go right meow.
Cynthia: Great. I’ll pick up Carl and we’ll meet you back here.
penelope kitten: yay! i’m gonna put on my superhero cape.
Cynthia, Marcy, Penelope Kitten (in her superhero cape), and Carl spend the rest of the day… Global Cat Day 2018 … talking to neighbors about community cats – their needs, their quirks, and their rights.
Well… Carl stayed mostly out of sight since he’s shy. But that’s okay. He’s a community cat and we let him live his life on his terms.
*The Global Cat Day 2018 theme is to correct the misinformation about our community cats and shelters so we can best help our feral feline friends.
*Thank you, Alley Cat Allies!
Alley Cat Allies is the definitive resource for cats. They are a national non-profit whose staff and volunteers work tirelessly to achieve these goals –
*Btw, Marcy just realized that we’ve been celebrating National Feral Cat Day/Global Cat Day since 2013! Check out our stories below!