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Cynthia: This is what I wore last Wednesday to celebrate National Feral Cat Day. Cat ears and an Anthropologie Corey Lynn Calter skirt.
Marcy: Wait. You celebrated? I thought you were supposed to cry. I mean, that’s what you usually do.
Cynthia (ignoring her): It occurred to me that I frequently wear Anthropologie clothes when I am out doing cat rescue. So I thought I’d share.
Marcy (alarmed): Oh no! Are you going to post another hundred photos of yourself?
Cynthia: Umm…let’s see…1..2…3…4… Nope. Only four. You know, Marcy, many of our readers are Anthropologie lovers and they may appreciate this.
Marcy: Fine. It’s Anthropologie in action.
Cynthia: Here I am wearing Anthropologie’s Charleston Henley Blouse when I was accepting a grant on behalf of The Kris Kelly Foundation from the Pacific Palisades Women’s Club. This photo is from The Palisades Post.
Cynthia: Here I am wearing an Anthropologie Deletta tee when I was helping out a family in Cerritos.
Those are kitties in the car. I had humanely trapped them the night before and in this picture they had just been spayed/neutered by FixNation. After recuperating for another night, I released them to their original location – the family’s backyard. And that is where they happily live today. The process is called TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return) and it is the most effective and humane way to reduce the feral cat population.
Cynthia: Here I am wearing Anthropologie’s Elkanah Jacket. That kitty and 8 others were living behind a motel in Los Angeles. We humanely trapped all nine. Five kittens we adopted to great homes and four adults had to be returned since they were semi-feral. They have an excellent person feeding them and are doing great.
Cynthia: And here I am at the opening of PetSmart in Los Angeles wearing the Abbreviated Blazer and the Loosened Shelby top. The Kris Kelly Foundation shows their adoptable cats and dogs here. PetSmart Charities donates space in their stores, as well as money for spay/neuter programs to 501c3 rescue groups.
Cynthia: The blonde in the white shirt is the beautiful Kris from The Kris Kelly Foundation. I learned how to do TNR through her rescue.
Marcy: Oh I love her!
Cynthia: Me too!
Marcy: You know, Cindy, just because you wear Anthropologie doesn’t mean that you haven’t already fallen into the abyss of Crazy Cat Ladydom. You’ve been bonkers for a while now.
Cynthia: I know, but I love you sooo much!
Cynthia spontaneously scoops up Marcy and gives her some smooches.
Marcy: Oh geez. Here we go again.
Cynthia: Marcy, today is the day that we honor Feral Cats and the wonderful people who help them – those tireless people who do TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return) and maintain TNR’d cat colonies.
And – celebrate that you are not living in the streets.
Cynthia: Hmpf. I expected a little more enthusiasm from you.
Marcy: Yeah, why.
Cynthia: Because. You are not eeking out a paw to mouth existence, prone to disease and injury, having litter after litter because you aren’t spayed.
You are living in a cozy house with a warm bed, human friends, and all the Friskies you can eat. Show a little appreciation. Show some compassion for those kitties out there not as fortunate as you.
Cynthia: Show some humanity for those kitties who didn’t ask to be living in the streets but through no fault of their own –
Marcy (interrupting): Humanity? It was humanity that put my species in this position in the first place.
Cynthia: Now you’re talking!
Marcy: Yeah, well this is how I show my appreciation.
Marcy stalks off to the sunspot in the living room. She curls up with her longtime buddy, Scooter, and takes a 2 hour nap. Later, they watch the world – and the feral cats in it – go by.
Cynthia: That’ll work too.
*A big kitty shout out to organizations like FixNation, The Kris Kelly Foundation, Alley Cat Allies, Stray Cat Alliance, Vox Felina, and Kitten Rescue that work their butts off in trying to alleviate kitty suffering and reducing the feral cat cat population through humane strategies.
*Since 2007, FixNation has spayed/neutered over 80,000 feral cats in Los Angeles! Their service for ferals is free! Thank you, FixNation! I don’t know what Los Angeles would do without you!
*And, because it is so wonderful, I am reposting Jackson Galaxy’s 50 second PSA about Feral Cats.
Cynthia: Cat Daddy, Jackson Galaxy, explains Feral Cats and TNR (trap/neuter/return) in 50 seconds. Fifty seconds, Marcy!
Marcy: OMG! How’d he do that?
Cynthia: He is one seriously cool dude. Honestly, if you love (or even just like) cats, please watch his PSA, The Scoop On Feral Cats, for Alley Cat Allies. If you ever wondered about or worried about those elusive cats you see around, please watch. He explains it all quickly and succinctly. And with such compassion.
Marcy: He is so cool. Do you think he would let me be his kitty? Do you?
Cynthia: Marcy, he already has his own kitties. And besides, he would not approve of your moodiness and terrorist tendencies towards our carpet and other cats.
Marcy: I don’t care. I want to be his kitty. I love him.
Cynthia: Well, most of us cat fanatics do. He has brought a tremendous amount of attention to feral cats. And, he has helped numerous cat owners understand their kitty’s behavior with his TV show, My Cat From Hell. Plus, he’s kind of bad ass.
Marcy (sighing): He’s perfect.
*National Feral Cat Day is October 16th.
*Please check out Alley Cat Allies or Fixnation to find out more about TNR (trap/neuter/return) and how you can help the homeless cats in you neighborhood. Or, even just understand them better.