It’s been a rough couple of weeks for working cats. Last week, we reported that Larry the Downing Street cat fell asleep on the job. This week, the top working cat story comes from New York City. Matilda, the resident cat at the famed Algonquin Hotel, has been sent into exile by the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hgyiene. The department has banished the cat from the hotel’s lobby lounge, where she could often be found mingling with guests as they enjoyed one of the hotel’s signature cocktails named after Matilda. Matilda will now be reduced to being on a leash behind the check-in desk, or lounges on a higher floor, away from where food and drinks are being served.
Quite frankly, I think the department is not living up to its “mental hygiene” mission, because having a cat in a hotel would definitely do wonders for my mental health!
Matilda could not be reached for comment. Read the full story on the Gothamist.
Jingles, another hardworking cat is employed by a hardware store in Crested Butte, CO. The grey stray who wandered into the store seven years ago has become a town celebrity. Even though he is sometimes caught napping during working hours, his boss would never think of firing him: he’s good for business! Read Jingles’ full story on Paper Bag & String.
Only 1 in 3000 tortoiseshell cats is male, so I’m always excited when I hear about one. Seven-month-old Calhoun is the star of the Larimer Humane Society in Loveland, CO, where he is currently up for adoption. And since he’s so rare, he is going to help raise money for the Humane Society. The regular adoption fee for kittens is $125, but Calhoun’s fee has been raised to $500. “”We are hoping to give him as much exposure as possible and find him a home that recognizes his uniqueness,” said Molly Ward, community relations coordinator for the Humane Society. Read the full story on TimesCall.com.
I love that we’re seeing more and more creative videos promoting adoption. Today’s video comes from The Shelter Pet Project, a public service campaign from The Humane Society of the United States, Maddie’s Fund and the Ad Council, aimed at getting people to adopt a shelter or rescued pet versus buying one.
Have a great weekend!
Photo sources: photo of Matilda from Gothamis.com, photo of hardware store cat from Paper Bag & String, photo of Calhoun from TimesCall.com