Mews and Nips: Loews Hotels Suspend Trapping of Feral Cats

Oreo Loews Hotels feral cat

Following up on last week’s top story, Loew’s Hotels suspended trapping feral cats at their Portofino Bay and Royal Pacific Resort properties in Orlando, FL. The story gained momentum beyond the world of cat bloggers when USA Today picked it up Wednesday. On Thursday, Dorian Wagner reported on Catster that Alley Cat Allies, a national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, has been in contact with Loews and is offering to work with them to find a way for the cats to stay. Loews maintains that the cats have to go because of “guest liability issues,” and has been deleting virtually all comments related to the situation on their Facebook page. For more information and some wonderful photos of the cats in the center of the controversy, please visit Catster.

Queens youngster helps cats

My favorite story of the week is about Cate Hughes, a 10-year-old girl in Queens, NY, who told friends and family to take any money they might spend on her birthday gifts and instead donate it to her neighbor, Janet Denaro, who rescues cats. Denaro said she was overwhelmed when she saw Cate rush up to her door a week ago with a handful of cash and checks worth more than $300. Cate has always had an interest in animals, especially the homeless cats and kittens that Denaro brings home to foster until she can find them homes. “Janet was just getting started and she needed my help,” Cate said with a shy smile. Read the rest of this inspirational story on the New York Daily News.

Tilly joyful reunion with lost cat

I’m glad that we’re seeing more stories about lost cats being reunited with their owners. Life with Cats reports on the tearful reunion of Tilly, a tuxedo cat who unexpectedly slipped out of her Peabody, MA apartment in October of 2011. Tilly’s owner Tina searched, put up posters, and repeatedly checked in with the local animal shelter in her efforts to find her missing cat. Last week, after three months, Tina got the call she had been waiting for. Tilly was at the Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem, waiting for Tina to come and get her to take her home. Visit Life with Cats for the rest of the story.

A simple cuteness alert isn’t going to do it for today’s video: this one comes with a squee alert!


Have a great weekend! And don’t forget to set your DVR’s or tune in to Animal Planet tonight for Episode 3 of My Cat From Hell with Jackson Galaxy.

Photo sources: Loews Hotel feral from Catster, photo of Cate Hughes and Janet Denaro from New York Daily News, photo of reunion from Life with Cats Readers Choice awards

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10 Comments on Mews and Nips: Loews Hotels Suspend Trapping of Feral Cats

  1. Robin from Orlando
    April 4, 2012 at 4:20 am (8 years ago)

    This situation for the cats is now dire.

    Quote: One of the cats’ caretakers told us just now that someone at the hotel said one cat is now skin and bones from lack of food. Loews is not allowing ANYONE to feed these cats — since Wednesday of last week! And they’ve threatened to arrest the caretaker if he is caught on the property. We are so disgusted by all this. The cats are starving! In what world is this OK?!”

    Cats arriving at Animal control are bloody and covered in urine from being kept in the traps, possibly over the weekend.

    On Twitter updates can be found at @SaveLoewsCats

    • Ingrid
      April 4, 2012 at 6:24 am (8 years ago)

      Thanks for the update, Robin. What Loews is doing with these cats is criminal.

  2. Cynthia Southern
    January 21, 2012 at 7:30 pm (8 years ago)

    I have nominated the Conscious Cat as the best cat website. I love reading the blog every day, having the chance to win cat products and learning about new trends in the cat world.

    Of course I love reading about Allegra and Ruby too.

    • Ingrid
      January 21, 2012 at 7:43 pm (8 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Cynthia!

  3. Rumpy Drummond
    January 21, 2012 at 7:29 pm (8 years ago)

    If those stories don’t make ya feel good, nothing will!

  4. Layla Morgan Wilde (Cat Wisdom101)
    January 21, 2012 at 11:59 am (8 years ago)

    Nice round up as usual which is why will be nominating you for the award. The Loews story is far from over and cat lovers must keep fighting until there is a resolution. The story on Cate gives hope for the next generation of cat advocates. It reminds of how my cat rescue group The Annex Cat Rescue in Canada got the green light. I was feeding a feral colony wondering what more I could do. A local reporter did a story about me. Somehow a young woman found my address and stuffed a hundred dollars in my hand, “for the cats”. It was my sign to go ahead and form the group.

    • Ingrid
      January 21, 2012 at 1:58 pm (8 years ago)

      Thanks for the nomination, Layla! I love the back story of how your rescue got started.

  5. Deb Barnes - Zee and
    January 21, 2012 at 9:25 am (8 years ago)

    What a wonderful story about Cate. I predict that one day in the future, we might find her a member of the Cat Writers’ Association!! Absolutely heartwarming!

    • Ingrid
      January 21, 2012 at 1:57 pm (8 years ago)

      You might be right about Cate, Deb!


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