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.
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.
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