A cat on her well-deserved day off.
A few years ago we heard that Disneyland in Anaheim, CA had and actually cared for about 200 feral cats who keep the theme park free of rodents.
Cats roaming Disneyland were discovered in the 1950’s. Rather than “get rid of them” the park decided to house and care for them so they could help keep the park clear of mice and rats.
All of the cats are part of the program we know as TNR – Trap Neuter Release. The tipped left ear is what tells you that the cat has been spayed or neutered, and is part of a feral colony.
During the day these cats are kept from the public in special cat ranch hidden on the property. At night they come out to hunt and play! But sometimes one or two sneak out and make themselves seen. This home video shows one of them being fed a few scraps of food at the park’s Hungry Bear Restaurant:
This LA Times article from May 2, 2012 by Hugo Martin tells us all about them!
Someone known as Aunt Peaches writes about the cats too
PS: The Disneyland feral cats are specifically told not to bother these two mice…
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1) Throw a pot luck party. Ask each invitee to bring a dish to share and a donation. It’s a chance to meet new people, reconnect with the ones you lost track of. You might ask a local wine store, coffee roaster, or specialty food store if they can make a donation. Have fun, eat well, and collect money to donate.
2) Go through your closets and donate old ratty towels, sheets and holey sweaters. Shelter animals also appreciate slightly used cat beds. A lovely way to memorialize a departed cat is to donate their toys.
3) Collect recyclables for “buy backs” and get cash for those cans, bottles etc and donate it. If you are fortunate to have a non-profit organization in your state like RePlanet which is local to California contact them. They’ll help you set up a program to benefit your shelter. RePlanet has helped many organizations make some pretty impressive money! Take a look here: http://replanetusa.com/replanet_fundraising.html
4) Use Google to search for recycling buy- backs in your area. Try these words for your search: buy back recycling 5) A great website called Sign-Up Genius has 50 pretty amazing and creative ways to raise funds. Who would have thought that holding a spelling bee or a cook-off competition could raise money (while having fun) http://www.signupgenius.com/nonprofit/50-creative-and-easy-fundraising-ideas.cfm
5) A great website called Sign-Up Genius has 50 pretty amazing and creative ways to raise funds. Who would have thought that holding a spelling bee or a cook-off competition could raise money (while having fun) http://www.signupgenius.com/nonprofit/50-creative-and-easy-fundraising-ideas.cfm
Johnny Cash’s birthday was last week on the 26th! Isn’t he cool with his feline friend? He was the coolest of the cool!