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The "Cat Condo"

on 12 December 2012
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To: Florida Wildlife Commission 

Dear Commissioners:  

 

I would like to tell you a true story about a large company, a bunch of feral cats and a group of ordinary people. This story has a happy ending and I hope it will show you that all life is precious and deserves to be protected. 

I work for a very large car dealership in Stuart Florida and we have acres of property behind our dealership that backs up to a large wooded area. We started to notice cats on the property in the back, hanging around our warehouses and sheds, we knew they were wild and most likely hungry so we decided to feed them. In a very short time the cats would come to the warehouse each day in the morning and at night. They would sit a little distance away until the food was put down and the area was clear. After a while they got bolder and allowed us to come closer to them, sometimes even allowing us to touch them. One day I got a call from a Manager and he told me they had seen kittens under the shed. We knew that we had to do something or they would die. I contacted the Humane Society and they put me in touch with the Hobe Sound Rescue League. We trapped not only the 4 kittens but also the Mom and Pop - all of the kittens are now in loving homes and the Mom and Pop have been fixed, had all of their shots, had a chip put in them, had their ears clipped for identification and have been returned to our property. Knowing we were going to have the cats returned we wanted to have a place for them to eat and sleep in safety, so we built a "Cat Condo"(Pictured below). All the employees of the company pitched in, plywood, nails, and saws appeared, as did water and food feeders and throw rugs and toys and bags and cans of food. A jar with a picture of the kittens was put at the cashier window and even the customers contributed to our cat rescue venture. Since that time we have trapped and fixed many adult cats and returned them here. We have only had one other litter of kittens and they have been fixed and found good homes, some of them have been adopted by our employees. We have named all of our cats and look after them, they have become like members of our family. We post stories about them in the lunch room with pictures., everyone has gone to see the Cat Condo, they drop off food and toys. A schedule has been set up to make sure there is always food, fresh water, the condo is cleaned once a week by our maintenance man. None of the people here are especially cat lovers but each of us saw a need to help these wonderful little creatures have a chance at life. The program works, we proofed it. That is what we are asking of you today, just a chance for God's furry children to have a life. Don't we all have a right to live! 

Re: letter to FWC . Knowing they were going to have the cats returned they wanted to have a place for them to eat and sleep in safety, so they built a "Cat Condo". All the employees of the company pitched in, plywood, nails, and saws appeared, as did water and food feeders and throw rugs and toys and bags and cans of food. A jar with a picture of kittens was put at the cashier window and even the customers contributed to their cat rescue venture.

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