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60,000 stray cats in Sarasota? Let’s make that 59,999!!

Did you read Eric Ernst’s recent column on the subject of the estimated 60,000 stray cats in Sarasota county? It’s shocking — and important — reporting. I had no idea there were that many. I’m trying to do my part to solve the problem — I’ve adopted and neutered or spayed three cats and made them a part of my family … but three’s my limit!!

Here he is in front of his carport box and blanket home ...  but he wants a REAL home!!

Stray kitty in front of his carport box and blanket home ... but he wants a REAL home!!



Most of my life, I haven’t had a roof to call my own — I know firsthand what it feels like to wonder where I’d be living a week, a month, a year later. And, I know only too well what it’s like to have a home only at the whim and fancy of someone else. I guess that’s why I feel so angry at people who abandon helpless animals (I’m pretty sure this little cat was dumped out of a car by an owner who no longer wanted or could afford him) and why I’m so empathetic toward these little creatures who have no home to call their own.

So, I’m making one last appeal to everyone I know — look at this adorable little stray kitten — I call him “Little Boy” — who has taken up residence in my carport — and see if you can find room in your heart, bank account, and home to take the little fella in before I have to make arrangements with a rescue center and/or the county.

He's ultra sweet and loving ... and looks like a Holstein Cow!

He's ultra sweet and loving ... and looks like a Holstein Cow!

But, of course, I love him already and REALLY want to find a good, reliable, happy, home where he’ll be loved and cared for. I’m hoping somebody will step up to the plate. Leave a blog comment below if you’d like to adopt this kitty. If you think you know people — good people who would care well for a cat permanently — then by all means, please forward a link to this blog post as well.

And yes, I know there are bigger, much bigger problems in this world, in our community, and in our own individual lives, than the life of this one little creature — but one thing I know for sure: he wants to be loved. Just like we all do. He wants to be safe and secure and know he has a home — just like we all do. Maybe we can make it happen in Sarasota — one cat at a time.

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Posted on March 2nd, 2010Comments RSS Feed
13 Responses to 60,000 stray cats in Sarasota? Let’s make that 59,999!!
  1. Nice piece, MC. And tis why we have four!

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  2. Thanks for reading, Doug — I know — it seems as if all the cat lovers/would-be-adopters are full up! Fingers crossed….

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  3. John W. Perkins
    March 2, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    “I know firsthand what it feels like to wonder where I’d be living a week, a month, a year later.”

    Same here.. Sigh..

    I’m up for adoption, you know.. And, I am house broken..

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  4. We’re all up for adoption in one way or another, aren’t we? :) Thanks for reading the blog, JW!

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  5. Oh let the kitty stay on your boat Capt.Lonely!

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  6. I have shown ur photo of Boots the wonder cat to our resident cat lady in our office ( 9 and counting) she sez she will talk with her “catfriends” and see if anyone wants the lil boy.
    Until then
    MC – it’s 4 and counting

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  7. Oh, Scott, you’re so sweet to try to spread the word. Tell your coworker “thanks” and “meow” from me and the four felines.

    I’ve been hearing from lots of people — via email and phone calls — so let’s hope something clicks. he’s a very sweet boy.

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  8. Joan L Osgood
    March 2, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Be sure to put flyers around the neighborhood. We located a cat owner one street over !! whos beloved 12 year old Phoebe had been missing a month. It was such a happy reunion!

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  9. Great idea, Joan! I’ll try to do that tomorrow. In the meantime, I posted it to the “Friends of Arlington Park” facebook page — hope that helps!

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  10. I am sorry MC
    crazy cat lady in our office says she actually has 13
    and can’t take any more
    I will keep looking for u
    Domino needs a home!!!!

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  11. no worries — thanks for trying. i like the name Domino — could call him Dom for short.

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  12. I have posted the story of this kitty on my facebook page too….fingers crossed

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  13. Thanks, Joan!! paws crossed too!

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