Capitol Heights Feline Adventures

By on 13 June, 2013 in Karren Pell, Pets with 0 Comments

I don’t know how many of you folks out there in Blog Land have seen the video “Sad Cat Diary.” It is a hilarious and insightful interpretation of our feline friends’ attitudes. Those of us who have become fans have even started using some of the lines. Our favorite to date: “There is no logic in this place.” Really, check it out.

In addition to a howl of a cat video, there have been other kitty capers this week. Here in Capitol Heights, we are all big animal lovers and help each other with our furry family members. My new neighbor’s cat mysteriously disappeared. That’s the bad news. The good news is that my neighbor found him in the yard beside 1802 Madison — the big house the community is working to save. The cat was frightened and would not come to his owner. My husband and I went over to try our hand at “cat whispering.”

There we were at 9:00 at night on our knees cajoling a cat under a crawlspace and hoping nothing besides the cat crawled out to greet us. Like I said, there is no logic in this place. All our efforts were futile, but Hubby remembered he had a humane trap. It has been stored in our storage building for the entire 15 years we have been here. Well, sure enough, it was just was what the frightened feline needed. He is now back home safe and sound. Gotta’ love those happy endings — along with justification for keeping stuff. This is just another example of how life in Midtown Montgomery (and Capitol Heights in particular) is just plain good.

Some years ago, I made up my mind to get all the stray cats on my street vaccinated and sterilized. I have been pretty successful. I am currently working on a long-haired male. I feed him, pet him, call him “pretty baby” and he growls. What was that line about logic? Well, it will get better.

My friend and neighbor, Stacy Trantham, has gone beyond her block. She has an official Capitol Heights feral cat project. She works with and is supported by the Animal Alliance. The Animal Alliance operates a clinic on Atlanta Highway that provides affordable spaying and neutering for dogs and cats. The animal over population is beyond critical mass and sadly many cats and dogs get euthanized simply because they do not have homes. Getting pets spayed and neutered is an important piece of the solution to that problem. Stacy works hard to keeps up with the Capitol Heights feral cat population. At our neighborhood meeting last night, we voted to contribute some funding. Stacy also was selling $5 tickets for a pancake breakfast on June 29, from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. at the Outback Steak House. The event is a fundraiser for the Animal Alliance. A pancake breakfast on a Saturday morning is a fun way to support the good work the Animal Alliance provides.

I can laugh at the “Sad Cat Diaries” because I know that all my fur faces are safe and happy. I do what I can to help others, and I hope you will too. The cats and dogs that share this midtown living environment with us add a lot to our lives. Let’s pack out that pancake breakfast and do what we can to help!

Karren Pell is a writer, teacher, and performer who lives with her husband, Tim Henderson, and an assortment of cats and dogs in Capitol Heights. She is the author of three books. Her musical compositions range from commercial songs to theatrical works, with five musical adaptations to her credit.

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