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Cats Of Disneyland Caught On Camera

Cats of Disneyland

Feral
cats might stay as far from humans as possible, but they’re not at all
shy when it comes to social media. The Cats of Disneyland (did you even
know there are cats at Disneyland?) have a website, Facebook page, Twitter account, and now they’re on Instagram.

As the story goes, cats were waiting when Mickey and Minnie arrived at
Disneyland in 1955. Walt Disney discovered them when he entered the
building that would become Sleeping Beauty’s castle. The four-legged
sleeping beauties he found were adopted out to cast members. But the
others on the property were trapped, neutered and returned. Generations
of feral cats have been providing rodent control, with the exception of
Mickey and Minnie, of course, ever since.

Feeding stations are
scattered around the property, and cast members of Circle D Ranch keep
the bowls full and manage the cats. Cats who become too friendly with
humans are adopted to Disney employees who promise them forever homes.

Being feral, the Disneyland Cats prefer to sleep during the day and
work the night shift when all the humans have left the park. But
sometimes a lucky visitor spots one on the prowl during daylight hours.
The Instagram account features sightings of cats as they nap in the sun,
perch on a rooftop or go for a stroll during the day.

If you’re fortunate enough to get a picture of a cat while you’re visiting Disneyland, you can send it to catsofdisneyland@gmail.com. It just might show up on Instagram.

Book Looks Into The Lives Of Community Cats

Community Cats Book

Anne
Beall’s husband didn’t smell a rat, he felt one. Running across his
foot. For the Bealls, that was a defining moment. Would they sell their Chicago Lakeview home or take on the rats that had been plaguing their neighborhood for years?

They decided to take on the rats.

While there are all kinds of ways to get rid of rats, the Bealls
decided to call on Mother Nature and the Tree House Humane Society’s
Cats at Work program. Tree House relocated three feral cats to the
Beall’s property, and after a three-week confinement period, the “Rat
Pack” was on the job. And that’s when Anne Beall’s journey into the
world of feral cats began.

“I
expected my cat colony, lovingly dubbed the Rat Pack, would solve my
rat problem, but I never expected the bond our family now shares with
our wonderfully clever and hard-working outdoor cat colony,” she says in
a press release announcing the publication of her book, “Community Cats: A Journey into the World of Feral Cats.”
Each
year, shelters kill about 1.5 million cats or about 70 percent of cats
who come through their doors because they’re feral, or appear feral, and
are not adoptable to homes. In researching her book, Beall found that 71
percent of households have never heard of trap/neuter/return, “but when
given the facts, 77 percent of Americans would support local TNR
programs.”

In her book, she talks with other
colony caretakers and leaders in the TNR movement and takes a look at
how feral cats live and relate to each other and their caretakers.

Beall is president of Beall Research, a market research firm. But it
sounds like her book is not so much about research as a labor of
respect, admiration and love.
“Community Cats: A Journey into the World of Feral Cats,” is available on Amazon. For a sneak preview, visit Beall’s website.

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