First we'll introduce you to Samantha and Sabrina (2 of 4 tabby sisters) and Mama Cat.
|Leroy, Sonny, Scotty at Station 1|
We have four stations but we can not disclose them as people dump their indoor pet cats and other strays. (Please know this is illegal under Florida law). There used to be five black cats at Station 1. Tragically Nikki (the mother) and Sonny were electrocuted next door inside the transformer room at Florida Power & Light during record cold days in winter. We rushed to bring in Tiffany and she was adopted. However, in observing Tiffany, she was unhappy indoors. We learned that bringing in and outdoor cat that has lived outdoors for over a year, takes away their freedom to move about freely. But now she lives in two-story house with lots of room to run and climb. Scotty and Leroy still remain outside. Scotty needs to be neutered but he is rarely seen and therefore he's very difficult to trap. Scotty is believed to be a Scottish fold because his ears are folded down. Notice the photos below. Because he's not neutered and has little contact with humans, Scotty is feral. He hisses constantly but we know he doesn't attack.
Leroy (no photo) is such a sweetheart he would rather spend quality time having you pet him instead of eating. We wanted to bring him in but after the lessons learned with his sister Tiffany, we decided he was better outdoors with his best friend Lion King.
Lion King is semi-feral. After three years he finally approached volunteers and rubs against our legs. We can only pet him with his back toward us. The second he turns and sees our hand, he hisses. Fickle cat. Lion King is one of the original cats.
The Queen of Station 2 was Cosette. She does not get along with other cats and prefers to be alone and reign in solitary. But in this fenced-in area, other cats discovered it was free of cars and humans. Now six cats reside there: Cosette, Tabitha, Romeo, Sabrina, plus two new cats: Funny Face (female) and a fox looking male.
At this time we do not have photos of Station 2.
|Christine feeding Mama Cat and Romeo Station 3|
The above photo was taken over a year ago. Only four cats feed here now: Sabrina, Mama Cat, Tabby and Gabriel. All these cats love to be petted.
|Station 3: Sabrina, Romeo, Gabriel, Tabby, Mama Cat|
|Station 4 has 7 cats:|
Master, Annie, Bobbie, Midnight, Mr. Bear, Tom Cat, Callie
|Bobbie, Station 4, he has gorgeous blue eyes|
Most cats at Station 4 are feral and you can not pet them
|Tomcat, the announcer, Station 4|
The cats are fed daily between 7pm-8:30pm, weekday, weekend, workday, holiday, sun, and rain. Cats learn routine and wait for us each day. They trust us for food sources which prevents them from crossing major streets and getting ran over. They are very much like outdoor pet cats and it's the most uplifting part of our day. They are always happy to see you especially when it has rained--they're starving.
So even if you have a bad day, feeding these cats is therapeutic and rewarding. They remind us how happy they are with just food and shelter and little love. We could all learn from these homeless cats.