They go by many names: The Cowboy Cat Wrangler, The Mad Catter, The Original TrapKing, Deputy Diana, El Gato (okay, that last one is the luchador loving, costume wearing, cat fancying, trapper extraordinaire of a YouTube influencer who happens to star in an upcoming volume of our fictional Gata Unbound book series). However, the others are a few of the real life heroes of the little known world of cat trappers: animal advocates who trap, neuter/spay and return (TNR) community cats. It's the only effective and—bonus!—humane way to ease feral cat populations while tending to the needs of the kitties themselves.
The day before Archimedes' Printing Shoppe & Sundry Goodes launched our inaugural book this summer, I had the opportunity to head out on a cat trapping mission to help an injured kitty. He had just shown up at one of Cowboy Bob's cat colonies. (Colonies are places where community cats live, tended to by caretakers like Bob who feed and shelter them while keeping an eye out for any new arrivals.)
That mission is right up our alley. At Archimedes', we combine goode ol' fashioned fun with purpose. We're a bunch of animal, people and earth-loving folks, so our products are made with our spectacular planet, furry friends, and being kind in mind. In fact, a portion of the net proceeds of our Gata Unbound series helps nonprofits who practice or fund TNR.
The era of COVID-19 has made that already tough mission, just that much harder. So we're blessed to have been able to join forces along with Mac's Fund and Philadoptables (through their partnership with Forgotten Cats) to round-up $3000 for the cause. It has helped more than 80-community cats and has prevented far, far more from ever ending up on the streets of Philadelphia.
This little video shows just how great the need still is, not only in our area but around the world.