I saw this article this morning and I'm just captivated by the idea.
Jason and Elizabeth Putsche have begun a photo project to help raise awareness for community and feral cats -- taking beautiful pictures of the cats in their natural environment ith the goal of changing perceptions toward feral cats and how they can be a symbiotic part of our world.
While sometimes we think of outdoor cats as having tough lives and being full of disease and harm, the reality is, most live very good lives, are well fed, and well groomed.
My own neighborhood has dozens of community cats and I quite enjoy watching them chase squirrels and socialize with each other. Some are shy, but not completey scared of the humans in our neighborhood. And often, because people don't recognize cats as outdoor animals, it often leads to bad animal control policies that target outdoor cats.
As Putche notes in the article: "Many people think that all cats belong inside, and as a result, when they see a cat outdoors they think, 'that must be someone's pet that go out, or that cat needs help or needs a home.' In this manner, many people feel obligated to call animal control and report the stray animal. They think they are helping the cat by getting it to a shelter where they can be adopted -- when really millions of cats have never spent a minute inside a house, nor would they want to.
"Additionally, by reporting the cat and turning them into a shelter, they may be endangering the pet's life. Depending on the area, the cat could be taken to a high-kill shelter and ultimately put down, despite the fact that it was perfectly healthy and able to survive".
Photos via Jason Putsche.