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Florida SPCA Will Help Build Community Cat Cafes

Representatives from Florida Southern College (FSC) in Lakeland, Florida estimate a herd of 100 cat-cafe-SPCA Florida-FLWun-owned, free range cats live on the campus.  In an effort to control the cat population they are going to name each cat George and hug them and pet them and squeeze them. They will also feed them, build them little Frank Lloyd Wright (FLW) inspired houses, and then spay or neuter them.

SPCA Florida is partnering with the college and they have decided to call the houses Cat Cafes and because the FSC campus is apparently “home to the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright designed building structures in the world”  they decided to stick with the FLW style. The cafes will blend seamlessly into the campus’s existing architecture. Between 1938 and 1955 Wright designed eighteen buildings for the college but only eleven were actually constructed.

FSC enlisted the expertise of Jeff Baker of Mesick Cohen Wilson Baker Architects of Albany, New York to design the glorified feeding stations. The architecture firm has an established relationship with FSC and they have helped the university restore several of the FLW structures including this water dome.

Volunteers at the campus (probably cat-obsessed students) are feeding the cats at designated spots on the campus so the cats become accustomed to a feeding schedule. I hope they are feeding the felines these SHEBA® Entrées for Cats that are made with sustainably sourced fish.

"Once the cats are acclimated to being fed at regular locations, our teams will humanely trap the cats who will then be examined, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and permanently identified by SPCA Florida veterinarians. The cats will be returned back into their environment where they will continue to be cared for at specially designed feeding stations," said SPCA Florida CEO Sean Hawkins
 
cats-eating-outside-gracey-mfileThe FSC program is a pilot and officials say it will be replicated across the state of Florida at mobile home parks, apartment complexes, and shopping center developments where people are feeding cats out of the kindness of their hearts but are causing an uncontrolled population problem. Are the mobile home parks going to get Cat Cafes shaped like trailers? Are the shopping centers going to have mini-Starbucks for the cats to hang out in and not buy anything?

"Science tells us that managing community cats through humane trap-neuter-return programs is solution-oriented to limiting cat populations and we know that trapping cats and euthanizing them at shelters only creates a vacuum in the local ecosystem to attract more cats," said Hawkins

I’m going to go out on a limb here, with my cat-like skills and reflexes, and assume Nico Dauphine was told by science that cat management programs with traps aren’t the best solution which is why she tried to poison cats to protect her neighborhood’s birds.

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Samina Cabral is a native Southern Californian who now resides on the shores of Lake Erie in Northeast Ohio. Samina and her husband believe that sustainability starts in the home and try to live their lives as simply as possible without compromising comfort.

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