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Friday, January 22, 2016

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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