The AdvoCATS is an organization comprised of faculty, staff, students, and community members who have love and compassion for animals and specifically our cat population. We advocate for the cat’s care, health, well-being, protection, and understanding. We want to bring cat awareness by encouraging dialogue, education, and involvement.
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It is an organization comprised of faculty, staff, students, and members of the community who have love and compassion for animals and specifically our cat population. We advocate for the cat’s care, health, well-being, protection, and understanding. We want to bring cat awareness by encouraging dialogue, education, and involvement.
With the recommendation and support of a former University administrator and an animal lover, the "Campus Cat Management and Care Committee" was created in January 2016. The committee was to “manage” the campus cat population and share information and updates on activities involving the cats. Some of the members of the committee branched out establishing a separate “active” group that actually provides loving care, feeding, financial support, and advocacy for our campus’s feline family, who are now known as the AdvoCATS
It is heartfelt and ethically, the right thing to do - we are their voice. Animals gravitate to our campus for food, shelter, and affection because of abandonment, neglect, abuse, or other circumstances through no fault of their own, they are innocent animals at the mercy of humans. We provide daily feedings, monitor their health, and well-being, and provide veterinary care when needed. We provide shelters, and warm/cozy bedding and ensure their protection from harmful situations. We are alert to any new cat sightings and coordinate the TNR (Trap, Neuter/Spay, Release) system, which includes vaccinations, microchipping, & ear tipping to identify the completion of sterilization and a flea treatment.
We strive to raise awareness, promote respect, and compassion, and tend to their daily needs. We coordinate volunteers for daily feedings of healthy food (dry and canned), and fresh water in a clean and safe environment. We check the cats for apparent injuries or health issues and ensure vet intervention as needed. Shelters are provided, including warm comfortable, cozy bedding. We continuously advocate for their protection.
14-20 (at the most) Their names are Sydnie, Tony, Daisy, Ray, Bonnie, Candy (male), Dee Dee, Pear (male), Natsu (female), Riley, Gracie, Bailey (male), Julius, Pekoe/DC “dorm cat” (male), Charlie (female); the oldest kitty on campus is Gracie, about 13 years old and right behind her is Daisy, about 12 years old. Our newest addition is Lilly, 8 months old.
We want the campus community and visitors to the University to know that our campus fur babies are loved and well cared for. Our group does our best to ensure our cats a healthy and safe environment. It is essential for us to represent an honest picture of what the culture is here toward the cats. We have received countless compliments from parents, potential students, students, faculty, staff, and the public in regard to the friendly cats that greet them at MSR. It is important to educate people and create more understanding and support for our feline population. Additionally, we are solely self-support. We gratefully accept donations: monetary, gift cards, food, bowls, shelters, bedding, and veterinary care gift cards toward their needs.
While it is important to inform people, we do not want people to see our campus as an avenue for irresponsible behavior toward an animal. We don’t want people to drop off animals here with a clear conscience thinking they will be cared for. Cats are territorial and will fight to keep their personal space. We do not want additional cats introduced to our established feline population.
Volunteer their time and energy. Donate if they have the financial means to do so. Students can play a critical role in using their voices to advocate for the cats. Supporters are essential to maintaining the sustainability of our efforts.
It is important to encourage compassion for the living creatures we share space with and to promote involvement among our campus community and the community at large.
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Updated: April 27, 2023