Flight of the Tomcat

An airport stray comes in for landing.

By Justin Sanders

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Cats are known for their sensitive hearing, but the feral cat colony living at Santa Clara County's Reid-Hillview Airport must have been wearing earplugs.

"Pilots were feeding stray cats in the hangar," remembers Rosemary Mirko, director of Town Cats, a no-kill shelter in nearby Morgan Hill, Calif. When her staff arrived at the airport to help with the colony last summer, they found more than 20 feral cats and kittens frolicking amid the constant growl of private airplanes. Employing trap-neuter-return method, they were able to sterilize and find homes for the animals, many of which were adopted by the pilots themselves. There was one cat, however, that no one wanted to bring home.

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Linda    Portland, OR

11/3/2007 9:00:07 PM

I Read about this big boy in the cat magazine and I am very happy to hear that he ended up being a very loving cat & got adopted by one of the pilots. I hope he is living it up in luxery!! I have had cats in my life since I was 14 years old & I still have cats today. I wouldn't trade them for anything. They are always there for you no matter what the situation is thier always there to comfort you!

Michele    Palm Springs, CA

11/1/2007 1:50:44 PM

good story, but left me hanging. What happened to the tom cat that wasn't brought home?

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