Violet, a Gatesville Prison Feral Cat
She looks pretty ferocious, huh? Well, the reason she's such a sweet girl is because a sweet woman, who happens to be incarcerated, tamed her. And that same sweet woman, Sonya Reed, feared that Violet, her pet, would be caught and euthanized like so many "feral" cats before her. She convinced me to adopt her. And I did. And Violet is hands down the most affectionate cat I've ever had. And I've had a few.
So, why am I writing about this cat again? Because there was a news story that Gatesville prison officials are rounding up the feral cats to take them off and kill them. Now I know that most people don't really care about the feelings of an inmate, but many of these men and women behind bars care for these cats after they're dumped there by people who grow tired of their pet. Yes, cats breed and new litters of kittens add to the population. So how do we fix this problem? It's called Trap, Neuter, Release. They trap the cat, a vet fixes them so they can't reproduce and then they are released back into the wild. It's the humane thing to do. So why would Texas rather kill them? Beats me.
Please sign this petition to show that you care for animals. Pretty please? Do it for Violet. And if you want to read about Violet and how she changed Sonya's life, be sure to get your hands on the April 2012 edition of the The Sun Magazine. Look in the reader's write section.
I thank you.