Sunday, April 22, 2018
The Profile

Campus Cats Thrive in the Night

Ellie Davis

Staff Writer

Many Agnes Scott students mistakenly think Agnes lacks a “nightlife”. However, Agnes Scott does have nightlife–it’s free, it’s exciting, and it lives in a trash can near you.

The stray cats of Agnes have been the unsung heroes of nighttime fun for years, and since they refuse to leave, we should get to know them.

 The cats roaming the quad are adults. They’ve grown up without humans, have no interest in us, and are probably riddled with germs. Forming friendships is usually a bust, but there’s hope as shown by Emily Davis-Hamre ‘15.

Emily saw the cats occasionally as a student, but only became fully aware of them after becoming an admissions counselor at Agnes. The cats favor the area around the building where admissions is located. In 2016, she experienced an opportunity that many mortals only dream of: She stumbled upon a pile of three kittens.

The kittens were taken to a veterinarian and pronounced disease-free. Emily adopted one of the kittens, as did two other faculty members. Her “campus cat”, as she calls her, has now grown up to be a grey and black striped tabby named Scout.

Her colleague Jade Domingue adopted her campus cat in September 2017. One summer morning, the Human Resources office heard the cries of a tiny black cat stuck in a tree. They rescued her and brought her to the Agnes stray cat experts: the admissions counselors. Jade, who had plans to adopt a fully-grown cat, watched as her colleagues were unable to adopt the kitten. Finally, she agreed to take on the responsibility, named the kitty Elphaba –Elphie for short –and bonded with her instantly.

As much as she supports the campus cats, Emily does not endorse students scooping one up and trying to keep it in their dorm room.

Students looking to spend time with kittens can take the short trip over to LifeLine, an adoption center in Avondale.

Lifeline is familiar with our campus. According to urban legend, the organization attempted to spay and neuter Agnes Scott cats, to disastrous results.

The idea was simple: Set up small cages, outfitted with food and water, to attract the cats. The cage would close, and LifeLine would take them to the shelter, spay or neuter them, and bring them back to campus. Unfortunately, when Agnes Scott students saw cats in cages, they assumed the worst, and freed each captured cat. LifeLine no longer makes visits to campuses, but they are always in need of volunteers to walk dogs and bottle-feed kittens at their shelter.

Emily Davis-Hamre former campus cat (the gray and white one) chills with Jade’s former campus cat. Photo courtesy of Emily Davis-Hamre.

 

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