Mr. Pearson and His Community Cats

Diane DiVagno, Illinois, United States

My story started about 12 years ago when I was asked by a local Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) organization to help an elderly man that was feeding over a dozen cats. This gentleman owns a small fencing company and he was feeding and providing shelter to feral cats that were living in an industrial like park where his business is located. Within a couple of weeks, we had the majority of his cats trapped, neutered/spayed, and returned to their home among the piles of discarded fencing material.

Through the years, I’ve helped him with various cat issues including helping him to trap a cat that had lost an eye and getting it medical care. It’s so special to witness the bond he has with his cats. He’s named them all and never misses a feeding. He is so dedicated to these cats that he even visits them daily throughout the winter, even though his business shuts down during that time.

One spring I learned that he had taken a bad fall on some ice while out feeding the cats on a cold winter day. Luckily he had his cell phone on him and was able to call for help, as the industrial park is small and in a remote location.

If I told you his age you probably would not believe it, and his positive outlook on life is amazing. I’m so glad he has become my friend and I try to check on him periodically. I know one day he will no longer be around for his cats. When that time comes I hope we can find a way to help them  The world needs more Mr. Pearsons to take care of the many feral cats that are out there!