These two unusual friends – a cat and a monkey – love to play together.
Many stray and feral cats have settled down in Disneyland since the amusement park opened in 1955. Disney has embraced the feline friends as an important part of the park’s everyday operations.
They have partnered with rescue organizations to run a trap-neuter-return program to keep the feral population under control. “We view them as partners. It’s kind of a symbiotic relationship with them,” said Gina Mayberry of Alley Cat. The cats have become the “natural exterminators” who keep the rodent population in check.
During the daytime, most cats are rarely seen. According to an article in the LA Times, approximately 200 cats came to Disneyland Resort’s overnight after crowds have gone home, prowling the parks’ greenery in search for mice.
With help from local organizations such as FixNation, Disneyland instituted a policy for the humane care for the resort’s cats.
“What we do is trap the cats, get them spayed or neutered and make sure they get a wellness check and release them back into the population,” said Mayberry. After the cats have been returned to the park grounds, they continue to receive managed care. (Alley Cat)
The program has been helping kittens get adopted so that the cat population can be well controlled.
Giovanni, trying to find a few samples at the Alfresco Terrace. (by annapetrelli)
Can you spot the cat?
Chloe the cat rubbing up a post. (by Amanda Nguyan)
Hanging out on a dock along the Jungle Cruise in Disneyland park. (by Sam Howzit)
Hortence enjoying Downtown Disney after most of the humans had vacated. (by Amy Ratcliffe)
This is why you might want to consider a dinner at Wine Country Trattoria—you never know when Giovanni might decide to pay you a visit. (by Kristina)
Sometimes they venture out before the park closes. (by Anneth Briones)
Francisco, a very photogenic cat at the park. (by @dizneyphotoguy)
Kitty hanging out in Redwood Creek Challenge Trail (by Loren Javier)
Tyatora the cat would use anything for a pillow even bell peppers.
Tyatora sleeping on his bell pepper pillows.
His buddy becomes his pillow.
Tyatora and his regular pillow
This is how Cole and Marmalade meow when they were kittens and how they talk now.
Meet Starla, a tiny bitty kitten who was found with a badly injured leg. As soon as they took her into the Saving Grace Rescue in San Francisco, she started purring and cuddling with rescuers. “She is already gaining weight and enjoying cuddles here at SGR,” said the rescue group via Facebook.
The little lovebug is healing very well. “Starla had radiographs today to look at her injuries… Amazingly, she is… doing much better this week, playing and even running in short bursts.”
Meet Starla, a tiny bitty kitten found with a badly injured leg by the Saving Grace Rescue.
As soon as she came to the shelter, she started cuddling with the rescuers.
Starla hugging her first mouse toy.
Starla is healing well. Look at that face!
Amazingly, she is doing much better this week, playing and even running in short bursts.
Follow Starla’s progress at Saving Grace Rescue.
Photos by Saving Grace Rescue and Josh Norem of the Furrtographer.
Frankie the cat loves his bull dog.
“Our cat, Frankie, loves our bull dog, Sadie. Frankie just can’t leave Sadie alone. Very funny,” said Ron Tanner.
Timo the cat took over his human’s bed, lying there like a human…
“This is where I found my cat today…”