[Vision2020] Caturday (April 13, 2019)

Moscow Cares moscowcares at moscow.com
Sat Apr 13 05:55:02 PDT 2019

Students volunteer to help campus cat colony. Caturday approves.

Courtesy of the Daytona Beach News Journal (Daytona Beach, Florida) at:



ERAU students work to curtail campus cat colony

DAYTONA BEACH — At a time when other Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University students were cramming for their midterm exams, Katerina Bourova found herself scrambling to find bottles, information — the strength, really — to nurse three sick newborn kittens.

Found abandoned on campus, the kittens’ eyes were sealed shut, their noses runny as they lay ill with a dangerous upper respiratory infection. Bourova bottle fed the kittens, cleaned their eyes, bathed them.

“They’re like little babies,” said Bourova, 22, who is the president and founder of the student organization Protecting Animal Wellness Society (PAWS). “They scream at you. It was quite an experience.”

While a few cats might not pose a problem, ERAU’s cat colony numbered more than 50. Besides not being fixed, the cats’ growth was spurred on in part by well-intentioned students who fed the hungry felines burritos and other leftovers, PAWS founding member Kevin Schiffli said.

With the cat population escalating, the university began to take measures to control it. Seeing this, Bourova decided to help, founding the now roughly 20-member PAWS group in 2017.


Photos . . .

A friendly black cat waits while Becca Blizzard fills the flood bowls at the PAWS feeding station, located between classroom buildings at Embry-Riddle.  Students formed the group,to help hold down the population of feral cats on campus.

“It’s my favorite part of the day,” one student said of seeing to the PAWS feeding station on the Embry-Riddle campus.  “No matter how bad the day is, you can come over and the cats love you unconditionally.”

Becca Blizzard, Kyrra Gelinas, Katerina Bourova, and Kevin Schiffli see to the feeding station at Embry-Riddle.  The group’s spay/neuter and adoption programs have helped reduce the feral cat population on campus by half, which helps protect the native bird population.

A stidemt walks past a pregnant female as she feeds while hiding in the hedge near the PAWS (Protecting Animal Awareness Society) feeding station on the Embry-Riddle campus,


“Caturday” by Linus Petit

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"Moscow Cares" (the most fun you can have with your pants on)
Tom Hansen
Moscow, Idaho

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