In our last episode, er, blog post, Adam Myatt, The Cat Man of West Oakland, had just saved the day for Oakland, CA, cats by helping to create Cat Town, the first cat cafe/adoption center in the United States. Adam is a member of For All Animals’ “Photographers for Animals” registry of professional and aspiring photographers. He shares his passion, and the power of images, in the service of animals in need.
Today we’re going to meet some of the Cat Man’s favorite sidekicks, including cats featured in his Hoodcats calendar series.
“This is Sassy Fran. I was supposed to be taking a day off from doing cat stuff with my girlfriend, when we found Sassy Fran… Thanks to Oakland Animal Services and Cat Town she got fixed and adopted to an amazing couple in San Francisco. She was also Ms. January 2017 in this year’s calendar.”
“Another fan favorite is Stubbs. I’ve known Stubbs for about 4 years or so. I got him trapped and fixed just before I went [on my trip] to Japan, and Cat Town lined up a foster home for him to see if he’d like being inside (HE DID NOT!). So he came back to live with me in my yard. I’ve wanted to pet this cat SO BADLY for so long. He has FINALLY started to get comfortable enough with me to let me pet his cheeks, and even the occasional head to tail pet, as long as he’s eating wet food or snacking on one of those weird cat-gogurt things…”
Special Friends of Cat Man
“2018 will make year six of the Hoodcats calendar. I’m trying to figure out if I want to continue to do it in this DIY fashion, or if there’s a publisher out there who’d be interested in collaborating on the calendar, and possibly some sort of ‘Hoodcats Across America’ book that would help highlight the benefits taking care of your own local Hoodcats and showcase the different kinds of people who do TNR and care for community cats. I think one of the next big steps that need to be taken in the rescue world is to help bring TNR to a more mainstream audience, and I think highlighting different colonies, and all the different kinds of people who care for them, could really help inspire people to get out and do more for their community too!”
Our thanks to Cat Man Adam Myatt for sharing his terrific photos and stories with us. We’ll be spotlighting another PFA photographer’s work soon, so be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up with the latest For All Animals and Photographers for Animals program news. And if you’re a photographer or shelter/rescue organization who would like to be part of the Photographers for Animals program, please visit our webpage to learn more!