You might think your cat has an easy life - just lounging around all day and playing with toys.
But some kitties are working for a living - at stores and farms across the state.
Our latest Everyday Hero is working to help our four-legged friends find these much needed jobs.
Chelsea Edmonds’ First Ladies Farm and Sanctuary in Riverview is a community supported non-profit rescue.
Saving many species, the emphasis is on cats and kittens. And they have a different take on something dealing with feral and stray cats called TNVR - trap, neuter, vaccinate and release.
“When you come up with a program you very rarely, whether it’s a government program or a personal something you’re doing in your own home, you very rarely get it right the first time, and I think TNVR is kind of that thing,” Edmonds said.
So instead of releasing cats back to the community where often they are not welcome, Chelsea and volunteers travel the state delivering two cats at a time to farms, warehouses, feed stores, seed companies and the like where they control the mice and other rodent populations.
It’s a place where the cats are welcome.
“Mice and rats not only bring in disease like hantavirus, but they also draw in snakes, venomous or not, or just scary - danger noodles,” she said.
Other services include a program called Senior Cats for Senior Laps matching lovable older cats with seniors with the promise that if the senior should come to life’s end the cat will always be cared for.
“There’s a lot of seniors who are responsible and they don’t want to take this cat on only to know that no one’s going to love it when they’re gone,” Edmonds said.
The farm’s website lists many ways people can help financially support and volunteer and cats for adoption.