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Boston, adoptable cat at Cat DepotHey everyone, Boston here!

I'm the Mayor. Meow Mayor I mean, the ninth in a row. I was surprised to be elected because I didn't raise a paw to announce my interest in the job, but the other cats said I've been here the longest and it's my turn to do it. I'll do my best, and I think it will be okay with a little help from my friends. It will be hard to fill Zahara's paw-steps - she was very good at the job.

I am four years old, closing in on five. I came to Cat Depot in January as a stray. Talk about rags to riches - I had nothing, not even food for the day, and now I'm the Mayor!






Boston, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Boston Blogs - Day Nine


Hi everyone, Boston here!

The humans are busy today, walking to and fro, gathering supplies and preparing for the weekend. They say there's going to be a hurricane.

See the look on my face? It means, pay attention. As Meow Mayor, I have an important public service message for all other kitties in the area. Even dogs may benefit from this information.

Make sure you know where your humans are. Do not stay home if they evacuate. You may think you can handle a day or two alone, but your home may flood, and your humans may have to stay away longer than they thought. Go with them!

Come inside now and stay inside. Once the storm starts, you may be too afraid or disoriented to find your home. Even after the storm passes, the landmarks and scents you use to find your way may have changed, which makes it difficult for us kitties to navigate back home. You may think you can take care of yourself, but cats aren't built to live in water.

If you and your humans plan to stay put, make sure you have enough water, food, and medication(s) for several days, possibly a week. Have your rabies vaccination certificate or license handy. Keep it and any other impurrtant documents in waterproof cases or bags.

Many of us don't like collars or harnesses, but try to tough it out. Having a harness on with an ID tag can help you find your family again if you get lost. I mean, if they get lost...

Make sure you have an evacuation plan. If you are in a storm surge zone, you may have to leave your home. There are hurricane shelters open to the public in each county.

Make sure you know the pet-friendly hurricane shelters in your area. My investigations show Manatee County has Braden River High School, Manatee High School, and Mills Elementary School. In Sarasota County, there is Brookside Middle School, Riverview High School, Pine View High School, North Port High School, Heron Creek Middle School, and Woodland Middle School.

Do not go to the shelter until local officials announce, through the media, that the shelter is open. Us cats may sometimes be in a hurry to find the best place to settle down, but not all shelters open at once.

Know shelter rules for kitties like us:

  • Pets - that's us - must arrive with a carrier or cage. Cages will not be available on site. Try to find a dog crate or carrier that's big enough for you to turn around in. A disposable casserole dish makes a good travel litter box if it will fit inside the cage with you.
  • Pets - again, that's us - must remain in the carrier except at scheduled exercise times. Bring a harness with a leash if you plan on leaving your cage, so that your owners can keep track of you. You don't think that you'll get scared and want to run, but we never know how we'll react under pressure until we're there.
  • Owners must provide pet food and other pet supplies as needed. Tell your human to bring food, water, litter, and toys!
  • Owners must provide certification that pets have current rabies vaccinations
  • Owners will not permit other shelter occupants to handle or approach pets
  • Owners are responsible for the care, feeding, and handling of their own pets.


Good luck, and stay safe!

Love, Boston
Meow Mayor of Cat Depot

Boston, adoptable cat at Cat Depot

Boston Blogs - Day One


Hi everyone!

I'm Boston, the new Meow Mayor. I've been thinking long and hard about what I want to share with you. Being a leader is a big responsibility, after all. I wasn't sure I was ready to be mayor, but my friends encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone.

I am a pretty confident cat, but my roommates have even bigger personalities than I do. I've gotten into a routine to live in harmony with them: I stick to my own spaces as much as possible. It works, but it gets boring.

My roommate Bradford can't help being playful and outgoing. He saw that I was sad and suggested I try something new. I don't want to wrestle with him and Baca, but maybe I can find ways to interact in my own way.

Meow with you soon!

Love, Boston
Meow Mayor of Cat Depot



the ninth Meow Mayor of Cat Depot


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