Po’Kitties and 3 Ps

Published 10:00 pm Thursday, May 19, 2016

Molly was a stray that had been hanging around at White Oak Village. This beautiful girl was being fed but no one could catch her and it wasn’t known if she was feral. Dana Meyer from Po’Kitties was contacted.

Molly was caught, vetted, spayed and received all necessary shots before being returned to White Oak. Today our beautiful girl hangs out in the activity room handing out love and purrs to all who come into contact with her, and the White Oak residents are more than willing to accommodate her.

In October 2015, Po’Kitties moved their operation from FHS to the 3 Ps, also known as Paw, Prayers and Promises. The 3 Ps are a wonderful organization that raises monies through their beautiful consignment shop in Landrum and all proceeds go to help rescues.

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Lennie’s Kids has been a recipient of a nice check from 3 Ps and I am eternally grateful. From October 2015 to May 2016, 211 cats have gone through the Po’Kitties TNR program (trap, neuter, return).

I remember when Dana and Emmy first began the Po’Kitties program in 2007 at the Foothills Humane Society. They were tireless in raising monies and grants, using FHS spay and neuter programs. Their goal was to help the free roaming cats and shrink the colonies, and also to raise the live release rate at FHS.

To date the Po’Kitty program has sterilized, vaccinated and ear tipped over 4,700 cats. Can you imagine how many lives have been saved and improved, how many cats that may have died all alone, either sick or malnourished, are now in loving environments?

I personally went to White Oak to visit Molly and take photos for the article. This beautiful little girl brought tears to my eyes just thinking of the Po’Kitty beginnings.

I wrote a little poem entitled “Endless Cats” on page 16 of “A Voice in the Hills.” All these fantastic rescues will be at my Rescue Rally Gala this coming Sunday, May 22 at Tryon Estates. Please come to support them and thank them for the tireless work they do in our community.

I have personally worked with each of these rescues at one time or another and I considered myself blessed for knowing them.

Finally a message to my dear, dear friend Dana Meyer: Thank you for all the work you’ve done for the animals over the years, but especially your work with the Po’Kitties. You have awakened a whole community and made them understand that “a purr is a terrible thing to waste.”

Thanks for listening.