Shelter Cats Helping Autistic Kids—A study from the University of Missouri looked at the social benefits of shelter cats visiting with children with autism. The study found that the children experienced increases in empathy and decreased bullying, hyperactivity, and separation anxiety. They formed strong bonds with the cats.
Rapper Turned Cat Lover—The Washington Post reports that rapper Sterling Davis gave up his life as a rap artist to change litterboxes at the Atlanta Humane Society in 2012. Five years later, the “TrapKing,” as he is called, started a company to humanely trap stray cats, spay or neuter and microchip them, and then return them to where they came from. Davis now runs his company, TrapKing Humane Cat Solutions, from his RV, visiting predominantly black neighborhoods throughout the metro Atlanta area to trap feral felines and educate people about the importance of caring for strays.