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For those of you who have visited us over the years, coming to Park Place always meant seeing King Leo. He lives on in our hearts and memories which we share with you here on his

memorial web page. King Leo, Leader of the Free World

  • King Leo and Miss Bella
  • Trap, Neuter and Return in Cedar Key (TNR)
  • Park Place Community Cats (TNR)

It all started in 1999 when a lovely flame point siamese wandered into our lives.

He preferred to be addressed as "King Leo, Leader of the Free World.”  We don't know how Leo came to us. As humans we referred to him as a "stray." I think he saw himself as much more free spirited than that. Perhaps he passed by asteroid b-612, or came through a looking glass or phantom tollbooth. It matters not, we were lucky to have him choose Park Place as home.

Mr. Leo found love in his later years - or more accurately, it found him!  Miss Bella visited, for Miss Bella on the back fenceincreasingly long periods of time, from her house a few blocks away. She was the only cat that he tolerated in HIS parking lot. Sometimes he looked at her as she was frolicking about as if to say - "what are you doing?!"  She just carried on.  In 2010, King Leo passed away after a struggle with cancer.

Miss Bella took over the front office position.  She fills it prettily doesn’t she?   

Miss Bella on the front desk

Mr Leo left Miss Bella her own photo album which you can view by clicking here!

Mr Sebastian, in particular, is less likely to be run off than Mr. Riley. He was captured and neutered by the Cedar Key trap, neuter and release program. As a result, not surprisingly, he is a bit leery of humans, but still comes to visit in the parking lot. Mr. Riley will come inside, but not to stay, just to say hello and grab a bite. Miss Bella considers him both rude AND ginger.

Miss Bella and her boys

For those of you who are cat lovers, you can view more photos of Bella and her boys by clicking here.

 

 

TRAP-NEUTER-RETURN 

Cedar Key has a strong Trap-Neuter- Return (TNR) program for the feral and abandoned domestic cats on the islands.  For those of you unfamiliar with these programs, the cats are trapped, neutered or spayed and returned to their neighborhoods.  They are also vaccinated and have any dental issues dealt with at the same time.  It is not only the most humane method of preventing cats from entering the shelter system; it’s the most effective.  In addition, it prevents unwanted kittens. 

For a great overview of what TNR means and how it supports "community cats", please follow this link to the Best Friends Animal Society's TNR information web page.

 This program is facilitated by Faraway Inn in Cedar Key with veterinary support from Sheltering Hands, Inc. in Ocala.  As of 2014, over 900 cats have been spayed or neutered through this program.  Since they are returned to their respective neighborhoods, you will see them all around Cedar Key. 
TNR cats are easily identified by a notch on their ear.


Several of those cats have been returned to the Park Place neighborhood.  Since it would be rude not to call them something, we have given them names.  Although, being cats, they probably have their own opinions on how they should be addressed.   

 

 

Park Place Neighborhood TNR Cats
Sebastian
Charlie
Sebastian
Charlie
Riley
Vera Rose
Riley
Vera Rose
Ink
Fraidy Cat
Ink
Fraidy Cat
Mulberry
 
Mulberry