Our 2019-2020 calendar is filled with inspirational stories and photos of beautiful cats—it’s a celebration of the animals Alley Cat Allies works to protect every day of the year. Our supporters from around the world sent in thousands of cat photographs for consideration in our calendar, and these are the entries we featured. We hope you enjoy the photos of these wonderful felines as much as we do!
Mufasa and his littermates were found abandoned at a lake when they were only a few days old. Mufasa lives in Arkansas and spends many happy hours outside. At night, he loves to curl up in bed.
Abe is so polite and proper he’s nicknamed Jeeves. Becky’s constant companion, he even greets her at the driveway and escorts her safely inside the house.
Presley—2019 at a Glance
Presley is a 3-year-old rescue from Ohio, with beautiful long fur and a little “bunny tail.” Her hobbies include drinking out of the bathroom sink, going for walks on her leash, and sneaking into kitchen cabinets.
Mac lived outdoors in the United Kingdom before deciding to join Karen’s family indoors. This was lucky, because it turned out that he had a serious infection requiring treatment. Mac now loves his nice warm bed and never stops purring. Karen says she is very fortunate to share Mac’s life for the past 13 years.
Coco, Peke, and Blanquita—October 2018 Insert
Coco, Peke, and Blanquita live in a colony together in Spain. Five-year-old Coco loves the sun. Sweet Peke is very small. She was ill as a kitten but is now a healthy 2-year-old. Three-year-old Blanquita loves to play and run.
Monty is a fun-loving cat who plays with anything he can get his paws on. He came into a Colorado shelter as a stray. Now he lives with his human family and kitty sister, Winnie, in Northeast Ohio.
Lucian—November 2018 Top Insert
Fourteen-year-old Lucian has lived with Keri since he was 12 weeks old. In fact, she was present when he was born. Now you can’t separate the two. This beloved, 16-pound, part Himalayan is attached at the hip to Keri. He always needs to know what she is up to. He loves to distract her from working and lays on top of her in bed while she reads. He is a talker and has distinctive meows for different needs. He makes eye contact when he wants something and is incredibly persistent. He also has an adorable snore.
Molly—November 2018 Bottom Insert
Molly was given up to an animal shelter in March 2014 at 3 years old after she didn’t get along with the family dog. Luckily, Rachel and her family knew Molly was the cat for them! Molly’s picture was posted on the shelter website on Friday, and Rachel adopted her on Monday.
Molly is extremely vocal and keeps her long, gorgeous fur impeccably groomed. She enjoys napping on an enclosed porch.
Gift Shop Cat—December 2018
This “gifted” cat lives at an actual gift shop in the Oregon forest, west of Portland.
Bo and Ruby—December 2018 Left Insert
Bo was adopted 10 years ago and is a great big brother to three-legged Ruby (in the background of the photo) who was adopted three years ago. Their ears perk up when you say “treats.” They adore chasing each other—and playing in paper bags, of course.
Athena—December 2018 Right Insert
Athena was adopted as a feral kitten and is always by Dessie’s side, waiting for an opportunity to cuddle
Jynx and his brother are outdoor cats living on a farm. Bobby and his wife adopted these Manx cats as kittens a few years ago from a friend. The two cats grew up side by side and play outside together. They are great at “supervising” farm work and provide great companionship.
Toby—January 2019 Insert
Toby lives on Andros island in Greece. The 1-year-old cat is neutered and happy living outdoors with other cats.
Mouffette, named after the French word for skunk because of a stripe down her back, is affectionate and enjoys snuggling with the family. She’s also prone to hanging out in cardboard boxes. When she's feeling playful, she’ll let you know with lots of chirps and trills. Her favorite toys are her laser pointer and bottle caps, which she bats across the floor like hockey pucks.
Peaches, Boots, and Silver—February 2019 Top Left Insert
Tuxedo cat Boots was a “miracle kitten,” according to Patricia. Boots was the last of five kittens delivered on Patricia’s back patio on a stifling hot evening in Florida. It looked like Boots wasn’t going to make it. But Patricia began rubbing her until she started to move. Since then, Boots has been part of Patricia’s family and been a mother to all her rescue kittens. Boots has so much love to share and adores other kittens. She cuddles them and makes them feel at home.
Adorable Peaches, pictured left, was rescued from a busy parking lot as a kitten. He was supposed to go through a Trap-Neuter-Return program and be returned outdoors. But Boots became like a mother to Peaches and he stayed with Patricia. He is adorable and naughty—a daredevil who loves to steal cotton balls and splash water.
Silver was born with two sisters in the middle of a construction site, with trucks and other huge equipment dropping sand and stones, and backing in and out. The cats’ only safe spot was a tree and bush in the middle of the chaos. Patricia rescued them when they were about 7 weeks old. Silver was being brave and protecting his sisters, and since then, he has stolen Patricia’s heart.
Lily and Pippin—February 2019 Top Right Insert
Lily and Pippin were adopted from different shelters in Pittsburgh. Lily loves laser pointers, snuggling with her humans, and stealing potato chips. Pippin, fondly referred to as "the troublemaker," enjoys wrestling with his brother Milo and has even taught himself to open doors!
Eric II—February 2019 Small Right Insert
Eric II, pictured here during a rare April snowstorm, is a community cat beloved by his neighborhood. His brother, Eric I, lives indoors with Aaron’s family, but Eric II prefers the outdoor life. He still gets a lot of love and attention from the neighborhood, and playfully greets people when they get home from work. He’ll sometimes even nuzzle against people’s legs. He also likes to occasionally relax in a nearby park.
Boo’s pregnant mother came to Cody in 2003. Cody’s family took her in, and she gave birth to Boo and another kitten. They both live with Cody today. For this photo, Cody said he just got lucky that Boo was playing in the grass and he snapped a picture.
Poppy Brite—March 2019 Insert
Poppy Brite was born in a feral cat colony in the woods behind Monica’s friend’s house in North Carolina. Monica’s friend carried out Trap-Neuter-Return and cared for the colony. But Poppy Brite was very tiny, and the women were concerned about the kitten’s well-being. Monica saw the kitten’s huge, sparkling eyes, and knew she wanted to help her. In June 2014, Monica adopted and socialized Poppy Brite. She knew the cat felt at home when she started sleeping in bed with her.
Colleen and her husband adopted Nemo as a kitten 14 years ago from a family friend who has a farm in Iowa. Nemo lives in their home, but the outdoors is where his heart is. He loves to nap in his child-size wicker chair and sit outside with his people in the evening. He is happy when they are outside and likes to “help” with yard work.
Stella—April 2019 Insert
Stella’s feral mother abandoned her shortly after her birth. The kitten was found in a crumbling building during a terrible snowstorm. A foster caregiver raised her, and as she grew, she loved car rides with her foster parents and supervised playtime in their flower garden. She was a contented kitten who was always excited to play and cuddle with her foster parents.
Unfortunately, Stella passed away from feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) virus, but her sweet spirit is remembered by those who knew her.
Earl is about 9 years old. He loves the outdoors but has also grown fond of life with humans.
Prince Lynx—May 2019 Top Insert
Prince Lynx was born with a litter of four other kittens after Patricia took in his pregnant mother. All the kittens were adopted into homes. Prince Lynx is a great cat and very loved. He’s pictured here in a sideways laundry basket.
Stig—May 2019 Bottom Insert
Sweet and lovable Stig is always ready to play and have fun. He's also just as ready to snuggle up for a nice nap with his feline brother and sisters no matter the time of day or night.
Dixie was rescued from a hoarding situation in Florida when she was about 6 years old. At first, it seemed she wasn’t adoptable, and Shane took her and others from the hoarding situation to his colony of barn cats. Shane thought Dixie seemed unhappy, and eventually decided to see if she wanted be more than a barn cat. After a short time, she made herself comfortable at Shane’s home, even lounging in Shane’s lap. It’s an amazing transformation for a cat who would originally bite or scratch when he came near her.
Nani, Midgee, and Bob—June 2019 Insert
This Arizona crew comes from a mix of stray, feral, and shelter backgrounds. Kris says they make her family’s life complete. Kris took this photo right after Nani, Midgee, and Bob woke up from a midday nap.
Princess Jazzie Ann—July 2019
Princess Jazzie Ann’s royal name is fitting for her beauty. The calico even has her own Facebook page.
Mamacita—July 2019 Insert
Mamacita is a feral cat who lives in the country. She loves to get treats, sleep, and sunbathe on Sarah’s back patio, and take catnaps in a computer chair (which was put out as trash). She loves other animals, too.
Big Guy—August 2019
Big Guy is a community cat in Hong Kong who everyone loves. He will say “hello” to you by meowing loudly and also will sit next to you quietly.
Topazz—August 2019 Insert
At 4 months old, when Topazz was at a veterinary clinic with the rest of her litter to be spayed, the veterinarian detected a problem with her heart. An electrocardiogram conducted by a cardiologist showed that she was born without a right aorta. There was no way to fix it. Veterinarians predicted she had only a few months to live.
Angie took in Topazz to live out her remaining months in a loving home. She was thrilled when the cat lived through Christmas, then her first birthday, and second, and third.
Fast forward: Topazz is now 11 years old. Every May, Angie and her husband have a birthday party for her with balloons, presents, and a cake for this miraculous cat.
Peregrine, Corky, and Bathsheba—September 2019
A resident spotted Bathsheba and her kittens in his backyard and called on a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) group for help. Volunteers carried out TNR for Bathsheba and her kittens. The kittens were adopted into loving homes. Bathsheba and Peregrine returned outdoors, where they are fed every day.
Running Wind—September 2019 Insert
Running Wind came from a hoarding situation to FieldHaven Feline Center in California. When she first arrived, she was scared and hissed at everyone. Over time, she became acclimated to people and her surroundings and is now a volunteer favorite. The 1-year-old cat loves treats and is motivated by food. At the time the photograph was taken, Running Wind was up for adoption and hoping for a home.
Tiger is a community cat who lives outdoors in California. Laura helped carry out Trap-Neuter-Return for Tiger, his littermates, and his mother in summer 2017. Tiger is wary of new people but very friendly to those he knows, like Laura and two others who feed him.
Blackie—October 2019 Insert
Cool cat Blackie lives in a colony with nine cats on the banks of the Mississippi Sound, where some say community cats have lived for more than 100 years. He is about 4 years old and recognizes Nancy’s car when she comes to care for the colony. A faithful friend, he stays by her side the entire time she’s there. Nancy calls him the mayor of the colony!
Smart and talkative Biscuit loves freeze-dried treats, whipped cream, and vanilla frosting! The 4-year-old’s favorite activity is to look out windows. According to Schyler, “it's Biscuit's world and we're just living in it.”
Sugar and Shio—November 2019 Insert
Sugar and Shio (Japanese for “salt”) were part of three litters of feral kittens born in the crawl space underneath Camille’s house. One evening, Camille was giving treats to the kittens to get them used to being around her so she could trap them for Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). Shio ran past her into the house and never left. She was able to carry out TNR on Sugar and Shio’s mother and other cats who are now part of a colony she cares for.
Roger is a laid-back community cat in Washington, D.C., who has gone through Trap-Neuter-Return. He enjoys the attention of neighbors and others who pass by.
Gizmo—December 2019 Insert
After Gizmo was born to community cats eight years ago, his mother was spayed and adopted, and his father was neutered and returned back outdoors. Gail had been feeding Gizmo’s mother in her yard and saw one day she had a litter of kittens underneath a pile of wood and iron. When Gail saw Gizmo, it was love at first sight. Gail brought the kittens indoors with their mom. She kept Gizmo and found homes for mom and the other two kittens.
Gizmo’s quirky name fits his quirky characteristics. For example, he is a polydactyl cat with eight extra toes! With all those toes on his white paws, it looks like he is wearing mittens, and he is also very good at grasping objects. Gizmo loves to chase his tail and play with tape measures. He also has a collection of bottle brushes that he loves to chase and carry around. He even hides them in shoes sometimes. At night, he likes to knock down photographs to tell Gail it is bedtime.
Blackie, a feral Maine Coon, has lived in Kari’s yard for about five years. He waits to be fed every morning and sleeps beneath her shed or porch at night. He’s a fan of chasing squirrels and rolling in bird seed husks.
While community cat Matilda occasionally ventures indoors, her favorite pastime is sunning herself on the patio or strolling along the fence near her Texas home.
Bosco M. Joyce—Indoor/Outdoor Cat
Bosco was found with his littermates in a horse stable 13 years ago. After Leora adopted him, he immediately became king of the household. He enjoys his own cat house and window perches, as well as supervised free time outdoors. Bosco is very fond of "spa days" when he gets a bath and nail trim.
Dawn originally took in Stevie as a foster in October 2014. But after just one month, Dawn knew Stevie was the cat for her! Not only is this 6-year-old tortie beautiful—she loves dogs!
Little White—Back Cover
Little White is a former feral cat who was part of a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program near Boston. She started living inside because she adored one of Faye’s indoor cats. She is loved and happy indoors. She even has a following on Facebook.
She was named Little White to distinguish her from a bigger white cat when she lived outdoors. She is a very smart, special cat. Her eyes even change color with the light, from mossy green to blue-green.