Enough is enough, birth­day girl asks for pet food

With her birth­day nine days af­ter Christ­mas, a lo­cal 6-year-old de­cides she has enough toys.

Rome News-Tribune - - NEWS - By John Popham [email protected]

A lo­cal 6-year-old came up with a cre­ative way to give back to an or­ga­ni­za­tion close to her heart while at the same time cel­e­brat­ing her birth­day.

Hadley Cun­nyn­g­ham’s birth­day is on Jan. 3, nine days af­ter Christ­mas. For some kids this might be a chance to get more, how­ever in­stead of toys Hadley asked her friends and fam­ily for cat food for her birth­day.

Murielle Cun­nyn­g­ham, Hadley’s mom, said she has a res­cue cat of her own named Boots, and their ex­tended fam­ily hosts a to­tal of nine res­cue cats. It is a cause close to Hadley’s heart, she said, and it is a proud mom mo­ment.

Her goal was to do­nate all the food given to her to Floyd Fe­lines & Friends, a lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tion which fo­cuses solely on res­cu­ing and fix­ing lo­cal cats in the area.

Hadley re­ceived 73 pounds of dry cat food and 18 cans of wet food at her birth­day party, which she gave to Floyd Fe­lines & Friends vol­un­teer and for­mer pre-K teacher Sarah Hall­stein.

Hall­stein said the food will go to feed­ing cats the or­ga­ni­za­tion houses as well as feed­ing feral cat colonies in the lo­cal area.

Th­ese colonies are made up of ster­il­ized cats who keep the mice and ro­dent pop­u­la­tion down. Floyd Fe­lines & Friends does not re­lease any cats they have res­cued into the wild.

Floyd Fe­lines & Friends works to place cats in lov­ing for­ever homes she added. Cats re­pro­duce at a greater rate than dogs and, for some rea­son, the pub­lic wants to adopt dogs more than cats, said Hall­stein.

When some­one adopts from Floyd Fe­lines & Friends they are free­ing up space for the non­profit to res­cue a sick or in­jured cat from animal con­trol, where it would oth­er­wise be put down.

For those wish­ing to do­nate to Floyd Fe­lines & Friends, Pet­sense in West Rome ac­cepts do­na­tions on the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s be­half.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion has cats avail­able for adop­tion at both Pet­sense and Pet­land such as Clove, the cat Hadley is hold­ing in the photo of her­self and Hall­stein. Adult cats some­times make the best pets, Hall­stein said, be­cause all they want is a lap to cud­dle in.

/ Murielle Cun­nyn­g­ham

Hadley Cun­nyn­g­ham, who is hold­ing Clove the cat who is avail­able for adop­tion at Pet­land, is a 6-year-old cat lover who de­cided to ask her friends to bring cat food to her birth­day party in­stead of toys. She took the 73 pounds of dry cat food and 18 cans of wet food to Floyd Fe­lines & Friends where vol­un­teer and fam­ily friend Sarah Hall­stein ac­cepted the do­na­tion.

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