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Diary of a Mad Trapper is a collection of reality-based short stories written by Madi Legere. The author knew cats and kittens faced a struggle even to survive from an early age. The cats on the family farm, when she was growing up, were working cats, who earned their keep by mousing. The kitten population was strictly controlled, although Legere and her sister did manage to keep a few of the tiny ones as pets. She and her husband had a cat as a pet, a special one named Cyrano, who enlivened their hearts and lives. When he passed at the early age of ten years, they decided to honor his memory by volunteering. Legere joined the Board of the SPCA and, like so many others, despaired at the proliferation of kittens and the eventual euthanizing of those who languished too long at the local shelter. She wondered why her local shelter wasn’t involved in TNR, a program that had proved successful in England for some time.
In Diary of a Mad Trapper, Legere captures the essence of what being a TNR trapper is.
Diary of a Mad Trapper is an inspiring and heartwarming look into the dedication and hard work undertaken by animal rescue organizations, in this case, those involved with trapping and neutering feral cats for release back to their home territory. I was familiar with TNR as several of my friends have neutered feral cats sheltering in their yards. I had little idea, however, about the scope of the efforts made by those who actually wait by the traps and do the hard work of getting those cats and kittens adopted when possible, or returned safely to their colonies after being spayed or neutered. Legere’s stories bring out the complex and marvelous personalities of the rescuers as well as those cats who became beloved family members and feline companions after being rescued. Anyone who loves cats and has considered doing something to help with the homeless situation should read this book. Actually, anyone who loves animals should do so as well. Diary of a Mad Trapper is well written and engaging, and it’s hard to put down once you’ve started reading about those incredible rescues. Diary of a Mad Trapper is most highly recommended.