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Meet Milton—one tough kitty who inspired a very important initiative in Savannah
Life for a feral (untamed) cat can be anything but the cat’s meow—especially for one furry little friend who goes by the name of Milton. Although Milton had a loving home thanks to the kindness of one animal-lover, life in the beginning wasn’t easy for him—in fact, just staying alive seemed to be difficult for this kitty. And unfortunately this scenario is true for many unwanted and feral cats in the Savannah region.
It was July 28, 2003 when a jogger was making his morning trek over Savannah’s Talmadge Bridge. Unbeknownst to him at the time, he would soon be rescuing a kitten. As the jogger made his way along the bridge, he heard a sound that at first seemed like the cry of a baby. Looking over the bridge’s guard rails to where the noise was coming from he saw Milton. At the time he was an injured little kitten clinging to the edge of this giant bridge for dear life.
We’ll never know what really happened to Milton that day—how a tiny kitten could be found injured on the edge of a bridge—but it’s not unlikely that he was carelessly tossed from a passing vehicle where his owner was likely intending for him to land below in the Savannah river.
Feeling obligated to help the injured kitten, the jogger carefully picked up Milton and took him to the home of a coworker who happened to be an animal lover. He was nursed back to health and named Milton.
The Milton project is dedicated to this courageous cat and all other unwanted cats who roam the Savannah region. Too often, cats and kittens like Milton are disposed of in cruel ways and our goal is to reduce the number of unwanted litters by spaying and neutering.
Cats are feral when they are either born in the wild or are left to fend for themselves and become distanced from humans. Often they live in colonies of other cats (up to 30 in each colony) and they reproduce at incredible rates. That’s why the Milton project has developed a trap, neuter, and return program to help keep their numbers down.
The Milton project is a non-profit organization, completely funded and supported through generous volunteers that contribute their time and money and caretakers that donate to our TNR program. If you would like to help the Milton Project and the Savannah community at large, please consider donating to our cause by becoming a volunteer, or by making a tax deductible donation online.
• Alley Cat Allies
• The Islands Feral Cat Project
• NYC Mayor's Commission on Animals
• Coastal Pet Rescue
• Savannah Animal Hospital - Georgetown Vet