If you’re one of my human friends, chances are you know that I’ve recently taken up running. This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while, but needed a few pushes in the right direction to get started. Luckily for me, those little nudges have already happened, and, from my new running adventures, I’ve been lucky enough to meet Piper, the Atlanta Beltline cat.
Single Volunteers Atlanta is gearing up for two 5K’s, the Hunger Walk/Run on March 10 and the Color Run on April 6 (join us!). I need to train up for such events, so I finally decided to check out the Atlanta Beltline. The Beltline is a new trail around the city of Atlanta that follows the railroad tracks. It’s a gorgeous trail, a brand new initiative, and an amazing place for cyclists, walkers, runners, families, skaters (there’s a small skate park there), and more. Every time I’ve gone, I’ve seen at least 10 dogs while on my 3.1 mile runs (5K training!) with friends.
One day, upon entering at the 10th and Monroe entrance and about halfway through my course, I found Piper, the Atlanta Beltline kitty. At first, I thought she was just a stray, and was going to take her with me. I also thought she had been fighting, as one ear appeared to be injured. Upon closer inspection, I found that the nick in her ear was a spay and release marker, and that she was actually well cared for, complete with provided food and even a mailbox:
Piper has warm blankets in the two large pipes that she uses as beds, plenty of food and water, and many adoring fans that stop by to say hello. While she doesn’t enjoy being picked up, she does enjoy when a calm, patient person hangs out long enough for her to let them pet her.
I would love to give Piper a forever home, but as we already have quite a busy house, and she isn’t a fan of being picked up, I doubt I could bring her to casa de Arie. However, as the general life of stray cats isn’t usually that great, Piper seems to be doing fairly well for herself and has become a Beltline staple. Many people take notice of this darling black cat (so much like the cats from Life with Arie!), so much so that she’s appeared on Tumblr, Incurably Stir Crazy, and even CNN.
Want to learn more about Piper? I’ll be sure to mention her in future posts. You can also check her out on Twitter!
Are there any neighborhood-adopted strays in your area?