They Had Me at Meow: Tails of Love from the Homeless Cats of Buster Hollow, by Rosie Sorenson

From the first page of Rosie Sorenson’s book, “They Had Me at Meow: Tails of Love from the Homeless Cats of Buster Hollow”, I knew I was going to enjoy it and I was never disappointed. The charming and humorous stories of the unique cats of Buster Hollow reflect the deep love Rosie has for all her cats, and especially for Turtleman, the wonderful cat that found his way into the hearts of Rosie and her companion, Steve. After they rescued and adopted him, he spent his days as a happy, pampered, very much loved cat, and gave them all his love in return. These stories, together with the many photos throughout the book depicting the cats’ playful activities, reflect how caring for them over the years helped Rosie get through some rough times in her own life and gave her the support she needed. The unconditional love they returned to her was and continues to be one of life’s truly rewarding experiences.

Along with writing about the cats of Buster Hollow, Rosie has succeeded in informing readers of the far reaching advantages of practicing the concept of TNR or Trap-Neuter-Return, along with the growing acceptance of issues surrounding TNR, the only positive and humane control of feral cat populations everywhere. I found They Had Me at Meow to be educational and informative in this regard, along with the many resources Rosie lists at the end of the book.

It is Rosie’s hope that people will learn the responsibilities of caring for homeless cats from her book, focusing on neutering and spaying in order to decrease and eventually stop the large numbers of stray and feral cats from breeding and at the same time find happiness by helping these wonderful cats. I can certainly recommend this enjoyable book for anyone who is involved with and loves cats.

Sandy Cox, member of
The Cat Network, Inc., a So. Florida
humane cat rescue organization

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