Savannah's Paw Tracks

Autobiography of a Former Shelter Cat

Feline Investigation: A Day At The Races


First, let me be clear. I am definitely NOT talking about any cat races…not even dog races. Got it? Good; then let’s move on.

As you know I have already been driven to investigate why Mom L keeps coming home with strange smells on her shoes and her note taking folder. I did a bit of undercover work to learn why some of those smells were on that folder, but then I started to see search topics she left open on our iPad. Things became more and more curious.

savvy learns clues

A Day At The Races With Luna and Milo…what does this mean?

That did it. I grabbed my FBI badge (Feline Bureau of Investigation) and headed for my favorite Three Way Teleportation Tunnel. I had to find out why Mom L had this on our iPad.

savvy teleports with badge

Whoa!!! What is this??!!!  I thought I was gonna find a cat connection; na’mean??

Savvy arrives stable

And then, I found the ‘cat connection’…

Savvy makes discovery

Well, lo and behold, Mom L has been working on bringing this really awesome Happy Tails Ending story to you, my readers. And no, Mom L did not have any actual contact with the ‘relocation’ of these two cats but she had been planning on a big SURPRISE post for me to enjoy; I hope you luvluvluv it as much as I did once I learned the truth.

Ms Julie, founder of Outcast Cat Help (OCH)  sent this to Mom L…
“We were contacted by a woman who wanted to adopt 2 cats for rodent control at the local Fairgrounds Racetrack. LUNA (grey female) & MILO (tuxedo male) were the lucky cats selected from Contra Costa County Animal Services shelter.

They went from the shelter to gorgeous stables with their own race horses to watch over.

horse buddy ed s

They even have a goat friend. They are very lucky kitties.”

Tina, Goat Friend

Tina, Milo and Luna’s gal pal

Relocation Process for Community Cats:

  • They need to be acclimated to the new environment to try to imprint it as their new home since cats are so territorial.
  • The general recommendation is 3 weeks to acclimate. The cats need to bond with each other if they haven’t already; usually this occurs while the cats are confined together during acclimation. The cats must bond to both the environment and to the humans; food is the best motivator for this. In many places, coyotes are a concern so if you train the cats with yummy wet food to come inside (the barn or whatever) before nightfall they’ll be locked up and safe.

Comments from the two cats’ relocation guardians:

I can tell you that these cats were friendly kitties who were transported to the track in the height of kitten season in 2015,  when adult adoption rates are very low. Their guardian set aside a roomy stall (12×12) for them to acclimate in and provided a large, soft sided dog crate in case they wanted privacy from each other.

Yes, Luna and Milo have other cats to hang out with

Yes, Luna and Milo have other cats to hang out with

They received regular visits from stable hands who kept them in fresh food, water, and clean litter. They stayed in the stall for approximately three weeks. The stall was cooled with fans.


Luna taking a break from ‘Mousing’

After that, they were released to roam the stables freely. They enjoy sleeping on bales of hay, visiting the stable workers (who, it sounds like, are all cat lovers!), and hanging out with the horses and their goat friend, Tina.”

IMG_9033 ed s

The Race Track grounds

Lastly, about the two cats’s safety:

“It’s a safe environment, deep inside the fairgrounds in a tightly secured area away from predators and fast moving vehicles. The kitties had never met before but have become good friends, as is frequently the case with neutered male/spayed female pairs. They pay for their room and board by keeping the rodent population down. The female kitty, Luna, is apparently quite the huntress, while her buddy Milo is more laid back.

Milo on mousie patrol

Milo on mousie patrol

This is one humongous HAPPY TAILS ENDING!! Two ‘community cats’…aka feral were given a chance for a new life thanks to the Return to Field program; a transfer partnership between my former residence, a kill shelter, and OCH.  Times, they are ‘a change’ing’…thankfully…


PeeEss…be sure to visit my blog on Friday for my final ‘reveal’ from my Feline Investigation.



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34 thoughts on “Feline Investigation: A Day At The Races

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  2. Wonderful story.
    I wish I can investigate something with you one day 😉

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  4. This is so wonderful! What a heart warming post. Much applause for all the peeps involved in getting these kitties their jobs. Purrs, Seville.

  5. I think this is a wonderful story! So glad you investigated and could give such a great report! Love happy endings!

  6. Pawsome ending for Luna and Milo. They can still be outside and they’re safe and cared for.

  7. Such a lovely story, so happy for them both

  8. That is a great result for Luna and Milo. They look very happy in their new environment.

  9. Isn’t this the same reason why there’s a lot of stray cats in Antioch or is it Pittsburg to control the pest population?

    • The community cats in the East county are the result of the recession and people walking on their homes and leaving their cats, none s/n, to fend for themselves. There are likely some 150,000 community cats in that area. Rescues are working hard on TNR

  10. pilch92 on said:

    As much as I prefer all cats indoors, these cats look pretty happy. Good work!

  11. meowmeowmans on said:

    Luna and Milo sure did find a purr-fect home! Awesome job by all involved. 🙂

  12. What a great life Luna and Milo have now. Paws up to OCH for having such a program. 🙂

  13. Woo hoo.It’s also good for the horses to have cats to watch.

  14. high paws two ewe milo & luna & happee gotcha day …..we iz buzzed happee for ewe both…this rocks…..ree minds uz oh de barn cat adoptshunz procezz we haz round heer !!! ♥♥♥

  15. The Swiss Cats on said:

    What a wonderful story ! Milo and Luna seems to enjoy their new home ! Purrs

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  17. What an absolutely wonderful and heartwarming story. Thanks for sharing, Savvy and Mom L. Our mom sends love and hugs to Mom L. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  18. That is most wonderful sweet Savvy and we need lots more groups like that!

  19. It sounds like a great life to us. Kitties and horses are a match made in heaven. Everyone knows that!

    Purrs and Neighs,
    The Chans and the Vs

  20. wow… my mom would love to live with that horsies… do you think Milo and Luna will have an insider tip for me once? my piggy bank looks a little empty :o)

  21. What a lovely home for those two kitties. I love their little stall with all the comforts they need. Plus they are doing important work. I guess your mom had a good reason to be so busy.

    Love and licks,

  22. That’s a lovely story. I hope those kitties enjoy their new life.

  23. That’s a GREAT story and we hope Milo and Luna enjoy their new home and new “duties”.

    Hugs, Sammy

  24. Wow – like just WOW this is one of my favourite posts EVER!! Well done Luna, Milo and everyone * Cheers and throws cap in the air *

  25. Great pictures Mom L.! Sounds like a great day for you and Savannah.

  26. How awesome! My human knows about barn cat programs (there even is one in nearby Burbank), but this is the first time she has seen it in action. Paws up to Milo, Luna, and the humans who requested them!

  27. Unlimited supply of great pals and mie, sounds like the best ending nay beginning ever. Great work… purrs

  28. Must be heaven for those two – they have a secure, warm spot to hang out at, loads of mice to hunt and humans to look after them (so if they ever fall ill, they might get help! Will they be vaccinated regularly?)

    • They were spayed neutered by the shelter and treated for fleas , vaccinated for rabies and FVRCP vaccine which covers several things. I can’t guarantee they will get more as they are indeed feral and would need to be trapped and sedated to get regular vet visit. But they may become more social with so much human interaction. I know if they become ill they will be treated

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