We first met Hoppy in February of 2012—though at the time didn’t know his name. He was one of many cats we photographed in a feral cat colony located at a marina in Baltimore. We arranged a time to meet with his caregivers around feeding time, for the best chance of seeing the most cats.
The cats in this colony had all already been neutered through a Trap-Neuter-Return program, so they are all eartipped (the tip of their left ear was removed during surgery). It makes it easy to identify which cats have already been neutered and vaccinated, so no one accidentally catches the same cat twice.
These cats are fed twice a day by dedicated individuals.
Below are a few photos from our original shoot.
Ella Putsché is the executive director of Photographers for Animals.
Recognizing the impact and influence imagery can have on an audience to
take action, she founded Photographers for Animals to promote animal
issues and to help organizations utilize opportunities for photography and film.