As holiday season nativity scenes pop up, it’s not unusual for pranksters to steal baby Jesus from a creche. In Brooklyn, it’s a different story. For the past ten years on an empty lot, a creche is set up with the usual animals but a few extras show up. They’re feral cats and they’re not there to see Jesus. These homeless cats consider the creche with the cozy straw and warm lights, their turf and as soon as baby Jesus arrives on Christmas eve, they’re the first to boot hIm out. According to Rafael Lopez of RLJRnews.com there are six or seven ferals who sleep in the creche and are cared for by two sisters, Annette and Susane Amendola who own the vacant lot on Van Brunt St. in Brooklyn. Every winter they move the creche/feral cat shelter near the street and create their annual nativity scene. No one seems to mind that there’s a cat in the manger instead baby Jesus. After all, it is the season of peace, love and goodwill. Gold, Frankincense and Purr anyone?
Special thanks to Rafael Lopez for providing us exclusive photos of the feral cats and creche.
Bales of hay make excellent insulation for feral cat shelters. I’d love to see more hay surrounding the figurines for more warmth and I hope after Christmas they add a plastic wind barrier or other tips from our post on how to help feral cats in winter.
And speaking of goodwill, our friends at Friskies are making their biggest donation ever, half a million cans of cat food! Visit their If You Feed Me Wet campaign for info and funny photo memes. For something more to sing about, five celebrity cats Colonel Meow, Nala Cat, Hamilton the Hipster Cat, Oskar the Blind Cat, and Grumpy Cat, the official “spokescat” of Friskies are promoting the event with this adorable special holiday video. For EVERY view, Friskies will donate one can of cat food!