Tyger Tyger, burning bright,William Blake
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
When we initially began Project Apollo, we not only faced the challenge of working with a colony of frightened, sometimes feral cats but also had to work with the neighbors. Because some doubted that we could maintain the colony through TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return), we did not return the first few animals we trapped. They became “ambassadors” at the foster house—the nucleus of a growing community. After neighborhood attitudes softened toward the cats, we were able to move successfully to TNR, and Apollo’s colony remains well maintained.
The ambassador cats at the foster house have become friendly and playful through time, but one cat, Sebastian, like Frank Sinatra, did it his way.
Sebastian lives at the foster house and has always had food, toys, and the love of all our volunteers, but it has taken him a long time to warm up to his situation. He is a big cat with striking stripes, but his green eyes are his most haunting feature. Looking into them reveals a deep, untamed intelligence.
Recently, I was able to sketch him stretching on the floor, and the process allowed me to become even closer to him. It was a real treat for me.