BOOK REVIEW: Urban Tails: Inside the Hidden World of Alley Cats

Urban Tails: Inside the Hidden World of Alley Cats

Photographers of elephants, wolves, and other charismatic species abound, but what about our very own urban wildlife–the feral cats with whom we share our urban centers? Knox turns his camera to these oft-overlooked offspring of lost and abandoned pets. Like the animals’ lives, the resulting images are ones of both harshness and beauty. Many of the cats were photographed in a tractor-trailer parking lot. The sight of these fragile little beings in contrast with the hulking machinery that so often is the cause of their deaths is disconcerting. Text in the book tells the story of the cats. There are a few happy endings, but not many.

Surely we can do better for the animals we have chosen to domesticate as our companions. It is my hope that those looking at the book will become sensitized to the lost, stray, and feral cats in their neighborhoods, and will want to end the cycle of homeless cats through spaying and neutering.

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