Catherine M. Smith-Smith Memorial Cat House

CATHERINE M. SMITH-SMITH MEMORIAL CAT HOUSE HOURS

  • Summer Hours (Memorial Day – Labor Day): Monday, Thursday, Saturday 7:30AM – 12:30PM and 6:00PM – 7:30PM
  • Off-Season Hours (Labor Day – Memorial Day): Monday and Saturday 7:30AM – 12:30PM

NOTE: Cats must be spayed or neutered and be up-to-date on their immunizations to participate in the social time in the Cat House.

ABOUT “CAT” SMITH-SMITH

Kate with kitten

Cat with one of her friends (c. 1965)

As a young teen Cat wrote an essay in which she introduced the idea of mandatory spaying and neutering of pets within the Township. “Overpopulation of pets is not good,” she stated. “We need to do something about it.”

When Cat married Paul Harrison Smith she chose to use both her maiden name and her married name. While some individuals wondered why it would matter, Cat stated: “I come from a long line of gunsmiths and historically Paul’s ancestors were bladesmiths. By using both my names I hope to show that although we are all different we are all connected.”

Cat and Paul worked together to bring the feral cat population under control. In 1973 the couple initiated an annual cat round-up in which feral cats were caught, neutered and released. The program has been so successful that a full round-up is now held only every four or five years as needed.

In October 1977 Cat went out for cat food and never returned. As rumors of a possible “move to the city” spread among well-meaning Daffodilians, Paul and the cats mourned their loss. 

When the Township created Dry Creek Dog Park in the late 1980s, Paul realized that he needed to move ahead on Cat’s dream of a place in which the social needs of the felines in Daffodil Township could be met. The result of his efforts to bring Cat’s dream to fruition is the Catherine M. Smith-Smith Memorial Cat House housed inside the Wright Station Historic Depot.

Acting Mayor Paula Smith remembers Cat Smith-Smith as an inspiration. “She was someone young girls looked up to,” Acting Mayor Smith stated. “Cat Smith-Smith showed us that girls are important. We can make a difference in the world. Her commitment and passion remains with us today.”

Cat owner Connie Smith believes that cats need the social aspects of being with other felines. “We think of dogs as social animals,” she said, “but cats want company, too. They just show it in other ways.” Connie takes her cats to the Cat House twice a week so they have the opportunity to communicate with other felines.

 

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